Monday, November 28, 2005

Nanowrimo...next up Nanoedmo

Wow...exhausted, sleep deprived and enough nicotine and caffeine to stock a small country, but the novel is finished. The word count capped of 66,796 words. Now, its time to finish the edits from my last novel. I have my editor's notes and am working dilligently on that book. Its nice to be able to step outside the story that has consumed me for the last month.

We also have November's numbers to post later this week. It has been a good year for Quiet Storm Publishing. Whew...no sleep for the wicked.

Back to the grind.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Writing

So, this blog was supposed to be more than just our sales numbers but boy have I been busy lately. Just a lot of things all going on at the same time.

I'm an idiot. I'm participating in NaNoWriMo again this year. Trying to stay on deadline while running a publishing company is a bit daunting, but I'm enjoying the book I'm trying to write. I'm a little over 19,000 words right now. So, I'm ahead of the curve, but god forbid a few busy days pop up over the next few weeks.

I also just received my next manuscript back from my editor. So, I'm torn. I want to get this new manuscript written during this month, but my editor offered some very exciting ideas for the already finished manuscript...leaving me in a quandry...what child do you take care of?

Meanwhile, my daughter walked into my office and looked at me with sad eyes and said, "would you watch Teen Titans with me?"

Guess which child one? :)

Teen Titans was pretty good.

Now, I have to get back to the drawing board. LONG exhale. I'm going to try to get this NaNoWriMo manuscript written a little faster so that I can get my finished manuscript actually finished.

Now, that covers the writing part of my life. Now, lets talk about the idiot who decided to take ISBN's to 13 digits and to make it retroactive...UGH! It wouldn't be so bad if certain organizations had their act together, but my God getting answers regarding ISBN lists is like pulling teeth. We paid for our new ISBN list three weeks ago(and we paid to rush it 2 day). Do I have it? No, that would be too easy, that might require customer service on some level.

Longer exhale. Right now, this month's releases are covered but I need them for next month. Kinda hard to get a book reviewed if you don't have the ISBN...GRRR...

Saturday, November 05, 2005

October's Sale

Sorry for the delay in posting our new numbers for October. I took a short vacation and am also participating in NaNoWriMo again this year.

Octoberr Sales

We're proud to list our Top Ten Selling Books for October

OCTOBER'S TOP TEN BOOK SALES FOR QUIET STORM PUBLISHING
#1 CHESAPEAKE CRIMES II anthology edited by Donna Andrews and Maria Y. Lima
#2 JINGLE’S CHRISTMAS by Randy Rawls
#3 CHILDREN OF THE DREAM by Mary Triola
#4 CHESAPEAKE CRIMES I -anthology edited by Donna Andrews
#5 MATTERS OF THE BLOOD by Maria Y. Lima
#6 MURDER IN METROPOLIS by Lonnie Cruse
#7 MURDER BEYOND METROPOLIS by Lonnie Cruse
#8 THE COLOR BLIND DETECTIVE by Bill Capron
#9 NORTHCOAST SHAKEDOWN by James R. Winter
#10 IDENTITY CRISIS by Debbi Mack

Year to Date Top Ten Book Sales for Quiet Storm Publishing

#1 JAY WALKER BOOK ONE by Grant R. Philips
#2 NORTHCOAST SHAKEDOWN by James R. Winter
#3 CHESAPEAKE CRIMES II, anthology edited by Donna Andrews and Maria Y. Lima
#4 MERLIN'S DOOR by Mary Triola
#5 MATTERS OF THE BLOOD by Maria Y. Lima
#6 THE VISION by C.L. Talmadge
#7 WICKED AND THE DEAD by Robert Weibezahl
#8 JINGLE'S CHRISTMAS by Randy Rawls
#9 ROAD DAWGS by Clint Gaige
#10 CHESAPEAKE CRIMES I ,anthology edited by Donna Andrews

OCTOBER'S TOP SELLING EBOOK AND AUDIOBOOKS

#1 ROAD DAWGS (AUDIO) by Clint Gaige Read by Clint Gaige
#2 NORTHCOAST SHAKEDOWN (AUDIO) by James R. Winter Read by Clint Gaige
#3 JINGLE'S CHRISTMAS by Randy Rawls
#4 NORTHCOAST SHAKEDOWN by James R. Winter
#5 THE SHADOWLANDS by Michael S. McGowan
#6 BETNONI'S PROPHECY by Elizabeth A. Merz
#7 THE COLLECTIVE by Kerry Downing
#8 DEATH WARMED OVER by Cindy Daniel
#9 ADVERSE IMPACT by Philip Tomasso, III
#10 CAROLINE ROSE by Mary Triola

