Another “5 Star” Review for STEALING WISHES

Bob Lind, a top 1,000 Amazon reviewer, posted a 5 Star Review of STEALING WISHES last week.

Here’s a sip…

Having been recommended to, and enjoyed, Mr. Yarbrough’s first novel, “The Other Side of What,” I was happy to see that his obvious flair for creating fully-nuanced, complex but realistic characters is again evident. One quickly warms up to the richly supportive relationship between the three main characters in this well-written romantic comedy. A very sweet, engaging story that will brighten your day. Highly recommended light read. Five venti mocha stars out of five!

Wow!  Thanks Bob!

Check out STEALING WISHES at Amazon.com to read the full review!

Book Update

May was a busy month, and I can’t believe it’s gone! I went through several edits and a completely new cover design for my next book, STEALING WISHES. The anticipated release date was July 1st, but I think it might be mid June now.

I’ve been trying to concentrate on my historical fiction novel but haven’t been able to concentrate on it since early May with all the excitement going on with STEALING WISHES.

I’m back on MySpace now, mainly to promote the new book and make contacts with friends and acquaintances there. I’m also still using my Amazon blog, where readers who bought my previous work can catch up with me and keep up to date. Speaking of Amazon, the Kindle Ebook edition of STEALING WISHES is already available there for just $6.00!

I also signed up for AfterElton.com yesterday, something I can’t believe I haven’t done already. It’s loaded with lots of entertainment information and I spent almost all day yesterday reading stuff there. Check it out and add me as a buddy there too if you want. I probably spend too much time on line, but between writing at the computer, and getting the word out about my new book, the internet is such a valuable tool for an author.

So stay tuned to my blog here, or Amazon, or AE, or MySpace because the release of STEALING WISHES is fast approaching. I look forward to hearing your opinions of the new book, and I appreciate your readership.

Best wishes!

ABNA Still Going Strong

I came across this site today, a forum for participants of the Amazon.com ABNA contest which I was a part of from October to January.  I think it’s great that the community is still thriving and has turned into a nice little website.  And good news for me, the review copy of my own manuscript, Stealing Wishes, will arrive in the mail before the weekend.  So, it should be available in print very soon.  I opted not to use the free Createspace option I earned by being an entrant in the contest, because my book would have only been available through Amazon.com.  So, check back soon for more news on my new book!

The Other Side of Kindle

I’m happy to announce my first book, The Other Side of What, will soon be available as a downloadable ebook on the Amazon Kindle.  I think the price is around five or six dollars. The $399 dollar electronic reader intends to revolutionize how we read, and everyone is jumping in line to buy one.  Despite the 3 and 1/2 star rating, people have been on backorder for weeks because Amazon sold out of the little device that let’s you download books and newspapers right to the device in the convenience of your own home, never having to visit a physical bookstore again!  That’s okay….most bookstores wouldn’t carry my book anyway these days.

Yeah…yeah….I know I told you a few posts ago to boycott Amazon.  That’s okay too.  Chances are the people reading this blog don’t have a Kindle anyway.  So, you are more than welcome to go over to B&N and buy a copy of my book.  B&N is out of stock, but there are used copies for as little as $4.35, and NO, that’s not me trying to sell off copies of my own.  I’d at least sell autographed copies for 10 bucks!

My new friend, www.abebooks.com, has a wonderful array of copies starting at $4.96 and going up as much as $24.93!  Don’t worry…that’s not me either! Again, those are 2nd hand copies from individuals or overstock bookstores.  They probably got their stock from B&N which would explain why they don’t have any.

Or you could prance on over to Xlibris, my publisher, and buy a copy.  $17.84 for a paperback and $27.89 for a hardcover if you are desperate and don’t have to afford gas these days.  I think I’ll get like 10% of that sale; I haven’t earned a royalty from them in years so I look forward to that paycheck.

Or here’s an idea…for a buck you can download it right from my bookstore on Lulu.com.  If you still like the feel of paper in your hands, you can buy a copy there for only $9.99 too.  I think I earn like 40% of these sales, so go on…you can boycott Amazon, get the best price on an E-book version, and support the author all at once.  Go on now….I’ll wait for you.

To Err is Amazon

My online buddy Will Entrekin, fellow poet and writer, raises some interesting points in his recent post On Selling Through Amazon (or not).

Will has had much success with his own POD book which doesn’t even have an ISBN. What does that mean? Quite simply, it means his book is not available in bookstores or on any other website except Lulu.com where it was published.  Through book reviews, word-of-mouth, and lots of hard word at self promoting, Will has managed to sell over 100 copies.  The profit may not be enough to make a living, but the pride alone of having someone read your work has to be phenomenal.

As the great debate of Amazon monopolizing the POD world continues, it’s nice to hear success stories like Will’s that got there without Amazon at all!

ABNA Voting Closes Today

Voting for Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award ends today, and the winner will be announced in 7 days.  *yawn*  It’s about time this thing was over!

Here’s a quote from judge Eric Simonoff, an agent with Janklow and Nesbitt about one of the entries…”Like the Midwest where Prospect is set, Okita’s language is oddly featureless and bland, even while his narrative veers into the outlandish.”

Is it just me or does Eric look like Eugene Levy?

Anyhoo…

It’s official.

Amazon has announced is reasoning behind forcing POD publishers to use their printing service.  Read their announcement here!

It all comes down to saving fuel and shipping costs.  Those are words I hear everyday at the wholesale book company I work for. I never once thought I’d hear them from a billion dollar corporation like Amazon.

This blow to the POD world saddens me and it will be interesting to see what effects it will have on the industry.  I pray that Amazon will be the one hard hit by boycotting, lawsuits, and POD publishers who won’t back down.  Only time will tell.

In the meantime, I’m still plotting away at an attempt to break into the traditional publishing world, and continuing to support the POD world through my review blog.

The fate of both keeps me awake at night.

I want my POD!

The POD (print on demand) industry has been rocked with the news that Amazon.com has started bending the arms of POD Publishers to force them into using their sister company, Booksurge, for printing or they won’t offer their books for sale directly through Amazon. PublishAmerica has already been hit and the BUY buttons of their books on Amazon have been taken down. POD review sites like Podpeep and Lulu have already started voicing their opinions, and I hope POD authors will as well.

POD authors always looked to Amazon as their #1 online marketing tool. As a POD author myself, I jumped at the opportunity Amazon gave me by selling signed copies of my book at my own set price right on the same page where Amazon sold my book. Amazon also gave me my own blog on their site which would show up right on the page where my book was and then promoted it to those who purchased my book so they could keep up with me.

My book’s publisher, Xlibris, has yet to be affected by this move as far as I know, but who knows what’s to come. I personally hope this will be a poke in the eye for Amazon as they try to monopolize this industry. Hopefully it will send readers somewhere else…into your local physical bookstore, perhaps? As for POD authors, our one friend has stabbed us in the back and so our search for a proper nitch in the market continues. We’re like stray dogs and cats on the streets. Some have room in their hearts for us. The pounds are full of us. But most (readers) just don’t really care. POD books are usually overpriced, most poorly written or edited, and now we’ll be hard to get!

Read more about it here!

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