Reality Bites, and Other Interesting Bits

Oh, yes it does.

It saddens me to announce the following; I have to increase the price on the Kindle versions of my novels by $1.25. This will take effect in short order. It is not greed that drives this decision; at least, it’s not MY greed. That being said, it has to be done.

I can remember way back in the mid-1950’s my mother complaining at having to spend $25.00 on groceries every week to feed our family of six. Hard to believe, huh? But that is the situation in which I find myself these days. The cost of everything is going up and the purchasing power of my income is, sadly, going down.

One good thing about this is that at $3.00, my novels are under priced; increasing the price by $1.25 is not going to drive buyers away in droves; not when ‘certain’ authors (who shall remain nameless only because I do not want to give my readers any bright ideas) are charging $10.00 to $15.00 for the Kindle versions of their novels. If they can get those prices, I’m not only happy for them I am jealous- downright green with envy (not really; not at all, in fact, because I know those authors are not allowed to set their own prices. That’s done by their publishers). So please do understand, Dear Readers; my prices have to go up.

But they are not going up a whole lot. Just enough to cover my expenses a bit better than they have done to date.

On another note entirely, I am working with a web site developer to put together a new site. This will have E-Commerce capability; meaning that I will be expanding into the audible book market. My first two novels, “The Big Bend” and “Hog Valley”, were converted to audio book format some time ago and distributed through Amazon, Audible and iTunes. However, neither I nor my narrator/produce, Neill D. Hicks, were at all impressed by the inordinately low royalties we received for all of the hours of work that conversion required. That relationship is now dissolved, and I have all of the rights back in my hot little hands.

So, some time this March the new site will go live and the E-Commerce page will be added (I hope by mid-March). The audio books will be sold in two formats each; one large file for those folks who have an audio book reader installed on their device and the second will be in separate files for each chapter for those folks who use a music player that lacks the “Pause” function that allow the user to shut down the player and resume listening when it is restarted. Both file formats will be in MP3 which is standard for the majority of devices. The audio books will be priced at $10.00 each, and since I can control the pricing on these products I can promise you lots of BOGO’s and Free Download promotions. Stay tuned.

About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. Those words were written a few years ago. Frankly speaking, the literary well has dried up. I now live in Dunnellon, Fl, where I amworking as the caretaker on a horse farm and looking to build a workshop here on the property where I can get back to building furniture. With any luck I will be sinking piers some time early in November and hope to have the floor joists ready for flooring by the end of the month. I'll get back to you on that.
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2 Responses to Reality Bites, and Other Interesting Bits

  1. That’s a smart choice! I hope youll be seeing some more sales soon.

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