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|Posted on November 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
Pete Klein is pleased to announce there will be a countdown deal for the Kindle version on Amazon of his first vampire novel – The Dancing Valkyrie, starting on Nov. 25.
Below are the dates and the prices.
1 - November 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM (PST) - 32h - $0.99 discount 76%
2 - November 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM (PST) - 32h - $1.99 discount 51%
3 - November 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM (PST) - 32h - $2.99 discount 26%
End - November 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM (PST) - Original list price $3.99
|Posted on November 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
Pete Klein was at the Chronical Book Fair on Sunday, Nov. 2.
If you missed him then, Pete Klein, author of 4 vampire novels and the guide book “Adirondack Hikes in Hamilton County,” will be on hand at the Indian Lake Public Library on Friday, Nov. 14, starting at 7 p.m. to sign copies of his books, discuss the books with readers and offer opinions on the ins and outs of self-publishing.
Half of the proceeds from all books sold will be donated to the library.
Below is photo of Pete at Chronical Book Fair in Glens Falls, NY
|Posted on September 25, 2014 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
Countdown deal on Amazon for novel And God Created
Increment 1 $0.99 Sep 26, 2014 08:00 AM (PST)
Increment 2 $1.99 Sep 27, 2014 08:00 AM (PST)
Increment 3 $2.99 Sep 28, 2014 08:00 AM (PST)
|Posted on September 14, 2014 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
The Dancing Valkyrie price break on Amazon
The vampire novel, The Dancing Valkyrie, by Peter Klein will go on sale at $0.99 in the Kindle version on Amazon, starting on Sept. 12, 2014.
This is a count-down deal. 99 cents on Sept. 12; $1.99 on Sept. 13, $2.99 on Sept. 14 before returning to the regular low price of $3.99 on Sept. 16.
|Posted on August 10, 2014 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
Hachette Publishing should change its name to Hashshit Publishing. Really!
But all joking aside, the dispute between Amazon and Hachette is really a dispute between the past and the future.
As Amazon correctly points out, “Just ahead of World War II, there was a radical invention that shook the foundations of book publishing. It was the paperback book. This was a time when movie tickets cost 10 or 20 cents, and (hardcover) books cost $2.50. The new paperback cost 25 cents - it was ten times cheaper. Readers loved the paperback and millions of copies were sold in just the first year.”
Now I must confess I have no idea how much money Amazon makes from a Stephen King novel sold on Amazon for $18 in hardcover, $17.75 in paperback and $11.99 as an ebook. I don’t care. Nor do I know how much Amazon makes from a Stephen Colbert book sold on Amazon for $28.99 in hardcover and $12.99 as an ebook. I don’t know and I don’t care because at any price I have no intention of buying any book from either King or Colbert - not because I have anything against either man but because I have become bored with King (last book read by him was the overly wordy The Stand) and I get all the Colbert I can take or stand for free on TV.
What I do know for certain is there is a real difference in the manufacturing cost between hardcover, print and ebooks. I also know neither King nor Colbert are depending on me buying their books for them to make a living.
You get some idea of what a hardcover actually costs to manufacture by looking at the price of a hardcover by Stephen King. The only reason there is so little price difference between a King hardcover and a paperback book is the result of print volume. Simply put, the greater the print run, the lower the manufacturing cost. This is true for both paperback and hardcover. But when it comes to ebooks the volume sold has zero effect upon the cost to produce. Selling one ebook is no more expensive than selling 1,000,000 ebooks. Whatever the profit might be for the author or the publisher of ebooks changes only by the number of ebooks sold.
Let’s let the cat out of the bag. When I list an ebook on Amazon for $3.99, I make $2.76. If I list the same book at $2.99, I make $2.04. If I list the exact same book as a paperback that sells for $13.99, I make $4.26.
Obviously, I would make more money selling paperbacks than ebooks. Not quite so obviously, I sell more ebooks than print books. Price does seem to matter.
But I don’t believe price is the only reason many are switching to ebooks. While I admit there is nothing like opening up a paperback or better yet a hardcover book, they do have their problems.
