Apr 20 2010

Thank You, Whoever You Are! :D

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According to Amazon, I’ve sold one copy each of the collected Fictionlets on the Kindle. Smashwords doesn’t have any sales listed yet for other platforms, but hopefully that will come in time.

Meanwhile, that means I’ve officially made a sale! Woohoo! Sure, it’s only netted me $0.70, but every journey starts with a single step and all that. Besides, as of last night I’ve got a gig writing a short story for an upcoming indie anthology, so if things continue at this rate I’ll be chugging along nicely in short order. (That reminds me, I need to update the Bibliography page.)

Ah, writing. I’ve missed you, my old friend! :)

-The Gneech

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Apr 19 2010

Brigid and Greg E-Books, W00t!

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Gneech and his sexy, sexy iPhone.

Because I love you all, I spent the weekend compiling the Brigid and Greg fictionlets into e-book form, two volumes of 100 fictionlets each which should be much easier to read than going post-by-post here on gneech.com. You can get them here:

These two volumes will bring you almost up-to-date (into late 2009, anyway); from there, I have in mind to do a new volume for every hundred new fictionlets.

As far as I can tell, every major e-book platform is represented, although it may take a little while for the books to propagate to Sony, B&N, and so on. I know for a fact that they’re already available for Stanza (the version the goofy mug in the photo above is holding). The cost is a low, low $0.99 (which is basically the minimum amount that most distributors will let me charge).

Since the books went up, I’ve had inquiries about doing print versions, and I’ll be looking into that in the not-too-distant future as well, probably digest-size and distributed via Merchandise Maven. Meanwhile, fire up your Kindle/Nook/phone/iPad (*sob*) and enjoy!

(Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that even if you don’t have a separate e-reader, you can download free copies of Stanza, the Kindle reader, and so forth, or even just grab the books in good old-fashioned “plain text” and read ’em in your word processor of choice if you’re so inclined.)


-The Gneech

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Apr 13 2010

Antisocial Media

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Based on Mike Stackpole’s recommendation I picked up an interesting little book by Gary Vaynerchuk about promotion (and other things) called Crush It!. I expect to write up a review of it in a day or two, but I will say I recommend it for anybody whose job involves a lot of tooting your own horn (like, say, writers). One of the things Crush It! recommends is creating a Facebook “fan page” alongside of your own personal “profile” page.

I admit, I’m still a little stumped as to the reasoning behind this setup, but I’m nothing if not adept at learning-as-I-go, so I went ahead and set up the fan page and invited a few folks to hop on board to get it started.

This, combined with a snarly LJ post from Vince (who is always cranky this time of year, poor guy) got me to thinking about how very intimate people’s relationships are with their social media of choice. Like the recent backlashey reaction to the iPad, there is a lot of very personal reaction to social media outlets. Vince hates Twitter with a passion, even though it’s just as happy to leave him alone. Other friends of mine are very proud of the fact that they’ll never, ever have a Facebook page and relish telling you all about it.

For myself, I’m a longtime LiveJournal devotee, although there are times when it’s a troubled relationship at best. As such, it does sorta pain me to see people flock from LJ to Facebook or wherever, or even just flock to Facebook after having ignored LJ for a decade. But the thing of it is, it’s not the platform I care about, not really — it’s the people on it. I’m a communicator and a storyteller, and there’s no point in talking to an empty room! So if people are on Facebook, I’ll post to Facebook. If people are tweeting all over, I’ll become a big ol’ twit! Or at least, more of one than I already was. My personal posts will stay on LJ, because that’s where I’m comfy … but there’s no reason for me to exclude my friends who happen to be on other platforms.

With the ready availability of plug-ins that alert everybody and their brother of a post no matter what the media, it’s particularly pointless to avoid a message stream. As soon as I hit “publish,” this post is going to show up on my website, my LJ, Twitter, and Facebook automatically. And I know for a fact I have readers on Facebook who aren’t on LJ, readers on Twitter who aren’t on Facebook … and few if any people subscribed to gneech.com’s RSS feed. But they all get the message.

That’s the key: connecting with the readers. Removing degrees of separation. If they want tweets instead of status updates, tweets they shall have! There’s just no good reason not to.

-The Gneech

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Apr 12 2010

Minding the Store

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A couple more changes here at gneech.com as things get settled in. First and most obvious, is the ad boxes. These are run through Project Wonderful, the same folks who serve up the ads for Suburban Jungle and NeverNever, and they do a fine job. The rates are nice and low until people start bidding on them, so get ’em while they’re hot! Get ’em while they’re ads! :D

Second, although I didn’t want to have to resort to it, I added a Captcha function to the site comments, because I was spending more time wading through fake SPAM comments than I was actually posting stuff to the site. When somebody comments on a sword and sorcery tale, “These are great tips!” … yeah, I can pretty safely assume they’re a bot. Let me know how the Captcha works for you (or doesn’t) — I’m still running that as a trial to see how it performs.

-The Gneech

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Apr 09 2010

New Section (Risk a Verse)

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I’ve created a new “Risk a Verse” section for the website, for those masochistic souls who’d like to read my various poems, filks, and such strangeness. A poem about jackalopes? It’s in there. Filk about D&D? It’s in there. Sword and sorcery microfiction in rhyming couplets? It’s in there! As of this morning it’s all reposts, but some are pretty old and thus probably new to most of my readers.

Enjoy. :)

-The Gneech

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Apr 01 2010

The Long, Slow Import of the Soul

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I started a big website-related project this evening: I have transferred 48 of 300 (or so) Brigid and Greg Fictionlets to gneech.com. It only took me all night! Whoof. 0.o

WordPress has an “import from LiveJournal” option, but that would have transferred my entire LJ, comments and all, going back to 2001 or whenever it was I started posting. Yikes! There isn’t any ready way I could see to automate the import by tag. So it’s all been copy-paste-copy-paste.

I’ll be glad when it’s done, but for now … oog. Good thing there’s only 252 more to go… *collapses*

-The Gneech

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