Diabolical Giveaway

Diabolical
The new cover for Diabolical as of October 2020.

This is just a quick note to let everyone know that on every Friday in September (i.e. the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th), I will be giving away the Kindle version of my very small short story collection Diabolical: Three Tales of Vengeance and the Sorcerer Jack Thurston. Follow the link to get yours on any of those Fridays. Here is a quick synopsis from the book’s webpage:

“Jack Thurston is a retired professor of medieval literature and history. He is also a widower and father and a retired sorcerer who has returned to the black arts to exact horrifying revenge for the death of his wife, daughter, and brother. Jack has an intriguing position in the universe at a focal point of life, the afterlife, logic and reason, anger and hatred, the ancient and the modern worlds, grief and his attempts to escape grief through self-destruction. Though he wants to have the peace he once found with his wife, Agatha, he is pulled in many directions by circumstance and by his powerful negative emotions. These stories are included in the collection A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror.”

While you’re there, check out the other books I have available or go to Slattery Publishing to see what blank notebooks are available.

Check back on both pages frequently. I occasionally give away Kindle versions of my works. Unfortunately, Amazon won’t allow me to give away hard copies of my books, but I try to keep the prices as low as I can.

Although I am experimenting with different sizes, most of the notebooks are 6″ x 9″ and contain 200 lined, paginated pages with colorful covers. If you purchase one, please leave a review of it on Amazon, so that I can learn how to improve.

Diabolical Giveaway

Diabolical
The new cover for Diabolical as of October 2020.

This is just a quick note to let everyone know that on every Friday in September (i.e. the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th), I will be giving away the Kindle version of my very small short story collection Diabolical: Three Tales of Vengeance and the Sorcerer Jack Thurston. Follow the link to get yours on any of those Fridays. Here is a quick synopsis from the book’s webpage:

“Jack Thurston is a retired professor of medieval literature and history. He is also a widower and father and a retired sorcerer who has returned to the black arts to exact horrifying revenge for the death of his wife, daughter, and brother. Jack has an intriguing position in the universe at a focal point of life, the afterlife, logic and reason, anger and hatred, the ancient and the modern worlds, grief and his attempts to escape grief through self-destruction. Though he wants to have the peace he once found with his wife, Agatha, he is pulled in many directions by circumstance and by his powerful negative emotions. These stories are included in the collection A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror.”

While you’re there, check out the other books I have available or go to Slattery Publishing to see what blank notebooks are available.

Check back on both pages frequently. I occasionally give away Kindle versions of my works. Unfortunately, Amazon won’t allow me to give away hard copies of my books, but I try to keep the prices as low as I can.

Although I am experimenting with different sizes, most of the notebooks are 6″ x 9″ and contain 200 lined, paginated pages with colorful covers. If you purchase one, please leave a review of it on Amazon, so that I can learn how to improve.

Diabolical Giveaway

Diabolical
The new cover for Diabolical as of October 2020.

This is just a quick note to let everyone know that on every Friday in September (i.e. the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th), I will be giving away the Kindle version of my very small short story collection Diabolical: Three Tales of Vengeance and the Sorcerer Jack Thurston. Follow the link to get yours on any of those Fridays. Here is a quick synopsis from the book’s webpage:

“Jack Thurston is a retired professor of medieval literature and history. He is also a widower and father and a retired sorcerer who has returned to the black arts to exact horrifying revenge for the death of his wife, daughter, and brother. Jack has an intriguing position in the universe at a focal point of life, the afterlife, logic and reason, anger and hatred, the ancient and the modern worlds, grief and his attempts to escape grief through self-destruction. Though he wants to have the peace he once found with his wife, Agatha, he is pulled in many directions by circumstance and by his powerful negative emotions. These stories are included in the collection A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror.”

While you’re there, check out the other books I have available or go to Slattery Publishing to see what blank notebooks are available.

Check back on both pages frequently. I occasionally give away Kindle versions of my works. Unfortunately, Amazon won’t allow me to give away hard copies of my books, but I try to keep the prices as low as I can.

Although I am experimenting with different sizes, most of the notebooks are 6″ x 9″ and contain 200 lined, paginated pages with colorful covers. If you purchase one, please leave a review of it on Amazon, so that I can learn how to improve.

Diabolical Giveaway

Diabolical
The new cover for Diabolical as of October 2020.

