Monday, 20 January 2020

Amazon UK

Nerja is still selling.
My Amazon UK bestseller Nerja is still selling in the UK, if not Canada, which is as much a surprise now as it was eight years ago when the short story first sold.
I wrote this story because I thought it may interest readers in Canada, as yet I have to sell any ebooks there.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Bienvenido Espania

Bienvenido Espania
The main readers for yesterday on my blog where from Spain to me this is no surprise as the series I watch most on Walter Presents other than from Scandinavia are from Spain.
My regret is that these shows are not yet available on DVD, If they did become available with English subtitles, I would not wait to buy them from eBay via the Give as you Live app to donate to my fave charity (SSAFA).

Friday, 3 January 2020

Give as you Live 50

My next target on Give as you Live.
By using the Give as you Live app to purchase items from eBay and musicMagpie I am donating to SSAFA my fave charity, and I hope to get my next badge of thanks, for 50 sales this month.

Thursday, 26 December 2019

The price I paid

My decade of writing short stories
Writers rarely tell you how much they earn, other than the well-known authors we never break even.

I will give you a ballpark estimate of what my decade has cost me, I can't do any better as I never kept an account book as it is hard to keep accounts; when you earn less than $1 a month it is not worth the trouble.

I would estimate that taking into account the price of the editing software and the cost of running my blog on Weebly, plus the cost of my only book cover. I must have paid out close to $1,000 dollars, and what was my return, less than 5% of my outlay, is it any wonder I am giving up this year?


Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Tervetuloa Finland

A big welcome to my new readers in Finland
Welcome to my readers in Finland, next year it will be 50 years since I visited Helsinki on a school trip from the UK. I remember the date well because it was at the time of the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.
I have had the pleasure of watching several Finnish TV series on Netflix, in my opinion the best is Sorjonen about a police profiler working close to the border with Russia. This series has been scheduled for a third series which should be shown in the UK around about March next year.


Monday, 9 December 2019

I may take my e-books off Draft2Digital

No great loss to me
Though Draft2Digital has been my major outlet for e-book sales, including my bestseller on the site, Forgestriker which has sold over 400 issues in four years, the rest of my sales mass to one sale per week, so what happened to the rest?

To put your mind at ease, by leaving I stand to lose at the most $1 a month, I think I can live with that loss.

Farewell to Amazon

I am selling only on Draft2Digital in the new year
Yes, it is true, in the new year I will take my e-books off the shelves at Amazon. If this concerns you, some of my former friends would tell me about losing coverage, well, I think I can manage to lose the 50 cents I earn in royalties on a good month from Amazon.
That is correct, my bestseller on there has only sold 24 copies in a decade, and only that many because Holding Richmond sold several copies in a day (twice). That record has not been equaled, even by my Draft2Digital bestselling ebook Forgestriker which has sold over 250 copies in only four years.

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Krampus

God of the Woods
If you read the blog, you will know I watch a lot of foreign TV shows. Some of the shows from France, Germany, and Austria have pagan themes.
One creature who appears a lot is Cernunnos or Krampus. He is said to punish the naughty children, to maintain the yin and yang of the world, surely he would have to exist in opposition to Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus. You cannot have good if you have no definition of evil.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

A Tactical Vote

Not voting is voting FOR Labour
Remember that if you do not vote, you are not voting for Labour and you are not voting against them. If UKIP was a realistic choice I would vote for them, as I dislike some of Nigel Farage's ideas as I am not anti-LGBT, I may not understand the people but I think we should be free to love who we wish to.

Friday, 6 December 2019

Boris the Liar

                                                    Boris the Liar
The remarks yesterday from Boris Johnson are very offensive to people on council, and not the things you'd expect an educated person to voice.

We are not all Labour voters, criminals and benefit scroungers, that is the type of people that Labour is encouraging to come to the UK from the EU, which is why Brexit is necessary to save this land.

The Labour "safe seat" of Bristol South could fall this year as we are disgusted that despite Labour running the council for longer than most people can recall, this area has not been improved in over 40 years.