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Writers' Cafe / Success! Thank You Kindleboards!
« on: March 24, 2011, 12:17:26 PM »
I've been published for almost a month now, and I'm very happy. Publishing on Kindle has been dream come true! Watching the sales report number has become the highlight of my day. I never could have imagined being a success! Actually, I did imagine it, but I guess I never believed it would really happen. Despite having very few reviews, the ones I have received have all been very positive! I wish I could find a way to motivate more of my readers to leave a review. I assume they must be spreading the word, because how else would people be hearing about it?

I read these forums every day. There is SO much helpful advice, that it's almost overwhelming at times. I don't post a whole lot, I'm still new here, and I feel like EVERYBODY knows more than I do, but I'm learning.

Oh my goodness! Even as I write this message, my wife called to tell me that I've been asked to do my first book signing! By a Financial Bank of all places. Bizarre! Of course I'll do it. The Bank Manager apparently heard about my book through word of mouth and loved it. That's the secret I think. Word of mouth.

Whew! I ordered 50 copies to sell by hand, and I thought, "Those will last me awhile." WRONG! I recieved them two days ago and I'm down to 7 copies. I'll be ordering more tonight!

Thank you Kindleboards! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Let's Talk Kindle! / Wall adapter seems too hot
« on: March 21, 2011, 08:45:26 PM »
Has anyone noticed the wall adapter getting hot? Been using the computer to charge my mom's kindle because the wall adapter gets really hot. Fire makes me nervous when there are so many children in my house all the time.

Writers' Cafe / Anyone having luck with the Smashwords promo?
« on: March 07, 2011, 10:57:19 AM »
Is it bad form to talk actual numbers? Well I'm new to the book selling game so I'm sure someone will let me know, but I've been pleased to see 26 copies get downloaded since the Smashwords promotion began. Its awesome knowing that people out there are finally reading my work. Now if only I knew what they thought of it...

The Book Bazaar / The Switch and the Soul, R.Chaffee $2.99
« on: March 04, 2011, 08:28:20 PM »

My favorite authors are King, Koontz, Goodkind, Brooks. I'd compare the genre of The Switch and the Soul to that of  King, or Koontz.

Suspense, Thriller

Product Description:
Trip was a dangerous man, as is any man on a mission from God. He was filled with righteous anger and single-mindedly bent on dispensing justice to the wicked. He was no saint himself, and he knew it, but it didn't take a saint, to know right from wrong. His heart was his compass, and it was leading him to a place where he could find forgiveness for the blood on his soul.

Mickey had an appetite for blood. From its silky texture to its coppery taste, he knew its flavor intimately. His palette was finely tuned to weed the good from the bad, the infected from the pure. He was looking for just the right girl, a girl untainted and unspoiled, in a world where innocence was all but lost. His own purity and innocence was not in question. Those facts were as certain as his sanity, and nothing was going to stand between him and the girl of his dreams.

Jenny was a regular girl. She was living a regular life. There was nothing strange or abnormal about anything she did. She liked Hannah Montana, Miranda Cosgrove, and Taylor Swift. She loved her mom and dad, and her grandparents too. She was kind and respectful and considerate of others. She was innocent and pure and completely naïve… but all that was before she found the head… before her very mind began to unravel.

The truth is never black or white.

Let's Talk Kindle! / My wife says I cant have a Kindle!
« on: March 04, 2011, 02:15:15 PM »
My wife says I have too many gadgets already. Sheesh! As if that's even possible. She says I can read my kindle books on my Android, my Ipad, my laptop or my desktop. She doesn't understand. A man's just got to have his gadgets. Am I wrong?

So I've come to you, you lovers of kindle. What clever argument can I offer up on my behalf?

Make them good, she's not easily fooled. Lol

Introductions & Welcomes / learning to be sociable
« on: March 03, 2011, 11:35:57 AM »
It's hard to be sociable when you're an introvert like me. Heck, I can't even goto church most weekends, because the people there won't stop smiling and talking and trying to shake my hand. The Horror!
It's not that I don't like people. Most people are great. The truth is, I'm a big coward. I always have been.

I didn't always call it that. I use to call it, "being shy" or "being sensative" All the girls dig the shy, sensative guys right? Hmm, maybe not. I guess it doesn't matter anyway, I'm married with two kids; working on a third one now. Can't wait...2am feedings, dirty diapers...oh wait, maybe I can!

 So I'm an introvert, but what does that mean? Well, for me, it means my wife has to order for me at Red Robin, because I'm too much of a coward(sorry--shy) to talk to the pretty waitresses. She also holds my hand when I goto the doctor, answers questions for me whenever I get that dear-in-the-headlights look, and generally provides a buffer between me and the rest of the world.

So you might be asking yourself, "How did a guy like that end up with a wife in the first place?" Good question. All I can say is, if you want something bad enough, you'll come out of your comfort zone to get it. That's how much I love my wife.

That also leads me to the reason I'm here. I'm told that to be successful as an author, one needs to be, both talented at writing, and sociable with the readership. I work constantly to improve my skills as a writer, now it's time to engage the community; to become a part of the very lives I hope to enrich.

I hope to make many friends here.

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