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

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. 🙂

Permalink Leave a Comment

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…

Permalink 4 Comments

Book Two in Shades of Grey Series: Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil FREE DOWNLOADS ANNOUNCED

December 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Photograph by Jimmy Thomas http://www.romancenovelcovers.com

So….

……..Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil is available now at amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006LEDILC) for $2.99.

I wouldn’t blame you for wanting to be frugal, though.

That’s why I will be providing BOTH Shades of Grey: Prologue and Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil as FREE downloads on December 17, 2011 and also December 25, 2011 & December 26, 2011 – my gift to those readers who may have gotten Kindles as holiday gifts!  Anything FREE around the holidays is a good thing….and in the spirit of giving, the FREE downloads are my gift to you.  They have already been programmed into my Promotions Manager at Kindle Direct Publishing.

So mark it on your calendars!  Dec 17, 25 & 26! For the low low price of $0.00 you can get the first two Kindle ebooks in the Shades of Grey series absolutely FREE! And if you don’t have a Kindle eReader, you can download the Kindle Reading App for free for use on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, android, etc.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Product Description

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)

________________________________________________________________________

Also, for those of you who were following my previous blogs, readers downloaded 4, 175 copies of my eBook Her Man over the weekend during its FREE promo.  I will be offering the contemporary romance Her Man FREE again on Dec 25, as my gift to readers worldwide.

Sincere regards and Happy Reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Full time nurse, Part time writer, Ambitious Dreamer with “Stick-to-it”-ive-ness

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

Uploaded today to Kindle Direct Publishing *exclusive content & sneak peek*

December 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Photo by Jimmy Thomas, romancenovelcovers.com

So…

…….Just uploaded to Kindle Direct Publishing for their exclusive distribution! “Her Man” a 59, 400 word contemporary romance that explores love, loss and the hidden potential of all chance encounters… Sneek peek of the cover art! Photo by Jimmy Thomas layout by yours truly at 8am!

I signed up this title for the Kindle Direct Publishing Select program, where it will be available for lending in the Kindle Owners Lending library.

Look for it soon (like within 24 hours!)

Sincere regards and happy reading!

 

Amanda M. Holt

Full-time RN, Part-time Author, Aspiring KDP Rising Star!

Permalink 1 Comment

Interview with Rose of Romance at Heart Reviews, “In His Thrall”

March 28, 2010 at 11:51 pm (General News..., Interviews...., New Concepts Publishing Releases, Possible directions..., Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So………….
………………the kindly Rose of Romance at Heart has interviewed me for her romantic reviews website!

She asked some really intriguing questions, some of which I answered as tactfully and honestly as possible…others, well, you decide!

To view the interview, visit http://romanceatheart.com/interview/amandamholt.html

Thanks for dropping by!

Amanda M. Holt

Permalink Leave a Comment

New 5-Tale M/F F/F BDSM Erotica Release from eXtasy Books!

March 17, 2010 at 2:19 am (eXtasy Books Releases, General News..., Introduction to the Imagination of Amanda M. Holt, Literary blunders..., Possible directions..., Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Tales From the Owner-Operator of the Boulevard Motor Hotel by Amanda M. Holt

So………..
…………..March 15th, eXtasy Books released my newest eBook, the 5-tale naughty novella titled “Tales From the Owner-Operator of the Boulevard Motor Hotel”.

This little novel (whose spice level builds tale by tale, chapter by chapter) is not for the faint of heart – especially not the final two tales featuring the heroine of the story and her victim (or is it, master?) the Bar Manager Louis!

Blurb:

“Brazen. Bold. Wanton. Hedonistic. Kayla North is all of these things, and more—much more. The sexy young owner of the Boulevard Motor Hotel takes advantage of her position to lure men and women alike. She discovers the pleasures of a customer, a new bartender, and her dependable bar manager in these, the first five Tales in the series.

Kayla’s brand of sex is no ordinary romp into the erotic—an encounter with her proves to be a walk on the wild side! From her bondage and domination of others to her own submission and ultimate humiliation, Kayla’s every desire is sure to be satisfied. And she expects nothing less…”

Whether you enjoy your fetish a little on the lighter side, sweetened with a little fem-fem spanking, or as an all out buffet of humiliation and the ultimate satisfaction, then Tales From the Owner-Operator of the Boulevard Motor Hotel might be the read for you!

As always, enjoy!

Sincere regards,

Amanda M. Holt

Permalink Leave a Comment

Spicy New Erotica Release by NCP!!!

February 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm (Grumble, Literary blunders..., New Concepts Publishing Releases, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Cover art by Alex DeShanks

Hello again, people!

Today I advertise “An Unusual Encounter of the Rock Star Kind”, a contemporary paranormal romance novella, the blurb for which reads as follows:

“A chance encounter with the lead singer of a rock band leaves Cassandra rapt with anticipation. Les is everything that the young nurse has ever dreamed of – and the sexy drummer from Boston is even hotter up close in person! He is apologetic for accidentally knocking her to the frozen Winnipeg sidewalk, yet she barely feels the ice and snow with all the heat that is rushing through her core.

Cassandra wonders if his invitation to supper is as innocent as it seems. Is it his way of saying ‘sorry’, or the beginning of something more? She finds herself wondering: just how far is this encounter going to go?

More than that, she wonders: what will be for dessert?”

Rating: SPICY-Graphic language, one sex scene.

Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance.

This little novella has been a point of contention between myself and my editor at New Concepts Publishing. I felt that the tale should be told in present tense, first person. They felt that it was fine in its original version, of mixed present tense and past tense, as they felt that a story must be told in past tense, not moment by moment.

I wrote this piece entirely as a writing exercise, to flex my nubulous literary muscles (read: amateur finger flexes, ten thousand word repetitions). I wanted to test the waters, to try different tenses and see what the end result would be.

The end product? A product that my editors seemed thrilled with (thrilled enough to publish), but something that I feel is a touch awkward in its current state.

I guess the only way I’ll know for sure whether “An Unusual Encounter of the Rock Star Kind” is a hit or a miss is through book sales and love or hate mail as a direct result of that audience…

Either way, whether it sinks or swims, I welcome your critique, comments, and constructive criticism on the latter.

You can always email me at holt_writer@hotmail.com

My sincere thanks for your support and interest!

Amanda M. Holt

p.s. – cover artist is Alex DeShanks, who always does a lovely job!

Permalink Leave a Comment

Next page »