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Thursday, 30 July 2015

In the chair is Danny Wynn author of Lucien and I

Confessions from
Danny Wynn

1.  I think the sensation of feeling you are living life to the full can be powerfully euphoria-inducing in much the same way, and in some ways more so, as pleasure-inducing drugs.

2.  I think it is fascinating and baffling that intelligent, self-interested people who have worked hard and long to build satisfactory lives very often behave self-destructively so as to harm themselves.

3.  For me, charisma is an abstract quality that draws people to you that is separate from any specific appeal that the person has, such as good looks, intelligence, wittiness, or social cachet, et cetera.  It is a pure magnetism unconnected to any specific appeal, and it must be a wonderful quality to possess and experience.  I myself do not have it.

4.  Ultimately the most important things in life are the quality of the people you are close to, and the quality of your relationships with them.  Other people may be hell, but they still are the best means by which to achieve true happiness.

5.  I have had a rich, satisfying life, and would not feel shortchanged if it ended tomorrow.

6.  I have truly great friendships with people I great rapport with and who provide my spirit with a lot of nourishment and sustenance, and that is one of the most valuable things I have.

7.  I love my wife, and she is the best decision I ever made.

8.  I had a miserably unhappy childhood, and strongly negative feelings toward both my parents, and it is astonishing that I avoided where that was naturally taking me, and got to the vital, satisfying state of being that I have now.  

 I n t r o d u c i n g . . .
 Lucien and I
 What if you had the chance to relive your twenties the way you really wanted them to be?
 Thirty-nine-year-old David is presented with that opportunity by Lucien, a charismatic young Englishman.
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 Ranging from downtown Manhattan to Istanbul, Majorca, and the Hamptons, the two of them live a life of excess—drugs, beautiful women, and adventure—and forge a strange but great friendship. 

But with every journey, there comes a price; and in every paradise there lurks a temptress. For David, will his quest for excitement lead him to betrayal and loss?

Danny Wynn is a full-time fiction writer, and before that, he was an executive in the record industry and part-time fiction writer. He has lived in New York City, Los Angeles, and London, and now makes his home in the West Village with his wife and two children. His other favorite place in the world (after the West Village) is the island of Mallorca, Spain

He is currently finishing two novels.

Danny describes himself as a creature in search of exaltation. In addition to attending the original Woodstock Music Festival, some of the other great concerts he’s been to include: Roxy Music on the Avalon Tour at Radio City, Bon Iver at Town Hall and subsequently at Radio City, The National at BAM and later at The Beacon, and The Waterboys at the Hammersmith Palais, Bruce on his solo tour, U2 on Zooropa and later tours, Dylan on the right night, and Van on the right night.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

How has the new KOLL been treating you?

The Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC)

I took my books out of Select over a year ago.  Kindle Owners' Lending Library (KOLL) at Amazon hadn’t taken off in the UK and Europe, and borrows were pitiful — borrows from Amazon in the US were about the same as sales, so what with losing sales from other on-line book stores (KOLL means you have to be digitally exclusive to big A) I wasn’t gaining and so I removed all books from Select.

Then big A changed the rules and it was pay per page from July 1st this year, and I thought I’d give it another go.

I put my sci-fi romance series into KOLL middle of June and the results are coming in—and I’m not sure if it’s beneficial yet. Probably too early to tell. 

According to big A:

•    The author of a 100 page book that was borrowed and read completely 100 times would earn $1,000 ($10 million multiplied by 10,000 pages for this author divided by 100,000,000 total pages).

•    The author of a 200 page book that was borrowed and read completely 100 times would earn $2,000 ($10 million multiplied by 20,000 pages for this author divided by 100,000,000 total pages).

•    The author of a 200 page book that was borrowed 100 times but only read half way through on average would earn $1,000 ($10 million multiplied by 10,000 pages for this author divided by 100,000,000 total pages).

Eden (one of the books I’ve placed in KOLL) has a file Size of 763 KB and print length of 312 pages. But the Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC) comes up at v1.0: 442.
So according to big A’s summary above I’ll receive approximately 4k (subject to the fund’s calculation in June). 

No one knows the true cost of per page read and payment is subject to the amount of pages read from each and every author in the programme (that's why it changes monthly as authors drop in and out). 

How has KOLL been treating you so far?

To find your KENPC:
  • Go your KDP Bookshelf.
  • Click ‘Promote and Advertise’.
  • Scroll to ‘Earn royalties from the KDP Select Global Fund’ and there will be your unique KENPC page (ignore the first bit and concentrate on the figures after the colon mark). 
Louise Wise is the author of the best-selling sci-fi romance Eden

Imprisoned for brutal crimes against his wardens, Fly became an unwilling experiment and was transported, with other criminals, to a hostile planet. Full of mutiny, anger and a desire for revenge the experiment was never going to be successful and Fly became the only survivor when the craft crashed.
Then the human ship arrived -- and Jenny.
With a malfunctioning spacecraft she was in for a fight for her life, but her problems were only just beginning when her crewmates abandon her on Eden.

Jenny's on her own... or so she thinks.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Migrating to Wordpress...

about time, I hear you cry!

I know, but enough is enough, and Blogger has become such a pain to use. You can arrange a lovely article with images, quotes and pics, hit the publish button and then watch it all turn into a jumble of words and pictures in no particular order.

But bear with me... I'm a techy thickie and get frustrated easily.

I will post here as normal, but also on Wordpress which is here but as I say, I'm a techie thickie so the posts there at the moment (I imported from here to there) have a lot of code, which obviously means something to someone but to me it's WTF gobbledegook. And there it will stay as WTF gobbledegook because, frankly, I can't be arsed to learn what I did wrong.

The new blog, there,will be developed over time. It's a little bare of detail at the mo so while that's growing this blog will stay put, and will continue to stay put to grow old and dusty like it's owner.