Monthly Archives: March 2012

Vlog #1 – So which advice should I listen to?

Here’s my first homemade vlog (video blog) which I made in my backyard. It looks rather humble, but at least the weather was beautiful!

Vlog #1 – Advice from Writers

Thanks for watching… I’m learning as I go!

Self-Publishing Success Stories!

Over on the Kindle boards, there is a thread where folks are putting together a list of self-published authors who have gotten past the 50,000 mark in total ebook sales.

Successful author Lexi Revellian (see her name on the list below!) went further in updating the list on her own blog. I’ve posted it here to demonstrate that it is possible to make serious money as a self-publisher.

Many of the authors on this list have sold well over 50,000 books. Quite a few of them have done it within a year. Though it’s not possible to calculate how much money an author with that many sales has made without knowing the price of each ebook, every writer who has sold this number of books has made between a low of $17,500 (if every book is priced at only 99¢, for a 35% royalty rate) to a high of $350,000 (at the highest rate that KDP allows – $9.99, with a 70% royalty rate). It’s likely most of these authors sell their ebooks for something in between those two extremes. The “going rate” for successful self-published authors seems to be around $2.99 to $4.99 per ebook.

Some of these writers, but only a small percentage, were traditionally published first, or have continued to keep one foot in the traditional “camp.” Most of them simply wrote books intending to publish all by themselves, and then got them out there and let the world know. And the world responded by reading them!

THESE SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS HAVE EACH SOLD MORE THAN 50,000 EBOOKS AS OF MARCH, 2012

Susan Alison
Dani Amore
Bella Andre
Melody Anne
Jake Barton
Robert Bidinotto
J Carson Black
Cheryl Bolen
Catherine Bybee
Ruth Cardello
Darcie Chan
Mel Comley
Blake Crouch
Chris Culver
David Dalglish
Carol Davis Luce
Saffina Desforges
Mainak Dhar
Mark Edwards & Louis Voss
Ellen Fischer
Penelope Fletcher
Tina Folsom
Marie Force
Barbara Freethy
Debora Geary
Lee Goldberg
Gemma Halliday
Ruth Harris
Liliana Hart
Michael Hicks
Amanda Hocking
Debra Holland
Hugh Howey
Nancy C. Johnson
Ty Johnston
Heather Killough-Walden
Selena Kitt
J.A. Konrath
Laura Landon
Eve Langlais
Stephen Leather
Victorine Lieske
John Locke
Terri Giuliano Long
CJ Lyons
H.P. Mallory
KC May
Bob Mayer
Stephanie McAfee
Courtney Milan
Rick Murcer
Scott Nicholson
Anne Marie Novark
Shayne Parkinson
Rose Pressey
Michael Prescott
T.R. Ragan
Terri Reid
Adam Rendon
Lexi Revellian
Imogen Rose
Nick Russell
Michele Scott
Tori Scott
L.J. Sellers
Michael J Sullivan
Laura Taylor
Michael Wallace
Kerry Wilkinson
Rachel Yu

I’d love it if you could let me know of anyone else who should be on this list. I’ll try to keep it up to date. And if I get really ambitious, I’ll link to each of the author’s pages so that you can go buy more of their wonderful books… but I probably should spend that time writing my next one.

Thanks to Lexi Revellian for putting this list on her blog and updating it. And here’s to the day when my name will be on the list…!

The Subtle Secrets of KDP Select

Dear Fellow Self-Publishers:

Did you know that your enrollment in KDP Select, that fantastic tool which allows you to pinpoint five “free” days for your book in exchange for a promise of 90 days of Kindle exclusivity, will automatically renew unless you unclick the magic box to keep it from doing so?

The fine print in the KDP Select rules indicates that they will remind you 15 days before your 90-day period is up, so that you can decide whether or not to “re-up.” But you don’t have to wait till then… you can simply unclick the box right now for any titles that you have enrolled. That way you can be sure that you won’t forget, and will be free and able to sell on any platforms you wish as soon as the 90-day period is over.

Of course, I’m a big proponent of KDP Select, which has worked wonderfully for me in getting downloads and reviews for both my own thriller RUNNING and eFitzgerald author Frisky Dimplebuns’ DREAMBOAT — the first of The Frisky Chronicles. But if you are not inclined to continue with the KDP Select program, don’t forget to switch it off before you are locked into another three months of exclusivity.

And I’d love to hear about your own experiences with KDP Select. Did it work for you?

Favorite Words from Readers

All authors should keep a list of 5-star reviews at hand to inspire them! Here are some of my favorites:

5 stars!

I picked up RUNNING on Saturday evening and put it down on Sunday at 8:15pm… what a ride! From the strong female lead to the charmer turned villain, the political intrigue and the romantic longing for what might have been, I was riveted to my Kindle. Trying to concentrate on some gardening I found my mind returning to the book and gave up on the roses to head back to the wonderfully rich world that Ms. Fitzgerald has created. (My boys had to make their own dinner but the dog and cat did get fed!)

… RUNNING had me up till the wee hours of the morning! And, when I was not reading it, I was thinking about the characters. This book is at times funny, heartbreaking, and suspenseful.

… writing, pace, and storyline were so good that I found myself putting off other things so I could keep reading.

… it grabbed me and didn’t let go. With a fast-paced plot and an unerring feel for the cinematic, Fitzgerald creates a thriller that will resonate not just with political junkies like myself, but the suspense-thriller reader as well.

… Fitzgerald did a superb job with the different points of view. The voices were powerful and distinct. Catherine grew as a woman, a mother, a candidate and an individual, and the blackmailer (I don’t want to give too much away) rapidly spiraled, causing the reader to both hate and pity him while looking upon him with absolute disgust.

… Several times, all I could do was shake my head at the truth behind the scenes.

