Titles Available Now in my Amazon Store

The following works are now available at my Amazon page: amazon.com/author/philslattery.

The new cover for A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror as of November 15, 2019.

Available on Kindle. A revamped print edition is coming soon.

 

The Blonde cover fo The Scent and Other Stories

Available on Kindle and in Print

 

Available on Kindle and in Print

 

 

The new cover for Click as of November 15, 2019.

Available on Kindle and in Print

 

Available on Kindle and in Print. Note this story is included in A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror.

 

Available on Kindle and in Print. Note: These stories are included in A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror.

 

Shadows and Stars is my first, full-fledged novel. It is a science-fiction tale about a scientist who invents a portal and transports to an alien world where he becomes caught up in a revolution. I am finishing the first draft. The final draft will probably not require many changes. At approximately 135,000 words, it will be about 300 pages in 6 x9 format. This is how I visualize the cover currently.

 

Shadows and Stars cover 2

Coming hopefully soon.

 

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Update of August 13, 2020: Kindle Keywords

Phil Slattery portrait

Phil Slattery
March, 2015

Since Tuesday, I have spent some time trying to improve my book sales by using keywords better on my Amazon site.

When I set up the site, I saw that they had seven fields for seven words up to fifty characters long. Mistakenly, I thought you could have only seven keywords, I feel like such a dummy now.

I read two articles today: 7 KINDLE KEYWORDS: USE ALL 50 CHARACTERS OR NOT?  and Make Your Book More Discoverable with Keywords. What I took away from these and what I decided to do are two different things.

Below are the things I decided to do. What I took away is not as important as I what I decided to do, so I won’t bother you with that.

First, for Kindlepreneurs, jam as many words into each of the seven boxes Amazon gives you. The maximum number of characters is fifty. I did not see anything that said the words have to be separated by commas.

For keywords, choose words that are not in your title or description. This makes sense because that would be redundant.

Google search engines put more emphasis on the titles and description than keywords. So, maybe it would be good to put any words you would use as keywords in the title and/or description.

Sometimes it might be useful to think of an exact phrase that someone would use in searching for your book and put that in as a keyword. Google search engines sometimes look for that.

I tried to think of as many keywords as I could for my books, but after a few, my imagination was crapping out on me. I came up with an idea to help with this though. This is something not taught in either of the two articles I mentioned. I would think of a word describing the essence of my book, something that people might search for, and looked up its synonyms on line. My reasoning is that words have nuances and the meaning and nuances may vary somewhat from speaker to speaker. For example, someone wanting to read my book Diabolical: Three Stories of Jack Thurston and Revenge (I may change this title to make it more marketable), the primary theme of this book is evil. Thesaurus.com gives 48 synonyms for evil. Therefore, I selected several keywords from this list trying to choose one used widely today such as: wicked, malevolent, depravity, misery, suffering, etc.  Then I moved on to another descriptive word and its synonyms.  I changed all my keywords on Tuesday and still haven’t seen any results, but it is only Thursday.

Try out some of the suggestions and let me know how they work out for you. Leave any recommendations of your own in the comment box below.

Hasta luego.

 

 

New Print Edition of A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror is Coming Soon

The new cover for A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror as of November 15, 2019.

The cover for A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror as of November 15, 2019.

The current print edition of A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror has been prohibitively expensive from the start. Amazon priced it at $53.99. I didn’t see my mistake until yesterday. When I published it, I chose the option for full color, which is always expensive. I am working on a second edition now to bring down the price and expand the distribution to mortar and brick stores. The cover will be similar to the Kindle edition (as I just love that painting by Adolphe Bougereau). Hopefully, I will have it out by the end of the week. I don’t have a price for it yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GOOD NEWS: The Print Edition of Nocturne Is Now Available

New cover of Nocturne

Paperback Cover as of August 9, 2020

On Saturday the 8th, I finished creating a print edition of my poetry collection Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover. It is now available, of course, through Amazon, as the Kindle edition is, but I signed it up for expanded distribution so you may be able to find it in stores and other outlets as well.

Now all of you that do not have Kindle can have a copy of Nocturne. Paperback format also makes it easier to give as a gift. You also don’t have to keep a paperback recharged or plugged in to read it.

Note that because the cost of printing full color photos is prohibitively expensive and would put Nocturne out of the reach of most readers. Ergo, I have omitted the illustrations. However, this edition does include several poems that were not included in the original Kindle edition.

The paperback cost, because paper is still more expensive than electrons, is $6.95 plus shipping. To get your copy, go to the link above or, if you lose the link or does not work, go to Amazon.com/author/philslattery, go to the prominent Kindle entry, and choose “other formats: paperback”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GOOD NEWS: The Print Edition of Nocturne Is Now Available

New cover of Nocturne

Paperback Cover as of August 9, 2020

On Saturday the 8th, I finished creating a print edition of my poetry collection Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover. It is now available, of course, through Amazon, as the Kindle edition is, but I signed it up for expanded distribution so you may be able to find it in stores and other outlets as well.

Now all of you that do not have Kindle can have a copy of Nocturne. Paperback format also makes it easier to give as a gift. You also don’t have to keep a paperback recharged or plugged in to read it.

Note that because the cost of printing full color photos is prohibitively expensive and would put Nocturne out of the reach of most readers. Ergo, I have omitted the illustrations. However, this edition does include several poems that were not included in the original Kindle edition.

The paperback cost, because paper is still more expensive than electrons, is $6.95 plus shipping. To get your copy, go to the link above or, if you lose the link or does not work, go to Amazon.com/author/philslattery, go to the prominent Kindle entry, and choose “other formats: paperback”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of woman in red turtleneck with face mask

Prevent the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19. Follow federal, state, and local guidelines. Use common sense when the guidelines are insufficient.