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Stroke of Midnight made it onto the top-100 of all romance at Amazon today. Whee! It is the ONLY m/m book there. (There is some menage, but that is so not the same thing.)

Yes, I know the price has everything to do with its success. But maybe it will turn someone on to m/m who just got a new kindle for Christmas and somehow missed the m/m ebook phenomena so far.

I know it's possible. I met someone the other day who'd never ordered a book from Amazon before. She was trying to make me sell her a LIBRARY BOOK. No lie. People who'd never heard of an ebook used to be my bar for "living under a rock," but these non-Amazon people really left me stunned.


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Jan. 8th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
That IS awesome! And you're also the only name I recognize. lol. Not saying much since I rarely read het or anything remotely close. =}~
Jan. 8th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
P.S. That was MY comment dammit... But LJ logged me out without me realizing it. =P
Jan. 8th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
I recognized Nicholas Sparks ;-)

Laurell K. Hamilton was on the list too. For the most part I'm not a romance reader either. I hope it piques some interest for the readers of that category!
Jan. 8th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
HAHA it logged me out too. I didn't plan that. I swear.
Jan. 8th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
LMAO!! Ok, that was priceless.
Jan. 8th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
That's great!

Never ordered a book from Amazon??? *walks away dazed and confused*
Jan. 8th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
*snerk* no kidding! But they thought it was perfectly normal to try to talk the library into SELLING THE LIBRARY COPY of the book. And they offered me nearly double cover price.

The world is lucky I'm so honest. I could've made that thing disappear for 20 bucks.
Jan. 8th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
That's awesome. Congrats.

I've never ordered a book from Amazon, but I have bought ebooks. Does that count?
Jan. 9th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Ebooks totally count. And you don't have Amazon in your country so it's not really a good comparison. So long as you don't go to the public library and offer them a twenty for one of their books, I'll assume you're in the typical range of bookbuying ;-)
Jan. 8th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
You, my dear, are one of the reasons I'm seriously considering buying an ereader. So far, with my research, I think a Sony Reader is for me. What do you think?

I've just finished reading Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary, a book I resisted reading because of the vampire thing. But I totally fell in love with Michael and Wild Bill and want to read moremoremore about them!

There really is nothing like a book in the hand, though. I'm an old lady, and change is hard for me, but I'm truly thinking about getting one, just to read your work. You. Are. Amazing!
Jan. 9th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
What a huge compliment, thank you!

What about Sony do you like? It would actually be the last ereader I would buy because it's so proprietary. I love reading books on my iPod touch. I particularly like buying ebooks through the Kindle app. They're formatted nicely, they're usually discounted about a dollar, and it takes two taps to purchase it. Then it fits in my pocket, plays video podcasts, holds my CD collection, and checks my email!

I have three e-readers on the iPod touch. The kindle, the Fictionwise e-reader, and Stanza which is super flexible and will allow your computer to talk to your iPod and transmit any sort of ebook or document to it. I use Stanza to send a story in progress (word doc) so I can read it with fresh eyes, rather than printing it out and spending all that time, ink and paper.

All that said... I don't think you need to get an ereader just for my stuff, though I'd be happy to be the "gateway drug" for you! All my long stuff will be out in paperback eventually and all the short stories can easily be read at the computer and/or printed out. I will have the Sweet Oblivion series in paperback this year, as soon as I get a chance to typeset it.

I'm really glad you tried Channeling Morpheus even though you don't care for vampires. I just re-read Brazen because I was thinking of doing a little smutty short that related to that story for my own amusement, and I think vampirism is not a huge theme. Or if it is, it's like regular complicated people, but with vampirism. I'm probably as sick of the same old tired vampire themes as the next person! I do my best not to be derivative.
Jan. 9th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
don't you find the touch screen really small, though?

I've been thinking about buying a Sony ereader, but only if they convert PDFs nicely (as everything I currently have is in PDF)
Jan. 9th, 2010 10:06 am (UTC)
Nothing converts PDFs perfectly because PDFs are designed for print publication so they don't move, which is opposite of what ereaders need, which is text that flows (like HTML does). If the only format I can get is PDF, I use the free program Calibre to convert it. There's usually some weirdness with page numbers and headers sprinkled throughout the text, but there's really nothing to be done for it. It wasn't what that file format was made to do.

Reading on the iPod screen is like reading a newspaper column-width. I think it's great!
Jan. 9th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
Jan. 9th, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
Jan. 9th, 2010 08:45 am (UTC)

Congratulations on Stroke of Midnight. Is the menage M/M/F or M/F/M?

