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Blog & Site Updates

8.13.18 As part of making this site more secure I have logged it with a service which monitors sites and makes sure that they are not invaded or hacked into. In the meantime I have made some subtle changes to the product pages to facilitate their service. You need to do nothing. Just explore as you normally do.

8.07.18 8:30 am PDT. Update: Mischief managed, for the time being. I finally got a reply to my ticket request and the CS rep said the problem would be fixed. Why does it take over 3 days to fix what could take only 5 minutes?

8.07.18 There has been a shocking lack of concern at my publishing service about fixing problems. I found an omission in one of my books and, when I corrected the galley files, uploaded them into my book's listing module on Friday. Lo and behold, the page behaved as if it was an ebook. I emailed customer service on that day pointing out the error. I could not proceed to actually pay for the revision. No response was forthcoming from them. On Saturday I tried again. Again, no response. On Sunday I tried again. Same problem. On Monday I called them by phone and was forced to wait for 20 minutes before an automated recording came on and told me to hang up and try again. There can't have been that many customers on the line, but Monday seemed unusually crowded. I tried uploading the files again on Monday and got the same problem. I emailed them again, and got a form email telling me a ticket was generated and they would get back to me.. No response came ALL DAY. I emailed them this morning about it and was thoroughly ticked off. I may have to close my account and take my books elsewhere.
     This is a disappointing situation because it is a service which offers professional services and worldwide distribution, compared to most others. I have tried at all times to publish my books with that in mind. However, if there was a change in management upstairs, or of the customer service I used to know, it means that my publishing service is no longer reliable.
     I have gone to the BBB site and read nothing but negative reviews all outlining my problem with lack of communication. This was also a shock. I guess I thought they were perfect, because they got back to me almost right away before. Most of my books were processed properly before. Revisions took almost no time at all. But now, they have delayed fixing the problem for too long. I'd hate to think that they were doing it on purpose.
     So today I have suspended sales of the book on the site, and I would assume that the book is still available on other sites because it shows as available, no matter what I do. I have also recorded a complaint with The Better Business Bureau and also Consumer Affairs, if you care to read them.

8.03.18 Today I have lowered the prices on all ebooks. It makes no sense to expect more, since many customers have said they will not pay more. It is also digital content so there was little cost associated with creating them. Since ebooks are slowly declining in demand thanks to the return of hard copies, I think those who want the ebooks anyway will see that I am flexible. Right now, the only ebook seller who markets them is Barnes & Noble, since I have removed my titles from Amazon for lack of sales. I will wait until the end of the year to see if there is any improvement in sales of the ebooks. If there is not, I will discontinue publishing them and remove them from the catalog on December 31. So I would strongly suggest that if you want ebooks, you'd better get them now to encourage me to keep them on sale. Thanks.
     Swords of The Dragon's Blood was published on July 28, and was made available for sale on July 31. It took me 4 years to write and edit, so please take a look.
     A future book of the same genre is planned for publication some time next year. It will be a western/sci-fi novel or novella in the tradition of Rex Stout and other writers. Also, I am going to work on a cold war novel. But plans for those are well off yet. I am proceeding with working on the next SF Film book and it should be out sometime in the fall.

7.20.18 Work proceeds apace on both books, and one will be publish sometime before the 29th. The other is going nicely and I see it being published in August instead of September. More updates later.
      Today I have returned my art gallery to this site, and will change my home site to redirect the gallery to this site. It appears that having 3 sites with the same things on them is confusing enough without having the products listed all over the place. So check out my latest additions. ♦

6.22.18 Now that the first book has been published, we begin work on the next volume of the series, Science Fiction Films of The 20th Century: Men In Space And Alien Invasions, which will not be published until sometime this fall. Meanwhile, work on Swords of The Dragon's Blood continues, and we plan to publish it in July. ♦

6.19.18 Science Fiction Films of The 20th Century: The Early Years has just gone into the print hopper and should be available in the next couple of days. In the meantime, I have put up the buttons in case you want to order. The next book in this series will probably be published sometime in August or September, as I have another book I have to finish before all else is said and done. ♦

