TGIF 5/9/14

monks-china-leshan-cc-drs2bizWhat a week of mixed worlds. Troubleshooting a couple of outside projects, dealing with a cranky inspector, and writing about a Buddhist monastery in China, 1864.

I want to approach life in a Buddhist mindset, but my human condition is a constant reminder that it takes compartmentalizing life and reducing the “noise” to walk a Buddhist path. Writing this story has been a pleasure from the viewpoint that life is mystical and magical. I want to take more time to imagine situations, the “what if” of life. Push those limits out further everyday. Stretch my imagination so that I will write you entertaining stories that ask questions about what we already believe.

I am foursquare in favor of an evolving paradigm. A closed paradigm can be the beginning of a very dark attitude about people who are different. I have heard it said that you become that which you attend to the most, thus, I guess it stands to reason to be careful to what you attend.

It’s Friday and I am ‘attending’ a work party this weekend with friends. It is always fun, lots of laughter, good food,and satisfaction for having assisted in bringing things back into balance. Have a great weekend and ask yourself “What do I attend to the most?” Hope you love your answer.

“No day should be without Romance.” ~ Dana Bennett

Writing part time

There is a constant battle that all writers must contend with and that is– do I go for it full time or stay part time until one of my books hits. I work outside the home, self employed, which that in and of itself can be tough. However, it’s very much the same deal. I have to track down potential clients and sell myself and my skill. I do not advertise. It’s all word of mouth based on my performance at previous jobs. People tell each other when they are pleased. The stats go something like this. If they like you they will tell five people, if they don’t they will tell up to twenty. You may want to google the exact numbers, but they are in the ball park correct. So I am beginning to feel the effects of getting to know folks online and building relationships. The folks that have read Geared to the Present and The Demarcation of Jack seem to have a good time according to the reviews. So my books are selling at a steady drip. Like the smoldering fire analogy I am expecting a small rush of water that turns into a stream and then a river. And you should too. Whether part time or full time if it’s your dream it’s up to you to make it happen. So hang in there and let’s keep writing our stories.
“No day should be without Romance.” ~ Dana Bennett
See you in the future,
Dana

Geared to the Past book two of Jones Whitman Time Traveler Series

I am 7500 words into the second book and this book is going to be a lot of fun to read. The emotional roller-coaster is bigger and badder than the last book. I will be posting an excerpt from Past next week. SO come back around for a little juice.  In the meantime, the weather has changed for a couple of days so we are heading up to the cabin to retreat into writing. The wifi sucks so we have less distractions from social media and such.  I sincerely hope it is sunny where you are. Have fun over the next couple of days.

 

See you in the future,

Dana

The Demarcation of Jack

Okay all you FANS of The Demarcation of Jack, we have set up an April Fool’s Day 5 day sale on the ebook for Jack and company, seriously no foolin’. We are hoping that each person who has taken the time to “like” our page will also be inclined to participate in the sale. Jack says he would love to visit you in your home and share their story. Write on? Ya mon. 75% off the price of a latte and you get to keep the Ebook. 😉  So stop by and see us at

www.facebook.com/fracturedfidelities or on Amazon

 

 

So next week you can a take a trip to Jamaica, Mon. Drink rum runners and pina coladas while playing in the sun with two couples that happen to be very cool people. Lots of sexy twists and conflict to keep you turning the pages. So where ya gonna get a betta trip for under 4 dollars.

Seeya on the island, mon.

Dana

The “free” trend

2e480-dana010109011I’m confused by the “give your book away for free” idea. Now I know in marketing you often are availed of samples for free, but it’s not very often that a car dealer runs an ad saying that for the next 24 hours anyone who can get to the showroom gets a free car just to prove that the car is worth buying to someone else. And does the giveaway work? I did give away 40 Geared to the Present to Librarything.com in hopes of boosting reviews on Amazon since that seems to make a difference in where you stand to get attention. And I did attempt to give away 50 ARCs for reviews on Goodreads but  only  a few were picked up and the reviews have been great. BUT does that equal sales? An inquiring mind would like to know how your sales have benefited from  free giveaways. Please take moment to write a few words to help me make a clearer decision in the future. Thanks.

I’ll see you in the future

Dana