La Riposte

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Free E-Book Offer, ROW80 Check-In, etc!

Top News - Seven Lives to Repay Our Country is currently FREE at Smashwords for all e-readers if you use coupon code EB75Z - this is my final effort to spur some action at Smashwords, otherwise I will probably pull this story from there later this month and enroll it in the KDP Select program.

Another ROW80 check-in without a great deal of progress to report on my formal goals, although I've written a few thousand more words on my new novel, which I am still debating serializing online... Opinions on the "should I serialize" question are welcome!

I'm finding that being on the road, living out of a suitcase and visiting family tends to put a slight damper on my writing productivity, but that doesn't mean I'm not exercising my creative talents! Here's a video from yesterday's snowboarding trip to the Berkshires with my sister Charli and nephew Liam. But I have high hopes for next week, when I'll be in class at Newport, RI, and with somewhat fewer distractions.

Wishing everyone a pleasant end to the week and a productive week to come,

Best regards,


  1. Last year, Roz Morris did an experiment where she wrote a novel and then sliced it into four parts, serializing it initially, with good results. Later she compiled the sections together for a fifth product. Creative idea to consider. Linkage ->

    Progress is progress, keep pressing towards the goal. Have a great week, Edward :)

  2. Gene, thanks for the idea and the link - I really appreciate the insight!

    Have a great day!

  3. Friend of mine has been writing an ongoing story about surviving an apocalypse, making a blog especially for it intact. Now its going to be published by Siren Call Publishing. She gained a great fan-club on her blog, each member awaiting the next instalment. I think she'll do well when it's published. I'll buy it because I couldn't read much of the text online (white on black *groan*), because although I strained, I've seen the quality of her writing and know I'm going to enjoy it.

    Perhaps showcase the first few chapters over a few month period leading up to it's release - publicising as you go. If they enjoy it, they'll buy the book to find out what happened. :) Although some might think this is a rotten tease, you can read the first few chapter of most e-books before you buy, its just that you would have blogged it too :D

    Good luck with your goals for the coming week, but enjoy your family too :) X

  4. It seems to be the way to go for many - so why not try - all avenues to be explored - that looked like a lot of fun up on them hills:)

    all the best for coming week

  5. Good job on keeping your writing up. As a voracious reader, serializing doesn't appeal to me. I want to sit down and DEVOUR something. I guess that makes me a binger.

    But I could see it working well for others. As a writer, it might be fun. It would probably freak me out though. I'll be interested to see how it goes for you!

  6. Sorry to hear you're having a bit of writing slump on the whole living from a suitcase thing. It can be challenging though satisfying to juggle the two. Remember each provides fuel for the other.

    On your e-book... Have you submitted it to any other outlets than Smashwords? It looks as if I might go well in a specialty publication or in a magazine like "Story".

  7. Kymele - I'll check out "Story" online, and thanks for the recommendation!

    Alberta - Thanks for the kind words and encouragement!

    Shah & Darcy - Thanks for your input on the serialization question! I'm a "binge reader" too, I'm afraid, so I guess we'll see...

  8. Great video!!!

    I don't know a lot about serializing but what Shah mentioned about show casing a few chapters at time. I think when I finally finish I will do something similar.

    I hope you have a better week!