I wish I could tell you this post is late because we partied so much on the fourth, but I stayed up late formatting my husband’s book for publication. And I went to bed before my entire family.
Since we’re in a new neighborhood and didn’t feel like driving across town, the guys spent the entire evening/night trying to figure out “where to see fireworks” — at which I think they failed. Well, the guys except younger son who went off with friends to (I suspect, no one told me) set off fireworks. It is weird that the most introverted of the Hoyts has the busiest social life. Those of you with kids of a retiring disposition should put them in First Robotics, where Marshall found all sorts of engineers (guys and gals) who still form the core of the people he hangs out with.
The guys are still in bed. I’m in my office wondering what I should write about… and coming up dry.
So this is one of those annoying posts in which I tell you I have nothing to say. Honestly, I have to stop going drinking with Vodkapundit. (Which he’d be grateful for, I’m sure, since I tend to drink HIS liquor.)
As soon as I manage to kick the guys awake (high depth bombs might be needed. Well, that and I never checked younger son made it home from almost certainly not setting off illegal fireworks last night. Or that all his fingers made it home) we’ll go to the other house to finish tuckpointing basement, repair the balcony (The slats and railing also got stripped by hail) and finish staining woodwork. Painters did the two sides of the house that hail stripped, thank heavens. I don’t relish the idea of going up on a ladder to second floor height.
I want to finish revising what I have on Rogue Magic and put it up again to finish. And I’m almost done with Witch’s Daughter, the in-between book. But, let’s face it, it probably won’t happen till I’m done painting and cleaning. Consider I’m the woman who gets stuffed up going through the cleaner’s isle int he supermarket. Now consider paint and varnish. Yeah. That plus the physical work mean I am not good for much by the time I come dragging home usually far too late in the evening.
And I gave up and put all my work — ALL my work — that’s indie or reprints in the Kindle Lending Library. Why “gave up” — because to do it I had to remove it from Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. Yes, I can hear Kris Rush scold in my mind, but seriously guys, I was making maybe $20 from B & N, a month, and less from Smashwords, which seems too unorganized to report properly, anyway. Yes, yes, Kobo, and I grant you they’ve gotten better at making it easier to put up books, but they’re still difficult and the books I had there were tracking at just about B &N or very slightly ahead.
So I gave up. It goes against the grain, because I hate to put my eggs all in one basket, which is why despite loving Baen I insist on starting and keeping up an indie career.
However there’s such thing as stupid, and also such thing as being nice to my fans. As a library subscriber who always looks there first, because money is very tight, I sympathize with those of you in the same position and therefore have made my stuff available to Kindle unlimited library subscribers. Remember my stuff is DRM free so if you absolutely must read it on a different device, you can always buy it and convert it, no skin off my nose.
And if you’re not a library subscriber, I try to run sales every two months or so, and now can do so for 99c while not losing my shirt, another benefit of the program.
Now, I think it’s annoying that Amazon requires you to quit the other places. Annoying and ultimately short sighted, but eh… stuff is ready to go up again at other sites the minute I find it necessary/valuable.
Until then, well, you can read whatever you want to of mine for 9.99 a month, a pretty good value.
And now I’ll go shower and wake the guys — do you think I should hire mercenaries for the job — and count Marshall’s fingers (that boy has loved explosions since he was 4. Perhaps before. 4 was when he started blowing up things, though.) And then I’ll go tuckpoint, paint and do carpentry.
On the good side,t his will work great in the next refinishing mystery…