I think I’ve finally found the magic to writing. Organization! That’s right. I seem to work so much better when I have a schedule – a list – a tangible target.
A few months back, I created the Shit List. I was online, looking for a daily to-do list that I could print out and keep in plain sight of my desk. I found a few that “sort of” fit the bill, but none were perfect. So, I decided to create my own. I found some humor in the fact that I call it my Shit List, so in turn, I added that to my personalized daily task list.
After several weeks of using it at work, I became much more productive. So much in fact, that I started using it at home, on my writing cave. I now use this sheet for each of my writing projects. Instead of filling in the date, I simply enter the story title, and utilize it to keep my story on track. I might modify it at some point, to be more “writing” specific, but for now – it works!Read More
I have good news, everyone. Actually, it’s great news! I am nearing the finish line with Linear Shift!
So, to celebrate this occasion, I’ll be hosting a Launch Party on Facebook! My ever adjusting plan right now is to publish Linear Shift, Part 4 on Thursday, February 24th. I have scheduled the the Launch Party for the following Tuesday, March 3rd. You know… In case I run long on final editing and such. What? Life happens sometimes, and sometimes deadlines slide. I’m only human!
The Launch Party will be a blast, and I plan on having lots of ebook and print book giveaways at the event. There’s going to be come caption contests, and trivia too. It’s going to be a blast!
Also, I am going to be revealing the final cover for Linear Shift, The Complete Novel at the event. I am almost more excited for that than I am about finishing Part 4. The cover is done now, and it looks awesome! My goal for the complete novel is to have it formatted as close to the Launch Party as possible, but it will not publish until March 31st. My plan is to get as many ARC’s out of the complete novel before it publishes, so that I can have as many early book reviews as possible.
I started writing this story so many years ago, I seem to get quite emotional just thinking about it’s upcoming end. I think my first snippet of writing on the story came back in late 1997. Wow! That was nearly 20 years ago. Granted, I didn’t really get back into writing until a few years ago. The rebirth of Linear Shift came around mid-2013, with Linear Shift, Part 1 publishing on September 19th, 2013. This story will be my first complete novel published, and I have so many people to thank for making it possible.
Will this be the end of Linear Shift? Who knows. As for now, the end of Part 4 will be the end of the story. But… There is a slight chance a series could come out of this, depending on how the readers react. I have many thoughts on this, but for now, it’ll be the end.
So, in closing, please mark your calendars for March 3rd to come celebrate the completion of Linear Shift! I promise it will be memorable.Read More
I’ve been writing and self publishing for about 15 months now, and there’s one thing I’ve noticed. Self published books will remain in obscurity, without consistent reviews. I’ve been watching hundreds of books as they go live. Some, like mine, will garner a handful of reviews and then stall. Others though, will gain hundreds to thousands of reviews, and are consistently at the top of all the charts. Is it because those books are better? According to the reviews themselves, I cannot say for certain.
All of my published books hold a 4.1 or greater average, with most of them above 4.7. That is great, right? Well, not so fast. I have at most, 39 reviews on any single book, but the average is far lower. I have 3 reviews on my Anthology (average of 4.7) and 39 on Linear Shift, Part 1 (average of 4.1) My other books vary somewhere in between. Comparatively, some other authors boast many more reviews – I mean a lot. Certainly in the hundreds and sometimes in the thousands. And their averages? Most of the time, they drop below the 4.0 mark, and many have an average of 3.5 or lower. But, they remain at the top of the lists. Are they better? Worse? Who knows.
To date, I have sold a meager 850 books, and have given away more than 12,000 in promotions, across all of my books. I have a total of 90 reviews on Amazon – again, across all my books. That is .7% review ratio. Not seven percent, but POINT seven percent. That’s 7 tenths of one percent. Don’t get me wrong – I’m grateful for those reviews. Beyond grateful.
From what I’ve gathered from various writer-type forums around the internet, the sales to review ratio ranges far and wide. I am below the low, but not by too much. The reported lows I’ve been seeing is 1%. If I had 1%, I’d be in the neighborhood of 130 reviews – I would LOVE to have 40 more reviews! The high average was 4%, and that would put me around 500 reviews. That is a dream number for me right now, but I can hope, right?
Let me get this straight – I am NOT complaining. Ok, I’m complaining a little. I would just like a better way to get my books into the eyes of the reader.
So … I have a new plan! For the near and foreseeable future, I will give away my ebooks. Any ebook you like, if you promise to give me a review. If you follow through with posting a review, just shoot me an email, and I will send you another ebook of your choice. Review it, email me, and I’ll send you another. This is a great deal for you and for me. You could potentially read all of my books for free, and I can get more reviews in the mean time.
