E-book Audience Share

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Family -Tim Desmond at Captain Tony's

This didn’t turn out the way I expected. When I was searching for a comparison of an audience share of these type of users of Kindle formats versus Nook readers, naturally the term “reader” did not mean the noun of a person to the search engine in the machine. An interesting site popped up about comparing Kindle tablets to Nook tablets and Kobo. Not exactly what I was looking for but I learned about the virtual ink process or design called “E Ink Display” that allowed for daylight reading and how that works. The site has more product information and comparison at:

Kindle Voyage vs. Nook GlowLight vs. Kobo Aura H2O: Battle of the ebook readers

Also, along this vein ………

https://www.cnet.com/news/kindle-vs-nook-vs-ipad-which-e-book-reader-should-you-buy/
And: ………. https://pickmyreader.com/kindle-paperwhite-vs-nook-glowlight/

Getting back to the main question is there a trend in the users between these three types of e-book readers as an audience?
The answer I found is a year old, October 2015, but is comprehensive in its scope and detail. I could recreate the data and graphs, but why? I’ll just send you to the site which is ……. A must lesson for any author, and, well, any striving writing.
I feel fortunate that my publisher provides most of these platforms. That site is HUGE and at:

http://authorearnings.com/report/october-2015-apple-bn-kobo-and-google-a-look-at-the-rest-of-the-ebook-market/

What do you think?

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Books and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Author Marketing

Blog Graphic June 13 - 2016

Yeah. Well, as you can see from the photo, I’ve been at it a while. While I’ve always thought of the business side of being a published author [1st book in December 2005], so much has evolved in the print industry and all digital formats. Borders hadn’t closed yet, back then, and I thought they might have stayed longer as they had this electronic connection with Amazon. There was still one B. Dalton store, and I had plans to do a signing event there, and it closed very quickly in 2007.
Two sites I came across had me changing gears, even though I was already trying to practice some things over the past year. Last year was when I was learning about my fifth cousin’s 50,000 sales of his cross genre science-fiction and fantasy series. He was heavily reviewed and in one of hottest genres ever, both issues where my books are lacking. But, that’s all right, I understand all that.

So the first site is about using hash tags, which was a site I shared on Facebook, because it was from a source I thought I might lose. It is by Erica Verrillo at:
https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2015/04/225-hashtags-for-writers.html?showComment=1465856223346#c5409303558568151096

The second site is a little different and just as intriguing because of its negative premise approach. By Deborah Riley-Magnus, and titled 5 DUMB THINGS SMART AUTHORS DO , it is at:
https://rileymagnus.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/5-dumb-things-smart-authors-do/

Generally, we all have been aware of the term KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE, but the larger problem is REACHING YOUR AUDIENCE. Some of the things may have been touched on others, but one item was really eye-opening about the point of pitching “hooks” instead of genres. I realized when I am at a signing event and a visitor asks about the book, I begin with a hook statement immediately, without knowing their interest quite. So, yeah, it made sense, and there is more there.
What do you think?

Tim
Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Books and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Central Valley Talk Interview about Pappy Butler Story

The interview is very short on CENTRALValleytalk.com and the Artists and Authors Show is fairly new in their programming, as it was added in three or four months ago. While there are three others interviewed during the hour, the link below on YouTube is their edited version of only my portion.

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
http://www.blackopalbooks.com/author-bios/bio-tim-desmond

Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Pappy Butler Book Tour

Art - final cover by Jack - Pappy Butler & His Zero Time Theory

The first book signing for the Pappy Butler & His Zero Time Theory, kicks off this Saturday, JUNE 4, 2016 at the Postal Annex Store on Figarden Blvd., Fresno California. 8:00 AM until noon.

It’s sort of a “book-and-a-chocolate doughnut” event this time. Drop by for a visit. Hope to see you there.

Future stops planned, Madera Ranchos Library, Madera County Library, Clovis Book Barn, Cake Shop, Sonora, California, Kearney Civil War Reenactment, Fresno, California, Fresno Library.

