Another Round At The Crow Bar #50 February 2021

Hello friends and fans!

In case you’re wondering about the name of my newsletter “Another Round At The Crow Bar“: The name refers to a bar in my Quantum Series – the one at Atro City Spaceport, which is called “The Crow Bar”. Since people like to share anecdotes and funny stories while sitting at the bar, I figured it would make a good name for my newsletter, and imagined myself sitting at the Crow Bar chatting and sharing news with interested readers and fans!

Welcome to Another Round At The Crow Bar – and my 50th newsletter!

January 2021 is already done, filled with the sort of Machiavellian drama and dread I’d grown accustomed to during the last year especially – and some joys as well, particularly around the 20th – and today being the first of February, tomorrow I return to work!

It’s been a nice holiday in general. Kay and I spent all of it at home, hardly going anywhere except shopping for essentials due to that pestilential pandemic and idjits still not wearing their masks, or not wearing them as intended. Truth is, it’s safest to be shut-ins right now, and we’re well on our way to being that.

During December and January I got a lot done in terms of home DIY things, painting walls and repairing roof leaks and so forth. I also managed to keep up my book marketing efforts as well as posting regular “Easy DIY” articles to keep the Weekend Post lady in material to put in my weekly column “DIY on a dime”!

I didn’t get to work on my writing projects much over the holiday, but that’s okay – I have the rest of the year for that! 😉 I did manage to get some client editing in, until another project came up, that of an academic peer review I was invited to do, which took up an entire week spent researching for references and citations and developing my review! More about that later.

Anyway, let’s get to it and take a look at the usual list of goodies!

Art

Aside from writing I also indulge in painting from time to time – and no, I don’t mean walls! The following paintings are in my portfolio:

You can read more about my art projects on the Art page. What do you think of them? Feel free to let me know!

Music

Yes – I also make music from time to time!

A selection of music tracks I made using eJay and other similar apps between 1999 – 2008 is available on my YouTube channel.

You can read more on the Music page on my website!

DIY Projects

Innovation DIY is where I showcase some of my DIY projects! Pop along and have a look! There’s also a Facebook Page. As of November 22, 2020, articles from this site are also being reproduced as a weekly column in the Weekend Post called “DIY On A Dime”! Examples below.

Activism

For those of you interested in my activism-related posts and activities, you can follow them at “Sour Grapes: The Fruit Of Ignorance“, where you can view my activism-related (human rights, eco and animal rights) articles and books from 2009 onward. SGTFOI details “The thoughts and experiences of an author and human rights activist”.

Current Writing Projects 

I managed to get some editing in during January, but didn’t get to my own writing this time, aside from a little academic work! 😉 The holiday’s over now, so I’ll update you on my progress in next month’s newsletter!

Editing

I offer my editing services on a freelance basis to interested parties. More about that here.

Marketing – The Dreaded “M” Word! 

As an indie author, most of the marketing that gets done, is done by me. This is an unfortunate consequence of choosing the path of an indie author – but the cons of indie authoring are far outweighed by the pros – and I’m certainly not sorry!

One of the main benefits of being and indie author and walking the self-publishing path, is retaining creative control over your works. Also, having the support of a traditional small press (Moon Books Publishing) handling my main distribution channel for eBooks, paperbacks and audiobooks via Amazon and Audible for me, is a great bonus!

What helps indie authors like me most however, is when readers share my posts to help me promote my books! Word of mouth sales make a huge difference – so I really appreciate it when I see you share my book promotion posts on social media!

Portfolio 2021

I thought it would be nice if I could produce a neat, organized catalog of all my books that interested parties could download and browse – a free, distributable and shareable catalog, and so I created “Portfolio 2021!” – a listing of all my currently available titles!

Portfolio is more than that though, because it also contains a biography as well as synopses for most of my titles – and I have a plan to update it regularly, perhaps on an annual basis! Portfolio 2021 is available as a free download from my website.