What is prompting this sudden desire for more reviews is this. I have the omnibus of Linear Shift coming out in early 2015, and shortly behind that, I will be publishing 7 new “episodes” of Borrowed Souls. I would like to get as much attention to those two series’ by the time they go live.
So? What do you say? Do you want a free ebook?Read More
Holy cow, it’s been a while since I posted on my blog! I’ve been fastidiously pounding away at the keyboard on Linear Shift, Part 3. I am SO CLOSE to sending it off for final editing, it’s crazy. Just a few more weeks, and it’s out of my hands … at least for a little while.
So, in preparation ( or celebration, if you’d like to look at it in a different light ), I have created a pre-order page on Amazon for the third installment. I am going to offer Linear Shift, Part 3 for $2.99 once published. For the pre-order period, Part 3 can be had for $1.99. It’s obviously not an enormous savings, but it’s 33%, and that’s pretty good! Also, here’s the cover reveal for Part 3.
On other things writing, I am about to surpass my initial writing goal for the year. I have several actually, and this one will come to pass one day next week! I set the goal to write 300,000 words, in either my journal on on one of my stories, by the end of the year. As of last night, I am at 296,627 words. If this weekend goes as planned ( I’m planning on finishing the final chapter of Linear Shift, Part 3! ), I should hit my goal on Monday! Can I get a Hell Yeah? My next goal will be hitting double my word count from 2013, which was 175,963. At my average daily word count to date ( for which I have not missed a writing day all year! ) of 1,163, I should hit around the end of October. My last word count goal for the year is to hit 1,000 words a day, all year. Obviously, I’ve feel short on hitting that EVERY day, but as the average goes, I’m on track to beat that. I should end up around 425,000 words by December 31st.
OK, now back to some real writing. So close … So close…Read More
There was a little snafu earlier today, but it’s been all fixed! An Anthology of Short Stories: Summer 2014 is now available!
Here is the book description:
An anthology of seven short stories by Paul B. Kohler. The stories range from just four pages long for Gold Rush to nearly 80 pages for Linear Shift, Part 1.
Amy – A toddler’s independent adventure leads to a tragic and unexpected end.
Ruined Sacrifice – Newlyweds James and Alison are on the trip of a lifetime, trekking through the jungle exploring ancient pyramids. Told that a number of interesting structures are off limits, they decide to wander off on their own … only to discover that they’re not alone — and that the ancient past has a dangerous habit of springing back to life!
Afterlife – Wilson Oliver copes with his new reality of dealing with the dead and dying.
Alone – A sleepless night forces Rob McArthur to question what is causing him to lose sleep, life, and whether he’s alone in his feelings.
Gold Rush – A futuristic glimpse of an age old era that time has forgotten.
Lookout Mountain – Depression nearly gets the best of Ian, but his mind saves him before he firmly hits the ground.
Linear Shift, Part 1 – No one said time travel would be easy.
Peter Cooper, a widowed father of two whose life is crumbling around him—until a bizarre encounter with a desperate Army general launches him on a risky mission: to go back to 1942 and change a moment in time. The repercussions will almost certainly alter the conclusion of World War II. But will the ripple effects stop there? And what kind of life will Peter return to?
Later today, I’m going to be sending out my June newsletter. What? It’s July you say? Well, yeah, I’m slacking a bit this month. Actually, the hold up for the newsletter is the completion of the free short story that’ll be included.
I had written a good portion of a different story, and totally planned on sending it out after our mid June vacation. Well, I sort of got ‘inspired’ down in Mexico and started a whole new story. Well, yada yada, blah blah, I just finished that short story last week, and it’s now edited and ready for readers!
The short story is called Ruined Sacrifice, and is around 8,700 words. Here’s the cover and blurb:
Newlyweds James and Alison are on the trip of a lifetime, trekking through the jungle exploring ancient pyramids. Told that a number of interesting structures are off limits, they decide to wander off on their own … only to discover that they’re not alone — and that the ancient past has a dangerous habit of springing back to life!Read More
Even though I have yet to complete June’s free short story, I went ahead and created the cover for the Summer 2014 Anthology. I wasn’t going to do anything with it until later next week, but there was a spot available to promote the book with a few other Indie Authors, so I moved it to the front of the line.
I had originally subtitled it Volume I but changed it today to Summer 2014. I plan on releasing another half year anthology in December, and then combining all 12 from 2014 and include a few extra bonuses and publish a real Volume I in January. I then plan on doing the same next year if I can keep up with writing both short work and novels at the same time.
Now that this cover is out, I’m back to June’s short story. I’ve got everything inline and just need to fill in the blanks. Oh, and come up with a good title and cover! My June newsletter may in fact come a few days late, and slide into July. Then I need to work on something for July’s short story, but I’ve got a few ideas already for that one!Read More