My newsletter is one of the most important things I have as an author. It lets me keep all my readers informed of my new work, writing, happenings, and all sorts of assorted goodness. There's free fiction and more in each issue and I try to make it a bit more interesting with each installment. 2013 will see some cool changes as well with more added content every month. I always recommend that people subscribe and stay subscribed and this morning presented a perfect reason why. Starting in January, Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photographs. Go read the article and nuke your Instagram account and then come back and we'll continue. Back? Okay, so Instagram is owned by Facebook. They bought Instagram for billions of dollars and now they have a very popular photography site that they are planning on turning into a serious revenue stream for themselves. I don't use Instagram (I think I did once, but I nuked my account this morning just to be sure) but I do use Facebook. A LOT. I post tons of things out there to both my personal profile and my fan page. And my thinking is that if Facebook enacts a stupid policy change like they just did with Instagram, then what's to stop them from doing the same at Facebook itself? While they've repeatedly said they won't charge anyone to use Facebook, will they attempt to sell things that people post as a revenue maker? It's possible. is it likely? I don't know. But I do know that if they ever did, my Facebook presence would disappear in a second. And that's why I'm urging you all to subscribe to my free newsletter now so we have a redundant system of communication between us. Yes, you can find me on Facebook and stay up-to-date, but what if Facebook goes down or I stop posting there? By being a member of the coolest newsletter subscriber base on the planet (if I do say so rather immodestly) you'll be sure that you always get the latest and greatest from me. A new issue is dropping in a few days, so don't wait. Subscribe right now by plopping your email address into the little box below. It's quick, easy, and totally free. I will never sell your information to anyone. Ever. Period.
Over the last seven/eight days, I wrote just shy of 70,000 words. The schedule and word count per day broke down like this:
- Monday: 10,000
- Tuesday: 12,500
- Wednesday: 12,500
- Thursday: 7500
- Friday: 7500
- Saturday: 5000
- Sunday: 5000
- Monday: 8500
- Each chapter is roughly 2,000-2,500 words.
- It takes me approximately one hour to write each chapter (sometimes less, sometimes more)
- After each chapter, I take a nice break (Facebook, exercise, talk to friends, whatever)
By Jon F. Merz Since we're heading into the end of the year, I thought I'd draw up a list of coming attractions of SOME of the stuff I'll be publishing soon. So here ya go! DECEMBER 2012
- Zombie Ryu Episode 3
- Untitled Lawson Christmas Story
- THE CRUCIBLE: A Lawson Vampire Novel
- Zombie Ryu Episode 4
- Zombie Ryu Episode 5
- Zombie Ryu Episode 6
- THE NINJA APPRENTICE: The Tsuba of Kotogawa (book 2)
- Zombie Ryu Episode 7
- Lawson Novella
- Zombie Ryu Episode 8
- Zombie Ryu Episode 9
- Zombie Ryu Episode 10
- Zombie Ryu Episode 11
- Zombie Ryu Episode 12 (season finale)
By Jon F. Merz This week is, of course, Thanksgiving. On that day, millions upon millions of Americans will devour many, many turkeys and enjoy a tryptophan-induced coma while watching football and spending time with family and relatives. In recent years, this formerly luxuriously-relaxing day has been invaded by the retail giants as they try to get you to leave the comfort of home and family in order to head out at night in the freezing cold to spend your money in their stores. In order to do this, they have lured you with promises of amazing deals. Many of you have done this and will do so again this year as you search for gifts for family and friends. But there's another way to enjoy Black Friday & Cyber Monday without leaving home: you can do it from the comfort of your laptop or wireless device. And you do it by gifting ebooks. You may not have known that you could gift ebooks. Many people don't. But on each of the three major platforms that I sell on, the option to gift any of my ebooks is there. Here's where the gift option is on Amazon.com - and here is a link to all of my ebooks on Amazon. Now, here's the gift option on Barnes & Noble, which they make pretty small and hard-to-find. And here is a link to all of my ebooks on Barnes & Noble.com Finally, here's the gift option over on Kobo - very easy-to-see. And here's a list of all of my ebooks on Kobo. Now at this point, you're probably wondering, "Well big deal - I don't see any specials or discounts or stuff that would normally make me forego sleep in order to drive in the wee hours of the frigid morning the day of or after a major holiday. What gives, Merz?" Here's the deal: gift at least three of MY ebooks on Black Friday or Cyber Monday this year, send me the receipt at jonfmerz AT gmail DOT com, and I will do a couple of things, depending on the amount of the gift.
- Gifts of at least $10 will receive a personalized post card from me to both the recipient and the gift giver. For the recipient, I'll put a nice "welcome to my fiction world" message, customized for them. The gift giver also gets a nice thank you post card from me.
- Gifts of at least $20 will get the above added extra, along with a select cover flat from one of the first four Lawson Vampire novels for both the recipient and gift giver.
- Gifts of at least $50 will get the post card AND a signed copy of THE KENSEI - again for both the recipient and gift giver.
- Gifts of at least $100 will get the BIG GIFT OF MERZ: a special personalized letter from me to both the recipient and gift giver, a signed copy of THE KENSEI, a box of author copies from my Rogue Angel writing years, cover flats, and Advanced Reader Copies of the NEW Shadow Warrior series coming in 2013 from Baen Books. (NOTE: the ARCs will ship when I get them, since I won't receive them for a while yet).
By Jon F. Merz Imagine being able to get EIGHT amazing novels that are all just perfect for the Halloween season and pay what you want to own them. That's the idea behind Storybundle.com and I'm very proud to be a part of their current offering. My novel VICARIOUS along with great reads from bestselling authors like Douglas Clegg, Kevin J. Anderson, Joe Nassise, Patricia Fulton, and Annie Walls are all available for any e-reader or computer right now just by clicking here! You get to choose how much of what you pay goes to the authors and how much goes to Storybundle.com (typically, the split is 70/30) and you can even choose to allot a certain percentage to some very fine charity groups! Storybundle is a fantastic way to support indie authors and feel great about participating at the same time. So I encourage you all to go to Storybundle.com and purchase this exciting Halloween bundle right now! Don't miss your chance to truly immerse yourself in some incredibly fine writing from some truly talented folks. And please be sure to spread the word - the more folks who know about this, the better! Have a great weekend!