Born in Long Island, New York, have lived in New Jersey, Connecticut, Arizona, California, and Oklahoma. Lived three years in Italy and Germany while in USAF.(Air Police: K-9 section). Now live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Married after whirlwind romance to same wife for over 30 years. Currently run my own real estate school in Oklahoma. Like to study foreign languages for a few months just to see how they work. Also like Latin and giving speeches. I’ve taught Philosophy, Advertising, Property Management, and many real estate subjects at the University, Community College, and Technical School level. Now writing non-fiction book on the Romance genre. I was trained to be a philosopher and history teacher but have worked mostly in advertising, marketing, and real estate.
I am now actively reading four books on my Kindle. (I’m reading two on my Sony and one print book.)
The Kindle books are: “Chasing the Sun”, “The Texan’s Irish Bride,” “A Hope Undaunted” and “The Hunger Games”. I have no problem switching between books. I read what I feel most like reading at any given time. I think this is a factor of having all my books instantly available without having to carry them around. It's like having a TV remote ever ready to switch to something different!
Reading Habits Will Change!
This instant availability is changing my reading habits. It also pits the books I’m reading against each other for a share of my mind and time. I now have 344 books on my Kindle of which I have probably bought 50. The others were free books. The free books are good books. They are just sitting there waiting for a share of my time. About ten of these books I have already purchased before they became free. I’m not too sure how to think about these. A few of these books I first bought as print books -- “Code Blue” for example. I am delighted to get them for my Kindle because I can make the type as large as I want. I can also search these books to find passages I want to use in reviews.
The Competition Does Not End After the Sale!
Authors need to consider that their books remain in competition with other books even after they are sold. A reader who does not read your book after buying it or is lured away by another book, may not buy your next book. “Oh, I didn’t even finish her last book”.
This is why ‘rewarding the reader’ on each page is so important. The author has to hold the reader’s interest all they way from the first page to the last page. I actually think it is more important for the middle of the book to be grabbing than it is for the first five pages. (You need the first five pages to win writing contests, I know, but holding the reader's attention is more important in that 'sagging' middle! I can't think of one book that I purchased in the last year that was a result of reading the first five pages! Not one!)
Lesson: get your books read! It’s not enough that someone bought your book. Keep plugging your backlist. More importantly: always have a KO, knockout, ending for your books. Because now a reader can buy more of your books within seconds of finishing the book she just read!