Old Court Days Post 2

Started off the day with a nice pop tart. (Sorry it’s so large)

It was really great weather again, and I sold even more books than yesterday, so yeah that was real nice. I think I’m gonna have to order some books for the She Watches release at my local library.

Anyways, here’s some Snapchats from the day, and if any of you are on there feel free to follow me at davidkummer7. My username is usually something weird. As you can see, I have random musings a lot.

I’m gonna miss the caramel corn most of all

Old Courts Days Post 1

Thanks to my Snapchat, I can offer you a quick recap of today… told by pictures!

So basically… I had a barbeque craving (which was never quenched), sold a good amount of books, and met some very interesting people. Good day šŸ™‚ I’ll do it all again tomorrow, 9-5

Old Court Days (Coming Soon)

I’ll be posting pictures, updates, and everything else right here as they come in! My first author event where I’m selling books goes down tomorrow, and through Sunday. If you’re near Madison, Indiana, come check out Old Court Days and buy some stuff šŸ™‚

I’ll start you off with this picture of all the books I had to sign!

She Watches: Pre-order Now!

I’m super excited to announce that the highly-anticipated sequel to She: A Horror Novel is finally out!

BUY YOUR COPY HERE

Here’s a brief description for you, and some promotional advertisements šŸ™‚ It’s gonna be good, so get your copy as soon as possible!

“She still watches.

The nights grew longer and the streets became empty. There was nothing left in the city. What she had taken, none could restore. The terrible woman of the dark, who lived in the forest, who lived to destroy. She is a mystery; She was always mystery. And now She is back.

When Daniel Smith is lured home 20 years later, he has a family of his own and kids to care for. It’s been a long time away from Hardy, from the town where so much happened. There are demons waiting beneath every sidewalk and home -demons only he knows about.

Friends. Nightmares. Fears. Death. It all rises up from the murky past of the city.

Some things are meant to never come back.”

My Books Are Not For You To Drink

Ā If you read nothing else from this article, skip down to the last paragraph before “I Need You. We Need You.” Read from there on. That’s all I ask.

At one time or another, every one of us has been inside a bookstore. To some of us, it was Heaven. To others, it was a shortcut to a bathroom. Maybe it was at a huge mall,Ā three floors brimming with hardcovers. Or a local side street, where we could barely findĀ oneĀ hardcover. Whatever the case, whatever the outcome, all of us have been inside a bookstore, and we have experienced books.

Even that simple experience is being threatened.

There’s a problem, and it’s not social media. It’s notĀ a lack of time, or a lack of money. It’s a lack of books. And if you think that sounds ridiculous, you can click away from the article now. But you’ll regret it. When you realize buying books can save you money, make you enjoy life more, cause your brain to develop further, and doesn’t compare to anything you’ve experienced before… you won’t look back.

Facts For Authors (and curious readers)

I’m not talking about the self-published book revolution. That’s the whole deal with Kindles, where now everybody -and anybody- can publish books. Some see that as a terrible idea, stating that it “murks up the waters” or “overcrowds shelves.” Others see it as a glorious invention, a real Renaissance for literature. I’m somewhere in the middle, but that’s an article for a different time.

I’m also not talking about Big 6 publishers, and their slew of instant best sellers that assault us every week. If you’ve seen a book in a bookstore, with the cover facing outwards towards you, 99.99 percent of the time that’s a “Big 6” published book. This, also, is a controversial topic. Some people see those publishers as the lastĀ realĀ ones, the lastĀ realĀ authors working there. Others -usually the ones that approve of Kindles- avoid those books, in favor of small, indie books. I’m, again, somewhere in the middle. Many people are.

What I’m discussing today is the blatant decline of books. No, not the number of books. Not the number of quality books. I believe that both of those numbers are fine. We have plenty of books, and plenty of quality books. Maybe too much.