When was the last time you moved and had to move all of your books? Next to the sofa and the refrigerator, they were probably the heaviest items you had to move. Not fun. And when was the last time you went on vacation and needed to decide which books to bring and which to leave at home because of their bulk and weight? But with ebooks, you can carry as many as you have wherever you move or vacation to without any weight or bulk beyond the weight of your reading device. It is for these reasons (plus cost) that I believe ebooks are the future whether anyone likes it or not.
I don’t know if it matters to you. Maybe it does and maybe it doesn’t. But do you the reader feel comfortable knowing you are paying $11.99 or $12.99 for something that cost less than 95 cents to manufacture and deliver to your reading device?
This is what the fight is about - the future vs. the past and fair price vs. high price.
|Posted on May 29, 2014 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
I confess. I like being naked. For about eight hours a day, I am naked because I sleep in the nude, primarily because I find pajamas to be uncomfortable. The only time I do wear pajamas to bed is when I have a bad cold or when I get up in the middle of the night and put them on go to the kitchen for something to eat.
I don't believe there is anything wrong with being naked or even being seen naked. To me, there is nothing to be ashamed about being nude. After all, we are all born naked and odds are someone will see us nude while our dead body is prepared for the grave.
I think being ashamed of being nude comes from frequently being told when young to put something on, get dressed, get decent. Little children don't care until they are told to care.
The other problem with being naked are feelings of vulnerability. You can't hide anything when you are naked. I understand the feeling but I don't believe it is entirely justified because people can't better see into your head when you are naked. In fact, if you are grounded and clear in your head, and not ashamed of being seen naked, the clothed person who sees you naked does not have an automatic advantage over you. They could be the one who is embarrassed.
I just posted a photo on the photo album page here that shows me almost nude. Actually, I was nude when I took the photo but cropped it so it wouldn't show all of me. I cropped not because I would be ashamed of anyone seeing me naked. I cropped it only because I didn't want to risk the site being taken down because of some rules I might violate and I didn't want to make it an only 18 and above adult web site.
To sum up, I just don't know why we make such a big deal about nudity. Maybe, what it is all about is the war that exists in our minds. The naked body is a reminder to the brain that its existance depends upon a body and it sees the body as an affront to its claimed superiority.
|Posted on May 23, 2014 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
Just published on Amazon in print and ebook format - Blood Red Pleasure - the fourth vampire novel in the series that began with The Dancing Valkyrie.
Blood Red Pleasure continues the story of the young vampire, Mary Hoffman, aka Erica, as she tries to untangle the mistakes she made during her first year as a vampire.
Mary and Ana, Mary’s creation and lover, need to decide if they want to rebuild their gentlemen’s club destroyed in a fire or drop all associations with humans in an effort to stop surveillance by the FBI and CIA who regard them as persons of interest in the torching of their club and a competitors club.
They also need to decide on the fate of a Schenectady City Councilwoman who is the only human who knows they are vampires, a woman who wants to be part of their love triangle and hopes to help them secure humans for the blood they need.
The story follows them from Schenectady to a castle in Romania to a castle in the Adirondacks and all points near and in between.
Blood will flow. A professor will become an unwitting terrorist. The innocent and the guilty will die before Mary and Ana are satisfied.
|Posted on May 23, 2014 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
Starting on Saturday, May 24, Confessions of an Online Male Prostitute in the ebook version will be available on Amazon.
|Posted on May 23, 2014 at 8:35 PM||comments (0)|
Starting on Saturday, May 24, there will be a countdown deal for the novella Confessions of an Online Male Prostitute.
Super low price of 99 Cents for the Ebook Kindle.
|Posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
Pete Klein expects to publish a new vampire book either in late spring or early summer.
The novel will continue the story about Mary Hoffman, aka Eric, as she tries to solve the mistakes she made in her first year as a vampire.
In preparation for the new novel, Klein is updating the book covers for The Dancing Valkyrie and The Vampire Valkyrie.
The new covers will include the attached photo and make them more recognizable as vampire novels.
Also, as the publishing date nears, Klein will offer count down deals on Kindle.
For Amazon Prime customers, ebook editions may be borrowed