Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thoughts and Ponderings For The Coming Year...

First off, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year's Eve.  We've gotten through another year, and I hope that whatever you do to celebrate tonight, please be safe.


This past year has been another interesting one, especially with the release of the second novel in my Para-Earth Series.  "The Ship" has gotten a number of 5 star reviews and has been hailed as better its predecessor "The Bridge".  Although both are connected, each novel stands on its own and can be sampled for free at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.  For those wondering, I've made the first 30 pages of each novel available for sampling (that's right, I don't skimp).

I also created a new blog titled "The Vampyre Blogs - Private Edition" (link: http://thevampyreblogs.blogspot.com/), which serves as a preview of my next venture into the Para-Earth Series.  On this blog you can meet my first vampyre character, who shares many strengths and weakness of the creatures of legend, but is decidedly NOT undead.  I've been posting short story entries on that blog to help introduce him and several other characters who will appear in the novel itself.  However, none of the entries on the blog will be appearing in the novel.  

Looking forward to the coming year, one of my goals is to release book #3 "The Door" which will reunite the characters from my first 2 books as well as placing them all in new dangers from old foes they thought vanquished.  Underlying mysteries and loose threads from the first two novels will also be addressed as one character's entire life will be explained and changed forever.  I'm hoping to release "The Door" towards the end of May.

Also planned for release in October/December of 2015, will be "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home", the first in that part of my Para-Earth Series.  *Note: I will continue to also release short stories which will act as supplemental material, on the blog site itself.*



I am also currently trying to decide whether or not to try placing "The Bridge" and/or "The Ship" into the Kindle Unlimited program.  Neither has been doing very well in sales for the past few months in spite of all my advertising.  A part of me is getting the impression that people are unwilling to take a risk on a little-known author.  Whereas in the Kindle Unlimited program, people can 'borrow' as many e-books as they like for a set yearly fee.  The author's get a percentage every time their book is 'borrowed' earning more money and gaining new readers.  

But the downside would be I'd have to remove the books I place into the program from Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and other non-kindle places.  So I really could use some feedback from all of you as to whether or not I should take such a drastic step.  Therefore I ask you all to leave your thoughts and feelings in the comment section below.  You are my audience and are very important to me.  I don't want any of you getting short-changed because of any decision I make.

I'd also like to hear from any authors who are already in the program and wish to share their experiences.  

Anyway, this is all I have to say for now as we all get ready to close out 2014.  I look forward to hearing from you all in 2015 as I continue to share my knowledge and experiences on this winding road of book publishing.

Take care, stay safe and keep writing everyone.





Saturday, December 27, 2014

Novella Versus Novelette, Is There A Difference?



What's in a name?  A novella or novelette is just a short story that is rather long and falls short of a full-length novel right?  Well according to my research, this is only partly correct.  

Length or word count, is the key to what defines a short story, a novelette, a novella and of course a novel.  I admit I was rather surprised to see that there was a difference between a novella and a novelette.  I always presumed they were just interchangeable terms for the same kind of extremely long short story. 

Why was I even interested in finding out about all this in the first place you may be asking yourself.  Well I'll tell you.  If you hadn't heard already, I decided to do a short story that involved my vampyre character Nathaniel Steward (who will be getting his first full-length novel around October 2015) and several of my characters from my first novel "The Bridge".  I did this because I was hearing from more and more readers about how they'd missed Veronica, her boss Roy and a few others who did not appear in my 2nd novel "The Ship".  

Now I had already been thinking about doing a short story for Nathan, to help fill my ongoing short tales involving him over at my other blog "The Vampyre Blogs - Private Edition."   The entire purpose of that blog is to build an audience for Nathan in advance so I could hopefully have a large group of people eagerly awaiting the release of his first novel.  After all, unless you have a name like Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, or J. K. Rowling, you really have to work to get your name and novels known to more people.

So then it occurred to me that since Veronica and company live in Connecticut, it gets awfully snowy up there which would be a great setting for a Christmas tale.  However, I realized I had to be careful not to let any short story interfere with the current storyline running between "The Bridge", "The Ship" (my second novel), and my upcoming novel "The Door" which I hope to release in May 2015.  So how could I do a crossover with these characters?

The answer was simple.  Since Nathan is already over a hundred and fifty years old, he has a lot of room for past history.  Whereas Veronica, and her boss Roy Petersen, are 45 and 60 respectively, in the novels.  So of course they also had room for untold encounters with various people.  So there was plenty of room for these three to have met some time int he past... and thus my story was born.

So I set my story to take place in 1999, which allowed me to bring back another beloved character Jason Cloudfoot, as well as his niece Julie De Luca-Cloudfoot who continues to play a major roll in the novels.  Only in this tale, we would get to meet Julie as a little girl who is just starting to demonstrate some of the shamanic powers that define her today.


