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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Update of August 16, 2020: Website Changes

Having dinner with my wife at Ray's Italian Bistro, Midland, TX, May, 2019

Having dinner with my wife at Ray’s Italian Bistro, Midland, TX, May, 2019

I have been trying to come up with ideas to improve my marketing. I realize that none of my current works would ever be in the running for a Pulitzer or something similar, but I want to market them as best as I can and thereby improve my lot in life as much as possible.

As part of that, I decided today to take some of the pages from the (maybe temporarily) defunct Chamber magazine and move them to this website. The reasons for this are:

I need to associate myself and my works with the horror genre as much as possible. Ergo, I need to put more horror-related material on my website. The easiest and fastest way to do this was to move some pages from The Chamber to Slattery’s Magazine, which I am not updating currently. When I went to The Chamber to move them, I noticed that my following seems to have grown even though I have not been working with it. People are apparently coming to it for the information that is on there. This justifies my decision to move the pages.

This also brings to Slattery’s Magazine a lot of specific and obscure terms that can be used as keywords to draw more visitors to my site.

Shadows and Stars cover 2

Coming hopefully soon.

In addition, I am also changing the title slightly to see what effect that has on visitation.

I think I will also toy with putting up more horror-related articles and narrow the sites focus a bit. I may have gone too broad recently by opening the website up to any kind of literature. However, I will still publish non-horror articles, particularly if they concern my own non-horror works or other topics that may be of interest to horror writers or writers in general.

I will probably be making a few more changes as I contemplate a new strategy, particularly as I draw to a close on finishing my sci-fi/horror novel Shadows and Stars. This is a good time to get a jump on marketing that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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The New Print Edition of A Tale of Hell… IS OUT and Costs $14.95.

Cover for New Print Edition of A Tale of Hell

Cover for New Print Edition of A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror

The new print edition of A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror is out at a much reduced price of $14.95.

The original print edition of A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror has been prohibitively expensive from the start. I recently decided to change that. Producing a new edition also gives me a chance to come out with an improved cover design. I was new at publishing with Amazon when I first published ATOH and my cover design came out as less than exciting.

One of the mistakes I made with the original print edition was that I chose the option for full color printing thinking this applied to the cover.  Full color printing is always expensive, so I wasn’t surprised when the price came out at $53.99 and didn’t know any better. However, as I came to find out later, that option was for color interior pages. Amazon bases the printing cost on number of interior pages and whether the interior is in color or black and white. I found out that the cover can be color without affecting the printing cost so long as the interior pages are B/W. For example, when I published Click in print, its cover was in color, but the price was very reasonable (and still is).

I have been working on a second edition to bring down the price to something reasonable. Republishing it also gives me an opportunity to expand the distribution to brick and mortar stores by using Amazon’s expanded distribution, which I did not take advantage of initially. However, the important changes for the reader are that the price will be reduced considerably: down to $14.95 from $53.99 and finding a print edition should be easier. Note that A Tale of Hell… is about 300 pages long, so $14.95 is not unreasonable for a book of that length.

The new cover is similar to the Kindle edition (as I just love that painting by Adolphe Bougereau) but is modified slightly to conform to the limited formats available for Amazon print books.

Get yours asap.

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Prevent the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

The New Print Edition of A Tale of Hell… IS OUT and Costs $14.95.

Cover for New Print Edition of A Tale of Hell

Cover for New Print Edition of A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror

The new print edition of A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror is out at a much reduced price of $14.95.

The original print edition of A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror has been prohibitively expensive from the start. I recently decided to change that. Producing a new edition also gives me a chance to come out with an improved cover design. I was new at publishing with Amazon when I first published ATOH and my cover design came out as less than exciting.

One of the mistakes I made with the original print edition was that I chose the option for full color printing thinking this applied to the cover.  Full color printing is always expensive, so I wasn’t surprised when the price came out at $53.99 and didn’t know any better. However, as I came to find out later, that option was for color interior pages. Amazon bases the printing cost on number of interior pages and whether the interior is in color or black and white. I found out that the cover can be color without affecting the printing cost so long as the interior pages are B/W. For example, when I published Click in print, its cover was in color, but the price was very reasonable (and still is).

