Friday, December 30, 2011

2012 - The Year I Write 4 Novels


Now that 2011 has come and gone, I can look back and smile at what I have accomplished. Go ahead, smile with me.

During the course of the year, I went from planning on finishing the first book for Miscorrection to doing so much more. I also wrote five short stories and a novel under a pen name. In total, I wrote about 185,000 words this year and learned more than I ever thought I would.

I've also met some great online writer friends like Jeff Ambrose and Steve Umstead. Jeff's been integral in helping me learn more about writing, offering tips and tricks and books to read to help my craft. Steve, through writing his Gabriel Trilogy, has shown me that you can write three novels in a year. Plus, I've watched his marketing and see that it has paid off for him.

As I look to 2012, I need to top what I did this year. So here is my goal. I plan to write and self-publish four novels in 2012. Two of the novels will finish up the Miscorrection trilogy. The other two novels will be in the Fram Gage series under my pen name Desmond Shepherd.

Can I do it? I think so. It will require that I write in the neighborhood of 300,000 words. A couple of years ago, that sounded like a lot. Now? It definitely sounds doable.

So 2012 ... it's an important year. It's going to be the year in which I write four novels.

Smile! :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Got a new Kindle? Get a free book, too!

I'm guessing there are one or two people out there who recently were given a Kindle. Maybe even three. There's really no way for me to know an exact number.

Regardless, there are new Kindle owners out there. Basically, they've got their cake. But what's cake without some icing?

That's why I've decided to make Fram Gage and The Infinite Ability available for free from December 25, 2011 to December 27, 2011. Consider it the icing on the cake!

Click here to get Fram Gage and The Infinite Ability free for your Amazon Kindle!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Guest Blog Post "My Reading History"

Hey all! Just a quick note to let you know you should head over to Jeff Ambrose's blog and read a guest post I wrote. It's all about my reading history, which could be boring. So I made sure to add a little surprise at the end ... one that will benefit your reading history!

So check it out! "My Reading History" by B.C. Young

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Kindle Owner's Lending Library

***UPDATE: Due to the terms of exclusivity for KDP Select, I had to remove Miscorrection: Preludes and Don't Blink from the service. However, you can still purchase those books from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and other eBook retailers.***

Hey all! I got some great news. A few months back I made  a post called "eBook Subscription Service". Basically it talked about a potential "Netflix" style service that Amazon might be offering for the Kindle.

Well that service was announced and is called the Kindle Owner's Lending Library. It allows all Amazon Prime members to "check out" one book a month for free. The downside of the service was that it did not allow self-published authors like myself to be a part of the program.

Well that has all changed. Effective today, Amazon has started offering self-published authors the option to put books into the Kindle Owner's Lending Library. Of course, since I was giddy to do this in the first place, I have committed several of my books to the service.  The following three books are currently available:

Click the book cover to be taken to the Amazon product page for the book.

In the future, I expect to make more books available, so check back often.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Future of Miscorrection

I'm back. After a brief hiatus from the Miscorrection series for the past four months, I'm feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. I'm ready to get back into writing the series.

Last week, I started writing the story after outlining it roughly the week before. The Book 2 story has been in my head for years, so getting it outlined was not an issue. But  I did have an issue with my approach.

As you may know, I wrote Book 1 of Miscorrection as a series of six novelettes/novellas. I did this for a number of reasons, but the main one was my inexperience in writing. Writing Book 1 as a novel felt overwhelming, so I broke it down into six smaller stories that I could manage.

Great idea at the time, but as I thought about writing Book 2, I felt that approach might be wrong. After debating it in my head for a few weeks, I decided to write Book 2 as a novel. It will work out better and allow me to develop the plot in fuller detail.

This has left me with a minor problem. If Book 1 is six shorter stories and Book 2  is a novel, do the two compliment each other? Or do they make the series confusing? I think it is the latter. So, I am overhauling the series a little. No, I'm not rewriting Book 1 as a novel. Rather, I will take the "Book 1" completely off the title and rename it to Miscorrection: Preludes. The book I'm writing now will be titled in a similar fashion.

Instead of publishing a new book for this change, I will update Miscorrection: Book 1 (Sunrise to Sundown) with a new title, cover, and some inside changes. Currently, all sales of the book are on the Amazon Kindle, so I will make Amazon aware of the update so they can contact the customers who bought it already, if they want the new copy. This only applies to the eBook version as the print version will remain as it is. Who knows, maybe that one and the standalone eBooks of each story will be collector's items in a few years!

It was a tough decision to do this, but I think ultimately a very important one. As I continue to write Miscorrection 2, I'll reveal more information about it.

What do you think about my choice? Feel free to tell me in the comments below.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

November 2011 Sales Numbers

Well, another month has passed. That means it is time for me to report my eBook sales. Let's just say that compared to the past three months, these sales are not as good. I'm not worried though. I'll just keep writing and putting out more books. It will get better with time.

I released two books during November. The first is Don't Blink. This is a collection of 40 flash fiction stories I wrote. Unfortunately, I didn't see any sales of the book.

On a high note, Fram Gage and The Infinite Ability released before December. While it was technically available starting November 23, 2011, I didn't promote it until November 25, 2011. From that point until now the book has sold faster than anything previously published by me (me being B.C. Young and Desmond Shepherd). So I'm happy about that. Don't forget, between now and December 7, 2011 you can pick up the book for only $0.99. That's 75% off the regular price of $3.99!

Without further delay, here are my November 2011 sales numbers.

November 2011 Paid Sales Numbers:

Total Paid November Sales: 18