Rescueplan: DUMBs Book 3 released!

Book 3 in my DUMBs series, Rescueplan is now out!

Rescueplan ebook cover

Rescueplan ebook cover

This is the first series I’ve written and I’m having a good time with it. So are the readers, as the series is continuing to gain popularity.

As you may have guessed from the cover (if you are new to the books), this is a sci-fi thriller series, dealing with a Grey alien invasion, and of course, Deep Underground Military Bases (D.U.M.B.s).

The inspiration behind this book series?

Many late nights listening to Coast to Coast AM, since the early days of Art Bell, where he’d have many guests on that talked about aliens and underground secret bases (mostly in the southwest USA desert, like Area 51, but also bases all over the world), like Whitley Strieber, Richard Dolan, Roger Lear, Richard Sauder, and more.

Guests spoke about real life bases and also told some fictional stories. Some spoke about both.

These books take a sampling of the facts that have been made public about D.U.M.B.s and adds some imaginative speculation to create a brand new, wild fictional ride!

You can get Rescueplan – Book 3 as an ePub file directly from me by clicking here.

(I do get a higher royalty rate when you buy directly from me, so consider it, thanks!)

Or, for the Kindle here, on Amazon.

It’s also on all the other major book sites like iTunes, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Scribd, Oyster, Google Play, and Smashwords.

The other books in the series are:

  • Greyland: D.U.M.B.s (Deep Underground Military Bases) – Book 1
  • Oceandeep: D.U.M.B.s (Deep Underground Military Bases) – Book 2
  • Moonbase – Book 4 is to be released on November 17, 2014 – Pre-order it from Amazon now

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KUreads.com videoblog

Here’s a videoblog I made recently, talking about my new site KUreads.com where readers can sign up for the free newsletter to be informed about Kindle Unlimited titles. Authors and audiobook producers can also list their titles for free.

Many of my ebooks are currently in Kindle Unlimited: http://www.amazon.com/David-Sloma/e/B00CIC65S4/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

 

 

Taken Away charting today

My short story Taken Away was getting up some Amazon.com charts this evening.

It was at:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,276 Paid in Kindle Store

#97 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > One hour (33-43 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy

TAken Away 97 in short fiction july 27 2014

The story is in Kindle Unlimited/Prime if you want to give it a try: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AGJSEUI

 

 

Dreams Come True

I’m sitting in a park writing this. Why? Because I can, and because it’s a dream come true.

With my ThinkPad X60 in the park, my "office" today.

With my ThinkPad X60 in the park, my “office” today.

Decades ago I worked in towers. Specificlly, the tall office towers of downtown Toronto that I can now see far in the distance (I’ll put a pic up).

They were great for getting a view in, but were not someplace I wanted to remain for long.

The Towers

The Towers

Those towers are tiny to me, now, from my view in the park and seem like toys. They are in dream-scale, like they might not even be real. That’s how I feel about my past, and what has lead me to here and now.

When I worked in those tall towers, I was young, just eighteen and out of high school. I worked for six months in those towers, and I swore I would not end up working there for the rest of my life. I finished up there and went back to school, to university to study Creative Writing.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunities back then that writers and content producers have today to self-publish on such a grand level. Also, I had done some buying into the erroneous belief that it was not possible to make a living on your art; what a foolish notion to entertain.

Many years went by, and I had even more jobs of different kinds, most of them in offices, too. But I still was not living my dream, and that was to do my creative work full time: writing, filmmaking and other art forms, too..

Suddenly the other day, I looked up from my computer and realized that I was now, in fact, doing what I had been craving to do for all these years! I was working on my writing, film and video making, and other art with all of my time and effort (though, when you are doing what fulfills you, and makes you happy, I don’t think it needs to be called “work”).

There were many times through those years past that I thought my dreams and goals were so far away that I might never reach them. However, I am living a lot of them, now.

I still have many goals and dreams to realize and strive for, as it’s on ongoing process.

But, I just wanted to say that dreams do come true, and you can do what means most to you in life. Just keep going when it’s tough to do so, and know they are real.

 

From the park “office,”
-Dave

A good day for a park "office" visit.

A good day for a park “office” visit.

p.s. Posted this to my blog from the park, too.
p.p.s. I just launched another “dream” today at www.KUreads.com

Amazon’s Fire Phone is coming soon, with Prime

Holy moley! If Amazon was ever a game changer, it’s these days!

Hot on the heels of the announcement of Kindle Unlimited, the world will get their hands on Amazon’s new smartphone called the Amazon Fire Phone on July 25th, 2014.

It comes with a 1 year subscription to Amazon’s Prime service, which includes:

  • free shipping on orders from Amazon
  • free video streaming of movies, videos, and TV shows
  • free music streaming
  • the ability to sync Kindle ebooks with their Audible audiobooks
  • a free ebook read per month from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

Sounds pretty good so far, and I haven’t even gone into the other tech features, like 5 cameras on the phone!

