Goodbye Nook

Word is that the Nook is on its way out, having been soundly beaten by Amazons Kindle. Here ( http://dealnews.com/features/Ways-to-Protect-Your-eBook-Library-If-NOOK-Readers-Are-Canned-/747147.html) is an article on how to protect your eBook library if you own a Nook, but I want to take it one step further.  If you currently own a Nook version of My Father’s Prostitute: Story of a Stolen Childhood and choose to move to another platform, I will happily send you either an E-Pub or Kindle version for your new reader.  All you have to do is mail a picture of the book on your Nook to nookbook@stevew.cotse.net along with your preference of E-Pub or .mobi file.  It’s that simple.  I don’t think consumers should be penalized for the failure of a company.  Unless you own a betamax.. then you should have seen that coming 🙂

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Who has PTSD?

Although the most frequently thought of group when thinking about PTSD, it’s not just those who have been in combat that suffer from it.  PTSD following rape and industrial accidents is just as likely, yet isn’t recognized as such.

Most people think of flashbacks and a general “jumpiness” when they think of PTSD symptoms.  But those symptoms can also include (among other things):

  • Anger and irritability
  • Guilt, shame, or self-blame
  • Substance abuse
  • Feelings of mistrust and betrayal
  • Depression and hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • Feeling alienated and alone
  • Physical aches and pains

Having PTSD sucks.  I know because I suffered from it for years.  It’s hard to live a “normal” life when you’re stuck in those patterns, and it’s hard to get help when people don’t consider the fact that you may have PTSD even if you haven’t been in combat.  It happens.  It’s real.  PTSD isn’t just for our military.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140519105812.htm

snake-oil book marketing sites abound

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When I first sat down to write My Father’s Prostitute: Story of a Stolen Childhood, I didn’t put much thought into what would happen after I published it.  After all, I felt it was a good story, with a positive message, so it should just sell itself, right?  Wrong.  Writing it was the easy part.  Getting the word out that it exists has been much more difficult.  Many articles have already been written about how hard it is to get your book noticed among the thousands of books that are released each week, and they are correct. It IS incredibly hard to get your book in front of people and have it stand out.  Unfortunately, I have noticed there seem to be an awful lot of websites that take advantage of a new authors desperation to get their book noticed and offer packages that promise great results, at a cost of course.  I have heard of some authors who have had great results with promotional deals from sites like Bookbub (I haven’t run a promotion with them yet – too costly for me), but not all authors have the same experience.  But those are established sites with a proven track record, and for every one of those, there are a half-dozen sites that just seem shady to me.  For some amount of $$, they will tweet your book, or Facebook your book, or send out an email to their bazillion subscribers.

Perhaps I’m just the cynical type, but I have yet to hear of these sites having great success.  Perhaps I’m just not talking to the right people, and I don’t doubt that some of those sites can have a positive impact on sales, but to me the ‘post publishing’ marketing world seems rife with with snake-oil sites and pie-in-the-sky promises that prey on the desperate author.

If you have used any sites like this, I would love to hear about your experiences.  Did they work for you?  Was it a disappointing waste of money and time?

My Father’s Prostitute awarded 5 stars by Readers Favorite

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Woke up this morning to find that the Readers Favorite website has awarded My Father’s Prostitute a shiny 5 stars and calls it “highly recommended“.  One can hope that this will carry over to their annual awards, which I hope would help to bring more awareness to the plight of child sexual abuse victims everywhere.

You can read the entire review at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/32507