When I say that books are declining, I mean that the writers of those books are declining. I’ve seen this in many different forms, and so have you… if you’ve been paying attention. Even if you’re not an author, think with me for a second. How many 99 cents e-books have you seen lately? Tons. How many authors seem like they’re fighting for scraps, struggling for each individual sale? They are. There’s lots of them. You’ll see this on Facebook (constant advertisements, anyone?), on message boards (again, constant ads), and really anywhere you go. Both real life and internet, there are those who bomb you all the time saying “BUY MY BOOK!” “READ THIS!” and ultimately “TAKE A CHANCE ON ME!”

Because nobody else will.

Here’s the thing. “Big” publishers only account for around 20% of the bestselling books, and around 30% of sales. So small authors can no longer say “they’re taking all our sales.” They aren’t. But somebody is.

I think the “fighting for scraps from the Big 6’s table” is wrong, now. Statistics seem to say that they aren’t taking as much of the sales. Why does it seem like that? Because those 30% of sales are going to a small number of books. So basically, think about balloons. The Big 6 only has a few balloons, but they’re gigantic, out of this world, making millions of dollars easily. Those balloons take 30% of the sales. So the rest of the 70% falls to indie authors, small published authors, and similar stories.

If we’re all fighting for scraps, then we aren’t doing a very good job. There are a handful of indie authors who dominate the marketplace, so that’s there’s almost like 3 levels of writers nowadays.

  1. Big 6 writers
  2. Succesful indie writers
  3. Everybody else

I don’t have true statstics for these three levels, but if I had to guess how the pie is split it’s probably around 30%, 20%, and 50%. The problem? Those first two levels, the 30 and 20, are split between a few hundred writers. That last level, 50, is split between a few hundred-thousand.

How You Can Help

You have to stand out from the crowd, obviously, if you want to make money. That’s simple. But you also have to stress something to your readers. This is one of the scariest things to say to people, because you think, “What if they don’t like me after this? What if I come off as rude, or greedy?”

Listen, readers, writers, buyers, sellers, everybody. Books are worth more than 99 cents. 99 cents is less than a McDonalds drink. If you’re telling me that any book -even a crappy book- is worth less than a few dozen ounces of a soda… I won’t believe you. I can’t believe you. Because devaluing books is hurting everybody. It’s hurting creative people, and not only writers. Think about musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, and everybody else who is creative and takes a risk to follow their dream career.

We’re telling them, “What you are producing… is worth nothing. What you put hours of work into… is worth nothing. What you dreamed about and spent countless energy on and thought about constantly and worked hard to complete… is worth nothing.”

If you wonder why you see so many people throwing advertisement bombs at you 24/7 and overwhelming you with talk about their products, it’s because they feel like theyĀ haveĀ to. I mean, heck, my books are at 99 cents right now just so I can pay for gas by selling some. Right now, I make 35 cents a pop. I could up my price to 2.99 and make over 2 bucks a sale, but you know what? Those sales would dry up faster than anything.

I posted an article on here one time announcing I was increasing my sales price from 99 cents to 2.99. My sales… went away within a day. I went from selling 2, 3, 4 books a day to none. And guess what? I didn’t even raise the prices. I forgot to! But it was too late. The sales were gone.

That story isn’t so you feel bad for me, because honestly I’m in a better place than the majority of writers. I’m young, experimenting,Ā enjoying what I do,Ā and I still get to make about 20 or 30 bucks a month from it. I mean, hey! Not everybody likes scary books, so I can’t blame you all for not buying them. I can ask you something, though. When I set out to write this article, it was so people would come look at my blog and maybe I’d sell a book. I’ll be honest. But in the 60 minutes it took me to type this, I changed my mind.Ā I don’t want you to go buy my book. I want you to goĀ buy and readĀ anybody else’sĀ book.

I Need You. We Need You

But there are tons of books out there. Maybe… maybe instead of buying that new release movieĀ for 15 bucksĀ you could buy one book. Read one book. Review one book. Enjoy one book. What if you did that every month? Would you learn to love reading?

