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New Venues

I added the e-book versions of Sudden Mission, Nasty Leftovers, and Carolina Dawn to Kobo and Barnes & Noble (Nook).

Check out the book pages to see the new links.

Covers | Guy L. Pace

Originally, the first two books were on those sites, as well as Apple’s iBook (now Book) store. I’m still working on getting the books on Apple’s store, but not sure things are going as I’d hoped. Since I had almost no sales on that venue before, I won’t be putting out much more effort there.

Barnes & Noble have been hosting my paperbacks all along, including having the correct cover on the display page. Now, the e-book is there, too.

This little post is just to keep you up to date on where the books are available.

Lately, the paperbacks have been selling well. Recently, all three (paperback editions) were in the top 10 of Amazon’s Teen/Young Adult Christian Science Fiction category. That was fun!

Keep writing.

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Book Clubs

I got a chance to talk to a book club composed of young ladies in California this week, via a conference video call. Yeah, we’re living in the future.

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Updates

As mentioned in a previous post, Error, all written work has some errors, mistakes, and typos. My work is no exception. So, there are a couple of updates.

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Patience

Patience is a virtue. Supposedly. Well, I guess. It always brings me back to the old printed poster we saw in the “head shops” of the early 1970’s.

Categories

Categories

Categories | Guy L. PaceSomeone, somewhere, defines and decides what to label things. They put things in categories. They set the criteria for the pigeon holes into which things are stuffed.

The publishing industry is much like the old hardware stores, where walls of tiny little drawers house little parts of an endless variety. Someone in those old stores knew how to find even the most obscure part, screw, or nail. It was a gift.

Those old hardware stores are gone. But, in the publishing industry, those categories are still around. And they change. Sometimes they change year to year. Sometimes they change from one bookstore to another. Even online booksellers have different, often incompatible, categories.

Amazon

Amazon allows an author to set up the categories for his/her book(s). As the author dives into this, though, restrictions rear their ugly head. Certain topic areas can’t be included in certain age categories, for example. You can’t start with science fiction, and roll down to teen or young adult and then Christian. You have go another way.

Then there are limits to how closely you can define your genre via the categories. Some allow only two or three levels.

Publisher

When Sudden Mission was first published, the publisher set the primary category as “middle grade.” I thought that included teen or early teen. Silly me. I found out that this put my books in the classification of children’s books. I don’t think the Spirit Missions books qualify as children’s books.

So, when I re-launched the books after that first publisher closed their doors, I set the initial categories as teen or young adult. Then I had to struggle to get things to accept Christian and science fiction as a genre. What fun.

Maddening

Sometimes the whole category things gets a bit maddening. I grew up reading science fiction, but that’s not all. I read biographies, mysteries, historical novels, history, drama, and classic literature. Even Shakespeare’s plays. My favorites were Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, and Midsummer Night’s Dream. So, how does one categorize all that?

Or, how important is it to categorize all that?

Could the entire motivation to read something is for a good story. Interesting and compelling. A good story.

Maybe the only category we really need for books is “a good story.”

Keep writing.

 

P.S. The summer and early fall have been very busy with travel and other things. I hope you stick with me.