The Twenty-Ninth Post: The One Where I Watch ‘Dexter’ and Exult In the Realization of A Dream

Well, believe it or not – I might let a little private information get out unaltered. I will have a book published by Kindle this time tomorrow called “Four Bits and a Dollar”. On my next blog entry, I’ll put up the link. I am looking more forward to changing some of my statuses to “Published Author”. This excites me more than anything. Even when I got the weird idea that I could be published waaaaay back in 1997 with joining the company of the grilled and abashed vets on the Internet. I should give a thank-you note to “Salon” for their article on fan fiction, which got me started in all of this. I am very interested in see what happens – this isn’t a way of making money immediately (I mean, come on – 35% of $1.50 is .53 cents – that ain’t walkin-round money), but it shows me what I will need to do when the Big Book comes out.

OK – for those of you who are considering this, here are the pros and cons of the two big services:



  • Up and running in about 24 hours
  • Amazon has high visibility
  • Two words: Amazon Flame
  • Two more words: iPad Killer
  • Two Tiered Royalty structure – either 35% or 70%
  • Don’t have a Kindle? Kindle readers can be loading into almost everything.


  • Formatting: for Pete’s sake – who cares how I made the paragraphs?
  • That two tiered structure? Dependent on how much I am charging in the first place.
  • While e-books are definitely on the upswing, there is still nothing better than having that book in your hand.
  • Kindle’s format is exclusive, so you have to have their reader to have their stuff.
  • Takes forever to get it looking just right. Took me hours to get it close to right.




  • The format is fairly open – means if you don’t like the Nook, there are other places to go to.
  • Fairly easy to use and set up. WYSISYG.
  • As easily available as the Kindle’s program.


  • 48 to 72 hours… only after you’ve been vetted – which I still have to go through in between the hours of 9:00 – 5:30. Very
    convenient for those of us who have [censored] day jobs.
  • When someone says e-reader – quick, what’s your first thought. I can guarantee it ain’t Nook.

Well, I will definitely keep everyone here up to date about what goes on with the Kindle and the Nook. With any luck, I can get both readers with the anthology, and hopefully be able to break even one day: ($215.00 is the break-even point).

On to other things: just watched the premiere of the Season 6 of Dexter – and I like the two Big Bads this season: Bill Adama and Tom Hank’s kid. I also like the burgeoning theme of religion in the series. I doubt that Dexter is going to find Jesus and repent by the end of the series, but I like the idea that each season has him evolving as a human in one way or the other… and the nudity is always nice, too. Speaking of movies, I went to go see Moneyball. The trailers say ‘wacky comedy’, but the movie is a rather stark drama. It’s a good movie, but I have to admit that I like to see Brad Pitt in lighter things, like Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Fight Club.

Well, this will be all for now. I’ve only had 4 hours of sleep total over the last 48 hours (thanks, Kindle!). I hope that tomorrow I will have better news and a link to the anthology.


I commend you, Dear Reader.


Seething With Apathy

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