My question is: how long before Kindle Unlimited is included in the deal? It will probably happen before long, then were going to really see the game change, yet again.

The only constant is change, and it’s exciting times for readers, writers, and content producers everywhere. Let’s see how this plays out. Stay tuned.

Discoverability and Obscurity

The word discoverability was one I was not all that familiar with, not so long ago. The spell-checker here doesn’t even recognize it, it may be that new (or, that obscure). So, why it is important?

It’s important, because if a reader can’t find my work, they can’t enjoy it (or hate it), the main point being they can’t read it. It’s a word that is talked about in writing and marketing circles, and is becoming of greater concern to content producers everywhere.

So, I use methods like running special pricing promotions and giving away free copies. My short story Cyber is free on most sites right now, as an example.

Does this stuff work? Yes, it does. I know that I have found several new authors whose work I enjoy because I got to read one of their titles for free. And, I have picked up readers of my work who happened to try out a promotion, or get a free copy.

This may be the most effective way we writers have of attracting new readers these days, outside of spending huge bucks on advertising. I’m sure that would help, but many times we can increase visibility for our work using simple and free methods.

The goal is not to give away all our work for free, at least for those of us who aim to make a living on what we create. Rather, through the use of strategic marketing efforts we can increase visibility for our content.

Here’s a tip in regards to making your ebook free: do it as part of a series. When I was just starting out in online publishing, I used to give away copies of some of my stand-alone books, thousands of copies.

That was fine, as it got people reading and commenting on my work, but as there were no additional parts of the story for them to move to, I didn’t see much of an increase in the paid books. Now, I still give away free ebooks, but I usually give away the first book in a series, with the exception of some short stories.

However, with the recent introduction of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program (see my recent post What is Kindle Unlimited? for an explanation), the ebook marketplace has shifted again. What’s going to happen now is anyone’s guess.

I’ve put most of my titles in Kindle Unlimited, so those with a subscription (and those in Prime), can try my ebooks at no additional cost to them. For those not in any subscription service, I still have at least one free title at the moment that anyone can try, in the major ebook stores.

It’s very interesting times for readers and writers alike. What was that ancient saying (or, was it a curse?): “May you live in interesting times.”

We sure do!

 

 

Rescueplan – coming soon!

Rescueplan: D.U.M.B.s (Deep Underground Military Bases) – Book 3 is being edited, now. I’m in the final stretch of it, and the book will be available soon!

Here’s some teasers:

“What the hell are those?” Frank stepped back.
As the “spiders” drew closer, Leon could make out that they were soldiers encased in metal exoskeletons, who wore the armoured cages like a suit of clothing. As they moved their arms and legs, the metal arms and legs of the exoskeletons moved with them, mirroring them. He could see laser guns mounted at multiple points on the exoskeletons, and missiles, making them deadly machines, not just for the greatly increased strength and speed they gave the operators, but for the deadly firepower they had.
Frank’s face glowed, his eyes wide. “I hope we get to play with some of those!”

Rescueplan ebook cover

Rescueplan ebook cover

Brainjob now $0.99 on Amazon

july 20 2014

july 20 2014

I’m getting the new cover ready for my book Brainjob. The old cover is still in place, but not for long, on Amazon. It’s $0.99 right now on special for the ebook, if you want something new to read, and like sci-fi thrillers. 125,000+ words, or 344 pages.

NOTE: Price will be going up to $2.99 on July 28th, 2014.

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Typos? I’m listening!

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I was just reading an ebook from a “major publisher,” one of the “big 5″ as they say in the biz, and so far I have found a typo and several formatting errors.

This is not the first ebook, or even paper book that I have found typos in from “major publishers” and “best sellers” – I find them ALL THE TIME! Still think self-published books are the only ones with typos? HAH! No! Not by a long, long, shot.

If anything, we self-publishers take more time and care with our work, as it’s our names and reputations on the line, and not a huge company someone can hide behind. Do we still sometimes have errors in our books? Sure, but we are not unique in this.

I have a running offer in my ebooks and paperbacks: if you find a typo, let me know what it is, and I’ll give you another ebook of mine, of your choice, free!

I don’t know of anyone else who offers this. I would sure appreciate it if my readers were kind enough to let me know if they find any errors! Then, I’ll make the corrections and the book will be improved. I work very hard to eliminate all of the typos that I can find, but they are sneaky buggers.

Would other writers or publishers like to know as well? Sometimes, if I find typos, I’ll let the writer, or publisher, or webmaster know. I usually don’t hear anything back from them. I wonder if I’m embarrassing them, or they feel bad because someone pointed out a fault in their work – but, it’s only done in the spirit of helping them make what they have better.

Oh, well…I guess not everyone appreciates it, or wants to be told about such things – simple things that can be corrected.

But as for me, I’m listening.