Year to Date Top Ten eBook and Audiobook Sales for Quiet Storm Publishing

#1 ROAD DAWGS (AUDIO BOOK) by Clint Gaige Read by Clint Gaige
#2 THE COLLECTIVE by Kerry Downing
#3 THE FOURTH BRANCH by Josef Wilson
#4 THE SHADOWLANDS by Michael S. McGowan
#5 DEATH WARMED OVER by Cindy Daniel
#6 BETNONI’S PROPHECY by Elizabeth A. Merz
#7 ADVERSE IMPACT by Phillip Tomasso, III
#8 COBO’S QUEST by Elizabeth A. Merz
#9 CAROLINE ROSE by Mary Triola
#10 NORTHCOAST SHAKEDOWN by James R. Winter

Sunday, October 02, 2005

September Sales

September Sales

We're proud to list our Top Ten Selling Books for September

SEPTEMBER’'S TOP TEN BOOK SALES FOR QUIET STORM PUBLISHING

#1 NORTHCOAST SHAKEDOWN by James R. Winter
#2 THE WICKED AND THE DEAD by Robert Weibezahl
#3 THE COLOR BLIND DETECTIVE by Bill Capron
#4 IDENTITY CRISIS by Debbi Mack
#5 THE VISION by C.L. Talmadge
#6 CHESAPEAKE CRIMES II anthology edited by Donna Andrews and Maria Y. Lima
#7 JAKE’S BURN by Randy Rawls
#8 MEMORY OF A MURDER by Earl Staggs
#9 CHILDREN OF THE DREAM by Mary Triola
#10 JINGLE’S CHRISTMAS by Randy Rawls

Year to Date Top Ten Book Sales for Quiet Storm Publishing

#1 JAY WALKER BOOK ONE by Grant R. Philips
#2 NORTHCOAST SHAKEDOWN by James R. Winter
#3 MERLIN'S DOOR by Mary Triola
#4 THE VISION by C.L. Talmadge
#5 MATTERS OF THE BLOOD by Maria Y. Lima
#6 WICKED AND THE DEAD by Robert Weibezahl
#7 ROAD DAWGS by Clint Gaige
#8 CHESAPEAKE CRIMES I, anthology edited by Donna Andrews
#9 CHESAPEAKE CRIMES II, anthology edited by Donna Andrews and Maria Y. Lima
#10 CHILDREN OF THE DREAM by Mary Triola

SEPTEMBER’S TOP SELLING EBOOK AND AUDIOBOOKS

#1 NORTHCOAST SHAKEDOWN by James R. Winter
#2 JAKE’S BURN by Randy Rawls
#3 THE SHADOWLANDS by Michael S. McGowan
#4 BETNONI’S PROPHECY by Elizabeth A. Merz
#5 COBO’S QUEST by Elizabeth A. Merz
#6 THE COLLECTIVE by Kerry Downing
#7 ROAD DAWGS (AUDIO) by Clint Gaige Read by Clint Gaige
#8 FOURTH BRANCH by Josef Wilson
#9 CRESTFALLEN’S WIDOW (AUDIO) by Simon Wood Read by Clint Gaige
#10 HUMAN CONDITION (AUDIO) by Clint Gaige Read by Clint Gaige

Year to Date Top Ten eBook and Audiobook Sales for Quiet Storm Publishing

#1 THE COLLECTIVE by Kerry Downing
#2 ROAD DAWGS (AUDIO BOOK) by Clint Gaige Read by Clint Gaige
#3 THE FOURTH BRANCH by Josef Wilson
#4 THE SHADOWLANDS by Michael S. McGowan
#5 DEATH WARMED OVER by Cindy Daniel
#6 BETNONI’S PROPHECY by Elizabeth A. Merz
#7 COBO’S QUEST by Elizabeth A. Merz
#8 ADVERSE IMPACT by Phillip Tomasso, III
#9 CAROLINE ROSE by Mary Triola
#10 DEGREE OF RISK by Josef Wilson

Saturday, August 27, 2005

August Sales

We're proud to list our Top Ten Selling Books for August

AUGUST’'S TOP TEN BOOK SALES FOR QUIET STORM PUBLISHING

#1 JAY WALKER: THE CASE OF THE MISSING ACTION FIGURE by Grant R. Philips
#2 LOOKING UP by J.M. Kearney
#3 MATTERS OF THE BLOOD by Maria Y. Lima
#4 MEMORY OF A MURDER by Earl Staggs
#5 WICKED AND THE DEAD by Robert Weibezahl
#6 IDENTITY CRISIS by Debbi Mack
#7 NORTHCOAST SHAKEDOWN by James R. Winter
#8 ROAD DAWGS by Clint Gaige
#9 CHILDREN OF THE DREAM by Mary Triola
#10 CHESAPEAKE CRIMES II anthology edited by Donna Andrews and Maria Y. Lima

Year to Date Top Ten Book Sales for Quiet Storm Publishing

#1 JAY WALKER BOOK ONE by Grant R. Philips
#2 NORTHCOAST SHAKEDOWN by James R. Winter
#3 MERLIN'S DOOR by Mary Triola
#4 MATTERS OF THE BLOOD by Maria Y. Lima
#5 GREEN STONE OF HEALING by Candace Talmadge
#6 ROAD DAWGS by Clint Gaige
#7 WICKED AND THE DEAD by Robert Weibezahl
#8 CHESAPEAKE CRIMES I, anthology edited by Donna Andrews
#9 MURDER BEYOND METROPOLIS by Lonnie Cruse
#10 CHILDREN OF THE DREAM by Mary Triola

