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The Art of Being Poor–2nd Edition

Pennies to Dollars

What is “Poor” anyway?

Snip KrisKristine Kathryn Rusch aka Kristine Grayson who writes wonderful paranormal romances in addition to the popular blog kriswrites.com posted a telling article this week titled: Business Musings: Writer Finances Versus The Paycheck World. Kris is speaking of writers who made a mint early in our digital universe and now they don’t.  Back in 2011 and 2012, an indie author who ran a book FREE and  snagged Bookbub  could depend upon hitting bestseller stats, plus many saw royalties in the six figures. Here’s why: In 2012 a FREE download counted as a full sale/priced book when the free unit returned to priced on Amazon.  Then Amazon changed the algorithms that a free downloaded unit counted as one-tenth of a full sale/priced book. That leveled the playing field. Too, many of those books that hit the best seller lists did not measure up to what many readers consider Best Sellers.

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The Art of Being Poor

My newest release. 2.99 or read free with Kindle Unlimited

My newest release. 2.99 or read free with Kindle Unlimited

There really is an art to being poor.

It’s funny that for most of my life I had no idea that I was poor or lived in poverty. True, I was raised poor, married poor, had a slew a kids and so stayed poor. I budgeted every nickel. Now here’s the thing. My parents came from good families. Working stock. My grandfathers owned their own businesses. All had been through the Depression. Money was tight. Next along came World War II and my uncles and dad went into the military.  We had coupons for every shortage–shoes, fabric, sugar, butter, gas. I had my first stick of gum after the War. Juicy Fruit. One pair of buckled sandals got us through summers, otherwise we went barefoot. A six ounce Coca Cola was 6 cents and a treat.

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First Back Porch Cyber Chatter 2017

Back Porch Cyber Chatter

Welcome to the Cyber
Porch where eNovel Authors gather to share our books.

Welcome again to Back Porch Cyber Chatter. We are having an absolutely sensational spring-like day in my corner of Texas. I thought I would start the chatter by talking about some great books by some top tier authors soon to be arriving on our bookshelves. A few are already available for your reading pleasure.

First up is eNovel Authors at Work very own USA Today best selling indie author, Donna Fasano.  The Inheritance is available now on pre-order on all sales venues. This is book number 3 of a heart-tugging series you don’t want to miss. The writing is superb. Cathy Whitley and Brad Henderson will live in your heart long after THE END.

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My Book Life Goals for 2017 ~ A To Do List

Snipit Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire–where I want my books to live…

FOUR RESOLUTIONS FOR 2017

There have been huge changes in our indie universe over the past several years.  Especially within Amazon. We’ve seen 1000’s of reviews removed, click-bait books come and go; Kindle Unlimited arrived in 2014, KENPC ~ pay by pages read in 2015. Each time there’s been a change, I tell myself stick with the basics to market my books. I have and I’ve sold books. Not in the millions, but steady on.

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Book Promotions ~ Indie Authors Report Results

The hot question among indie authors is: Where can I get the best promotion results for my ebooks?

This is  the first in a series of blogs that will answer that very question.  Right here you will hear the facts and figures from the authors themselves.

Back Porch Cyber Chatter

Welcome to the Cyber
Porch where eNovel authors gather to chat.

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BACK PORCH CYBER CHATTER WITH BRONWYN ELSMORE

Back Porch Cyber Chatter

Welcome to the Cyber
Porch where eNovel Authors gather to chat.

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Bronwyn’s Box of Fosters

Our guest today on Back Porch Cyber Chatter is Bronwyn Elsmore and boy! It is a good thing my porch is virtual because Bronwyn lives a continent away in Auckland, the stunning New Zealand ‘City of Sails’.  Though she tends to wander the world, at home Bronwyn shares her writing life with one man, one special cat and a box full of fosters.  Bronwyn is not a huge coffee drinker and for the first time ever, I’m out of iced tea. So. With no further ado, let’s hear from this very talented writer.

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Hiking the Facebook Trails

Wild life in the Facebook jungle

WARNING: WILDLIFE LURKS

Jackie Weger

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Good Morning. I’m Jackie Weger, founder of eNovel Authors at Work. I write romance novels. The heroines in my books are good girls in turmoil. The heroes  lean toward the alpha–good men all, because good men make good husbands and better fathers.  My books are not going to shake the world by its roots. I write to entertain. Sometimes I get it done, sometimes I don’t. Goes with the territory. When I don’t get the job done right, I keep trying…I don’t blame Amazon if my book doesn’t sell, or  rail at Bookbub because a book did not snag a coveted promotion slot, or sound off because readers don’t post reviews.  Which brings me to topic: Facebook and Amazon Community discussion forums. No promotion allowed.

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BACK PORCH CYBER CHATTER WITH MARY D. BROOKS

Interview with Mary D. Brooks

Back Porch Cyber Chatter

Welcome to the Cyber
Porch where eNovel Authors gather to chat.

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Adult Coloring Book AUSXIP- Fandom Characters on AMAZON

It is a lovely cool day with just a bit of drizzle in the air on my back porch today. Perfect for sharing a pot of Earl Gray tea as eNovel member Mary D. Brooks and I have a chat about her fabulous career. Mary is multi-talented. Artist, actress, writer–and describes herself as an  Australian of Greek origins who has too many imaginary friends and a passion to write about strong women and unbreakable love. For twenty years Mary has hosted the top-rated The Australian Xena Information Page: www.ausxip.com/xena, to showcase fandom for Xena Warrior Princess.  But let’s just hear from Mary in her own words.

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#FRUGAL FRIDAY 2

NEED WAYS TO FUND YOUR BOOK’s LIFE?

A few helpful tips here.

Snipit pennies

Pennies add up to $$$. It’s Leap Year! Save all of your loose change in a jar in your kitchen for great good luck all year and beyond. Plus you won’t be broke on January 1, 2017.

If there is any single thing I have learned about indie authors over the past three years it is this: There ain’t no way to shut a complainer up beyond cutting out his or her tongue. A few of the longest running complaints:

“I can’t afford an editor. ”

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¡Nuevo! Recién publicado ~ Caras Ocultas por Jackie Weger

Hola! Mis Amigas!

…and that is about as much  español as I can manage safely.  However I am happy to share with you Caras Ocultas, is published on all Amazon venues, including Spain, Brazil, y Mexico.  Leer GRATIS con Kindle Ilimitado.  

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The print edition will be released soon

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To celebrate I am cooking my favorite Tortilla Soup. Here’s my recipe.

  • 1 cup cooked chopped chickenSnipit Goya black beans
  • 12 fresh tomatilla, steamed or boiled soft and mashed.
  • 1 onion, cooked soft, mashed with tomatilla.
  • 1 cup fresh-off-the cob corn or 1 can corn, drained.
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