Friday, February 18, 2011

In 1517, fifty innocent Aztec slaves were murdered. . .

while hiding the personal jewelry of Montezuma. Nearly 500 years later, expert scuba diver Mike Conrad never dreamed he would meet one of them--thirty feet underwater.

CURSED GOLD, my newest ebook short story, is free if you go here at and use this coupon code: QH43R. Hurry, though. The code is only good for two weeks.

By the way, the ebook comes in all different kinds of formats (i.e. Kindle, sony reader, internet brower, pdf, etc, so even if you don't have a Kindle or a Nook, you can still read it.

On a side note, this Valentines Day my hubby gave me a Kindle and one red rose. As he gave it to me he said, "I give you this with the risk of being completely ignored the rest of this year." Sadly, he's probably right. :-)

Coming up next week I will begin doing reviews of Indie authors who publish short stories online. Some of these are fabulous writers and illustrators, and I'm excited to get to know them better.


  1. Wow, that is a seriously great logline for your short story! Will have to check it out. Loved your husband's comment about the potential of being ignored. Precisely why I'm sure my husband never buys me books, much less a kindle! following you back, fellow crusader

  2. Great to meet you!
    And wow, a free short story! Running over now...

  3. Hey, nice cover; I like that. The book sounds intriguing, too. I'm popping in today as part of the Crusade--nice to meet you and your blog, and Happy Friday! :)

    Artzicarol Ramblings

  4. Already downloaded and ready to go! I'm thinking of starting to publish short stories on Smashwords, too. I'm looking forward to your reviews and hearing more about your experiences.

  5. What a brave husband to give you such a nice gift that may well absorb your free time, keeping him at bay. Don't let that happen. I hope you give my THE BEAR WITH TWO SHADOWS a try. I think you will like it. The link to my book on Amazon Kindle is now at the top of my blog.

    Thanks for visiting, commenting, and following, Roland

  6. Your eBook sounds fantastic! And I love what your husband said about the kindle :) Nice to meet you, fellow Crusader!

  7. Oh, this sounds like a great story! My high school Spanish teacher made sure we were all nuts about all things Aztec, so I will check it out. and good for you on the Kindle! I love hard copy books, but would definitely like a Kindle for travel and books that are only available that way...

  8. The books sounds awesome! Going to get my copy now.

  9. I have a Nook, so I know how your husband feels. They are highly addictive when you can read one book after another without having to get up and go get another book or anything like that. They are great. Best wishes. Fellow crusader and follower.

  10. Hi! I'm a fellow crusader and new follower. Nice to meet you.

  11. What a great Valentine's day gift! If I had an e-reader, I'd get your story :)

    By the way, I gave you an award on my blog today! Come on over and get it :)

  12. Lookit that! That sounds very interesting!

    And you got a Kindle... now that's romance :D I'd be happy with that too!

    And hello from a fellow Crusader and group member :)

  13. So you're selling your shorts one at a time? I haven't dived too deep into the e-book realm (smashwords and kindle and such), but was thinking this might not be a bad schtick. I was pricing closer to $0.20, though, not $0.99, per short. The equation was 15 shorts at $0.20 = $3.00 for a whole book, which is about the going rate for an e-book of 15 shorts.

    Like buying songs online for $0.50 each, or a $15 album. The price per song is roughly the same either way.

    I'd be interested to see how successful you are with this approach and how you set your pricing, or pointed to a post if you already discussed it.

    - Eric

  14. Hi Eric,

    Thanks for stopping by the blog. About short stories, on Kindle and Smashwords the smallest amount you can charge without going free is .99. So, the idea (at least what I've heard other authors do) is to put your pieces out there for .99 but offer some of them for free. (I haven't done this yet cause I'm working on my third and that one will be free.)

    Anyhow, after you have six or so shorts, then you compile them into a collection which typically sells for 1.99 to 2.99 (.30 to .50 a short).

    I'm pretty new at this,(like a month) but I have sold some at the .99 price--like 5. I have had a lot of downloads with coupons (which makes the story free.)

    Three reasons I'm writing shorts right now are:
    1. Trying to build up my epublishing portfolio without writing full on books.

    2. I'm querying traditional publishers for a book and want to keep writing while I query but I don't want to start a new novel while I'm revising the other one.

    3. Build up name recognition.
    If I happen to sell a few shorts at the same time, all the better.

    From everything I've read, with epublishing they say put your stuff out as soon as it's done. No reason to wait like traditional publishers. Then, when you've got enough, put them together in a collection and give a better deal on the price.

  15. Interesting, Lois. I didn't know about the $0.99 rule. I have all sorts of ideas about how to e-publish, and this adds fodder to the fire, or wood to the fire, or whatever it is you add to fires to make them go.

    Accelerants, perhaps.

    I have 15+ short stories and I waste more ideas blogging every day when I should be writing.

    I keep thinking that with e-publishing, there's a place for ~novellas~ and serialized pulp fictions (like 3 novellas tied together, or an endless series of 15-20kw stories published monthly).

    I'll keep ponderizing, and I'll keep an eye on your blog and your writings.

    - Eric


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