These are the stories…

I’m finding it useful to have a site for my writing, so as long as I keep directing people in this direction, maybe it would be good to have useful information.

These are my published works– as they appear at Smashwords.com

Published

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I have a special project in the works.  It’s ready except for the cover which is being done by a professional photographer this time.  This is going to be good.

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If you want to see my stories, the best places to go are these:
http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/StephenB5Jones

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/StephenB5Jones?store=allproducts&keyword=StephenB5Jones

There are a handful of free stories if one would like to peruse before investing, and there’s another one on the way (which also means it’s a preview- kind of- of another full length work. All in good time.) . Look for it and wish me luck.

I’m not doing too well with the blogging thing, there’s too much other in my life, and I won’t be giving that up anytime soon. For the 2-3 who check on this every so often, it will be going away soon.

SJ

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Remember me?

Okay, I’m not so good at blogging.  I mean, it is fun, it gives me a “creative outlet”–like I need one– There are times when I enjoy it.

And then there are times when I don’t even open the page for days, weeks or months at a time.  I’m not one to serialize a story on a blog–I might try it some time, but right now I would rather avoid it.

I’ve published at least two short stories (free) and one more collection of short stories (reasonably priced) at Smashwords.  “Fairies don’t flirt” has been downloaded well over a thousand times, and has been given every rating possible (Two five stars BTW, one of everything else.)  Elf Tales (the mother book) has sold four copies.  Interesting ratio.
Now.  I’m working on something new (and a few other things-pay no attention to the man behind the curtain)  I’m going to post a novel on Smashwords.  It’s one I’ve been working on for a while.  It’s called Escapade and Goodbye.

Also, there’s a free short story, “Net for Geste” which is a prequel to the novel. (Also free)  That is to say: two of the characters from the story are in the novel, the setting is different, but the time frame is the same, and the same guy wrote both of them.

I’ll try to keep you up to date.

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Onward and Upward

So, after my adventures with Elf Tales; to date, there have been some 178 downloads of the free story: Fairies Don’t Flirt, and 2 downloads of the collection: Elf Tales (-also, 22 downloads of the sample chapters, which does give me hope).
Now I’ve uploaded a sample story for the next set of stories. The sample is Apologia, and can be found at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/154868 And in two weeks +-, Space: Time: and Other Improbabilities will be posted.
Watch this space.

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I Found a Review

My short story (Fairies Don’t Flirt) has migrated to Barnes and Noble (Nook) and Diesel.  This was not unexpected, but I didn’t put a lot of work into to, because my percentage of free is nothing.  So I really wasn’t paying a lot of attention; it happened without my notice.

I was doing a random check of my name, the titles of my stories, etc. which I do every so often for general purposes when I found my story at BnN.  “Cool” I thought at first.

Then I scrolled down to the ratings.  Average rating: 1.  There must be some mistake, I thought. (For reference: On Smashwords the same story was rated 5.  It’s still being downloaded, 169 times so far.)  But there wasn’t.  I read the review.  The writer used the word “stupid”—twice.  He indicated the story was only good for reading to a three year old.  He (I know I’m assuming “he”) indicated it was a waste of his time.  It was signed “anonymous”.

I’ve had bad reviews before, so I know to suppress the desire to fight.  It can’t be personal; whoever this is doesn’t know me. (I know that’s an assumption too.)  It’s interesting how I usually get really good reviews or really bad.  (Only once have I had a mediocre rating—and I couldn’t disagree.)  I guess you either get me or you don’t.

But, I have to ask; why the anger?  Was he really going to use that three minutes of his life for something important?  If all my reviews were bad I’d figure I still had a lot to learn and shouldn’t be cluttering the internet with my stuff.  If all the reviews were good, I suppose I’d start thinking I’m some kind of expert.  I’ll fall back on one of my rules of writing:  *Write better.  I doubt I’ll win over Mr. Anonymous, he seems to have made up his mind.

On the other hand, I’m going back to read the Smashwords review again.

 

PS- If anyone reading this blog has actually read “Fairies Don’t Flirt”, and would rate it higher than 1, and has some connection with B&N…

Well, it never hurts to ask.

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It’s Here

Without major event or fanfare I’ve published a book. Elf Tales (And Other Psychotic Events) is now available on Smashwords with the option of being made available on other markets.
In two weeks the sample story was downloaded over 120 times, and was given a five star rating.
How different will a premium ebook be? I can look at my own ebook reader and tell you that the ratio of free to paid books is about 1/10.

Will I even do that good?

There’s no way to know. I’ve only just begun to advertise. I’ve ordered post cards with the book cover on them. I’ve mentioned the publication on face book. I’ve looked for people to read and review, and hopefully rate. I’ve been told to be patient. Ebooks have a long shelf life.

For the record: Elf Tales has been available for just over two days. There have been seven downloads of the sample–the first 20% of the book. One has been sold.

So far so good.

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The journey of a million miles…

I uploaded a free short story at smashwords. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/135064 as a sample of Elf Tales and Other Psychotic Events which I’ll be putting up in a couple of weeks.
From what I hear this is the kind of advertising that can work. Of course, just about anything CAN work, whether it not it will, that’s anyone’s guess.
The idea is to make your work available, and then if people like it they’ll buy–actually paying money–for your other work.
I’ll let you know if it works. I can say for myself, I’ve downloaded a number of free books at smashwords, and bought only a few. But then, I’m kind of cheap. (That, of course, is my motivation for writing better-I want to produce something worth paying money for.)
Check it out, if you like it be sure to rate it.

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