Main Fort Smith Library – Saturday, March 25 2017
Happenings / March 22, 2017

Since my daughter is coming in this weekend, both she and I plan to take our books over to the library. We will be donating them to the Fort Smith, Arkansas  Library. So, if you’re curious about them, go check them out!   I will be providing the following books: Utilizing RPG Maker VX Ace Lite  #UtilizingRPGMaker Utilizing IFTTT  #UtilizingIFTTT Sight and Sound  #SightandSound   Britt will be providing her novel, Searching.     #AuthorMattCole  

Price Point for a Novel
Happenings / February 25, 2017

Authors spend a lot of time creating their story line for the purpose of entertainment or education through stories. It takes time, and brain power to put words into a viable world. The question is, how much is it worth for the authors to share this content? I just read an interesting article titled, Pricing your E-book at 99 cents. The author attempts to be neutral and lays out the pros and cons. The comments provided additional information and thought as the replies unveiled everyone’s idea on it. In my opinion, the decision of 99 cents comes down to Hoping to gain a wider audience Enticement of sales Having a few read my story in Sight and Sound has been humbling and educational. Once you believe you have an interesting story to convey, the real work is to get it in front as many eyes as possible. This again takes time and determination. Most of my books on Sight and Sound have thus far been given away. LOL.   #AuthorMattCole #SightandSound

Amazon’s Sweet Spot for Authors
Happenings / February 22, 2017

Amazon is probably the most known web based store providing books to customers. How many books are actually sold and provided on Amazon? Answer: In the millions. Literally. Check out the number in 2013. Re: How many books are there for sales on Amazon? Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:36 PM in response to: linn427 in response to: linn427 Twelve MILLION books? That number has increased expotentially. Partly due to the ease of self-publishing tools. I can only imagine if not already, it has hit around a billion. According to this 2014 article Amazon Vs. Book Publishers, By The Numbers, Amazon books sales “account for 7% of the company’s $75 billion in total yearly revenue.” One can only imagine that number has remained or increased over time. So what is a writer want-a-be to do with such a massive mountain of inventory? How can anyone hope to get their work seen, much less interested to create sales? My wife may have found some part of that answer. Reviews on Amazon. 10 reviews and your book will start being suggested that others have bought this book. 50 reviews is the magical number where Amazon starts pushing your book. It would seem in…

Grammar checks that is causing frustration
Happenings / February 13, 2017

I am going to tell on myself, with this writing. Perhaps doing so, it will help another person. I was having someone review some of my writing and they dinged me with grammar errors. Now, I never have been a fan of English. Which is odd coming from someone that actually have written articles for others and use emails as a primary form of communication. Researching my issue, I found my ‘Grammar’ check was not flagged in my Microsoft Word. Evidently, it was not flagged by default. Check here for grammar flag for Word 2013 The crazy thing is a friend had run this through grammarly.com. Yeah, she fixed a lot of errors. So moving on, I applied the flag and went through my novel again. I corrected those fragments in my book. Many were conversational, so I left those. Here is the crazy thing. Even though I ran the grammar check, it missed a specific paragraph someone pointed out to me as being grammatically in error. The paragraph is below.   Ryan was Samuel’s companion. He started to speak to him at a young age; Sam couldn’t remember his life without him. At first, his parents believed it was…

Quick update – Progress Report
Happenings / November 10, 2016

Over the last months, I have been working on a novel, as time allows. Some days provide me a couple of hours, while other days remain barren with time. However, I have recently completed (I think I have) with the novel, breaking 70K words in the story. I have two people willing to beta read it for me. I wait with anticipation to see how my time was spent on it. Sight and Sound I am not much on fluff. Working in a Corporate environment, you tend to get to the point. While I had the story line, I had to go back and fill in some details, in order to provide more visual on what was going on. To be transparent, I found writing the novel more difficult than I had initially believed. My hat goes off to those dedicated writers, relying on the whims of peoples interest, as you hope to feed your family on the art of writing. I have a full-time job, that usually exceeds the 40 hours a week. I am stepping out gently in the writing world, and accepting all feedback with grace. How else can we improve, if we are not provided critical,…

My Time at Konsplosion – Fort Smith, Arkansas
Happenings / September 26, 2016

  I primarily went to take my son and three other awesome kids (Wards). Since, I am the dedicated adult nerd (geek) of the family, I had no problems with it. There were 2-3 panels I was interested in. Thus my agenda was to sit in and splatter questions to the presenters for the panels, while allowing the kids to enjoy the Konsplosion. Two of the three panels are note-worthy.   11:45 AM – 12:30 PM How to Write a Novel in 90 Days Panel 2 I was expecting the speaker to simply say, “Yes it can be done, but it wont be great.” However, author EM Ervin was there as well. Now, for some reason, I could had sworn I came across her before. I inquired with my daughter (who use to be a PA for author Quinn Loftis), but she didn’t recognize here. Regardless, she provided some gems, she has learned being a self-published author. What I found really cool, was the fact, I can relate with her. She works full time in a white collar environment and she doesn’t view the book scene as competition rather let’s build each other up. That, I can definitely get behind….