Saturday, December 31, 2011

Good bye 2011

This is my last posting of the year. There have been highs and lows.

As a writer, I met a personal goal of selling a novel. I also had a novelette published, My writing improved considerably since then and I'm relieved that it is no longer available.

The personal lows were numerous and I am not going the catalog them here. Suffice to say, I wouldn't wish it on anyone. I know that 2012 will be better.

Until next year, I remain, Dane Grannon

Monday, December 26, 2011

I am writing again and Baltimore Review

I read the Baltimore: the Plague Ships trade paperback. This is an excellent story with a rugged art style that I really like. Lord Baltimore is a well defined complex character who deserves his own book. I am very glad my old LCS was able to order then forward it to me. I now live 90 miles away, so I probably won't be back. Now I need to find another one.

The move closer to my job is paying great dividends. My energy level is considerably higher. I feel the urge to critique and write when I get home instead of eating dinner and going to bed. I've read and taken notes on three Stoker nominees. This year is going to be tough. Somehow I'll make my decisions.

I am also in the process of reviewing the novel I started for NaNoWriMo. So far, I've decided to keep about 14,000 words of the 21k. Yes, I know I didn't finish, but as I said at the time, I was just too tired.

I've been keeping an eye on the sales of some books that I've read and don't consider as well written as Lucky Streak and they are outselling it. I don't know whether it is price point, publicity, or they are just better, but it is disappointing. I plan to finish the re-write of Escape from Hope and post it during the first quarter of next year. With it under my control, I'll be able to experiment with the price.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sad tidings

Yesterday I learned that a friend from high school is in Hospice care following the return of her breast cancer. I am keeping her and her family in my thoughts this season.

Until next time, I remain Dane Grannon

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lucky Streak sold something

I want to thank the unknown person who purchased a copy of Lucky Streak. The dry spell may be ending.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Time with my kids. Last in the old place.

I spent this evening watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Flight Before Christmas, and the TV friendly version of Christmas Vacation with my kids. Everyone enjoyed it.

An important plot point of Christmas Vacation revolves around Clark's bonus. I can't remember the last bonus I received. Far from it, this year the client announced a 10% cut in bill rates for contractors. My company has tight margins, so they were forced to pass along a 10% reduction in my rate.

I'm very happy to have a job. I wish that my writing came close to replacing the list income, but I don't see that happening. I've decided to complete the rewrite of Escape From Hope and post it for $.99.

Until next time, I remain Dane Grannon

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Still not writing

I haven't written a single sentence outside of work since my last post. I don't know whether this means that I'm going to stop writing or not. My energy level is such that all I want to do when I get home from work is sleep.

If you check out Lucky Streak on Amazon, you will discover a new 4 star review. The man liked the aspects of my book that I thought were the most important. He posted the review on the Kindle Horror group on Facebook as well. As of yet, this has not resulted in any sales on Amazon. I'm not holding my breath.

I think the low sales show that I need serious help in marketing. If you are a marketer, don't bother contacting me. I do not currently have funds available to finance another campaign. My last set of Facebook adds resulted in Zero sales. This is disappointing as everyone who reads Lucky Streak enjoys it.

I passed up the opportunity to purchase Men of War issue #4 today. The comic has disappointed me for the last time.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon