99-cent eBooks and the Flu

What do 99-cent eBooks and the Flu have in common? Well, I’ve spent the last two weeks fighting off a bad case of the Flu and no, I didn’t get a Flu shot. Turns out (according to the latest news reports), it wouldn’t have helped much anyway. At least I didn’t have to go wait in line for some stranger to poke a hole in my arm with a sharp needle and charge me twenty-five dollars for the privilege. I guess I’m ahead of the game there.

Usually what happens when I get sick, which isn’t that often, is that I get the stuffy-head, runny-nose thing going for a day or so. Followed by a sore throat for another day or so. Then the whole thing lands in my chest and after five days of trying to hack out my lungs using nothing more than my ability to cough, it’s all over and life goes on.

But this time was different. Around the fourth day, I could feel that something wasn’t right. The effects of this Flu Bug were more intense, more determined to take me down than ever before. On the fifth day, it was even worse, so much so, that I told my girlfriend. On the seventh day, it was so bad that my girlfriend took half a day off from work to take me to the doctor. This is very important because I’m one of those guys who never goes to the doctor. Either I get better on my own, or I get so bad that someone else has to take me. What can I say . . . I was in no shape to drive.

Ultimately, by the time I saw the doctor I didn’t have the Flu anymore. That, I was able to beat on my own. The acute bilateral Bronchitis, Sinusitis, Otitis (ear infection), fever, and overall feeling of shit that the Flu left in its wake, was  a different story. Apparently, one antibiotic wasn’t going to be enough to vanquish this demonic plague. To win this battle, I was going to need two.

Good news, I’m over the hump and on the downside coasting to a full recovery. I was even able to refrain from coughing long enough to write this post. Hooray me! And because I’m in such a good mood, I’ve decided to pay it forward, just a little.

Starting, January 17th, all eBooks at www.LDavydPollack.com are available for download at just 99 cents each. What a deal! What a steal! Get it while the getting is good because this offer won’t last long. Just go to my website and follow the links. Who knows how long the mood will last . . . or maybe I’m still delirious?

 -Davyd

Advertisements

PNTP on Florida Book News

Last week I received an email from a friend, a writer friend named Holly Fox Vellekoop. She (like me) has a number of interesting titles and a website where you can go to find out more. But this isn’t about that, it’s about something else. Help. We authors have to stick together in our battle to break through and it was Holly who suggested that I contact Lou Belcher.

Lou Belcher runs a website called Florida Book News, dedicated to getting the word out about the latest work coming from the creative minds here in the Sunshine State. She invited me to submit “Positives & Negatives, Tricycles & Pancakes,” and viola . . . now it’s posted.

So when it’s time to take a break from all the festivities of this holiday season, take a moment to check out www.floridabooknews.com and some of the other featured authors.

Thank you Lou and Holly.

Happy New Year to all.

Davyd

Feverishly at Work

It’s the week before Christmas and I’ve been feverishly at work trying to get the print version of “Positives & Negatives, Tricycles & Pancakes,” ready for publishing. Being new in the business, I thought it would be easy. I assumed, and I think not unreasonably so, that with a fully edited and published eBook, the print book would be a piece of cake. Just upload the file and click print, right? Oh contraire . . .

Maybe it was because I published electronically first, then went to print, or maybe it was just naiveté (probably the later), but print books require a completely different set of formatting techniques to obtain a good, professional looking product. What presents well on a reader looks terrible on a page, and vice-versa. Everything from fonts, to headers, to page numbers, to cover art, even front matter, are all handled differently. And I had to learn it one mistake at a time.

Well. It was a tough row to hoe but at long last, it’s done, and just in time for the holidays. Shooo! The print version of PNTP is finally available so check it out at www.LDavydPollack.com

Happy Holidays.

-Davyd

PNTP print cover

Time is Running Out

After all the Thanksgiving sales and Black Friday bargains, at a time of year when everybody wants to take your money, I’m going to take the opportunity to offer you something for free. Today, Cyber Monday is your last chance to download free of charge, “See Jane,” a short story about Jane Arch, a businesswoman extraordinaire who has it all, and is willing to do anything it takes to keep it.

So put away those credit cards and take a moment for yourself. Visit www.LDavydPollack.com and click the “See Jane” buttons. Two clicks (maybe three) should get you there. And if you like Jane, check out the other stories I have available, you know, when you get a chance . . .

women, career, family, power, girlfriend

Black Friday shopping relief

Just a quick note on this post. I know it’s Black Friday and everybody is out buying stuff because of all the great deals to be had. So with that in mind, I’d like to lend a helping hand.

In an effort to cool down all those burning hot credit cards, “See Jane” is going to be available for free download tomorrow through Monday (11-29 to 12-1). Just follow the See Jane link to my website and then click the See Jane buttons; two clicks should get you there. Don’t forget to check out some of the other books I have while you’re there. 

“See Jane” is a short story, which makes it great for a quick read on your tablet or smart phone;-)

Hope everyone has a happy and healthy Thanksgiving weekend.

women, career, family, power, girlfriend

One Space or Two, Too Spacey Today

I’m not sure why this is an issue but I hear other writers ask about it all the time, so here it is again. Should there be one space after a period or two? Ugh . . .

Look, years ago there used to be a thing called a typewriter. It came in two versions, manual or electric. The manual had levered keys that when pressed hard enough, would swing an arm with a letter (lowercase and uppercase) engraved at the end of it. The face of the engraving would strike an ink ribbon and then the paper, leaving a printed letter. Pressing the shift key at the same time as you pressed the letter key, gave you uppercase letters, otherwise you got lowercase. It was always the same font and always the same spacing.

Electric typewriters were a major improvement and gave you soft touch keys with no levered swing arms. There were two options that I know of, print ball or print wheel, depending on the model. The benefit here was that you could change fonts by changing the ball or wheel, but spacing was pretty much fixed.

There’s a common theme here . . . fixed spacing and it’s the reason standard practice at the time was to put two spaces after a period. It not only helped to delineate sentences, it kind of looked better too. By the way, I’d like to point out that this is all information I gleaned from the musings of ancient wordsmiths. I for one, will never admit to having seen such a device in person or god forbid, using one—eh-hem, eh-hem, eh-hem.

Okay, history lesson over. Today we use computers, laser printers, and word-processing programs that offer more fonts and spacing options than we as writers, will ever need. Double-spacing after a period in no longer required because word processors already compensate by automatically adjusting proportions. Throw in some word wrapping and justification, and Bob’s your uncle. I’ve always wanted to use that phrase, hope I did it right. Hey, does anyone out there know what the hell Bob’s your uncle really means, and where it originated?

The long and short of it is this, no double spacing after a period. Period. Don’t believe me? Just pick up a book, look inside, and see for yourself. D’oh!

father, son, physical, disability, cat million, dollar, house, car, bills, moral, dilemma brother, fraternity, college, roommates, teammates, friend women, career, family, power, girlfriend BookCoverImage SJ&M