This is just a quick note to let everyone know that on every Friday in September (i.e. the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th), I will be giving away the Kindle version of my very small short story collection Diabolical: Three Tales of Vengeance and the Sorcerer Jack Thurston. Follow the link to get yours on any of those Fridays. Here is a quick synopsis from the book’s webpage:

“Jack Thurston is a retired professor of medieval literature and history. He is also a widower and father and a retired sorcerer who has returned to the black arts to exact horrifying revenge for the death of his wife, daughter, and brother. Jack has an intriguing position in the universe at a focal point of life, the afterlife, logic and reason, anger and hatred, the ancient and the modern worlds, grief and his attempts to escape grief through self-destruction. Though he wants to have the peace he once found with his wife, Agatha, he is pulled in many directions by circumstance and by his powerful negative emotions. These stories are included in the collection A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror.”

While you’re there, check out the other books I have available or go to Slattery Publishing to see what blank notebooks are available.

Check back on both pages frequently. I occasionally give away Kindle versions of my works. Unfortunately, Amazon won’t allow me to give away hard copies of my books, but I try to keep the prices as low as I can.

Although I am experimenting with different sizes, most of the notebooks are 6″ x 9″ and contain 200 lined, paginated pages with colorful covers. If you purchase one, please leave a review of it on Amazon, so that I can learn how to improve.

Introducing Slattery Publishing

I have decided to push Slattery Publishing a bit more as a business.

I created Slattery Publishing (not an official, established, incorporated company, just a one-man operation) to get a check in the box when I published A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror on IngramSpark. The form requested a publisher, so I gave them that name. Slattery Publishing also had a different logo originally. The current logo is another spur of the moment decision.

So that I now had books on IngramSpark and Amazon and was creating The Chamber Magazine and had some items on Zazzle and was constantly exploring other possible online businesses, I decided to bring them all under the organizational umbrella of Slattery Publishing.

As you know, I have published my works on Amazon and one at IngramSpark as well. Recently, while watching some YouTube videos, I became interested in publishing no or low content books as an additional line of income. They are relatively easy to make and may bring in another cash flow if handled right.

If you are not familiar with no/low content books, these are books like journals and diaries and blank books (no content) and coloring books and puzzles, etc. (low content books).

I have not tried to create any low content books yet, but I have created several on Amazon. They are fun and easy to make. I made a few test samples, which are at amazon.com/author/philslattery. These I made with no title or subtitle as those would be on the amazon page anyway and I did not want to limit possible buyers to a particular subject. A simple photo can be seen as representing many things, but once a title is added, those possibilities are narrowed considerably. But then, I found out that Amazon indexes by title and subtitles and it’s easier to recognize the purpose of a book if it has a title. Therefore, my next several books all had titles and subtitles.

Once I started creating these books, my creativity took hold and I found it was hard for me to stop creating these. I decided to start afresh with the journals and to keep them separate from my personal Amazon account, so that my few works of fiction wouldn’t be lost in the deluge of no-content books. Therefore, I created a separate Amazon account for Slattery Publishing.

I have created several notebooks so far. I am trying to make them incredibly beautiful and colorful, so that they catch eyes wandering over hundreds of notebooks trying to find the prettiest one or the one that best suits their philosophy or mood or whatever. Also, I now try to give them titles that reflect a certain subject, which is represented by the cover art. I also put a watermark related to the subject on each page and all the pages are numbered. Although most “blank books” don’t do this, I would find it useful if I ever wanted to jot down where I could find a specific note or create a table of contents or whatever. I also make them often in large sizes (8.5 x 11) with 200-300 pages so that the owner make copious notes. I also make some in a more convenient 6 x 9 size and I will experiment with other sizes as my creative side develops.

So, check out the notebooks at the links above and see which you think is the most beautiful and eye-catching. If you really like something, let me know, so that I can expand on that line. If you see something you don’t like, let me know, so that I can improve the marketability of my books and Slattery Publishing will be able to produce better books.

A few examples of the covers are below. you can find all at Slattery Publishing.

Be forewarned: as these are new, there may be a few glitches on Amazon’s part. I spot-checked one and it had someone else’s interior. All mine will have numbered pages and a watermark on each page. Nothing else at this point, though I will probably introduce lined pages soon.

More choices are available at Slattery Publishing.

Ideas for Revamping the Website

I have been watching some YouTube videos today about how to sell books on Amazon. The speaker showed the Amazon pages of authors who sell lots of books. While he talked about keywords (which are important) I looked at the page layout, colors, and number of books listed, which were a lot for each other. Long story short, I started thinking about how I can change some things on the website to sell more books. Rethinking keywords is just a part of the overall plan.

The obvious thing hit me a few minutes ago. I should check out the websites of famous authors and learn from them instead of assorted unknown hacks on YouTube. Don’t get me wrong. I love YouTube and watch it way more than any other channel and there are a lot of pros and artists on there, but I have been paying more attention to the hacks lately.