… Mark my words: Patrice Fitzgerald has a bestseller in the making! I read the whole novel in one sitting, it was that good.

… This story is crying out for a movie adaptation, you’ll mentally be casting it as you read! It breezily moves along the way to a thrilling conclusion, with never a dull moment.

… This is a great piece of writing that belongs on every bestseller list in the country.

… Can’t believe this is a first novel…

… Couldn’t Put It Down

… I loved this book from the very beginning!

… Just when you thought you knew where the story was going it surprised you.

… Terrific plot – I had to keep turning the pages (metaphorically speaking). The characters were intriguing and I had no idea how it would end – always a good thing when you’re reading for escape! Looking forward to the next one.

… A stunning suspense novel,

… You will not be sorry to purchase this — it’s a great read.

… This book was extremely quick moving and engaging.

… My interest was sparked in the first chapter and I just got more involved in the story and characters as I read.

… This was a great read. Catherine is an immensely likeable character – somewhat reminiscent of the Geena Davis president there was a few years ago on television – very intelligent, savvy and warm.

… I absolutely LOVED this book. I picked it up for the train ride home from work and ended up staying up late into the night because I couldn’t put it down. There was everything in the book you could ask for – politics, heart-felt emotion, a riveting story of an attempt to create a storm of controversy for a Presidential nominee (and current Vice President), and more.

… I would absolutely vote for Catherine, a Democrat, for President. And I am a registered Republican! Get this book ASAP – you will be very pleased that you did!

… I really enjoyed Running! Was very surprised this was a first time writer! Excellent job! I have to get pulled into a book very early or I lose interest. Thanks for a great read!

…This was an exciting, interesting, intriguing book with great characters. I highly recommend this book. I read it in two days. I love find a great new author!! Thank you Ms. Fitzgerald.

… Ms. Fitzgerald weaves an intricate plot of romance, suspense, murder! And it’s all told in an easy-to-read, difficult-to-put-down style. She creates characters who may seem familiar, but she’ll surprise you with some twists you couldn’t imagine. A great book!

… I have been up late every night reading it. The descriptions are awesome; I can visualize the people and settings. It is a fast moving book; a real page turner. Part of me wanted to finish it ASAP and find out what happens and another part wanted to savor it because a “good” read is hard to come by. I plan on suggesting it to all my friends. I hope that she writes more, hopefully with Catherine as the protagonist. I miss her already.

Now if that’s not enough to get you up in the morning, I don’t know what is! Thanks to my kind and enthusiastic readers.

Patrice

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Karma of the Silo: the Collection (Karma Omnibus)
Karma lives in the Silo, deep underground. She lives with a man whom she barely knows and with a name she doesn’t remember choosing. When visions come to her about another husband, another way of life, and another world, Karma struggles to discover what came before.

Cleaning Up: a Silo story (Karma)
Five years have passed since the airlock slammed shut on the 4,000 souls condemned to live in the Silo. Karma can remember now that there was a time before--before she was locked into this cylindrical tomb under the earth. But all she can see of the outside are dead hills and the dark clouds swirling through what remains of a toxic world.

The Sky Used to be Blue: a Silo story (Karma)
Karma lives in a Silo deep beneath the earth. She isn't sure of much else… only that the wallscreen shows an outside view that is barren and swirling with toxic clouds. Most of the other residents seem content. Except for the ones who jump to their deaths from the hundred-level spiral staircase. And the ones who are pushed.

Last Walk: a Silo story
The kids are fighting in the Silo—gangs engage in battles between the Up Top and the Down Deep, with the Mids caught in between. There are too many young people without work. They ink themselves with primitive face tats and guard their territory against incursions from below or above.

Deep Justice: a Silo story (Karma)
Karma has endured twenty-five years underneath the earth. Her path in life—a path she never bargained for—has included marriage to a man she never chose, whose powerful position forces her to hide her memories of the time before.


Rising Up: a Silo story (Karma)
After a hellish three months locked in the private inner sanctum of IT, Karma and her family emerge, bloodied and forever changed. Rick is a man who is no longer in control. Mars has become the power in the Silo.



Silo Saga: SILO SECRETS: Daniel
Daniel is sixteen now, and he can count up to one hundred. He can go all by himself up and down the two levels of the Silo between his home and his job. Daniel knows he's not as smart as some people. But his mother told him he was smart enough to help her, so it must be true. He always believes his mother. His mother is a doctor.

Running
THE NEXT PRESIDENT IS GOING TO BE A WOMAN... Catherine Young, Vice President and newly-anointed Democratic nominee, is surging in the polls. The race is on against GOP candidate Jerusha Hutchins, folksy charmer and blonde beauty, who is the darling of the far-right Liberty Party.

Till Death Do Us Part: a short story
Join Harold and Rosemary as they bring together their family and friends for a night of celebration before a long-planned trip... and see just how this journey ends. Mix a little Dorothy Parker and a little Shirley Jackson, add a twist of David Sedaris and a pinch of O.Henry, and out comes a satirical romp. "Till Death Do Us Part" is a 3,000 word short story. This is a sophisticated take on the way people fool themselves. More New Yorker magazine than Asimov.

The Terminal
To be published next week!





Looking for Lance
A pinch of Dorothy Parker and a twist of O.Henry go into the mix to make this Fitzgerald short a bracing sip of satire. There is a free sample of RUNNING, her best-selling Kindle political thriller, at the end of this story.

Jungle Moon
Another quirky short story from Patrice Fitzgerald about love and the ways people connect. When Felicia gets a special birthday request from her husband Herman, she can't believe what he's asking her to do. Will she say yes? This 3,000 word short story explores the nature of a happy marriage, compromise, and passion. A four-chapter sample of Fitzgerald's best-selling political thriller, RUNNING, is also included.

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