Reaper VII: Soultalker edit is DONE!!!

February 18, 2013 at 11:07 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I just have to prep a cover & upload!

I’ll offer it free via Kindle Direct Publishing @ Amazon.com shortly!

Watch for that promotion!

Sincere regards & Happy Reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress

 

p.s. 61,800 words for this installment! A bit MORE than a novella… After Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, etc, I will offer it via Smashwords (who distributes to Apple, et al) and quite possibly in a paperback collection titled “Reaper V – VII: Lust Love Loss” via Lulu.com where I would do the max discount to consumers possible, just as i did with the paperback “Reaper I – V: Origin” (available through Lulu.com at the discounted rate, available through Amazon.com at approx $24, which I find kind of embarassing).  Trying to make paperback versions of the series as affordable as possible, but self-publishing so totally hinders this!!!!  Anyway, the above is my current plan…. but first off, gotta get Reaper VII uploaded to Amazon!!! Which I will do this morning!  If it goes the way it usually does, it should be available in 48 hours or so!!!

Advertisements

Permalink Leave a Comment

I lied!!!

February 7, 2012 at 10:06 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

……in a previous post, I stated that I only had about $650 in sales Dec – Jan.

I just looked up my sales on the Kindle Direct Publishing account website…approx $700 in sales in USD, $70 GBP, and $25 in Euros.  I really must learn to understand the monetary systems a bit better!

I expect that the first week of February will result in approx $70USD in sales and European sales approx $15 in assorted monies.

Anotherwords, off to a slow start, but little progress is still progress, and at least I am building a readership with my $0.99USD priced books and free promotions (where the BIG download numbers occur, in the 10’s of thousands!)!!!

Yes, it would be nice to one day be able to write to support my writing, and write alone, but for now I have to keep my day job! lol It’s a day job I love, so it’s one that I will likely keep until, if, and when my writing income becomes the greater earning power, allowing me the luxury – and priviledge – of being to work primarily as an author whose success (or failure) is at the entire mercy of their reading audience.

That being said, I apologize for my previous inaccurate account of my Amazon sales.  Since this Blog is written in part to chronicle the ups & downs of an amateur author, I was almost certain that someone would appreciate hearing the honest numbers involved in my endeavour (35% royalties for books priced under $2.99USD; 70% royalties for books priced over $2.99 USD through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing). 

I am keeping my single installments of Reaper Series (paranormal/horror for adult audience), Shades of Grey (paranormal/horror for adults), and Getting Lucky (erotica series) priced at $0.99, so I am getting 35% of $0.99 or roughly $0.34 per sale there.  Stand alone titles (such as Her Man [romance] and The Deal [erotica/paranormal]) will also likely remain at $0.99.  I will offer larger collections in the future, which I expect to be priced at approx $3.99 for Reaper I – V and possibly $2.99 or $3.99 for the Shades of Grey I – V collection.

I am going to be selecting a charitable organization with each title, to whom I am going to give a portion of the royalites collected.  I estimate this amount will be between 7% and 10% per royalty.  I will calculate and distribute this amount at the end of every year.

With February/March being the income tax season here in Canada, I am of course concerned about making sure that I accurately report all of my income, expenses, etc. At the moment, my writing income is very small. My expenses have put me in a “loss” situation for 2011 (through the purchase of software, new laptop, printer, filing cabinet x 2, office supplies [i.e. printer cartridge, paper, pens, mouse, keyboard, flash drves, external HD, etc], and other incidentals). 

I look forward to working with the very patient and knowledgable staff at H & R Block to help me figure out those receipts I need to keep track of, and those I don’t — etc. It’s all very…..complex.  Capital losses and write offs and whatnot.  But that’s what the Tax Literate are for.  I fall into the category of Tax Illiterate.  But i’m working on that!

Anyway, my self-assigned break is over, so it’s time to hit the floor and do a round.

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress, Night Nurse and Taxation Neophyte

p.s. Reaper V due out on or around February 29! WIll try to promote FREE at that time!  Are you excited? I’m excited! Number V already! Whoot-whoot!

Permalink Leave a Comment

Announcing FREE eBook downloads for the holidays!

December 15, 2011 at 11:33 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So….
I’m announcing FREE eBook downloads for Kindle from amazon.com!
My gift to you for the holidays, Wordpress friends — my titles will be available for free download (yes, $0.00) on the following dates:
December 17
Shades of Grey: Prologue (paranormal/horror/suspense)
Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (paranormal/horror/suspense)
The Deal (paranormal erotica) Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (interracial erotica)
December 18
Shades of Grey: Prologue (paranormal/horror/suspense)
Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (paranormal/horror/suspense)
Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (interracial erotica)
December 25 & 26
Her Man (contemporary romance)
Shades of Grey: Prologue (paranormal/horror/suspense)
Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (paranormal/horror/suspense)
The Deal (paranormal erotica)
Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (interracial erotica)
January 7 (Ukrainian Christmas!!!)
Her Man (contemporary romance)
Shades of Grey: Prologue (paranormal/horror/suspense)
Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (paranormal/horror/suspense)
The Deal (paranormal erotica)
Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (interracial erotica)
January 28 The Deal (paranormal erotica)
If you don’t have a Kindle device, you can download the Kindle reader app online for free!
HAPPY READING and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Sincere regards,
Amanda M. Holt
Full time nurse, part-time writer, aspiring household horror icon

Permalink Leave a Comment

Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil Kindle eBook available now!

December 13, 2011 at 11:25 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil Kindle eBook available now!