4.15.18 I just did a search on some of my paperback books and Amazon is running some kind of sale where a book is priced as low as $2.93 with free shipping, as long as one has a Prime membership. Apparently they can't sell them fast enough. Meanwhile, anyone who sees the list price posted with a Kindle listing is asked to compare the prices between the paperback and the file. It's apple and oranges as far as I am concerned. And I haven't seen any sales since mid-March. I don't know what's going on with them.
     Doing my taxes right now, along with rearranging my files. I'll update you on upcoming books later. ♦

3.14.18 I am reminded that this is PI Day, which is any day containing the numerals 3 and 14. It stands for π, the factor used to compute the circumpherence of a circle. But by circumstance today is also the day that Sir Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) died at the age of 76. Hawking was a theoretical physicist who unlocked the secrets of black holes and united their effects with the theory of general relativity as documented by Albert Einstein. He said that the heart of any galaxy in the universe is a supermassive black hole. He wrote several books, including A Brief History of Time, a book designed for laymen. His latest work was exploring the concept of "dark matter" and "dark energy", the properties of which are yet to be defined. He was diagnosed with amyolateral sclerosis (ALS) when he was 21 and was given 2.5 years to live. Instead, he and his family decided to fight it, and he lasted another 55 years. He had an ever effervescent wit and sense of humor, and despite the effects of the disease, managed to continue to teach and work on his favorite subject. ♦

3.13.18 A difference made. Finally, I retired the order form I had posted in case there were any credit card orders from people who did not like to use PayPal. It turns out that PayPal is perfectly fine for everyone. There was also the risk of the form being intercepted between the buyer and Antellus® by those wanting to farm the form for data, though there was little sign that this was happening. It was an experiment which saw little to no results, so I have shed it. Anyone wanting to deal by credit card can just contact me and negotiate by email. I have seen it work for other sites, so no more cumbersome forms. I have simplified the Buyer's Info page to reflect the removal of the form.
     You will also notice that the product pages are now simpler to see, and I plan to publish more links where I can find them. There is no reason to restrict the availability of the books. Right now I have links to the ebooks on the major booksellers. I may add more if I can find them. ♦

2.25.18 Good news! My ebooks are now on sale through Barnes & Noble Press (formerly Nook Press). So far I have had some sales since 2.8.18, and I have posted links on the product pages.
      Principles of Publishing In The Digital Age: 4th Edition is now up for sale in print and PDF formats.
     Work proceeds apace on Swords of The Dragon's Blood and Science Fiction Films of The 20th Century: The Early Years. I have found that there is enough space in the latter book to take the segment from before 1900 to 1940. I will cut it off there and continue with another volume as soon as I know what to call it. Later, I will worry about setting up Kindle and Nook editions where possible. Watch for further developments. ♦

2.7.18 As part of our outreach to other markets, I am trying to establish a vendor account with Barnes & Noble to post our ebooks there. I had been a member of PubIt, which turned into Nook Press, but since NP was not forthcoming with sales I closed the account. B&N rebranded the site into Barnes & Noble Press. Now, thanks to a glitch in the vendor account form, I cannot proceed without activation, and that depends on tax and banking information which must match (according to them). I tried 6 times, and each time the form rejected the same information I have been using for over 40 years. I have sent them an email explaining the problem and hopefully they will fix it. In the meantime, I am reconfiguring the files according to their specs (which are radically different from KDP) but am not putting them up until the account is verified.
     I have put Principles of Publishing In The Digital Age 3rd Edition to bed in preparation to publish the 4th edition, which will be updated with new information and more aids to publishing. I anticipate it will be published in March. Swords of The Dragon's Blood is still in the works, and other books will be published later in the Spring and Fall of 2018 as I finish them. More news later. ♦

1.25.18 This is the first post for 2018. I have been reconfiguring the book catalog so that the catalog numbers are simpler. Before, I was assigning numbers based on the year, the order of a book by series or category, and the number of the book itself based on its original publication date. Now, all book catalog numbers are based on the order of publication and that's it. It's easier to keep track of and I don't expect to publish a thousand books in my lifetime. The art prints are in the reassignment process, so I will post them on the site later.
     I am also republishing all of the books with different page counts and prices. This year I have decided to drop the 99 cents appended to each price and offer the book with an integer price. It is worth the effort because, now that I am selling exclusively online, a penny's difference does not matter.
     I hope you had a lovely holiday season, and I look forward to doing business with you in this more positive new year. ♦

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