Hi folks, here I am , head in hand, with no promise fulfilled for you. I have been promising a new book, a new cover, something, for weeks now and all I have for you today is a rant. Sigh, life is what happens when you make other plans. Right, the rant. Well, it’s this. All the experts tell you that you must blog several times a week and always have quality content. I’ve taken several courses and they all say that. The thing is, nobody will come right out and tell you what it is.
Just what the hell is quality content? Says who? Who gets to be the judge of your content? Do you shoot for good quality content or is poor quality content sufficient? Here’s an example. I was encouraged to read one man blog. He’s pretty famous and has millions of readers, so they say. Everybody loves him, so they say. There you go, he’s got quality content. I read several of his posts and found only a sad and bitter man spouting negativity. In my opinion, that is poor quality content, but many people disagree with me. Therefore I conclude that quality content, much like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. (reader) This still leaves me wondering what the heck I can do differently (better) than I am currently doing. End of rant. Opinions please, I seriously want some input here. Okay, you made it this far so here’s a short excerpt from the new book I keep promising.
Annie had met the man in blue a few days before, sort of. He was the talk of the town now, but very few people had yet seen his face. She had been walking her dog, Bitsy, when she heard the high-pitched whine of the motorcycle engine. The machine and rider came rocketing up the street just as Bitsy pulled her head from the collar and raced into the middle of the road, barking wildly.
Annie screamed in terror as the tiny dog attacked the racing machine. The rider slammed on the brakes; the machine stopped instantly, rising high up on its front wheel and turning a perfect circle before settling back to the ground. Bitsy leaped in and began to bite at the rider’s boot.
The bike was painted cobalt blue and the rider was dressed from head to toe in cobalt blue leathers with a matching helmet. As Annie ran to get Bitsy, the rider scooped up the dog in a gloved hand. His helmet was tinted so she couldn’t see his face as he handed back the squirming dog and spoke to her. “Did you drop this, Miss?”
“Yes, thank you,” she replied gathering the small ball of ferocity into her arms. “Thank you so much for not killing her. Are you all right?”
“My heart rate is a bit high right now,” he chuckled, “but I expect I’ll live. Can you direct me to the six hundred block of Maple Street?”
“Oh, of course. It’s down this street for two more blocks then turn left and head up into the hills. It’s up there in the fancy houses overlooking the town. Once you’ve made your left turn you’ll eventually encounter Maple Street.”
“My thanks, Miss. Have a great day and keep an eye on my friend there.” With that he gunned the engine; the motorcycle rose up onto its back wheel and raced down the street. Annie watched it go until it was out of sight.
Okay, that’s it for me today folks.
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For those of you who know me, you know I can be a bit opinionated on certain subjects. E-book pricing is one of those things I feel strongly about. So many people work their butts off for months, even years, to produce a body of work they hope will provide you, the reader, with a few hours of entertainment. Please consider this for a moment.
Most e-books are priced between $0.99 and $5.99. What’s a latte cost? How much would you pay for a cab ride across town? How many times have you paid three times that for a hard cover book then left it on the shelf? What about the movies? How many times have you gone to the movies, paid the ticket, stuffed your face with greasy overpriced popcorn and low grade chocolate, and then washed it down with watery soda pop, all the while with your feet stuck to the floor by something someone else had spilled there days before, only to endure a bad film? How much did you pay for that experience?
Now, in the face of all that, curling up in your favorite chair, e-reader in hand, for several hours of entertainment that costs about the price of a Starbuck’s coffee doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
So, what’s the point here? The point here is simple, authors work their tails off to bring out a $2.99 book, and they deserve to be paid. I often search out new authors and I always pay the asking price. I’ve been offered free copies by the writers, but I always buy the book. They deserve to be paid. Have I read some bad stuff? Yes I have, but I have found some real gems as well.
Anyway, what the heck has brought on this rant anyway, you may well ask. I’ll tell you. In spite of my rather strong opinions on the subject, I have offered up my latest work, Immortal Tigress, for free on Amazon. For the next three days the best work I have ever done will be out there for free.
Why? In all honesty, I am hoping to attract some new readers. This is where I ask for your help. Folks, if you could check out the page and hit the like button it would be a great help to me. Also, if you have read the book and feel so inclined, a glowing review would earn my undying gratitude. JSo, how about it folks, can you help me out here? I’ll do the same for you anytime you need, just ask.
Also, if you are a writer who has tried this experiment, please let me know your thoughts on its effectiveness. Happy reading!