Today I got frustrated and angry because someone bought my ebook and then returned it. Look, I understand that if you click “buy” on accident, or if you get a few pages in and decide it’s not for you (read the sample first!), but this person had the book for at least a week because s/he bought it at full price, and it’s now on sale. That means they could very likely have bought it, read it, and returned it. Which is a crap thing to do to an author. Especially an indie author. Publishing houses have lots of money to back them; a return or two won’t hurt. But us little guys (and gals)… Someone told me they thought Amazon had a policy that didn’t allow returns on ebooks if the reader goes past a certain percentage? Is that true? Last time I looked (and it’s been a while), it wasn’t, but maybe Amazon got smart? Then again, Amazon seems never to have been on the side of the authors.
Anyway, to distance myself from my woes and irritation, I decided to distract myself by cataloguing my various tarot and oracle decks. Final tallies:
- 39 tarot decks
- 7 Lenormand decks
- 15 oracle decks
- 9 “other”
I posted a new tarot video to YouTube, too, so please go take a look, Like, and Subscribe! Maybe I’ll do this instead of writing. (I do private readings for those who are interested. You can’t return them for a refund, though!)
For those of you interested more in my tarot and astrology posts, here is my first YouTube video for that side of things:
Crowley likes to chase his tail, but he always stops when he realizes I’m recording him. In this video, he chases his tail for a minute then goes into my office and freaks out for no apparent reason.
And they’re just 99 cents!
February 26th is National Tell A Fairy Tale Day. Who knew? But Faebourne is a perfect read for such an event! As are all these other great fantasies, each discounted through February 28th. So grab one—or several—and curl up with a good book!
Meanwhile, also enjoy this preview of Faebourne and other Elite Review titles from InD’Tale Magazine:
Last November, as the Camp Fire was at its worst, I gave a presentation at our local library for those brave enough to venture out into the smoke and haze. Not many, alas. But our library was kind enough to also record the presentation. It’s long—I had a lot of ground to cover. Here’s hoping you find it helpful, or at least amusing.
A couple evenings ago, I gave a presentation at the Livermore Public Library about how to produce a polished manuscript. Paul Sevilla, who handles Public Services at the library, was nice enough to take some photos:
Thanks to everyone who braved the bad air quality (we’re dealing with smoke from the Camp Fire north of us) to hear me speak! And thanks to the Livermore Public Library for hosting me.
Here’s a really short explanation of why he’s not Jim (or James) Moriarty in my story “Professor Moriarty and the Demented Detective.”
Bonus: you also get to see Crowley!
So I have a YouTube channel now, and I recommend you subscribe to keep up with all the videos because I won’t always be posting them here. The link to the channel itself is on the sidebar to the left. (Scroll down to all my online media buttons.)
I’ll try to get more sophisticated with my recording and editing methods. But for now, enjoy this short video about author Tom Cox’s work. And if you watch long enough, you’ll catch a glimpse of my cat Minerva.
I’m often asked for book recommendations. So I decided to pull a few of my favorites off my shelves and share them.