A large section of time has elapsed since my last posting. Chris Smoot and I took a run at starting a "shopper" here in Chiriqui -- In two languages. Unfortunately, we were the only two people interested in the concept. We invested a lot of time and money, only to be dissapointed in the end. We dissolved our endeavor a month ago. So for me it's back to the basics. Writing and publishing.
I currently have one book in print. It's entitled PARTNERS. It was released in 2005. The timing was unfortunate. I was out promoting this contemporary western novel during the high hype of the movie "Broke Back Mountain". (the story of two homo's that wore cowboy hats). Without exception, when I was at a book signing, someone would ask, "is this the book about the gay cowboys?" The ensuing discussion always left a chill in the air -- resulted in poor sales.
I did a national tour with Michael Blake (author of Dances with Wolves). Michael was promoting his first non-fiction book, INDIAN YELL. Even piggy backing on his fame, book sales were marginal at best. I could never make the math work. Spend $12,000.00 promoting (travel, hotels, food, etc.) to sell 3000 books with a royalty payment of $.96 each. So, I quit and returned to my home in Panama. I continued writing, however. I have several completed manuscripts that have been reviewed by publishers and contracts issued. I didn't sign because I would have to return to the US to do the promotional gigs.
Electronic books have held an alure. For a decade, I've held the opinion that e-books are the future of publishing. Amazon dot com has blazed the way with their Kindle reading device. Each generation of this device has gotten smaller and less expensive. AND, their library of e-books has swollen to almost a million titles.
Yesterday, November 18th, 2010, I uploaded one of my manuscripts into Library of Congress (copyright office) and later, to the Amazon Kindle Library. I also ordered the latest Kindle with WIFI and 3G capabilities.
So, in summary, I joined the thousands of authors who've embraced e-books. Look for CRYSTAL COWBOY in the fiction section of the Amazon Kindle library.
Direct Purchase Instructions
Thank you for investigating my new form of selling my novels.Go to my Amazon link -- the one on the far right of this page. Click and scroll through the titles. Choose one to preview. Please read the preview. If it appeals to you, you have a choice to make. If not, try another. NOTE that all titles are 9.99 and that my titles are not part of any Amazon give-away program. My novels are no longer free -- from anywhere. Not Amazon, not Bookbub, not Smashwords, Diesel, or some Russian hacker. So, now you have to decide. 1. click and purchase the book from Amazon -- or2. contact me and buy it for 50% less. 60% less if you are a member of my blog.If you choose the second option, contact me via e-mail email@example.com and tell me the title. I'll give you a price. You send me the money via PayPal and I'll send you a zip file with the novel in these formats: PDF, MOBI, and Epub. You can then upload whichever format you choose to your reading device. Sound fair? Happy reading.RWHPSFor those of you in the Philippines, I accept cash via Palawan. Contact me for my mobile number.