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!

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Reaper V due out by February 29, 2012

February 5, 2012 at 10:53 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

……I solemnly swear that I will do my amateur author’s best to have Reaper V: To Skins out for my wonderful reading audience by no later than February 29, 2012 — Leap Year!

I’m trying to get two shifts juggled around at my real-world-day job, not necessarily so I can get more writing done (although it WOULD be nice) but because I need a bit of a break after my stretch of 8 nights (some of which are 12 hour shifts).  [Side Note: Never in my life have I felt more kinship with the mythology of the vampire….up all night, sleeping all day (with as little sunlight to interrupt said sleep as possible)… makes it appropriate to be writing about Samantha Bennet, supernatural cop with a night-time vigilante gig —- ya, that’s a mouthful, but it’s an INTERESTING mouthful!…]

I’ve got a lot of work to do to make Reaper V as amazing as I envision – and want – it to be.  I aspire to reach or exceed this goal.  Thanks to the reviews left by readers on the various websites (and Amazon’s own website) I feel more able to navigate the gauntlet of writing woes….and also, may have learned from your input such things as how to avoid offending you & repulsing you.  Also such things as how to succeed at keeping you interested, intriguing you and entertaining you!

I’m an amateur.  Possibly one who is a little delusional if she thinks that she can pull off a writing career sans editor and Big 6 publishing house. That being said, I’m still surfing the learning curve and likely will be for the rest of said writing career.

Gladly, i can report that I’ve been making sales!

The majority of my book downloads from Amazon.com have been “FREE” downloads.  This is roughly 35,000 copies’ worth by my estimate.  Approximately 1,500 have been sales of between $2.99 – $0.99, resulting in royalties of between $2.10 and $0.34 (the majority of which have been of the $0.99USD variety, so let’s just say approx $600 in sales across USD, Euros, and Pounds). $600 will help cover some of the expenses incurred, such as the Office 2010 software and Dragon naturally Speaking software (which, sadly, I have not been using as much as I had hoped — great software, I just have a lisp from my braces which makes for a steep learning curve for commands and other features!). Another 100+ sales have not been sales but “borrows” from the Amazon Prime program.  The borrows translate into (s0 far) approx $1.70 USD per borrow.

I have yet to see an actual red cent from Amazon (cheques are mailed 60 days after publication, apparently), and I published in early December. Also, you have to accumulate to $100USD before recieving USD funds, $100 Euro before you recieve Euro funds, etc.  Then, there is the 30% witholding tax that the IRS maintains….

Suffice to say, that area of ye olde self-publishing learning curve is also relatively turbulent.

Ok.

My psuedo-break at work is over.

Time to do a round.

Sincere regards and happy reading,

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress, Aspiring Household Paranormal/Horror/Hero Literary Icon & (Tonight) Night Nurse

p.s. – I intend to keep all of my single Reaper installments at $0.99USD.  When I release 5-installment collections (coming soon!) I will be charging a modest $3.99, so it’s basically like getting one installment free.  This price may change as I assess consumer interest…er…reader satisfaction. 🙂

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Reaper IV: Daddy *FREE download until February 2, 2012*

January 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Photo by Jimmy Thomas, romancenovelcovers.com

So…

……Reaper IV: Daddy is available at Amazon (Kindle format) for FREE from now until February 2, 2012!

You can get it at http://www.amazon.com/Reaper-IV-Daddy-ebook/dp/B0072QNG3I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327860950&sr=8-1

No reviews on it yet, so by all means, leave one once you’ve read it!

According to a Kindle Direct Publishing report, 450+ people have already downloaded it!

This is as close to childbirth that I ever want to get…breathing life into ideas and delivering them to the world in the form of an eBook for their amusement…

Enjoy!

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress Who Slept in Until Noon *lol*

…(and who is now hoping to use her Sunday afternoon to do laundry and create some fiction!)