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
http://www.blackopalbooks.com/author-bios/bio-tim-desmond

Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Pappy Butler is OUT Now

Art - final cover by Jack - Pappy Butler & His Zero Time Theory

Title: PAPPY BUTLER & HIS ZERO TIME THEORY

High school physics teacher, Pappy Butler, feels he has a handle on a telepathy-type force that transcends distance and time, which he calls “Zero Time Theory,” and has tried for years to get his paper on this theory published. Meanwhile, he’s having marital problems as well as issues at his high school, where he has crossed the principal and superintendent and is falsely accused of negligence and unprofessional behavior for threatening the school librarian, creating the legal definition of a hostile work environment. But it isn’t until Pappy is given a “molecule machine” by another scientist that his troubles really start. Both the government and a rival scientist also want this machine, and they don’t care who they hurt to get it…

All versions, digital and print, for this book are available from Black Opal Books author page for Tim at:
http://www.blackopalbooks.com/author-bios/bio-tim-desmond

And it is also at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and All Romance site. Pappy Butler & His Zero Time Theory was released Saturday, April 30, 2016

OTHER LINKS:
Timothy J. Desmond

Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

SAFE, hah!

Jandy Relay Board - Jandy 3652

I don’t think any of us are safe, in this digital age. I mean, I’m sick of all the scare ads, for home security alarms, “lifelock” and others, Can Lifelock be hacked? Probably. And they say protect your social security number. Why? If it, your number is stolen, Social Security won’t give you a new number like a credit card. I’ve been hacked on Facebook, email, and once at our bank from a check we wrote a grocery store. I lost my wallet last year. It’s my own fault. I was in a rush. Pretty sure it was never picked up from where I last had it, at Savemart parking lot. I think it was dropped from my vehicle on HWY 99 between Fresno and Visalia. It had my Medicare cards. The Social Security number IS your medicare number. I canceled all gas cards, bank accounts, and one credit card. It was a mess. But there was nothing to do about the Medicare card.
So, as I thought about it, That number is on all my medical stuff, at several doctors offices, hospital medical records, medical lab locations. Are all the medical employees bonded hires? If any medical worker, office staff, is in financial trouble, can they sell social security numbers that have come across their desks? Plus, there is the HIPPA laws that insured medical privacy, but now, because of the Affordable Healthcare Act, that information has to be sent to the government. Government data bases have been hacked. You have no electronic privacy.
There’s more. Later.

Tim
Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Miss Darla book released

Art - Miss Darla cover 8

Knowing that there is a different audience out there, than was there ten years ago, a whole generation of non-print readers, it is time the 2005 print only version of this World War II story of Miss Darla became an ebook. Miss Darla is the first of two ebooks, from the original novel For Thou Art With Me, available for the first time in digital format. Published by Fresno River Press, and on Amazon. The link is: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CQ5W4Z0
Tim
MISS DARLA
Publisher: Fresno River Press of Dry River Publications (March 8, 2016)
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01CQ5W4Z0
Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
The Doc page and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Expression

A few months ago, or was it years now, there was a local restaurant owner who put a sign on his business front. It was a rude comment to the President – for you news crawler fans otherwise called POTUS. His sign was in protest of the President’s news conference comments about the need for the government, in the matter of businesses and public utilities infrastructure. With regard to business owners, it was said, “you didn’t build it.” Meaning that the business owner didn’t build it, the government helped because of the highways and roads, and such.
Locally, it became a news item on TV, and then on a local legislator’s Facebook page. I agreed with the business owner, rude or not, and jumped into the fray on the Facebook site. That exchange got nowhere and degenerated into an economic discussion on gross national product figures. I took another step later, and blogged about all of this on another site, along with some other points. It went out, published on that site, but I had a comment from the site host owner advising me, “don’t be a demagogue.”
Frankly, I really didn’t think that I was that strong in my opinion. I may have been a touch dogmatic , but a demagogue? I wasn’t running for any office. I was always going to comment back to the chap, but never did. It occurred to me that it would not have mattered, as it was a political and government view which differed in the purpose and powers of government control. They read my view or comments, and didn’t like it, or didn’t agree with me.
It reminded me, still later, of when I was in another discussion, on a group email exchange. It had to do with the water situation in central California this year. The group, mostly ranchers and farmers or connected to agribusiness, were eloquent about the gripe that legislators and state leaders had reneged on promises of which crops would be allowed to be preserved. Mixed in with this was the discussion on vegetarians, beef production, and others, and how to be civil with the arguments. Apparently, almonds were now discussed as a crop that used to be preserved as now a crop that had to be deleted. It was asked by one fellow, “How can we reason with those leaders to understand these things?”
I emailed back an answer. And the fellow replied, “Can we just write them off and cut them loose from our efforts?” It was something like that.
My answer was, “Well, yeah. How can you convince a group of vegetarians who want to destroy the world’s greatest source of plant protein. They’re idiots.”
There was no reply from that person. He may have been a vegetarian. One other in the group made a positive reply, but I have not heard from them since. I think I may have been dropped from the group. I guess I wasn’t diplomatic in my, uh ………….. expression.

