Category: Random Ramblings

On being an author, raising prices and paying myself

If anybody actually tracks my prices, they'll note that today everything jumped by several dollars per piece. I can hear the gasps of "Why would you do that?" already. The answer is simple. I realized that, as a whole, I was undervaluaing my work. This is detrimental to me, and also to other authors both existing and who want to enter the space. I know I might lose sales from it. Then again, maybe not. Some Perspective Let's look at the bottom of the stack. Cimmerian Sunset jumped to a whopping, wait for it, $2.99. Some will say that at 12,000 words the price is a bit steep given today's glut of free and 99 cent ebooks of similar length. I'm going to go out on a limb, and say that it's still extremely affordable, even inexpensive. Why? Think about it. If you walk into a coffee shop you're going to easily pay that much for a cup of plain coffee, no frothing, no espresso. That coffee will last for about half an hour. However, since the average adult reads at 250 words per minute, you can expect that Cimmerian Sunset will take about 45 minutes to read. You've already had an extra 15 minutes of enjoyment. But the coffee is a physical product with expenses such as materials and labor costs, an ebook has unlimited copies without the expense! Not really. There are expenses involved, even for people like me who do everything themselves. Sure that cup of coffee has a…

Why (IMHO) The Affordable Care Act addresses only part of the problem.

Let's start with the positive. I'm excited about Obamacare. Yes, that monthly payment is going to make a serious dent in any discretionary funds I have, but considering I'm fat, and fat is a preexisting condition, it means I'll be able to get coverage that doesn't surpass the cost of a mortgage payment. I'm excited about being able to go to the doctor again for the simple things, things any insured person would balk at not looking at, but would have cost me hundreds of dollars just to walk through the door. The old way, for me...   I had an ear infection over the summer, though there wasn't pain I had severely diminished hearing in one ear for almost 2 months while I had to wait it out. When I told people that was what was wrong they just looked at me like I was from another planet. Who doesn't go to the doctor to get the antibiotics to cure an ear infection? I didn't. I couldn't afford the $300 out of pocket to go to the doctor at that time, plus whatever they prescribed. But here we come to the crux of the problem. Even in the above example of how Obamacare will help, there is one critical component that I did not address. That is getting into the doctor in the first place. Are there enough doctors for Obamacare? I live in a region where there are waiting lists for primary care physicians, and if a specialist…

Random Sale & Some Random Ramblings

One day I really will get into the habit of blogging on a regular basis. I mean part of my JOB DESCRIPTION is blogging for clients so I don't understand why my brain just seems to melt when it comes to blogging for myself. Ok, now the part you probably all want to know... "What's this about a sale?" Yes, I got kinda in a 'want to have a sale' mood, so I'm having one. Through April 30th all of my books are only 99 cents for the e-book versions. Rather than make you scroll, here are the links: On Amazon: The Vampire Hunter Chronicles - http://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Hunter-Chronicles-Jennifer-Waller/dp/1475092008/ Torn - http://www.amazon.com/Torn-Jennifer-Waller/dp/1597901016/ Dark System: Hallan - http://www.amazon.com/Dark-System-Hallan-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B009ANBUWK/ On Smashwords: The Vampire Hunter Chronicles - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/239540 The others are coming to Smashwords, I'm just being slow about it. In Other News... Dark System - Editing on the second book in the Dark System Trilogy, Elios, is slowly happening. It will be released at some point so just hang in there. I had some computer issues at the start of the year and despite having a new machine for almost 2 months now I haven't quite got my groove back. I'm still now sure how well this thing will render when it comes time to make the cover. Fright - I thought long and hard about this, I mean the story has been free here for probably 8 years. However, I think that it's not getting the exposure I'd like languishing in the short story section. So my plans are to take…

Death, Bereavement and the Digital Graveyard

I woke up this morning to see a slew of thoughts and condolences on one of my social networks. A young woman had passed unexpectedly a few days ago, leaving a husband and young children to mourn her sudden demise. The woman's online friends, a group of people spanning the world, were notified this morning when her still grieving husband logged on to her social accounts to let people that she had never even met face to face know of the loss. One of the things said by the husband was that he planned to leave her accounts open, because it's what she would have wanted. It is a truth facing those of the digital age. Our circle of friends is no longer limited by those people we have met face to face. Our only connection to some of our closest friends is established through use of mediums such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype, MMO games and online worlds. There are even friendships going back to the days of BBS and modems. I've cheered for friends who have gotten married and had children, and yet have never heard their voice. I have only seen their words online. Today we are connected in ways that our forefathers could never have imagined. However, these connections also come with a price. Namely, how do we as a species grieve when there is only a digital totem to honor the departed. Sure, there are physical sites to be visited, but how many really have the…

Dear web designers…

There is something that a good percentage of you still insist on doing, and whether you know it or not you ARE driving away visitors and potential customers as you are actually causing them physical pain in your web design. I'm talking about the dreaded white text/dark background. I used to think it was just me, that I was the only one who would get such severe eyestrain after looking at a site with light text on a dark background that I didn't say anything. However over the years I have seen enough other people complain of the same issues with these types of sites that I'm lead to believe that it's more common than thought. Here are a few things to think of when you wonder why this color scheme might not be the best choice. Probably 75% of the time, if I see white on black (as opposed to black on white) I'm backing out of the webpage... Immediately, without reading a single word. I know once I get started I am introducing the possibility for pain. If I DO stay (you better have some compelling content to make it this far) the next thing I do is look at the font size. Most of the time you have failed me as a user on multiple levels by not only doing the dreaded white on black... but by using microscopic font as well. Text zoom to the rescue if I want to stick around after a paragraph or…

The Vampire Hunter Chronicles is FREE today June 15th, 2012

 Missed your chance to grab The Vampire Hunter Chronicles for FREE last time? Well today you have another shot. Today,June 15th 2012 the Vampire Hunter Chronicles is free again. Grab it now and don't miss out! The Vampire Hunter Chronicles While you're here, take a moment to ensure you never miss out on another free day, important blog post or new release. Sign up for my mailing list in the sidebar. Finally, don't forget to spread the word and gets your friends in on the free book action. Use the buttons below the post to share to several social networks! Once you're done reading please take a moment to leave a review on either amazon or goodreads. Muah! <3

So…

chapter 5 is up. In order to keep things tidy, and readable, I'm going to make the pages that I post the complete chapters to no longer than 5 chapters. So you'll see another page go up with chapters 6-10, another with 11 and so on. Hopefully that'll keep things easy to work with and read. Chapter 6 should start on my livejournal tomorrow. also, please check out dreamsindigitalart.com. I posted some new art and wallpapers this week, and am introducing cell phone wallpapers as freebies as well.

Hopefully Coming soon…

Been busy with the digital art side of my life lately. To see what I've been up to please visit http://dreamsindigitalart.com Anyway, I soon hope to be able to put some of my unique crafts up for sale on this site. I originally hoped that I would be able to implement a shopping cart system, but due to limitations in my hosting package that is not currently an option. So I'm looking at paypal's buy now buttons. It may be for the better anyway since many pieces are one of a kind, and therefore I won't constantly be editing the backend of a shopping cart. Keep checking back as I decide how I'm going to implement the sale of crafts on the site. Also, for anybody who still cares. I don't plan to be selling any of my soap or toiletry creations this way at the moment because my stock has aged beyond the point where I feel comfortable asking money for it. I don't mind using it myself as it's still fine, but it will not be sold. Only non-perishable items will be sold in this manner on this site. Thanks, and hope you keep checking in. :D