AUGUST’S TOP SELLING EBOOK AND AUDIOBOOKS

#1 ROAD DAWGS (AUDIO BOOK) by Clint Gaige Read by Clint Gaige
#2 THE FOURTH BRANCH by Josef Wilson
#3 DEATH WARMED OVER…COMING SOON by Cindy Daniel
#4 THE SHADOWLANDS by Michael S. McGowan
#5 COBO’S QUEST by Elizabeth A. Merz
#6 THE COLLECTIVE by Kerry Downing
#7 CRESTFALLEN’S WIDOW (AUDIO) by Simon Wood Read by Clint Gaige
#8 BETNONI’S PROPHECY by Elizabeth A. Merz
#9 AMONG THE ROSES (AUDIO) by Clint Gaige Read by Clint Gaige
#10 ADVERSE IMPACT by Phillip Tomasso, III

Year to Date Top Ten eBook and Audiobook Sales for Quiet Storm Publishing

#1 THE COLLECTIVE by Kerry Downing
#2 ROAD DAWGS (AUDIO BOOK) by Clint Gaige Read by Clint Gaige
#3 THE FOURTH BRANCH by Josef Wilson
#4 DEATH WARMED OVER by Cindy Daniel
#5 THE SHADOWLANDS by Michael S. McGowan
#6 BETNONI’S PROPHECY by Elizabeth A. Merz
#7 ADVERSE IMPACT by Phillip Tomasso, III
#8 COBO’S QUEST by Elizabeth A. Merz
#9 CAROLINE ROSE by Mary Triola
#10 DEGREE OF RISK by Josef Wilson


COMING IN SEPTEMBER

A SAYING AMONG SOLDIERS by William Saffell

Saturday, August 13, 2005

NCAA Ruling and Political Correctness

Well, the NCAA has taken one more step toward eradicating the Native American face from our culture. I know people's feelings were hurt by the use of their heritage as a mascot, but did they really accomplish anything here? Essentially they gave the white man one more reason to turn a deaf ear to the slow eradication of the Native American culture. If there is one thing history teaches us it is that the best way to eradicate an entire race is to remove all mention of it.

Granted the Seminole spearing the 50 yard line was over the line, but why was naming them after such a proud tribe insulting? When will the Irish argue against Notre Dame's team name? Couldn't that be insulting to passive Irishmen everywhere? When will the Celts rise up in anger over the use of their name in Boston? It won't take long for PETA to argue that you can't even name a team after an animal. If political correctness has its way we will soon be cheering on the Detroit Blues vs. the Washington Maroons (or, morons if Snyder still owns the team in this distant future).

Mascot names are not meant as an insult, they are meant as a form of respect. If just one young boy studies the Seminole tribe with interest because of the naming of the team, isn't that worth a little misplaced pride?

The ruling should have required these teams to have mandatory classes for the players so that they could learn about the tribes they were representing.

Now, everything I've just said should be thrown out the window for the Washington Redskins. That does not celebrate anything but a racial slur. If a name should be changed, that's the one.

In this NCAA ruling, I am not quite sure what was won.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Printers and Distributors...state of the industry

Man, this business is going to give me a heart attack. One more reason to keep at the diet, my job is trying to kill me.

We utilize print on demand as a technology. Pretty simple, right? Well, it gets more complicated. You see, Ingram, our distributor also owns our printer. Easy enough, you might think, you'd be wrong. You see, our distributor sends back returns that are supposed to come back to us so that these returns can be resold. Apparently, our last batch of returns were destroyed but they are still charging us for them. Mind you, I have no proof there ever were returns without getting them back in my hands.

It seems a little shady that the distributor could simply send back phantom books and charge the small press for the books to boost their affiliate's bottom line. I have no way of knowing if the books actually were returned. It does strike me as odd that according to our report Ingram returned books at the same time they ordered new copies????

And, the book industry big wigs wonder why this business is failing...its simple, mismanagement. When the larger publishers can consider a 50% sell through a success, it sets a very tough standard for small presses. Then, when those larger houses buy space pushing small presses right off the shelves they essentially strangle the industry at its roots and then wonder why the industry is getting stagnant. Where is all the new talent?

Unless building readers becomes the focus of the book industry (and I mean from the publisher right through to the bookseller), I fear that we're going to push ourselves out of business all the while blaming everyone else.

I shake my head whenever I hear one writer claim their genre is better. What the hell does that matter when the readers are disappearing? That's like jumping out of a plane claiming your parachute is better despite it not opening. Writers are NOT in competition with each other...we are in competition with video games, or new DVD releases, or the also stagnant music business. We are in competition with alternate forms of entertainment, it is that simple.

We have to get a hell of a lot smarter if this industry is going to survive.