Friday, February 2, 2018

Wal-Mart Joins e-Publishing Ballgame?

Just when I thought I had figured out which e-publishing platform I was going to use once I completed my manuscript the publishing industry has changed yet once again.  

My research of e-publishers resulted in the five largest retailers: Amazon, Apple iBooks, Nook Press, Google Play and Kobo. At the time, Kindle by Amazon ranking highest on my list of e-publishing requirements.  After the newest announcement, its back to the drawing board for me.

#Walmart has partnered with Kobo to sell e-readers, e-books and audio books that will be available at its 4,000 stores later this year. According to #Publishers Weekly, Kobo marketplace 'holds nearly six million titles from thousands of publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors.'

The thought of my book ever getting read according to Kobo's title list is very daunting.  Walmart has changed and dominated the retail industry for the past several years.  With e-commerce slowly on the rise, the million dollar question is who will attempt to conquer it now?  Will it be Wal-mart who teamed up with #Google and now Kobo or will it be Amazon?  

I'm wondering if this new partnership between Wal-mart, Google Play and now Kobo are going to tip the scales in not only e-publishing options but most importantly if it will affect the prices of author's books? Most e-books range from $.99 to $3.99 per download.  That's considerably a fair price to download a book in the comfort of your home to enjoy on a cold, wintry day.  The dishearten part; I receive newsletters on a regular basis from many authors who are giving away their books for free just to gain readership.  I'm wondering if that concept is working?  

In the upcoming months as after I finish writing my manuscript and get it edited, I have a sneaking feeling my decision to e-publish will be between Kobo and Kindle Direct Publishing.  

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year everone!  For us here in #North#Carolina, the New Year came in with a #bang.  In all my years I have not ever known it to be this cold for this long.  It's been three weeks and counting the weather tempatures have not been above 36 degrees in the day, not counting the windfactor.  At night it's been in the teens.  For North Carolina, that's #cold, cold, cold.

As I sit in my livingroom bundled up and type this it's snowing. Yes folks, we are getting #snow.  Everytime we get snow in my small town, the hardware stores, gas stations and grocery stores are swarmed.  Milk, bread, eggs and always on the top of the list.  

Speaking of list, did you make a New Year's resolution or any goals for the upcoming year?  I did.  In fact, I have 19 so far.  That is alot, but the last quarter of 2016 and 2017 has been an eye opener for me.  You see, I had been so focused on writing, creating and builing my brand, building a platform, developing my social media that I worked myself up into a frenzy and forgot about why I started writing in the begining.  I started writing becasue I have stories I want to tell the world. Stories that my Grandmother told me, stories that my parents told me about them growing up and most importantly I want to inspire others to chase thier dreams. As an author I strive to give my readers suspensful love story and a glimpse of hope in thier own life.  

Monday, October 23, 2017

     It's always nice to go away on vacation isn't it?  Travel to new places, see exciting and new things.  Sometimes getting there can be overwhelming.  This past week I traveled to #Baltimore for #Women #of #Impact Gala event.  I had everything planned out.  Except for one thing.  Road construction as soon as I entered Emporia, Virginia.  I missed my exit to bypass D.C. and spent two hours circling D.C. before I was able to get in the correct lane to exit onto the road to Baltimore.  On the positive side?  Sitting at a standstill I was able to see the Washington monument from my car!  It's not everyday you get to drive by something so spectacular.  Seeing that was well worth it. 

     Here are a few superstitions I grew up about traveling.  

~ If the bottom of your feet itch you will walk on strange land. 
~ Don't drink the water from a place you have never visited before, it will make you sick. 

Some other superstitions I grew up with: 

~ Right hand itch, you will shake a strangers hand. 
~ Left hand itch, you will get some money.
~Right eye twitch, you will receive good news. 
~ Left eye twitch, you will get upset/angry. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

     I have often wondered how and were #superstitions originated.  Were they developed from stories told around campfires from early settlers as entertainment?  Were they a mix of superstitions brought over from the Ol' World mixed in with the new in the New World?  We may never know.  
     Superstitions about #weather has always fascinated me.  I was eager to see it was true or if something would happen.  

~ If #lightening strikes twice in the same place gold is buried there.  Sometimes I think this is true on the property were I live.  Next to my house we have tried to plant countless fruit trees and even dogwood trees.  No sooner than the trees got to be the size of my thumb, lightening would strike and kill them.  Last summer I was complaining to my dad how lightening had struck several nights earlier and killed my plum trees.  My dad replied, 'gal don't you remember if lightening strikes twice in the same place gold is buried there.'  I've have not planted any more trees in that area and lightening hasn't struck nearby since.  

