Friday, April 13, 2012

This Week in Varicella

It's been a very busy week. In addition to my paying career I've also had a few interesting things going on with my new publishing venture. Christiana and I offered up the Blue Whale in the Bathtub for free on kindle. We did it on a whim really-they offer promotional tools for enrolling in the kdp program and we wanted to see if it would translate into sales. Three days after making the decision, the promotion happened and we gave away around 200 copies. I'm not sure if it was just friends and family or if people troll amazon for free stuff. No sales so far. We may run a three day promotion next month, or after we publish two more books: Keelia and the Blue whaleand Trolls Wanted. I also ordered a proof of the hard copy from create space. It arrived two days ago and looks pretty good. We may make a few small formatting changes, but it looks pretty good. For a 24 page picture book I'm worried the $10 price tag is a bit steep, but if we charge less we'll lose money on every sale. I haven't had much time to write lately, so I've been posting hastily written send-ups of the days headlines at the I've posted seven articles in seven days and today I discovered I was listed as featured writer. I'm averaging a five star rating and over two hundred page views per story. So I guess these are all good things and this week will be hard to top. The only way would be if I actually made money for something I wrote. CV

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Pear Song Revisited

I posted the pear song at audioboo. The link is on the right. The song is a bit rough-my voice isn't good and there's no music backing me up. On the other hand, the lyrics are clever and it's a catchy tune. I own the rights, so if any representatives of Big Pear stumble onto this site, feel free to give me a call. Pears: the new musical fruit!