Tim

THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
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Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1
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The Doc page and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Authors at Sanger Art Hop

Art - Steve Hammond book cover
This is Steve’s banner from his Rise of the Penguin’s site.
As mentioned earlier this event was for Sanger’s Art Hop. It was a cool fall day, and the day after “Black Friday” which in our area makes it called “Small Business Saturday.” Two of us, local authors, made it over to Sanger, California’s “Hinds Hospice Thrift Store” to set up for a six hour day. Yes, a wee bit long from 10:00 to 4:00 but well worth it. Modern fantasy author Steve Hammond signed books and talked about his series The Rise of the Penguins.
Again, the important thing was authors helping each other.

Author - Steve Hammond and me Nov 28 - 2015

Tim
THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
Cover Design by Jackson Cover Design
All cover art copyright © 2014
All Rights Reserved
Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
The Doc page and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Vetted, Vetting and to Vet

Blog - photo - Vetting blog 2

If you apply for a job, your application is screened. If it meets the prospective employer’s criteria, you may be called for an oral interview. In all of this you are being “vetted.” This isn’t a term used in the past be the private sector in filling vacant positions. The term was usually restricted to government positions or to high security agency positions. It was the process of an intense investigation and scrutiny of the applicant. I could not find a definition in Random Houses Webster’s Dictionary fourth edition Ballantine paperback, nor in the 1,550 page American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Houghton Mifflin Company 1976. But the use of the word “vet” as a verb may be found at various online locations such as:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vet

It has been a term that I used to see in research articles or books about intelligence agency practices. One of my first memories or awareness of vetting that was used in private industry, was the complaint by established media reporters, news writers, and TV journalists. The complaint was about bloggers. I suppose it was about the time that bloggers were being quoted, on the air. It ran along the lines, that “bloggers are out there in the blog-i-sphere whom we do not know,” and “they are blogging information contrary to what main stream media was reporting,” and, …. “we simply do not know who these people are.” Then, “these bloggers are not vetted,” presumably by the established media. More recently, there was a Brian Lamb C-SPAN “Book Notes” interview of a history professor. The professor complained about the self-published historians who “were not vetted” by the scholarly process of university historians.
There were media bloggers too, but, there was an explosion of “other voices” in the mid 2,000s years. About this time I was interviewed by one agent at a conference. It was short and he seemed to like the book I pitched to him, and he said to “send it to the agency” and to his partner a lead agent. [I thought that was hopeful, but later I realized that I was blown off.] This same agent later hosted and led a breakout session entitled “The Agency –Publisher – Writer Relationship.” His main point during the session was that the “agents vet the writers” for the publishers. There it is. Another angle on all this has been said many times. Also, there was “the catch.” To get traditionally in print by a big house, you need an agent – to get an agent, you need to be published. An agent wants published writers.
An e-world revolution, of sorts, is going on, has been going on. E-writers and self-publishers are by-passing the agent/publisher vetters. Who decides what is good, readable, correct, or entertaining? “Readers” is the obvious answer. The other question is, does this affect the marketing?
And, do your credentials matter?
Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
Cover Design by Jackson Cover Design
All cover art copyright © 2014
All Rights Reserved
Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

Timothy J. Desmond
Amazon author page at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00694KQQO
The Doc page and Writing at: http://timothydesmond.wordpress.com
Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com
Rifling Of Old Cannon, View On The Inside