It would save you money, I guarantee. That time you spent reading would be time youĀ didn’tĀ buy something else on Amazon,Ā youĀ didn’tĀ scroll pointlessly through Facebook,Ā youĀ didn’tĀ get into another comment-battle over Donald Trump. And all of thatĀ not doing,Ā as well as 4 hours of enjoyment (depending on how fast you read), would cost… less than a Dairy Queen blizzard. You can find indie books for .99, 1.99, 2.99. Most of them stop at that. Some go up to 3.99 or 4.99. And yeah, you might not think that sounds great. You might think you don’t have time.

You have time. You have the money. And reading books isn’t just for school students, for teachers, for nerds. It may not be the cool thing to do. You may not get 20 likes for doing it. But you will not regret it.

I need you. We need you. To read a book. To read any book.

Try one of these authors today. Please.

 

Do you like thrillers, car chases, mysteries, suspense, plot twists, surprises? Check out Jordon Greene. Or Theresa Jacobs.

Do you like kids books, poetry, pictures, and a way to spend time with your little ones? Check out Theresa Jacobs. Or SojournerĀ McConnell

Do you like fantasy, adventures, sequels, and new lands full of strange creatures? Check out Jessica Hernandez.

Do you like paranormal romance, high drama, and your fair share of magic mystery? Check out Tima Maria Lacomba. Or Rose Montague.

Do you like mysterious places, frightening alleyways, and horrid monsters? Check out Jack Lewis.Ā Ā Or Jordon Greene.

If none of these genres appeals to you, don’t worry! There are millions of books on Amazon, and they have a great search method to help you find what you want. Once you find one book you enjoy, it becomes easier to find others. Try the first book, read it, immerse yourself in it, and I promise. You won’t look back.

 

 

Are you a nerd who wants to see book stats? Here you go. Either article.

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/63455-surprising-self-publishing-statistics.html

February 2016 Author Earnings Report: Amazon’s Ebook, Print, and Audio Sales

Call-In Show with Yvonne Mason (audio included)

I recently had the pleasure of being on Off The Chain with Yvonne Mason, which is an hour-long talk show that she hosts. It was a great time, and our discussions went all over the place. One moment, we were talking about books, and the next we discussed human fingers. You never know what’s gonna happen on these shows!

Listen to the audio for the full show, or skim through certain parts and find what interests you. A lot of the talk was background information about me that you probably haven’t heard before, and lots of information about my books, behind-the-scenes.

Enjoy! And check out her site here.

Summer Announcements

A few announcements to run by here. Summer’s about halfway over, I guess you could say, and already Cold, Gray EyesĀ released on June 1. I have one more release, one major book announcement, and of course some fun giveaways popping up here and there šŸ˜‰

First of all, Cruel, Gray Eyes comes out on July 1 and is available for pre-order if you go click on the book title. If you haven’t done that, I highly recommend pre-ordering because it gets you the book instantly when it’s published, you won’t forget about it, and it lets me know how much interest there is.

Secondly,Ā I’ve decided that I’ll be releasing both Mr. Telo books (the Eyes ones) as well as a third one, all bundled together in oneĀ paperback format. When is this gonna happen? Not for a while, sadly, but keep that in mind for all of you non-Kindle readers.**

Number after two,Ā I’m gonna have tons more giveaways, most of them in July! I’ve compiled a short list of the giveaways below (three of them) which you can copy, screenshot, or add to your calendar so you don’t forget. (These will also be on Facebook later).

As Trees Turned Away (Discounted)— June 25-28

Cold Gray Eyes (Free)— July 1

She: A Horror Novel (Free)— July 8

Lastly,Ā I hope to haveĀ a new book trailerĀ made by a good friend of mine who puts together absolutely amazing work. The book: She Watches. The trailer date: sometime in August. The excitement level: very high.

So that’s all! Stay tuned, ladies and gentlemen and kangaroos, because I have tons more stuff coming down the pipe, and a very game-changing prospect that I’ve been thinking on for a while. More on that in coming weeks šŸ˜‰ Stay goofy

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** If you want to know how to read Kindle books without using a Kindle, check out this helpful article I wrote.