Print Version of Renewal

I have put a considerable amount of time and work into this decision, and I’m sorry to say that printed copies will have to wait. There are two main reasons. The first is that I can’t make the numbers work into a price that I’m comfortable asking for a trade paperback of Renewal. The second and more important reason is that I’m behind my own schedule on releasing Decay and the ebook novel version of Renewal. I think I would rather use my time to get those out that to spend a week formatting a novel for print. Perhaps some of you would agree…

Thanks to all of you who gave me your thoughts and support on the printing idea. I’m sure I’ll get to it before too long.


Renewal in Print

Two posts in one day. Amazing.

So, my wife and I were talking about possibilities for getting the full-novel version of Renewal printed. We’re collecting numbers from various printers. No promises here, but I would like to know if there is any interest in a trade paperback printing of Renewal in its new, expanded form. Please let me know. Thanks.


Early Thanksgiving

Hi folks! If you follow my blog, you’ve seen the word “thank” about a thousand times. I apologize for the repetition, but the truth is, I can’t say it enough. Here I am, writing – after only thinking about writing for most of my life. I’ve got all of you out there, involved in the conversation, posting reviews and comments, lending me your support and appreciation, and basically making it all worthwhile.

I’ve done a great many things in life, but part of me knew I was supposed to write, and now that I’m actually doing it, “thanks” is a pretty weak word to express the gratitude and fulfillment I feel. Unfortunately, they haven’t made a better word yet, so I’m taking a moment to round up all of the thank you’s to say one mighty THANK YOU to all of you.

You’ll hear it again.


Windup Girl

I’m not usually in the business of reviewing books, but this one really caught my imagination. It’s not exactly post-apocalyptic, but it’s darn close. The world is so vividly realized and cleverly designed that I’m actually uncomfortable when I read it. The characters are not loveable, or even likeable for the most part. They all compromise in difficult ways to survive the corrupt post-petroleum world, and they definitely run to the self-serving end of the spectrum. The plot serves to hang the concept upon, but has not reached the status of page-turner. I think I’m really just reading to keep experiencing a brilliant envisioning of a future without oil. For that alone, it’s worthwhile.

The Biz

First, an update… I’m probably spreading myself a little thin. I’m literally working on all three novels in the Renewal series right now. There’s novel 2, Decay, which is my main priority until it is released. There’s novel 3, Promise, which is most likely the final chapter of the Breakdown story, and there is the novelization of the Renewal series.

I’m open to feedback on what is important to you, but I’m working on the assumption that continuing the story is more important than repacking and extending the series that you have all paid good money to read. Tell me what you think.

The second big question is what to charge for a novel length work. I’ve solicited some opinions already, but I’m looking for a consensus on what you, my core readers, believe is a fair price for a full novel-length version of a Renewal story. Just for reference, Decay is running about 60,000 words longer than the entire Renewal series. Please let me know.

Next up is my sincere thanks for everyone who takes the time to review on Amazon. Based on the numbers alone, reviews are the lifeblood of success on Amazon ebooks. I saw a new review this morning, from Dan, who wrote the first Amazon review for Renewal. I can’t really express my gratitude for that initial review, but I can tell you that one review made the difference between 24 sales in two months and 30 sales in a single day. Every review makes a difference on Amazon, and I just want to say that I notice and appreciate every one of them. I pay attention to all the feedback. As I’ve mentioned, I treat this whole process as a learning experience, and everything you say feeds into making me into a better writer. That is priceless to me.

Now, for the downside… There is another entire platform out there, known as Barnes & Noble. My wife and I are Nook readers. My basic take is that the Nook hardware is better, but the Kindle system is much better as a whole. That appears to be changing with the release of the Kindle Fire, which among other attributes, excites the possibility for illustrated work. (My “official” career, such as it is, has been in digital art for the last 25 years, which naturally lends itself to concepts for children’s books).

At any rate, if you do a search for Renewal on B&N, you might find me at the end of a very long list of books. I’ve been told that reviews contribute to search ranking, but not as much as sales. Compared to Amazon, there are no sales to boost my ranking on the B&N, so I live at the end of a long search result, and the outcome is predictable. I can’t ask you to buy a B&N copy of my books, obviously, but I would ask that you help me out on the B&N side of the aisle. If you have the ability to do so, please post a review on B&N to help kickstart the sales on the Nook system. If not, please search out your Nook friends, weird as they may be, and point them in my direction. A search for “JF Perkins” – Totally unknown author, will work just fine.

I’m not particularly motivated by money, but I am motivated by the freedom to spend my time writing, and every sale makes it easier to do exactly that. I do love it, and I would be very happy to spend the rest of my working life telling stories with the written word. Any help is vastly appreciated.

Thanks again to all of you, and please let me know your thoughts.