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Happy New Year!  I hope that 2019 began well for everyone.

I’ll first get the formalities out of the way.

Officially, this blog, Brad’s Books, is no longer a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  All product links associated with the program have been removed from this blog.  Although, products that may be available for purchase on Amazon, that is, books and movies, etc. may still be mentioned in this blog.  However, no links or banners to, or images of, these products will be provided; only information about the products may be available in this blog in the form of recommendations, reviews, etc.

The images and links for the books that I have written, as they appear on the My Books page of this blog, will remain, since they are not affiliated with the Amazon Associates Program.  Thank you for your cooperation and for understanding.

O.k., with that out of the way, I would like to happily let everyone know that the prices for my non-fiction e-book and my fiction e-short story have dropped.  I feel that the new price adjustments are more appropriate and will hopefully make my books more appealing, and will encourage, not discourage, potential readers.  Amazon still reserves the right to fluctuate the pricing, but the new price points, in general, are quite lower than before.  Thank you for your consideration.  “Yoroshiku, onegaishimasu!” as the Japanese say.

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m closer than ever to finishing my first novel!  A pair of eyes, other than my own, are now reading the story and critiquing it.  I am getting very positive feedback from the source, who is also making some wonderful suggestions about how I can improve the overall readability and flow of the book, (chapter arrangement, etc.).  It’s valuable insight that is much appreciated.

I can’t help but think of George McFly’s (Crispin Glover) line about his writing in the film Back To The Future, when he says, “I never let anybody read my stories.”  “What if they didn’t like them?  What if they told me I was no good?”  Earlier in the film, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) says in similar fashion, “I just don’t think I can take that kind of rejection.”  Well, in my life, rejection has been my middle name….many times…..in various situations!  But when it comes to writing and self-publication, I think that it’s imperative that writers be open to the idea of letting others read their work.  It’s a great way to gain insight into your writing style, and get new ideas and fresh perspectives on your story.  When others read your work before publication they see it from a different angle and can catch things (especially grammatical mistakes) that you may have missed.

Sometimes, as writers, we get caught in the same loop.  We fall into the habit of using the same words to describe various situations, or we describe something a little too similarly to the way we described something else earlier in the book.  Or maybe we can’t come up with the right lines of dialog for a character.  At times, we don’t see these flubs, but another pair of critical eyes may.  Once corrected, the changes usually make our story better, or at the very least, force us to rethink the writing.

So, just because you don’t have the power of a professional editorial staff from a publishing house behind you doesn’t mean that you have to go it alone.  Sure, having a traditional publishing firm is ideal, and it’s what every struggling writer hopes for, but realistically, the chances of that happening are rare.

I’ve been enjoying the process and am anxious to effect the changes to my story.  I am also working on the book cover which I think is coming along very well.  I hope that it will entice readers into checking it out.

Thanks for reading, and have a good one.