Now I  had my cast, a setting, a time frame and an idea.  What happened next is what always happens to me when I write.  My short story kept growing and growing.  I kept getting more twists and turns to throw in and the ideas kept flowing.  Before long my word count grew and grew.  When I finally finished my 'short story' was weighing in at 13,700 words, which came out to be twenty-five single spaced pages. 

I really had to sit back and wonder at that.  Had I actually created a novella instead of a short story?  So I did my research and learned the average length of a short story was considered to be around 7,000 words.  

Obviously I had almost double that number so I checked further.  This was when I learned that a novelette was not the same as a novella.  The word count for a novelette ranged between 7000 and 20,000 words (which is where my tale fell into).  Looking ahead I discovered that a novella averaged in 20,000-50,000 words.  Anything beyond that was of course considered a full-length novel.



So why does any of this matter?  So what if I wrote a novelette instead of a short story?  Simple, the difference comes in when you try to publish the piece and market it to your readers.  Tell people you're offering a short story and they say, "Oh how nice... and you want how much for it?  It's just a short story.  I want to get my money's worth..."

But once you tell them its small novel of sorts, then they might become more willing to spend a bit more to read your tale.  I've seen people offering short stories that are less than a 1,000 words long for $2.99 or $3.99, and wonder why they're not getting many takers.

You have to offer the audience substance and value for their money.  So labeling your work properly is very important.  

Well, that's all I have for you today.  If anyone would like to see what a 'novelette' looks like here are the links to all the installments of my winter holiday tale below.  I broke it up into six parts so more people could enjoy the story without needing an e-reader:  

"Home For Christmas: A Para-Earth Holiday Tale"



Until next time my friends, enjoy the holidays and keep writing...

Thursday, December 25, 2014

****MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE****



Both my books "The Bridge" and "The Ship" are 1/2 off from now until January 2nd, 2015.  So take advantage and grab some 5-star tales for you new Kindle, Nook, I-Pad, I-Book etc. 

Each novel is only a $1.49 instead of the usual $2.99.  So you can get both books for the price of one.  Enjoy and spread the word to everyone you know.  Book 3 will be coming out in mid-2015, followed by my first vampyre novel in late October.



Apple and other readers (including PDF for just a regular laptop/desktop computer): https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383

Monday, December 22, 2014

I Have A Special Holiday Gift For You All Over On My Other Blog...


I had planned on releasing a special short story on Christmas Day for all my readers.  The original idea had been to make it available for FREE on Smashwords, so everyone could have something to download on their new Nooks, Kindles, I-Pads, etc.  Unfortunately, due to a heavy last minute "cram-everything-into-the-last-few-weeks-of-the-semester" by my professors at the university, I never got to do a cover and several other things that needed to be done to the story before it could go up on Smashwords.

So instead, I've been releasing the story in chapters on my other blog "The Vampyre Blogs - Special Edition".  

What makes this story so special is that it involves not only my vampyre character Nathaniel, but several other familiar faces from my first published novel "The Bridge".  I also set the story sixteen years in the past so as not to conflict with the events that took place in "The Bridge".

I'll continue to release more chapters each day up until Christmas where the story will reach its climax.   Depending on the response I get, I hope to do the same thing next year with a brand new story.

At the same time, I'll be releasing the current story in its entirety for Kindle, Nook, and other e-books with but with an original artwork cover, proper editing, and possibly some illustrations (fingers crossed).

In the meantime, let the holiday reading begin.  I'm providing links to Parts I and II just below.  Tomorrow I'll post the link for part III and so on until Christmas day.  I hope you all take advantage and enjoy the story.  Please leave feedback here or over at "The Vampyre Blogs - Private Edition".so I know what you all thought of the story and your opinions on my releasing it installments.


"Home For Christmas: A Para-Earth Holiday Tale"



Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Greetings Continued...

For those who didn't know, today will be the shortest day of the year, as well as the longest night.  It is better known as the Winter Solstice. 


It has also been referred to as Yuletide in some places.


A lot of the more well known customs such as the Yule Log, Wassailing, Mistletoe and the Yule (or Christmas) Tree are directly associated with this time of the year.  The basic idea being to help preserve life by keeping green things alive inside your house so the sun will return after the longest and darkest night.


*I know this is a very simplified explanation, but I only have so much room in this blog.  I hope to go into deeper details next year.*


So to all my Pagan and Wiccan friends I wish you both a...

 HAPPY SOLSTICE

and a 

BLESSED YULE

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Daily Holiday Greetings ...

For the next few days my blog will be dedicated to wishing people, from many different faiths, holiday wishes.  I'll do my best to cover as many as possible, but if I overlook anyone, please let me know.


And now I'd like to kick things off by wishing all my readers who celebrate the miracle of oil and lights...


