The Year 9 Update

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time for my annual update post.  First I’ll go over my goals and accomplishments for the year, and then my plans going forward.

One of my goals for this year was to catch up on my ebook publishing backlog that had built up since my last big push in 2014.  Additionally, my first book “A (Wise) Man of Two Faces” was no longer being offered through it’s original publisher and would need to be re-released.  All told, I had 5 ebooks to publish in 2018, and I completed them all on-schedule!

Here are the new additions to my ebook family:

                

All of these are listed in Store page of my website, as well on my Amazon Author page at:  https://www.amazon.com/author/deuscain

Secondly, I continued my proofreading and editing work with Vysoko Anime Production this year, and helped them release a new game:  Crystal Chameleon!  It’s a Sci-Fi Cyberpunk Visual Novel based in a future where telepathic powers are common-place.

  

Crystal Chameleon is available online in the following stores:
Itch (for Windows) – https://milankazarka.itch.io/crystal-chameleon
Apple App Store (for IOS) – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/crystal-chameleon-visual-novel/id1440422725?mt=8

And thirdly, I was approached by Z Publishing about submitting work for their Emerging Author series of books.  I sent in entries several of their options, and was chosen to be published in their fiction and non-fiction anthologies.

    

You can purchase these two books from their website, but I have a special referral link provided to me as one of their writers:  http://www.zpublishinghouse.com?rfsn=1603840.27060  It would mean a lot to me if you considered picking up a copy using my link.

Finally, it’s time to discuss my plans for 2019 and going forward.

As you may have noticed, I haven’t released much content in the past few years.  In fact, my post of writing content released on December 29th of 2016 – nearly two full years ago.  Some of it’s due to me taking a break in 2017, some of it’s due to publishing this year, but…

But the reality is:  writing doesn’t mean the same thing to me anymore, and publishing content on a regular basis isn’t something I want to do anymore.

I’ve been writing and my website for 9 years now, and actively writing on a schedule for 7 of those years.  And I don’t think I’ve missed or been late for a scheduled post since 2011.  I’ve also done my own self-publishing of nine books in two formats, mirrored content to backup blogs, performed at open mic nights, wrote and scheduled my own online advertising and social media marketing, and a ran patreon campaign – all on top of writing content.

And while this has been a labor of love, it has not been profitable.  In a good year, I make enough selling books to need to pay taxes on them – which excludes me from the free tax preparation services and costs more to file than I earn selling books.  I’ve advertised Patreon heavily during periods of the last nine years, but that campaign has never taken off.  I’ve poured myself out over and over again trying to make this content and this business model work, and it…just…doesn’t.  It doesn’t work for me, for my life, or for my future.  It’s turned into a time sink that I beat myself up for no doing more all while the work I am putting in doesn’t pay dividends.

So, it’s time to make some changes around here.  What does that mean for me, for us, and for this website.

  1. First, I will no longer be writing and releasing content to this website.  If I work on other projects, I may post about it here so please continue following if you’re interested in what I’ll be working on next.
  2. Second, I am shutting down Patreon – effective immediately.  I don’t feel right asking for money from people on that service if I’m not producing content.
  3. Third, I’m no longer going to be uploading content to any of my backup blogs or websites (like Tumblr).  If you’re not reading there, this won’t affect you.
  4. Fourth, I will continue to offer my paperbacks, ebooks, and merch to those who are interested.  Those links will remain active on this site, Amazon, and Society 6.
  5. Fifth and finally, I will suspend all my online advertising through social media.  I’ll pin a big redirect posts on them for those who are interested, but please come back here for any new announcements.

This hasn’t been an easy decision to make, but it has been a necessary one.

Thank you – all of you – for your support over the years.

Daniel A. Meyer
Deuscain

2016: The Year of Lessons – released and available for purchase!

“2016: The Year of Lessons”, my ninth and final book, is now out and available for purchase in the Kindle store!

It’s priced at $5.99, but has also been configured with Kindle Matchbook – offering the Kindle edition at a discounted price for anyone who’s also purchased a physical copy. The Kindle Matchbook price for this book is $2.99.

If you’re interested in ordering a copy, you can do so here: http://a.co/d/1r2CYbT

2016: The Year of Lessons is now available for pre-order!

“2016:  The Year of Lessons”, my ninth and final book, is now available in the Kindle store!  It’s priced at $5.99, and will be released on October 29th.

As with all my Kindle editions, this release has been configured with Kindle Matchbook, offering the Kindle edition at a discounted price for anyone who’s also purchased a physical copy.  The Kindle Matchbook price for this book is $2.99.

I’m including a copy of the cover below, as well as the book description.  If you’re interested in pre-ordering a copy, you can do so here:  http://a.co/d/1r2CYbT

The Year of Lessons is Daniel’s 9th book of poetry, containing his work from 2016. Breathtaking in its brevity, profound in its prose – The Year of Lessons studies serious subjects such as politics and depression while also exploring lighter topics like romance, courage, and The Holidays.

Publishing announcement – Z Publishing’s anthologies

I have an announcement to make – I’ve had two stories selected by Z Publishing to be published as part of their Pennsylvania’s Emerging Writers anthology series.

I’m going to include direct links to those books below.  However, I’ve been given an affiliate link for which which I will get paid based on anyone who makes a purchase after clicking the link – I’m including a link to that below as well.

Pennsylvania’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction Pennsylvania’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction
Direct link Direct link
My affiliate link

Publishing announcement – “2015: Rhyme” Kindle edition is now available for preorder

The Kindle edition of “2015:  Rhyme” is now available for preorder on Amazon.

It will be released on August 13th, and is priced at $5.99 (with a Kindle matchbook price of $2.99).

You can preorder your copy here, and I’ve included a copy of the cover image and the book description below.

Rhyme is the collection of Daniel’s 2015 poetry, with a focus on larger and longer style poems. Alongside its sister book Reason, Rhyme is an expression of the author’s mental and emotional journey through that year. Somber and sage, witty and whimsical; Daniel captures a number of various perspectives and distills them into something that doesn’t just have spirit – it has soul.

Paperback and ebook pricing update

As I’m going through the production of new ebooks this year, I feel the need to update pricing on some of the content I’ve published several years ago.  This is due to a desire to enroll my books in Kindle Matchbook, which provides a discount towards the Kindle edition if you’ve purchased the paperback through Amazon, but also because of changing business needs.

I will be increasing the price of the following paperbacks and ebooks on Friday, June 15th.

Ever Since, and Evermore
Paperback price increasing to $6.99* from $4.99.
Ebook price increasing to $4.99* from $1.99.
Kindle Matchbook price will be $1.99.

2011:  The Year I Was in Love
Paperback price increasing to $6.99* from $4.99.
Ebook price increasing to $4.99* from $1.99.
Kindle Matchbook price will be $1.99.

2012:  The Year I Fell Apart
Paperback price increasing to $6.99* from $5.99.
Ebook price increasing to $4.99* from $2.99.
Kindle Matchbook price will be $1.99.

2013:  The Year I Went in Circles
Paperback price will remain at $7.99.  No changes.
Ebook price increasing to $4.99* from $2.99.
Kindle Matchbook price will be $1.99.

These changes are something I’m updating manually, so it make take several days until the price changes appear on Amazon.  But I will be making these changes the evening of Friday, June 15th (EST), and the current prices are only guaranteed until that time.

*The international prices of these books will be updated to reflect the new USD pricing at this time as well.

If you’re interested in purchasing one of these books, you have until those changes go live to purchase them at the current prices.

All my current paperbacks and Kindle books can be purchased at the following location:
https://www.amazon.com/author/deuscain