Forward Steps

For those of you paying attention (and looking for a voice over job, perhaps), I have some deal for you.

First off, it’s official. “At Last” is available across all e-reader platforms. To celebrate this milestone, I’m offering 50% off on both books through Smashwords:

 

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 Go to Smashwords, use the coupon codes and before you can say supercalifragilisticexpealidocious, you’ve got good books cheap.

 

and if you are inclined to leave review in your wake (Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords, Barnes &Noble…), please do so.

 

In the words of Vice President Joe Biden, “this is a big fucking deal.” (He really said that to the President when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. The one the Republicans have voted 52 times to repeal. And are suing the President because he he’s not enforcing some provisions of it).its moving me closer to the tipping point where I may bump into someone one the street with one of my books. With the advent of the e-reader, I’m not likely to see a paperback clutched under the arm, but maybe I’ll be recognized. THAT’S rock star status.

The other “thing” is that the same advances in technology that have gotten me to publish also allow the possibility of converting “These Foolish Things” and “At Last” into audiobooks. I just need vocal talent. And maybe a producer. If you are interested/curious, follow the link.

ACX Narrator Link

When this happens, I think I will pass out in a coma of joy.

So, to recap: half off at Smashwords and YOUR chance to become the next Morgan Freeman.

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Ta Da!

Semi big news today.

For starters, “At Last” has been accepted in the Smashwords premium catalog which means that the e-book is not only available through the Smashwords site, but will also be available for purchase through the Barnes & Noble website, Kobo, Page Foundry…

This is cool. This is really cool.

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Secondly, I just finished uploading samples from both “These Foolish Things” and “At Last” to ACX to POSSIBLY (not a done deal by a long shot) be turned into… AUDIOBOOKS. All my actress friends looking for voice work? Find a producer and audition. I’m serious.

Link to audition for “These Foolish Things”

 

Link to audition for “At Last”

 

I am not a religious person (spiritual, yes, with Protestant – not fundamentalist, Protestant – leanings), but I try to be careful with pride. It is one of the seven deadly sins (along with gluttony, of which I have been accused. By a manipulative control freak who realized I had rejected her influence. That’s a different book). I am happy for my friends and their accomplishments rather than proud of them; to me (and only to me) pride is appropriate when you had a hand in their success, like teaching a kid to ride a bike and the kid goes on to win the Tour de France (without later being stripped of the title for doping). Me being proud, though, can be a highway to arrogance. And arrogance gets me in trouble. So, I am happy and relieved that I have gotten “At Last” to a point where it can be more widely accessed. And given the nonsense I went through to get the samples of the books loaded into ACX (Really. Actress friends: go audition. Be a producer), happy and relieved to have that important first step behind me.

All in all, a good day.

 

Me! Me! Me!

Today’s post is all about self-promotion. I will be adding a page so that the two or three of you that read this can actually come see me at upcoming signing events and (respectfully , politely, not in a creepy way) stalk me.

My Goodreads author profile:

Susan Thatcher on Goodreads

now has answers to questions. I’m interactive. Try me out.

I’ve finally compromised with my iPad (I won’t ask it to act like a computer and it will let email documents). I made two teasers for the books.

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You’re right! There’s only one. Keep reading.

I’m working on making “At Last” available on multiple e-book platforms. Not yet a done deal (part of the iPad limitation issue). When it is cleared through the Smashwords Premium catalog, you’ll be able to get it through Nook, Kobo, and ITunes. THAT’s when I’ll post the “At Last” teaser in this space. I don’t want to confuse and irritate potential readers. Not over this anyway.

The paperbacks are available for order through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, Amazon UK, Vromans, and Diesel. Or the “Buy It Now” link upstairs.

Forward progress. Baby steps, but they’re going forward.

Time to Get My Gemini On

No pictures in this one. Mario, my laptop, finally went to the Best Buy In The Sky, and since my experience with adding photos on this iPad has been “add photo, process stops dead.” So, no pictures.

I am a Windows girl (and yes, I hear the chorus of jeers from the MacSnobs out there). Trying to.navigate my way through iOS And its advantages, quirks, and limitations has severely trusted my patience and frustration threshold. Windows? No sweat. I may grind my teeth and curse Bill Gates at some of the “improvements” added to ne’er versions, but on the whole, I manage to stumble through without committing mayhem.  IPad? Argh!

Why, ay, oh why, does it think that the ONLY thing I could possibly want to attach or upload would be pictures ? What about resumes? Sections of writing? Terse replies to idiots? I’m working with the ACX sited right now to submit “These Foolish Things” and “At Last” to be made into audiobooks (YES. you can do that through Amazon. Cool, huh?). Okay. Fine. How do I get the samples from Dropbox uploaded into the site when iPad asks me if I want to upload from my camera roll?

Ayieee.

i downloaded something called an uploaded and we’ll see if that helps.

Ive been watching “American Ninja Warriors” and those guys (and gals. Kacy Catanzaro is amazing) have to figure out how to use what they have. Tonight, the Venice final included an obstacle called “Cannonball Alley” which had the contestants falling from it like monkeys off a greased pole. Drunk monkeys.. It was 3 balls strung at intervals , increasing in size. Guys were making it past the first and second balls, but couldn’t solve the third, largest ball. The first man to make it through swung himself while clinging to the second ball, grabbed the third ball with his legs, and then flipped to the mats on the other side of the obstacle.

Thinking outside the box.

and that’s what I need to do.