A Happy and Blessed Hannukkah to you all.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

****Still Looking For Gifts For That Horror fan, or Paranormal Lover In Your Life?****

How about one or even two trade paperbacks signed and personalized by the author?




That's right, you can get signed and personalized copies of books one and two in my 5-Star "Para-Earth" series for just $10.00 each, plus $5.00 shipping and handling anywhere in the United States. (For overseas shipping will be more of course, and will depend on the destination).

*I accept Paypal, checks, or money orders*

Just tell me which title(s) you want and if they're to be signed and personalized. (Some people prefer just signed, which is why I ask).

You can contact me by leaving a message below or by e-mailing me at:
allan.krummenacker@gmail.com

Please note: Normal mailing time is 5-9 days, so order soon to get it in time for Christmas. If there's a rush, let me know and the shipping price will be adjusted accordingly.  Also, with the holiday approaching the sooner you order the better, so I can get it to you in time.  Or if you like, I can mail the book(s) fully gift-wrapped to the recipient if you wish.


You can take a sneak peak inside both "The Bridge" and "The Ship" at:


Just click on each title and you can read the first 20 pages for free.

Hoping you're all enjoying the holiday season, take care and keep writing.




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Rainy Day Musings About My Books and School...

"Okay, so where do I go next?"


That's the question I've been asking myself a lot during the week-long break I had from my studies at CSUMB.  I managed to finally put the 2nd draft of "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home" (the new official title of my 1st vampyre novel) and am currently reading it aloud to my wife Helen.  I'm already seeing areas that definitely need more work and rewriting, but her reactions to most of the scenes have been very positive.  Plus she's also providing me with some feedback on one of the characters who she actually created.  There will be a third and possibly a fourth draft before I unleash anything on my beta-readers.  Luckily I've got time since the book isn't going to be released until next fall at the earliest.

In the meantime I really want to get back to "The Door" which is the third book of mine that will feature Alex, Veronica, Cassie and Julie.  This book will wrap up most of the unanswered questions from "The Bridge" and "The Ship".  We'll see the final showdown with the mysterious white-haired man who tried to defend the creature inside the bridge and then followed Cassie and Julie all the way to Santa Cruz.  I will also reveal the ghostly Brandon's secret and why he has watched over Cassie all her life.  The mysterious return of Rachel's baby will also be explained, considering she was dying when we last saw her.  But I will also be sowing seeds for future books as well, so expect some new characters and mysteries to be unveiled.

However, for now I must think mainly about my studies at school.  I've been taking four classes this semester and three of them do NOT have finals, thank God.  However, my Statistics class has a cumulative final which more than makes up for the others not having final exams.  I must get a 65 or better on the final to pass the class even though I've already got a "A" grade in it for all my other work.  I hate classes that have that rule.  It puts so much more pressure on a person.  

Anyway the exam is scheduled for December 15th, so less than two weeks away.  So I'll be doing a lot of reviewing and studying, as well as wrapping up the other classes which also have assignments due before the next two weeks are done.  So as you can see I've got quite a lot on my plate already.  

I still hope to put out a Christmas short story involving Nathaniel (my vampyre), Jason Cloudfoot (yes this story is being set in the past so he's still alive), Police Chief Roy Peterson, his new second-in-command Veronica Ross, and a very young Julie.  Expect ghosts (perfect for a Christmas story), mystery, and some touching moments.  

Until then, I'll be posting when I can and probably running holiday sale or two.  So stay tuned.  In the meantime, enjoy the season and keep writing everyone.

Monday, December 1, 2014

****THERE ARE ONLY HOURS LEFT... MY $.99 CENT CYBER SPECIAL ENDS AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT****


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You read correctly. You have only hours left to get one or both of my 5-STAR paranormal/mystery e-books "The Bridge" and "The Ship" for $.99 Cents each. That's 2/3's off the regular price folks. Tomorrow, both books will be going back to their regular price of $2.99.
So take advantage of me... I mean... this sale to give yourself or someone you know who'll be getting a Kindle, Nook, Smartphone, Ipad, laptop or a new desktop, something they can enjoy right away. Ghosts (which is appropriate at Christmas), psychics, mystery, love, and heart-pounding excitement await await you all in these two novels.
And if you've already gotten copies for yourself, thanks so much for your support. I only ask you please help spread the word to family, friends and everyone you know so they can take advantage of this sale.
We've got all the e-book formats, just click on the links below to get the one that will fit you or that special someone who's going to be receiving that e-reader so they have something exciting to read as soon as they open their gift.
*NOTE: You can read samples both books for free as well as buy copies at the following links:
KINDLE: amazon.com/author/allankrummenacker
AMAZON.UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/…/e/B00B1W8TEU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
BARNES AND NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/allan-krummenacker
NOOK, SONY E-READER, APPLE, PDF OR E-PUB FORMATS: 
https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383

KOBO: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/search?Query=Allan+Krummenacker