Sunday, October 30, 2011
We Interrupt This Blog For A Commercial
Now available from the Amazon Kindle Store in the U.S., France, Germany, and the U.K., a couple of long short stories I wrote some years back, which were long enough that I knew no magazine would ever publish them. The Kindle format turns out to be the ideal way to do this, though: I get to keep the copyright, and, if I ever get a book's worth, I can always publish a whole book, whether electronically or actually -- or, preferably, both.
This is priced a buck less than my last Kindle publication, and you get twice as much reading satisfaction for your money. Tell all your friends and remember that important holidays, like Ike Turner's birthday, All Souls Day, and St. Nicholas' Day (Netherlands and Germany) are coming up, all superb opportunities for giving gifts!
The guy on the cover, I hardly need to remind anyone, is Walter "Buddy Boy" Hawkins, who was probably from Arkansas, palled around with Charlie Patton, and recorded "Voice Throwing Blues," the only known blues record featuring ventriloquism.
Finally, I'd like to thank everyone who's been buying from the widgets over there in the margin. I actually got a check for ten dollars and change from Amazon the other day, which I assumed was for my Kindle thing, but it turned out to be from folks who've been buying books from the widget. Here's the thing; if you click through this blog and then go on to buy something else, I still get a tiny bit of what you spent, so if you're about to buy a Maserati or a refrigerator or something from Amazon, do start your journey here. Until my agent sells my book, these Kindle publications and the Amazon money from this blog are an important revenue stream here at Château Broke Not Poor.
And I did get another check from the Kindle, too, which felt good: this is the first time I've ever gotten royalties for something I've written, thanks to the economics of music-book writing over the years, which has all been work-for-hire.
So put a couple of logs on the fire, pour yourself a snifter of fine Scotch, and have the dog fetch the Kindle so you can curl up with Two Blues Stories. You'll be glad you did!