I checked out stephenking.com, danbrown.com, jkrowling.com, and jgrisham.com. Again the obvious hit me. First, unlike my website, theirs are not weblogs. Theirs are primarily about their books. But their websites are more than simple bookstores.

Each author’s works fall into a genre, a theme, or a certain atmosphere. In effect, each author builds his/her own universe. The websites, intentionally or not, draw the reader into that universe. For example, Stephen King’s universe is one of horror while J.K. Rowling’s is one of magic and youth. Dan Brown’s universe is one of mysterious symbols. Authors exist in parallel universes.

Therefore I need to do some literary navel-gazing and decide what my universe is and draw the reader into that. Each of my works is a doorway into that universe.

Anyway, those are my revelations for the night. I must go to bed. I know this is all very obvious, but sometimes the answer is in front of you all along and you have to bang your head into it accidentally in order to realize it’s there.

More to come. I will be revamping the website soon.

New Edition of A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror to be Out Soon

As I may have mentioned, sometime back I decided to publish a print edition of A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror on Ingram Spark as well as with Amazon. I have been working diligently toward that goal over the last few weeks. As I get ready to go to publication, there are a few things I would like to point out:

This new edition will be a glossy paperback 5″x8″ in size and 238 pages. The cover design is below. I am still working out the price (somewhere around $15-$20 maybe), but I am keeping it as low as I reasonably can and still make a reasonable amount off each book sold.

I am finding out that shipping costs make the biggest part of a book’s price.

I am enjoying working with Ingram Spark much more than I did with Amazon. Amazon’s process is faster, much simpler, and easier, but I don’t think the product is as good as Ingram Spark’s will be. Ingram Spark gives you much more control over the final product. They also give you much better advice on how to maximize sales.

Although Amazon supposedly uses the same distribution network as Ingram Spark, I suspect/hope that I will have much better print sales. Amazon requires an author to price his/her print book at least 20% more than the Kindle version. Apparently, they are pushing their ebooks over print because they are cheaper to produce and probably much easier to distribute. I suspect they may be doing the same in distribution.

After A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror comes out on Ingram Spark, I plan to publish Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover with them as well. That may be in about a month more or less.

I am going to experiment with advertising on Pinterest by promoting the cover design for A Tale of Hell… on there. I am also considering just developing a spectacular but subtle ad and seeing how that does.

Let me know what you think.

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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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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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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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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Prevent the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 for the sake of yourself, your friends, and your family.

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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Prevent the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 for the sake of yourself, your friends, and your family.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of man wearing a coronavirus mask

Prevent the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 for the sake of yourself, your friends, and your family.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of man wearing a coronavirus mask

Prevent the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 for the sake of yourself, your friends, and your family.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of man wearing a coronavirus mask

Prevent the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 for the sake of yourself, your friends, and your family.

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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Prevent the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 for the sake of yourself, your friends, and your family.

Update: May 3, 2019 Bobby the Brown Pelican

Tonight, I submitted the manuscript for my children’s book, Bobby the Brown Pelican to Shadow Mountain Publishing.  I should hear from them in about twelve weeks.

Bobby is a young brown pelican who is afraid to fly and to dive into the sea, which is the way brown pelicans hunt. His parents, particularly his dad, give him positive reinforcement and teach him to have confidence and to do what he needs to in spite of his fear. He follows his dad, who teaches him to fly, and then he teaches him to dive and catch fish. In critical points in the action, the narrator asks the reader what he is thinking and feeling in order to establish a connection between the reader and Bobby and to give any parent reading this to a child a chance to discuss how the child would feel and what he would do if he were in Bobby’s place. This book also helps parents talk with their children and help them overcome the fear children have of disappointing their parents. This books promotes interaction and discussion between children and parents on very basic fears common to children, such as of disappointing their parents, fear of being hurt, etc.

Update: April 29, 2019 11:00 p.m.

I just finished typing up the first draft of Bobby the Brown Pelican. Word count: 1,168. I don’t even know if that’s the right length for a children’s (around 5-6) book, or if it’s too long or too short. I will do a little research and read a few children’s books.  I am somewhat familiar with them, but I need to study them more intensely. I will also try to find a few beta readers, who have experience in this field. I believe the simplicity of the language is at the right level. I have taught children of this age, so I think I have a feel for the way they talk.

I have been thinking of publishing it myself on Amazon or Smashwords, but now I am leaning toward a traditional publisher.  I have found lots of royalty-free photographs of pelicans on Pixabay and Pexels.  The trick will be to find the ones that match up with what is happening in the story.

Now it’s on to writing a sci-fi horror story about an American colonel torturing an alien armada commander in an apocalyptic future. This is more my style.