~ If there is lightening during the winter it will snow in 7-10 days.  I have experienced this several times living in southern North Carolina.  

~ Red Skies in the morning; sailors take warning - meaning it will  rain or storm by afternoon or evening.    
~ Red skies at night; sailors delight - meaning beautiful weather ahead.  

~ If the sun is shining while it's raining - the devil is beating his wife

~ If it rains at a funereal the person who past is going to heaven.  

~ In the fall of the year if you see a woolly worn (fuzzy worm) and his coat is more black than a brown/rust color - it will have a hard winter

~ If squirrels are raiding the pecan trees before the fruit has had a change to open from the hull and fall to the ground - it will be a hard winter.  One year we had squirrels to eaten a hole in a 55 gallon garbage can we kept chicken feed in.  The entire winter we had a combination of icy rain, snow flurries, sleet and finally a combined ice and snow storm.    

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

#Superstitions involving dreams

    #Dreams are images, ideas, #emotions and #sensations that occur involuntarily during stages of sleep. (Wikipeda)
     We all dream.  Some are good, some are bad.  Some we remember, some we forget as soon as we wake and some leave us puzzled.  
     For instance, two nights ago I dreamed that I was down on my knees crawling.  I could see my goal in the distance.  There were others around me crawling just as I was.  Some were laughing.  Some were complaining.  One stopped and sat down refusing to move any further until someone told them why they had to crawl to get where they wanted to go.  And some were horse-playing.  I ignored them and kept my eyes on my goal.  The further and harder I crawled the slower my goal came into view. 
     Did my dream have any significant meaning?  To me it did.  My greatest ambition is to traditionally publish.  I #believe my dream was a sign to not give up, to stay focused and to keep working not only hard but smart towards my goal.  

     Here are some superstition about dreams: 

    If you tell someone about a dream you had it will come true.   

    If you dream the same dream three times it will come true. 

    Dream about eating fish and someone is pregnant.  A person who is dreaming about eating fish could be the one pregnant.  This happened to me.  I remember my husband waking me up asking me what was I doing.  He said I had been licking my fingers in my sleep.  A couple weeks later I discovered I was pregnant.     

     Dream about a snake and you have an enemy.  

     Would love to hear from you if you know of any other superstitions about dreams. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fall is in the air

     Hello everyone and Happy October.  #October has been designated to observe many things from National #Arts and #Humanities month to Nation #Pizza month and finally #Halloween on October 31st.  
     I wanted to do something different so for the entire month of October I will be discussing #superstitions I grew up with.  Not only are they from my #southern roots but they are beliefs I grew up hearing from my #Grandmother.  Looking back, I wished I would have kept a #diary when my Grandmother talked and told me tales.  Most I remember but there are so many more I have forgotten over the years.  
     So to start off, I'm going to talk about #New #Years #Day superstitions.  
     New Years Eve, we always cleaned our homes thoroughly including doing all the laundry and putting it away.  The belief was a clean house on New Years day; a clean house all year long.  It was bad luck to wash laundry or have clothes hanging on a clothesline on New Years day.  If you did so, the belief was you were washing someone out of your life; someone in the family would die.  My co-worker, Jessica's mother was seriously ill many years ago and on New Years Day they had to laundry the sheets on her mom's bed.  Her mom passed two months later.  Was it a coincidence or did the superstition come true?  Jessica believes it was the superstition.  
     Spend a little bit of money on New Years day and you will have money to spend all year long.  I do this every year.  I take my mom shopping and we use the gift cards we received at Christmas.
     Wear a new piece of clothing on New Years Day and you will have new clothes to wear all year long.  
     The meal on New Years Day is collards and black-eyed peas.  The collards represents money and the black-eyed peas are for good luck.  As a child this was the one holiday tradition I disliked.  I can't stand black-eyed peas.  I still cook collards but instead of black-eyed peas I cook Lima beans.  
     Never sit your purse on the floor.  Doing so means you will always be broke.  

I would love to hear from you if you have any New Years Day superstitions you observer or grew up with.   



Monday, September 11, 2017

9/11 ~ A Day I Will Not Ever Forget

     #Sixteen years ago today, terror struck our nation.  That day will forever be known as #9/11.  I will never forget where I was and what I was doing as the secretary rushed into the meeting yelling, 'terrorist just flew a plane into the Twins towers!'
     That day, my life changed forever as did so many others. The life I had known ceased to exist.  Let us not forget those who lost their life sixteen years ago today but also remember those who continue to put their life on the line everyday to help keep our nation safe.