Friday, February 17, 2012


For the past four months all of my novels and screenplays have been priced at 99 cents each. Sales increased but of course royalty revenue decreased. Last week I  raised the price on seven of my novels. My six screenplays and one novel are still priced at 99 cents. One may ask why I’m announcing the price increase -- I have 40 reasons – the 40 tykes at Nutre Hogar in Chiriqui, my charity of choice. More revenue means more help.

I recently attempted to convince some local commercial enterprises to pledge and pay a monthly amount, $25 to $30 and become corporate sponsors. I was met with negative responses or at the very best a non-commitment. I don’t understand the mind set. There are a lot of charities soliciting for money; from unwed mothers, orphans, to spay and neuter clinics. STARVING OR MALNOURISHED BABIES I would think should trump all other. Over the past five years I’ve spoken with a lot of the gringo community and some seem interested. However, there have been too many one-in-a-row participants and not enough dedicated individuals. Panama in not a third world country but the indigenous peoples of Panam represent third world mentality; prime examples of willful ignorance. Free education, Peace Corps volunteers, missionaries, government agencies, and private individuals all try to help these people. It doesn’t seem to help. These forty children at Nutre Hogar are all from that primitive culture. It’s a shame and the tykes are the ones that pay the price.

Friday, February 3, 2012


Writing books is enjoyable, challenging and at the end is extremely soul-rewarding. The editing process is a pain but necessary, and then there is the actual publishing and selling.

Over time my sales have increased just because they are out there and because I have eight novels and six screenplays to sell. There are many authors who just write a single novel or non-fiction and can’t get past the one book syndrome. Some continue to write but they rewrite stories that originated a hundred years ago by some other author or historical event.

All that aside most of the prolific writers choose to self publish through a myriad of retailers; Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the wholesaler, Smashwords. There are other retailers like Diesel, Apple, Sony and other gadget providers.

My novels and screenplays are well represented by the Amazon Kindle Store. Regardless of your reading device, most have free software available through the Kindle Store. The exception is the Nook by Barnes and Noble. I personally use my Kindle and can also use my Android smart phone. Some of my friends use their Blackberry phones, their IPods, tablets, and even their Nokia cell phones.

Analyzing last year’s sales it certainly apparent to me that Amazon Kindle Store outsells all the others hands down. Even the UK Kindle store is active. Sooo, I’ve decided to focus only on Amazon. They give me an entire page for my bio, my blog is available through their site and of course their promotions are top shelf. If you want to continue buying my books for 99 cents, you will have to go to Amazon Kindle Store. Download the free Kindle reader software and enjoy. I’m going to raise my prices on Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. I’m considering dropping those other retailers if they don’t start performing. Maintaining my books on those sites takes away from my writing. Since I hold 100% of all rights to my work, I’m considering selling directly from a website. Time and finances will determine if this notion comes to fruition.

In the meantime, open an account at Amazon and enjoy my work for only 99 cents each.