Book Two in the Shades of Grey Series

When Crystal Grey, a teenager with dark secrets, disappears from her Vancouver home, her family is tormented by questions:

Where has Crystal gone?
Why hasn’t she returned?
Who is she with?
What is she doing?
Why did she leave?
When is she coming back?

Involved in the drug trade and running with a fast crowd, Crystal is now being exploited by some very sinister people – facts that the Vancouver Police Department are reluctant to reveal to her family.

Her sister, Eve, refuses to sit idly by and watch her sister become some kind of statistic. However, the strain of the situation is taking its toll…

You see, Eve has a few dark secrets of her own.

Secrets from the past, secrets born of madness and violence that whisper seductively to Eve in waking and in dream, calling her to action, calling her to punish the people who have hurt her baby sister, who are using her for their own criminal gain.

These nightmarish voices, thought to have been silenced by a team of mental health professionals years before, seem as though they are back and more vicious than ever before.

Will Eve give in to their siren song and take justice into her own hands? Even if it’s at the cost of her very sanity?

This anger inside of her is so wrathful, so unnatural, so all-consuming, so…hungry.

Sometimes, she just doesn’t feel like herself…

….sometimes, it’s as if she doesn’t feel human at all…

Look for Book Three ~ Shades of Grey: See No Evil in January/February of 2012

The Shades of Grey Series:

Shades of Grey: Prologue (November 2011)
Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (December 2011)
Shades of Grey: See No Evil (January/February 2012)
Shades of Grey: Speak No Evil (February/March 2012)
Shades of Grey: Epilogue (March/April 2012)

Permalink Leave a Comment

3115 Free Downloads in 24 Hours! Offer ends Midnight tonight!

December 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Cover photography by Jimmy Thomas

So….

…….Unbelievable!!! In the last 24 hours 3115 people around the world have decided “Hmm…romance novel.,…looks readable. Nice cover. Interesting plot. Sure I’ll download it! See how this Amanda Mary-Margaret Holt writes!”

Get your $0.00 USD copy of Her Man by going to http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks/b/ref=sa_menu_kbo3?ie=UTF8&node=1286228011#/ref=sr_st?keywords=amanda+m+holt&qid=1323718234&rh=n%3A133140011%2Cn%3A!133143011%2Cn%3A!251259011%2Cn%3A1286228011%2Ck%3Aamanda+m+holt&sort=price

Free promotion ends midnight tonight!

Get your free book, give it a read, then leave a review to let other readers know what you thought of it!

Thanks!

Sincere regards and Happy Reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Full Time Nurse, Part Time Author, Aspiring Kindle Direct Publishing rising star

Permalink Leave a Comment

1017 FREE copies downloaded in 12 hours!

December 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

…..there were 1017 copies of my Contemporary Romance novel HER MAN downloaded in the last twelve hours!!! That’s nearly 100 copies an hour! And it’s not just amazon.com! It’s amazon.co.uk, amazon.de, amazon.es and amazon.it !!! So exciting! I won’t make a dime off of these free copies, but the free advertisement and promotion is worth its weight in gold!

Sincere regards and Happy Reading!

Amanda M. Holt

To download the book FREE (FREE until tomorrow): search for Amanda M. Holt at amazon.com or visit:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006K0LCO2

Permalink Leave a Comment

One more day to get your FREE copy of Her Man!

December 11, 2011 at 7:12 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

‎So…

…….if you’ve been following my posts then you know that I have signed up for Kindle Direct Publishing Select Program, where I have posted my book for FREE for two days using their Promotion Manager Tool.

Just now, the counter rolled over again: 506 units of my FREE for 2 DAYS Kindle book promotion have moved in the last ten hours and there’s still one more day to get YOUR free copy of my contemporary romance novel HER MAN for FREE from Amazon! http://www.amazon.com/Her-Man-ebook/dp/B006K0LCO2/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1323593582&sr=8-12

www.amazon.com

When the health of Sara’s beloved Aunt Caroline takes a turn for the worst, the CEO of a Silcon Valley graphics software firm finds herself on an airplane headed for Vancouver. A fellow passenger with a fear of flying and a quirky sense of humor manages to make the trip a little more enjoyable. A…

Permalink Leave a Comment

Download my new romance novel for FREE from Amazon.com! 2 days only!!!

December 11, 2011 at 8:41 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

……I’ve recently joined Kindle Direct Publishing and uploaded/published my contemporary romance Her Man (a 58K+ novel) about a software company CEO who meets an intriguing flight-phobic fellow passenger during a trip to see her ailing aunt…

The novel celebrates family love, examines loss and considers the hidden potential of all chance encounters…will Sara find love in Brian’s arms? Download my book for FREE from Amazon.com to find out!!!

I’m super excited about working with Kindle to bring my books to my readers!

Sincere regards and Happy Reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Full time nurse, part time author, aspiring Kindle Direct Publishing Rising Star!

Follow the link to my FREE book here:

http://www.amazon.com/Her-Man-ebook/dp/B006K0LCO2/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1323592449&sr=8-12 

When the health of Sara’s beloved Aunt Caroline takes a turn for the worst, the CEO of a Silcon Valley graphics software firm finds herself on an airplane headed for Vancouver. A fellow passenger with a fear of flying and a quirky sense of humor manages to make the trip a little more enjoyable. At this very difficult time, Brian’s charm and witticism are a great comfort to Sara. They exchange phone numbers and empassioned glances… Sara finds herself intrigued. Brian has awakened something in her, something nameless and feminine and pleasantly distracting.

Will she meet up with this charming stranger again?

The beauty of British Columbia is the backdrop for this contemporary modern romance that cherishes family love, mourns loss and celebrates the hidden potential of all chance encounters…

Permalink Leave a Comment