I just bought a Kindle and I'm converting some of my older books (those that are faves) to the prc format as well as requesting new ones in this format. So far I really like my Kindle.

Jan. 9th, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
No idea what the menages are...I'm sure not reading 'em :D

I didn't know Kindle was playing nice in Canada. That's really good news. Since you usually used lit format your conversions should all go smoothly.

I've heard you can read word docs natively on Kindle also!
Jan. 9th, 2010 10:17 am (UTC)
Re the Kindle - yes amazon took us off the endangered list about a month ago so I can now enjoy it like the rest of the civilized world. The reason I asked about the menage was I thought you mentioned your book Stroke of Midnight was a menage

>>It is the ONLY m/m book there. (There is some menage, but that is so not the same thing.)<<
I guess you meant that there were some menage books on amazon's list and I misinterpreted your meaning.

I'm off to buy it - hope I can afford it. :)
Jan. 9th, 2010 10:33 am (UTC)
You will be safe from menage from me. I can promise you that!

You're right, I meant that there were two other menage books on the romance list, but no other m/m. I didn't even SEE the other way the sentence could read until you mentioned it! Ha!
Jan. 10th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
Congrats! I still prefer a paper book over an ebook but I'm slowly coming around, debating Nook vs Kindle. Though if something decent came out for the Zune that'd be sweet (minor iPod envy!).
Jan. 11th, 2010 09:36 am (UTC)
Can you put different applications on the Zune or is it mainly an MP3 player? All the iPods prior to the iPod touch were pretty limited. You could leave yourself maybe a small text note, and that was it.

I was actually looking for a way to convert ebooks into a series of text notes right around when the iPod touch came out, was preparing for a long plane flight, AND my older iPod died all at the same time. I was really happy to find the iPod touch had all that functionality.

I watch Photoshop training videos on it from bed. It's nice to be able to watch that and not have to annoy my boyfriend with them if he'd like to be in the same room as me.
Jan. 11th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
The Zune is mainly media (music, videos, radio, shows, pictures, etc) but there are some third party applications that will let it function as an ereader (just text files). Since I couldn't find my Zune I started messing around with my BB Storm and found a few ebook apps (!) so I'm content to just let my Zune collect dust somewhere for the time being. :)

I'm only creeping into ebook land so it's easier to kill time at work.
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Ooh, ooh, a blackberry? I'm fairly sure Mobipocket makes a mobi reader you can put on there for free. You can download some of my ebook shorts free in multiple formats at 1romanceebooks.com and Smashwords.com to play with and see how they work for your different ereaders!
Jan. 11th, 2010 08:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, hot damn! You got me with that one! "Thaw" and "Stroke" were listed on the Kindle Boards as bargain buys and of course I got them both. Then I bought "Among the Living", the next day "CrissCross" and today I got the remaining three. Not that about a hundred FREE books are sitting on my Kindle waiting for my attention, huh?! Good stuff, dear writer! I really like the guys. :-)
Jan. 11th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
Thank you SO much for finding me and commenting! I'm not able to track the distribution of Thaw and Stroke on Amazon so I don't even know how many are getting downloaded. And of course how would I know how many influence people to try Among the Living unless they come and tell me? (And you're the first, so great big THANK YOU.)

I think you're right about the free ebooks just sitting there on the Kindle. Of all the ones I've downloaded, I haven't even opened ONE either. HM! Interesting!

My initial strategy for putting out freebies was to give readers already in the genre a try-before-you-buy option, and also to give existing readers of the series a treat. It will be interesting to see how it affects freebie-gatherers.
Jan. 11th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, I *have* read quite a few of my freebies already! But I get distracted a lot by "buy-books" and as there are new freebies each month the pile is getting higher and higher. I think handing out freebies is a very good policy. I've never heard of you (sorry!!! not a romance reader) and wouldn't have found you without "Thaw" and "Stroke" being announced on the Kindle Boards. And you're not the only author whom I've got to know via freebies and/or bargain buys and who has convinced me to buy their books now. It's great advertising and also a treat for your existing readers, so thank you! :-)
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, I think I projected my own reading habits onto you--so sorry! I haven't read even a single freebie I've downloaded. There's probably something psychological going on there about me devaluing a free product.

I'm so pleased to hear that I really am reaching new readers I wouldn't have otherwise. Hooray :D
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