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Usually pretty flawless, but this morning it's not reporting the giveaways. Just wondering if it's only me.

Writers' Cafe / I Want One of These!
« on: October 22, 2014, 09:09:56 AM »
Not sure if I'd actually use it, but it's so darn cute . . .


Writers' Cafe / Check your email--Smashwords is paying!
« on: April 26, 2013, 03:51:09 PM »
First quarter payment: $47.01. All Apple sales. Considering that for the first year I was on Smashwords I made zilch, I'll happily take it.

Writers' Cafe / One reason I find Smashwords very frustrating
« on: February 11, 2012, 09:34:06 AM »
So, I wanted to raise the price on one of my Amazon books from .99 to 2.99. I know Amazon won't allow it if the book is less at other vendors, so I raised it on PubIt and Smashwords first. No problem on PubIt; the change took affect almost immediately. No problem on the main Smashwords site either. Again, the price changed right away. But . . . I've been waiting forever to see the trickle down to the vendors Smashwords distributes to. Maybe I'm just being impatient. It's been about three weeks now and I'm still waiting for Sony to raise their price. iBooks finally did a couple of days ago.

Just grumbling here, but it makes me think twice about putting anything through Smashwords just because of what a pain it is to tweak pricing. (And for me, at least, the sales are so low it's almost not worth it.) I'll be very happy if and when we can directly upload and control our works on those other bookseller sites like we can on PubIt and Amazon.

Sorry for the rant. Haven't had enough coffee yet.  >:(

Writers' Cafe / Pubit! down today?
« on: October 05, 2011, 08:40:39 PM »
So is it just me, or is anyone else having trouble logging onto Pubit! today?

Writers' Cafe / I finally have something in common with J.A. Konrath
« on: September 20, 2011, 12:17:44 PM »
I've been pirated!

Imagine my surprise when last night as I was Googling myself (which I do from time to time just to see what's being attributed to me, right or wrong), I came across a reference to one of my books that was embedded in a bunch of gobblygook. When I clicked on the link to my book, lo and behold, up came a page containing my book in every type of file format you can think of, with a nice little download button next to each one. Of course, I couldn't download my own book, because I'm not a "member" of "Share Master" or "VIP Media Support", or whatever it's calling itself today. My husband poked around a little bit further and determined the site is Russian in origin. Gee, what a surprise.

My thought is, this isn't really affecting my sales (or lack thereof), as my book is religious in nature and I like to think my customer base is more honest than that. Plus, it wasn't easy to find. (In fact, I couldn't find it this morning when I tried.) Nonetheless, it's disappointing how many crooks there are out there. And if my little niche book has been pirated, I can only imagine that just about everyone else's on this board has been too.

Wish I had something more uplifting to post . . .


The Book Bazaar / New Book of Saints Stories for Kids
« on: August 06, 2011, 09:52:35 AM »
Would like to announce the release of The Medal from Heaven, a collection of previously published and new short stories for kids that highlight spectacular episodes in the lives of some of the Catholic Church's best-known saints. Half of the stories were featured in the now-defunct kids magazine My Friend and half are new. Appropriate for the 8-12 age group. Only $1.99 and illustrated too!

Thanks for reading!


Writers' Cafe / Which cover should I use?
« on: July 15, 2011, 12:20:22 PM »
Hi all,

I'd appreciate any input regarding which cover to go with. The blue is my old one, but I'm tweaking the manuscript right now and thought maybe a new cover is in order too.


(BTW The red lettering isn't blurry on the original . . . just in the shrunk-down version for this post.)


Writers' Cafe / I thought June was bad . . .
« on: July 11, 2011, 09:14:58 AM »
. . . until I checked my July stats. Ugh. Four sales all month. By far my slowest start to a month ever. Gotta get readers to stop with the fun and sun!



Writers' Cafe / Anyone had any success with books for small children?
« on: June 27, 2011, 09:45:35 PM »
I know there are plenty of YA success stories out there, but I'm wondering about books for younger kids, like picture books and easy-to-read chapter books.  I just uploaded one of my own and am curious as to other writers' experiences.



Whimsical children's picture book about unnerving night noises. Funny color pictures and rhyming text make for a great read-out-loud (or read-alone) book for the preschool through 2nd grade crowd.

Although the pictures are in vivid color (and yes, they look great on the Nook tablet), they still come across fine in shades of grey on the Kindle. And, of course, the Kindle app handles the colors great.

If anyone knows ereader owners with small children who might be interested in an easy-to-read, funny bedtime story, please pass the word (or the link!)

Thanks for reading.

M.B. Ryther

The Book Bazaar / New Catholic YA book on angels and saints
« on: February 05, 2011, 01:51:27 PM »
Partners in Holiness: Guardian Angels in the Lives of the Saints

No danger of this one knocking anyone's indie romances or thrillers off the bestseller lists. Definitely a niche book. But I thought I'd throw up the announcement anyway. A chapter of this book was published years ago in a Catholic print magazine. Hoping it finds some new life now in the digital era.

M.B. (Melaine)

Just Open a Vein: A Book of Quotes for Writers

The Book Bazaar / For all you writers out there . . .
« on: January 11, 2011, 12:07:25 AM »
Need an inspiration break? I've recently published a fast, fun (and cheap!) read, Just Open a Vein: A Book of Quotes for Writers, that just might get your juices flowing again after that next cup of coffee. Sure, you can pull quotes for free off of the Internet, but what makes this little book unique is that the over-350 compiled quotes are arranged in 17 chapters ranging in topics from Blank Pages to Taking Care of Business. Simply pick a topic, click on over to that section, and read what writers, past and present, have to say about it. Hopefully after that, you'll get back to work.  :D

I'm new to Kindle publishing, but not to the Kindle itself. My husband and I have enjoyed this cool little tool for over a year now. As I am a freelance writer by profession, it was inevitable, I guess, that I would end up on both sides of the Kindle realm--as a reader and as a writer. Gotta say, I'm lovin' every minute of it!

Thanks for taking a minute to read this post. Have a great day!

Just Open a Vein: A Book of Quotes for Writers

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