Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I am Charlie

Not really, I am me, whomever that might be.
But, I recently tried to pin to one my Pintrest boards a photo of from the French weekly and was blocked from doing it.
Censorship? But of course.
Must not offend Muslims nor anyone in the wimpy, political correct world we have created.
But here is the thing. I am offended. I am offended by everyone who is offended by everything and anything.
Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, whatever, if any of them have an ounce of faith, then there should not be any reason for any of them to be offended.
Are they? The way I see it, if there is a God, then that God is powerful enough to laugh at anyone who thinks they could possibly offend them. It is stupid to think the creator of everything could be offended by mere humans.
But you know what is really going on. There are people in every religion who would like to force you to believe as they believe. They aren't to good at getting their believers to do everything they demand them to do and can't stop them from doing everything they want to stop them from doing. Therefore, they want to get control of governments to force their laws down everyone's throat.  They want everyone to SUBMIT.
I write the novels I write without regard to anyone's feelings. I use my promiscuous and sexy vampires to show that vampires, just like humans, enjoy sex for the sake of sex and without any thought of procreating. Nothing against procreating but 99% or more of all sex is done for the fun of it.
If that offends you, suck it up.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Problems with printed books

There are two problems with printed books. both soft cover and hard cover, both of which I happen to like.
Cost is the number one problem. The second problem is weight.
If you own a lot of books like I do, you quickly realize how much they weigh when you move. Coming up to the Adirondacks or anyplace else and it’s much easier to lug along your Kindle than it is to bring more than a couple of books. If you buy books online as many do, you instantly can start reading the e-book while you have to wait a week to have the printed version shipped. If you pay for faster shipping, the cost of the printed book goes way up.
You say you don’t like reading digital? That is exactly what you are doing right now. Yes, printed books are nice. I love them so much that I have several sitting on one of my many bookshelves that I have never read. They look nice sitting there and I encourage you to buy your print books from me, and while you are at it, you can also download the e-book version for when you feel you don’t want to carry the print when you go on vacation.
The best of both worlds can be had at Amazon where if you purchase a printed book that is also available as an e-book, you can add the e-book to your collection for as little as only 99 cents to no more than $1.99.
Klein says, “And don’t forget. You don't need to own a Kindle device to enjoy my Kindle books. Download one of Amazon’s free Kindle apps to start reading my Kindle books on all your devices. The Kindle app is available for every major smartphone, tablet, and computer.
Currently, Klein has four vampire novels in print and they are also available as eBooks on Amazon.
It was on May 21, 2014, that the new vampire novel - Blood Red Pleasure - became available in print and as e-book.
Blood Red Pleasure is available on Amazon at $12.59 in paperback and $3.99 in e-book, and is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1499139659
The Dancing Valkyrie is available on Amazon at $12.59 in paperback and $3.99 in e-book, and is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1440432198
The Vampire Valkyrie is available on Amazon at $12.59 in paperback and $3.99 in e-book, and is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1452877793
And God Created Vampires is available on Amazon at $12.59 in paperback and $3.99 in e-book, and is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1477527451
Also, with the summer season approaching, Klein’s guide book to trails and things to do in the Adirondacks of Hamilton County, N.Y., - Adirondack Hikes in Hamilton County - is available on Amazon at $12.59 in paperback and $3.99 in e-book, and is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1453608141
Confession of an Online Male Prostitute is available on Amazon at $7.99 in paperback and $2.99 in e-book, and is available at http://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Online-Prostitute-Peter-Klein/dp/145374245X

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Book Publishing Facts

What are the odds of getting published?
Traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.
No matter which route you go, will you make any money?
The answers are varied, inconclusive and not very promising.
Below are some facts I gathered from various sources you might find interesting, depressing or maybe even hopeful.
Publishing facts
There are about 1.2 million books published each year in the US. Nielson Bookscan tracked the records for 2004 and came up with that number. The rest of the statistics:
1. Of those 1.2 million books, 950,000 sold fewer than 99 copies.
2. Another 200,000 sold fewer than 1,000 copies.
3. Only 25,000 books sold more than 5,000 copies.
4. Fewer than 500 sold more than 100,000 copies.
5. Only 10 books sold more than a million copies each.
6. The average book in the US sells about 500 copies
Traditional Publishers
Typically, an author can expect to receive the following royalties:
Hardback edition: 10% of the retail price on the first 5,000 copies; 12.5% for the next 5,000 copies sold, then 15% for all further copies sold. Paperback: 8% of retail price on the first 150,000 copies sold, then 10% thereafter.
How many books on Amazon?
The latest rough estimate and growing is: Paperbacks 22.9m, Hardcover 8.1M and Kindle 1.2m
Print on demand with digital technology is used as a way of printing items for a fixed cost per copy, regardless of the size of the order. While the unit price of each physical copy printed is higher than with offset printing, the average cost is lower for very small print runs, because setup costs are much higher for offset printing.
POD has other business benefits besides lower costs (for small runs): Technical set-up is usually quicker than for offset printing. Large inventories of a book or print material do not need to be kept in stock, reducing storage, handling costs, and inventory accounting costs. There is little or no waste from unsold products.
These advantages reduce the risks associated with publishing books and prints, and can lead to increased choice for consumers.
How many POD publishers are there? Many! Here are just a few
AuthorHouse, Aventine Press, Blurb, CreateSpace, iUniverse, Infinity Publishing, Lightning Source, Lulu, Luminare Press LLC, Outskirts Press, Replica Books, Virtual Bookworm, Wordclay, and Xlibris.