I have been working on a second edition to bring down the price to something reasonable. Republishing it also gives me an opportunity to expand the distribution to brick and mortar stores by using Amazon’s expanded distribution, which I did not take advantage of initially. However, the important changes for the reader are that the price will be reduced considerably: down to $14.95 from $53.99 and finding a print edition should be easier. Note that A Tale of Hell… is about 300 pages long, so $14.95 is not unreasonable for a book of that length.

The new cover is similar to the Kindle edition (as I just love that painting by Adolphe Bougereau) but is modified slightly to conform to the limited formats available for Amazon print books.

Get yours asap.

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Prevent the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

Update of August 15, 2020: You can purchase the print edition of Nocturne through Barnes and Noble.

Phil Slattery portrait

Phil Slattery
March, 2015

I apologize for not getting a Saturday Night Special up tonight. It fell through the proverbial cracks.

However, I do want to make it known that you can now get the print edition of Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover through Barnes and Noble. They are not stocking the shelves with it, but if you ask they can order for you.

I was in Little Rock to buy a new cell phone today and thought I would drop by the nearby Barnes and Noble. I have always loved to hang out in the cafe with an iced tea or coffee and write or peruse the stacks. I went in for that purpose and while I was there I inquired about what are the most popular books (this is just for the Little Rock location on Chenal). I found out that for about two years they have had a problem staying supplied with Where the Crawdads Sing and that the most popular horror writer they sell there is Darcy Oates. I looked at some of her books. They appear interesting. I may have to get one soon.

As you probably know, I have been looking at using someone other than Amazon to publish the print editions of the my works. One factor I have to consider is each of the publishing platform’s distribution. Amazon distributes to Barnes and Noble along with many others. So, I wondered if someone could order my works through B&N.

I went to the counter and asked the lady if she could order A Tale of Hell… She said no, it didn’t appear in her search results. So I went back to perusing the shelves, studying cover design, etc. Then I thought, let me see if she can order by my last name. To my surprise, she said the print edition Nocturne was available. I almost fainted. I had published it only a few days ago. I told her I was the author and asked a few more questions of her. She said it had probably appeared because it was a new work. My other works, she said, they would have to order through Amazon and were print on demand. This was excellent news to me, because my latest edition of A Tale of Hell… should be coming out by the 17th if not sooner.  It seems that Amazon has changed their distribution procedures and now print editions go out to the stores. That’s my assumption. I won’t know for certain until I do more research.

New cover of Nocturne

New Cover as of August 9, 2020

Now, I plan to issue new print editions of all my works, except for Alien Embrace and Diabolical. These are included in A Tale of Hell…. I published these separately only so that readers can sample my work in a specific genre. These smaller collections are also cheap in terms of print costs, so that I can hand out samples of my works at little cost to me.

I am thinking I will also have to rethink how I produce collections.  The new print edition of A Tale of Hell… is about 300 pages and at $14,.95 is priced approximately the same as other books of that length, if not a little cheaper. But I think I am going to have to come out with a more professional cover design, if it can now be placed on shelves at places like Barnes and Noble. So, there will be another edition of it coming out soon, and I may included Click in it as a bonus story, simply because at this time I have no other similar stories of that genre to collect into one volume. I might as well use it to increase the size of A Tale of Hell… and keep the price the same to that the reader gets more for their money.

I am considering grouping Nocturne and The Scent and Other Stories together to make a bigger volume, but I am not certain how I would do that, as they are so different thematically. I may through my stories and see if there are a few more that I might include or that would not take much to finish them, so that I can include them.

Of course, I am also considering just grouping everything together in one big volume, but I am not certain how that would work because the genres are so different.

Anyway, those are some initial thoughts.

I am going  to now come up with a plan to get local stores, and by “local” I mean at stores between Texarkana and Memphis. If I can do that, I might have toehold on getting even more widespread distribution.

Cover for New Print Edition of A Tale of Hell

Cover for New Print Edition of A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror

So, I have a lot to think about.

If you have suggestions, please let me know, I welcome suggestions and recommendations.

Of course, if you are a book dealer and would like to sell my print editions, please contact me or go through whatever distribution connections you have with Amazon. And, if you sell books, I would be happy to discuss a book signing and/or reading with you.

Hasta luego. Please leave any comments, thoughts, suggestions, and recommendations below.