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Not sure whether to laugh or cry lol

January 23, 2012 at 8:10 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

……I’ve recieved some good reviews for my Reaper series, some bad reviews, some great reviews, and some REALLY negative reviews.

Almost makes a girl wish she’d never encouraged readers to “post reviews, even if negative”.

One reader made comments regarding my lifestyle, somehow trying to draw a parallel between effectiveness as an author and effectiveness as a human being.  Suffice, to say, I replied to the review with as polite a comment as i could manage.

They were entitled to THEIR opinion – I nevertheless am also entitled to mine.

Had some really great reviews too…made me feel much better about this whole learning process.

After taking notes from the reviews, I am making a point of making the installments of the Reaper Series longer…as that seems to be the biggeest reader concern/annoyance so far.

That, and as much as I hate to do it, I think I am going to censor the adult/vulgar language a little – as that appears to be another (valid) concern/complaint.

So long as it doesn’t take away from the storyline, and doesn’t take away from the theme and voice of Reaper, I am willing to take critique and criticism into careful consideration.

With that being said, thank-you for your reviews —- keep em coming!

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Author and Fairly Reasonable Human Being

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Reaper III free promo January 22 – January 26

January 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

photo by Jimmy Thomas, RNC

So….

……..as you know, Reaper III: Rookies went live today….

…….and as I promised, there will be a 5 day free promotion period…

…….so I programmed it in to my promotions manager tool…………..

…….Reaper III will be available for FREE download January 22 – 26, on the heels of the free promos for Reaper 1 & 2…..

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress, Fledgling Marketer and Night Shift Worker With An Ortho Appointment This Afternoon

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A not-so-secret secret…

January 21, 2012 at 9:47 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

 

photo by Jimmy Thomas, RNC

So….

……..I’m uploading Reaper III: Rookies tonight! As in, within the next hour!

I have to work night shifts this weekend, so i’m staying up later tonight to adjust and am using my time wisely, being productive….

ANYWAY, just gotta write the blurb and whatnot, and Reaper III will be available for download on Amazon within about 48 hours.

As soon as I get my ducks in a row, I will figure out a good “free promotion” period (I’m thinking from Monday January 23 to Friday January 27….what do YOU think? I’m allotted five days, and am thinking maybe it’s best to get Reaper III out and known while there’s still interest brewing for Reaper I & II???)

So what will a reader find in Reaper III?

That Samantha Bennet has some very human feelings, concerns, and needs.

And that when she gets angry, she gets ruthless…

Anyway, hope you’re loving the series so far! I am!

Sincere regards and Happy Reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress, Aspiring Household Horror Icon & Fairly Decent Human Being

p.s. – there’s romance too….just in time for the (love it or hate it) Valentine’s season…

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Reaper I: The Beginning and Reaper II: Neophyte LIVE on Amazon.com

January 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

photography by jimmy thomas

So….

……..I’ve uploaded Reaper I and II to Amazon.com!

They are on sale for 99 cents….and they will be given away for free January 17 – 21, 2012!

Either way, it’s a bit of a bargain!

Enjoy the first two books in my favorite of all my series!

Sincere regards and Happy Reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Author and Aspiring Household Horror Icon

p.s. – to check out Reaper I http://www.amazon.com/Reaper-I-The-Beginning-ebook/dp/B006VYHU7U/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1326377673&sr=8-13

p.p.s. – to check out Reaper II http://www.amazon.com/Reaper-II-Neophyte-ebook/dp/B006VYZHPW/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1326377236&sr=8-12

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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

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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)

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Pulled Sahdes of Grey: Prologue from smashwords.com

December 12, 2011 at 8:45 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

So…

Sorry guys!

I am pulling my Shades of Grey series from smahwords for lack of promotional tools…

One sale in almost two weeks does not bode well for the series at that publisher.

Lowering the price didn’t help either.

As a consolation, it can be downloaded FREE from amazon.com on December 13.

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

Thank you for your ongoing support as I find my way with this self-publishing trial.

Sincere regards and Happy Reading,

 

Amanda M. Holt

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