Box Sets

I now have three different box sets of my eBooks available – one each for the Galaxii Series, Quantum Series, and Panic! Horror In Space! Having the freedom to sell my work directly from my website has some definite advantages – one of them being that I can create bundles or box sets of my works!

You can view them by clicking on the cover images, or by visiting the Shop page. There are advantages to buying a box set of eBooks as opposed to buying the eBooks in my series individually – they’re cheaper! The cost of each box set is 10% less than buying the individual eBooks which make it up, separately! All three books in the Galaxii Series (at $2 each) would add up to $6 – while the Galaxii Series Virtual Box Set comes to $5! Likewise, the Panic Series Virtual Box Set also comes to $5 – while the six-titled Quantum Series Virtual Box Set – instead of $12, is available at $10!

Once you’ve completed the checkout process, you will be able to download all the eBooks in that box set directly from the checkout page, or from the links in the email that will be automatically sent to you! I hope you’ll enjoy these! I have plans for more! Meanwhile, happy reading!

Videos

I’ve nothing new to show you here this time, but feel free to browse through the videos on my YouTube video channel!

Publishing

I haven’t published anything new for 2021 yet – although I still have a few new works in progress! Meanwhile, here are the books I released in 2020:

Let’s see what I have to offer you in 2021!

New Releases:

My first release for 2021 is an academic paper entitled “Satanism vs Pseudo-satanism: Disambiguation And Argument Against Conflation From Within Religious Satanism“.

In this paper I discuss the harm caused by the conflation of Satanism as a religious movement with the Christian-created myth of “pseudo-satanism” by Christian evangelicals, as well as providing a simple disambiguation to distinguish the two from each other.

The paper is available for free at Academia.edu and is 36 pages (15,876 words) long.

Although it’s probably not everyone’s cup of tea as the saying goes (it is an academic work after all), it does address some things which could be important to some people. You’d need to read it to decide for yourself – and if you’re squirming in discomfort or hopping up and down about it, you’re probably one of the folks who needs to read it! 😉

I seem to be on a bit of an academic bent this year, as I’m already putting the finishing touches to a second paper for 2021, but more about that in the next newsletter.

Audiobooks

I now have 5 audiobooks available on Audible and Amazon!

Coming Soon

In the meantime, here’s a look at the covers for hot new audiobooks currently in the pipeline:

Stay tuned for updates!

Reviews

I have no items to show you in this section this time, but you can see all my previous reviews here.

Currently Available Titles

I now have 30 unique titles available in 4 series (not including books I’ve been the editor for, and my 16 free promotional items)! My books are available in three different formats: EBooks, Paperbacks and Audiobooks. Click the links or images below to view titles available in these formats.

Communication

Below are links to a few of my most recent posts and articles since my previous newsletter:

Yes, it’s been a very quiet month!

If you want to see more articles, just click on the category links below:

Interactions

  • Fan Mail, Reader Reviews & Honorable Mentions

I have the following awesome items to show you this month!

    1. Several quotes of mine appear on Quote Catalog.
    2. Again, more quotes were found on Quoteslyfe.
    3. Quotes On Colors shared the following on Instagram on January 08:
    4.  On January 22, Om King sent me a mail:

I display my Fan Mail, Reviews & Compliments with pride, gratitude and humility. You’re always welcome to have a look.

  • Hate Mail & Horrible Mentions

I haven’t received any hate mail this month either – wonder what I’ve done wrong? Perhaps I need new haters? They seem to have forgotten me!

  1. I’m rather proud of my hate mail, and you can review my collection here – but be forewarned, don’t do it while eating or drinking, or you might choke while laughing!
  1. Interviews

  1. All my interviews are linked to from this page. If you would like to do an interview with me about my work, please do get in touch!

In Closing

Well, that’s all for this time, folks! 🙂

Thanks again for all your support, sharing, friendship and interaction!

As always, feel free to email or message me via Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn if you have any comments or questions!

Until next time, keep reading!

Cheers! 🙂


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