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Once again, I’ve reach the elusive milestone of finishing a book. My latest novel (my eleventh to date) is now complete and awaiting the formatting process. The novel took exactly 374 days from first sentence until the final read. A lot has happened in the past year and a lot of changes have taken place both in my life and the world. So, as I sit here on this first day of non-novel writing I find myself feeling quite odd and at a loss of how I should spend my morning. I could market and…Continue
Fellow/author and fan from the U.K. is promoting me on her blog. Please check it out and also check out her books.
Added by Neil Ostroff on December 13, 2012 at 4:21pm — No Comments
Please check out my paranormal, sci-fi experience AFTER. http://www.kindleboards.com/ It’s Kindle Boards book of the day! Thanks!
Added by Neil Ostroff on December 10, 2012 at 11:52am — No Comments
I’m posting the results for my Kindle Boards book of the day sponsorship. One sale of SILENT INVASION. Yep, that’s right. One sale. But, all is not lost. Strangely enough, sales of my other books went up. I even sold a few copies of PULP, my ultra-noir thriller. I also got invited to promote SILENT INVASION for free on a few blogs and two websites. So, that’s good. I have another Kindle Boards sponsorship tomorrow for AFTER so we’ll see how that goes. All in all, the Kindle Boards…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on December 9, 2012 at 9:11am — No Comments
Please check out SILENT INVASION as Kindle Boards book of the day. Enjoy a great sci-fi adventure!Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on December 8, 2012 at 7:18am — No Comments
If you read my blog you know I’ve been dealing with some family health issues related to the dreaded C. Doing my final read for IMAGINATION has helped ease the boredom of fifteen-hour hospital room waits. Of course, waiting is nothing compared to what the patient must endure. It was during one of these interminable waits that I had my sudden, ‘ah ha’ moment. I realized, as my wrist and fingers grew sore from typing on my laptop sitting literally on my lap, that I’ve spent my life…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on December 6, 2012 at 2:17pm — No Comments
Now that my Kindle Fire Department.com sponsorship has officially ended I can now look back on it as a success. I sold enough copies of DROP OUT to break even but what most important is that so many new people have now been exposed to my stuff. It also got my ranking down below 10,000 which according to the Amazon algorithms, means that the site will give me a little more promotion than a book that hasn’t sold so well. As of this post I’m still below the 20,000 rank. As I’ve…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on December 2, 2012 at 12:48pm — No Comments
Please check out my latest novel on Kindle Fire Department.
Added by Neil Ostroff on December 1, 2012 at 11:45am — No Comments
Please check out my latest novel, it's book of the day on Kindle Fire Department.
Added by Neil Ostroff on November 30, 2012 at 9:16am — No Comments
Its a screenplay. An exciting thrilling screen Play. Terror On A Mountain In Africa.... The screen play begins describing the showing of footage from some of the many nuclear tests that were carried out by the U.S. government in the mountains of Africa. The government had ordered the local residents to move to keep them from getting hurt by the atomic tests. Some of the residents (miners) refused to leave their homes, and were exposed to dangerous levels of…Continue
A bear tricks a deer named Tony into believing that he has gone. However, the Deer gets trapped in a cave with two hungry bears, but through his cleverness, perseverance and desire to live he manages to escape. This story inspires children to face challenges and to overcome obstacles in their path.…Continue
I’m at the absolute most fun time in the novel writing process for me. The plot of IMAGINATION is complete and tight and coherent. The characters have all been fleshed out and the settings are all detailed. Now, I spend the next few days reading fast and tweaking the tiniest details. Once that is complete I give one final, very quick read and send it off to my editor/formatter. I just contacted my cover artist and we are about to begin the process of designing a cover. I have a tagline for…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on November 28, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments
I’ve been reading a lot of threads lately about Amazon and Kindle and how Amazon is changing the algorithms to promote books that are more expensive. It makes good business sense if you think about it. You need to sell five ninety-nine cent books or just one five dollar book. If you put equal amount of promotion into each book, naturally the five dollar book will make more money if both books benefit equally from the same amount of promotion. Make sense? There is also the ‘perceived value’…Continue
It’s here, the day when the crazy people of the world jam into stores and fight for the best bargains. Personally, I avoid that mess at all costs. That doesn’t mean black Friday doesn’t have an impact on me, it does. But from a writer’s point of view. As I mentioned in my last post, the ads for Kindles and Nooks are out of control. The ebook marketplace is definitely gaining steam and soon ereaders will be as common as cell phones. Because I believe black Friday does influence people to shop…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on November 23, 2012 at 9:33am — No Comments
I’m just amazed at the number of Kindle and Nook ads that I’m seeing on television. It seems just the other day that people were scorning ebooks as a fad that would never take off. Well, guess what? People were wrong. Kindles and Nooks are selling by the millions now. I foresee a near future where paperback books, like music CD’s and large boomboxes, will be an oddity, a relic from the past. Now, I’m not talking about coffee table books and photography books, and the book as a work of art.…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on November 19, 2012 at 12:49pm — No Comments
I’ve been working feverishly lately trying to finish IMAGINATION by November 30th, but alas, it doesn’t appear that is going to happen (I’m about a month from completion). Between the damage from Superstorm Sandy and my wife’s cancer, my priorities have changed a bit. Had I finished the book on time it would have been a year to the day that I wrote the first sentence. When I first conceive of the plot of IMAGINATION (What if everything we perceive, all that we experience, is just…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on November 17, 2012 at 11:22am — No Comments
When you buy a book especially on the internet, what do you look for? Is it the cover that attracts you? The reviews? The description? The key to selling books is to have all three of these as plus’s. A good cover, good unbiased reviews, and a blurb that makes people want to look at the book. With ebooks, a consumer can’t take it off the shelf and feel its texture, skim through the pages, get a sense of the thickness and how long it will take to read. They must rely on the free sample pages…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on November 14, 2012 at 1:20pm — No Comments
I finally received the insurance check to fix the damage left by superstorm Sandy. Though, I count myself among those lucky enough to still have their home, the storm did a bit of damage to the roof, gutters, and some interior stuff. A power surge blew my computer, erasing countless scraps of ideas and phrases. I know I should have backed them up, but I had so many I thought I take a full day to do it. That day won’t happen now. I also lost more than two weeks of marketing online, which as…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on November 13, 2012 at 1:51pm — No Comments
It’s been two weeks since my last post and I’m still at a loss over the destruction caused by hurricane Sandy. Though I was away on vacation at the time of impact, I had relatives that were evacuated from New Jersey staying at my house so they surveyed the damage for us. We sustained some minor roof and siding damage and lost power for five days, which resulted in us having to throw away all of our refrigerated food. We were lucky. Sometimes it takes something as powerful and tragic as a…Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on November 9, 2012 at 11:31am — No Comments
When I first started blogging I wrote about the dumbest things. I wrote egotistical articles about how cool I was to write books and have people admire me; basic self-serving crap.
Then I started into the indie revolution in book publishing and my content changed. I spent a few months blogging about the nuts and bolts of writing, editing, designing a cover, and publishing an ebook from scratch. And lo and behold, I started getting followers. As I continued to blog every other day…Continue