Sunday, July 21, 2013

Kibbles And Bits

I recently bought the Square Card Reader. I've been doing very well ordering physical copies from CreateSpace, then selling them at the local beaches. Lots of people just want to lay on the sand and read a book. I charge $12.00 a book, and with a local setting, the books are a hit with the locals. Tourists like them too!

A lot of people would buy Breakthrough and Opening, but carry credit cards. Hence the Square Card Reader. Its fun to be able to sell books this way. Meeting people as they walk by from all over the world. And its a great promo for my next book Escalation.

Speaking of Escalation: I've sent off the first 100 pages to my editor. What a great feeling that is! I still need to get together with my nephew for the cover art this week and get moving on that.

I'd like to have some of the good people of Blogdom help me announce the cover art release. I should have it ready by the first half of August. If anyone would like to help, please email me at or simply leave a comment.

Neil Gaiman: I lot of people over the years have told me to check out Neil Gaiman's books. I'm going to download American Gods. The synopsis is right up my ally.
Did You Know: Term supernova refers to explosive death of some massive star characterized by an enormous amount of emitted energy. Supernova explosion emits incredible amount of energy- more energy that our Sun emits for its entire lifetime. The expanding shock waves from supernova explosions are also capable to create the formation of new stars.

Astronomers believe that supernova explosion occurs approximately twice every 100 years in our galaxy. This means that supernova explosion are relatively rare event within our Milky Way galaxy. Most galaxies have a supernova every 25 to 100 years.

Fun Fact: The Crab Nebulae was the result of an exploding supernova in 1054 A.D. and was recorded by astronomers in China and the Islamic world. It was so bright the event lit up the night sky and could be seen in the day time sky.

Question: Does anyone else use a card reader to sell their goods and services? Have you read Neil Gaiman? Do you think supernovas are super cool?


  1. You know I'll help with the cover reveal!
    I've only read Stardust, so you'll have to let us know what you thought of American Gods.

  2. I am loving Neil Gaiman's collaborations with Terry Pratchett and adored Coraline!! :-)

    Hoorah for your cover reveal and Escalation!! Take care

  3. Card reader sounds like a great idea. Any way to make it easier for a potential buyer! And love your science facts-- my favorite.

  4. Great blog and good luck with your cover reveal.


  5. Hi Stephen .. what a great idea buying the card reader - makes so much sense for you .. being near the oceanside and being able to sell wherever and whenever.

    Looking forward to seeing the Escalation reveal .. and to reading your 2nd - which I've yet to do ...

    I have just bought Neverwhere by Gaiman, which DG Hudson recommended I buy after my posts about the London Underground ..

    I enjoy reading the snippets about the universe (supernovas included) .. cheers Hilary

  6. I'd wondered if the Square Card Reader worked.

    I'll help with your cover reveal.

  7. I'm not sure what a Square Card Reader is, will have to google it. Glad it's working for you though.

    Fascinating science info, always enjoy it.

  8. I love Neil Gaiman--Love.

    Yes, I'll help announce your cover in August. Of course.

  9. I'm throwing around a few ideas for the cover reveal. I need to keep a wormhole or something related as the centerpoint, but still have something different from the other two books. I'd like to keep the continuity for all three books.

  10. No card readers for me. Love Neil Gaiman, just downloaded his latest book, and yes supernovas are super cool!

  11. Supernovas are very cool!
    I've read Gaiman's The Graveyard Book - it was very good! and a short story of his I found fascinating. I'm definitely going to read more one day :)

  12. My husband and son have been talking about getting a card reader for their business (carpentry and remodeling). I think it is a great idea. Glad to hear it works for you.

    Have a great week!

  13. This is the first time I'm seeing a card reader for a phone. One day I might need one.

    I've read Coraline, but not the other Gaiman books in my collection.

  14. My wife helps her niece with her business, every now and then, and the Square Card Reader is an invaluable tool in making sales at places like craft shows, etc.

    A great investment, in my opinion, and glad the books are selling on the beach :)

  15. Sure. I'd be up for helping with your cover reveal. I love having author's show their covers on my blog.

  16. Congratulations, the beach is the perfect place to sell a book, everyone has time to read there!

    Would love to help too!

  17. A think a Square Card Reader is going to be a necessary in the near future.

    I'd be delighted to help with your cover reveal.

  18. I'm glad to see people are excited about supernovas! They truly are spectacular events that don't happen very often, at least in our neck of the woods.

  19. Happy to help with your cover reveal, Stephen!

  20. That square card reader sounds pretty cool.

    Speaking of the Crab Nebula, I gotta go... the timer's about to go off for the big pot of crabs steaming for dinner. Guess we'll be "tied up" for a while...

  21. The Square Card reader sound like a handy thing to have. I'll look into getting one.

  22. I'm also glad that the square card reader has worked out well for you! It's a great idea to have your books on hand at the beach!


  23. I love Neil Gaiman! His work is so original and he's a fantastic writer. I'd love to help with your cover art reveal. Let me know what date-ish and I'll save it for you.

    I'm going to check out that reader card. I'm in San Diego now, so I could go to the beach and do the same thing.