Hi all – Peripheral Involvement is listed as the book of the day on both the Free Kindle Books and Tips Blog and Ereader News Today:
Check it out! It’s on sale for $0.99 until June 4!
Last September, I put the e-book version of Peripheral Involvement on sale for $0.99 for a limited time and ran a few advertisements. The resulting sales boost (briefly) took it into the top 2,000 on the Kindle Best Seller list and the top 50 in Amazon’s Mystery, Thriller & Suspense subcategory for Literary Fiction. Those rankings didn’t last, but it was a fun little experiment.
Now, as I’m slogging through the slow process of trying to find an agent for The Prophet of Marathon, I feel like I could use a dose of fun. So, once again, I’m lowering the price of the e-book version of Peripheral Involvement. For the next week, it’ll be $0.99 on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Google, Apple and Smashwords. If you’ve thought about taking a chance on it but haven’t pulled the trigger yet, now’s the time.
My little humor piece, Daddy’s Annual Performance Review, went live on theNewerYork last night. You can check it out here.
I just heard that someone wants to publish a little humor piece that I wrote called Daddy’s Annual Performance Review. It’s not really a short story – I’d call it more of a conceptual kind of thing. Anyway, it’s been accepted by theNewerYork (the placement of that “er” makes all the difference, doesn’t it?), and it’s going to appear online in the next week or two.
Here is their webiste if you want to check it out.
I’ve got some really cool news to announce today. I was just informed that my short story, Short-Changed, was accepted for publication! It’s going to appear in the March 2015 issue of Mulberry Fork Review. I am grateful that their editors think enough of my work to include it in their magazine, and I’m absolutely thrilled by the idea of seeing it out there. I can’t wait until March!
What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of Mulberry Fork Review? Well, I suppose I can forgive that… but you should check it out. It’s a relatively new, very cool, online literary journal that publishes twice a year, featuring short fiction, prose poetry and non-fiction. You can check out their past issues (for free) here. I can vouch for their taste in fiction.
More to come on this, obviously, but I just wanted to spread the word.
Happy New Year, everyone! As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been submitting my short story, Short-Changed, to various literary journals and magazines. It’s been a while since I’ve submitted my work anywhere, and I almost forgot how nerve-racking the process can be. I am not, by nature, a patient person, so having to wait weeks (and, in some cases, months) for an editor to get back to me is a big ask. I find myself checking for new emails obsessively, which is surely not the best way to pass the time.
On some level, it’s funny that I’m so anxious to hear back from these people, because I know that their response is likely to be negative. I don’t mean to suggest that I don’t think highly of my story, or that I’ve lost faith in it. My expectations simply reflect the probabilities here. The numbers vary depending on the publication, obviously, but even the lesser-known ones are tuning down a hundred pieces for every one they take. Plenty of good work doesn’t make the cut. It is what it is.
But I just need one “yes,” and as long as I’ve still got submissions out there, I’ll live in hope. And I’ll probably keep checking my email every few minutes.
… although you wouldn’t know it if you looked at my blog. Pretty shameful stuff on my end, not having posted anything here since September. I guess that’s part of the challenge of being a part time author – it’s easy to let things slide, and before you know it, you’ve gone three months without updating your website…
The good news is that, even though I haven’t been posting, I have been writing. I finished the first draft of my second novel back in October, but then I decided to re-write the ending completely (among other edits), so I just finished a second draft today. I’m going to have Erinn and a couple of others give it a read and then we’ll see where we’re at, but I think it’s pretty close. I think I’m going to call it The Prophet of Marathon. More to come on this (hopefully) soon!
Also, earlier this fall, I finished a short story called Short-Changed. I’ve submitted it to a handful of journals and magazines, so we’ll see if it goes anywhere. One way or the other, I’ll get it out there.
As for Peripheral Involvement, the ranking boost fuled by my early September discount/promotions has faded. Sic transit gloria mundi, I suppose. I am happy to report, though, that the book has continued to sell, albeit in modest numbers.
I plan to do a better job posting here, so look for more updates soon!
So, I awoke this morning to find that Peripheral Involvement was ranked #3,138 on the Kindle Best Seller list, and #55 in the Mystery, Thriller & Suspense subcategory for Literary Fiction! It’s the first time I’ve ever cracked the top 100 in a subcategory, so I’m pretty excited!