Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sales! Events! NaNoWriMo! Kobo ereaders!

Scott D. Parker

Funny. Despite that headline, sometimes, doing the normal things like writing a new yarn means there’s not a lot of interesting stuff to write about.

My NaNoWriMo

I am well into my way with my own personal Na-Novella-WriMo project. My goal is to write a novella of between 20,000 and 30,000 words in a month. That is entirely doable. My productivity on my iPod during day job breaks continues apace. Wednesday saw me top 800 words while Thursday was just over 700. It’s a thrill to be able to take those five-minute breaks and transport myself into my new story.

Awesome Books for the Indie Author

Yesterday was the March to a Bestseller 2 event over at There are some tremendous deals. The one that really got me was The Indie Author Power Pack: How to Write, Publish, & Market Your Book. This is a boxed set of the following titles:

Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran
Write. Publish. Repeat by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant
How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn

Now, I had just finished Let’s Get Digital a week ago having paid full price. But I bought this boxed set anyway. For one, there's exclusive content. Two of the books are updated and revised. All are foundational books for the indie author. As soon as you finish them, starts listening to Joanna’s podcast (The Creative Penn) and the Self-Publishing Podcast, with Johnny, Sean, and David Wright that I wrote about a few weeks ago. Indispensable wisdom.

Kobo Glo

Last Monday, my Kobo Glo ereader arrived in the mail. While I love my iPod Touch for writing and reading on the go, I am very partial to e-ink readers. Yes, they are easier on the eyes and they last a long time between charges. With the Glo, I now have the big three, having purchased a Kindle Paperwhite earlier this year and my Nook SimpleTouch back in 2012. What I really, really want is an e-ink iPad-type machine that is for reading lots of stuff over different platforms. There are good reasons to have all three devices, the least of which is to ensure my books render correctly on all three platforms. A great feature for the Glo is that it syncs my Pocket articles. Now, I read them on an e-ink screen.

Here’s the link to Kobo’s platform and the readers they have. Give’em a look. I got the pretty white one with the blue back. Refurbished no less. Kobo has great deals every weekend. In fact, I bought Kristi’s debut novel, Blessed are the Dead, yesterday for only a buck. Seriously. Ditto for Amazon and Nook.

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