Fireflies & Laserbeams

This was my view driving to work yesterday morning

Tuesday February 23, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Photos | Leave Comments

A blanket of snow covered everything. Even the trees were coated in snow. And then the red sun came up over the horizon with a clear sky above. Wish I'd had my better camera with me. It was pretty amazing.

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Been trying my hand with a French Press

Saturday February 20, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Coffee Stuff | Leave Comments

Ever since I saw Chuck Wendig's post on his blog about using a French Press to make coffee back in 2013 I've been interested in trying it. My life accomplice, that's what we call each other now, as girlfriend or boyfriend just doesn't do it, and life partner sounds so cliché, actually owns a French Press. She doesn't even like coffee. Says it tastes like dirt. So anyway, we pulled it out and decided to figure out how to use it, as she doesn't own any other type of coffee maker.

I actually like coffee. I didn't start really drinking it until I was about 30. I'm 56 now, so I've had a few years to figure out what I like, and my tastes are fairly pedestrian I would say. I like a little French Vanilla in it with the cream, enough to take away any bitterness, and enough sweetener to make it taste like a candy bar.

My first efforts with the press were meh. It tasted too weak. I had googled how to do it for fuck's sake. I added more coffee and I think I found the sweet spot for timing, but I was using normal coffee. Finely ground. It left a residue on the bottom that was really bitter. I toyed with the amount of cream and sugar, but I finally decided to get some proper coffee. I dove back into the interwebs and after using my finely honed GoogleFu, I found a list of the best coffees to use in a French Press. I will be trying out Koffee Kult on my next attempt. Fingers crossed.

I haven't given up yet, but I'm not completely sold on the whole idea that this is really better way to prepare coffee. You actually need to spend a lot of money on specialty coffees and creams and sugars, because after all this is coffee snobbery at its best. LOL

I will report back with my some point...don't hold your breath, it will be a few days before I get over to her house to try it.

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So this arrived in the Mail

Thursday February 11, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Merchandise | Leave Comments

It's inspired from one of the characters in the novel Effacement. Kasia Foss wears a bunch of different T-shirts, but this one turned out so well I made it into a mug also. It's up on the Merch page

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Effacement release lessons learned

Friday February 5, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Book Release | Leave Comments

As hard as I worked for this book release I still wasn't really ready. I think I rushed it a bit, simply because I was so excited to have a book out in the real world!

I should have developed a team to review the book out of the gate. I still don't have a single review on Amazon yet. That was a mistake. I have broken the top 500 in one category, but gains are fleeting unless you keep selling. I did get one 5 star review on Goodreads from a professional reviewer, so that was incredible and affirming.

I am still recruiting people to do book reviews. I've opened an account on Bookfunnel and StoryOrigin. If you contact me on my Facebook page you could get a free book to review that way even. Reviews actually carry weight in the algorithms on Amazon, so it's pretty important to grab those as quick as possible. I've read that 50 seems to be the magic number but that isn't verified, if that is even possible.

I learned a lot about Facebook ads, and Amazon ads and Bookbub ads. I should've prepared sooner to do a build up on Bookbub prior to my book release. They have a decent book launch program, but it all costs money.

I learned about building a mailing list and how to grow it using list sharing and giveaways. I don't have a lot to give away quite yet, but that will come as I write more books. I'm several thousand dollars in the hole at this point, with editing costs and ad costs, and ISBN costs, and distribution costs at Ingram, but these are all up front and the book is alive now and will be forever. I'm proud of what I put out and hopefully this will be something that will pay me back for a long time to come. But if not, it was certainly worth lessons in cover design, formatting, distribution, and marketing that I will take with me for the next book.

I am going to work on creating a how to self publish guide while it is all still fresh in my mind.

This part of the journey is almost over. Just pump the ads occasionally and do a couple of promos. Speaking of which, there will be one coming up next month where the book will go on sale for $0.99 on Amazon. It will run from March 8th to the 15th. Hopefully, I can arrange for a Bookbub promotion at the same time.

I am pursuing an audiobook version on ACX, which will be available on audible at some point. More on that as it develops. I did send out my first newsletter today, so that is a milestone. If you aren't a subscriber there is a link on the top right. And here.

In the meantime I work on the next book, Vim Dicaré, Book One of the Mészárosa Trilogy. I would love to have you onboard as part of my street team for the next launch!

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Interested in being a book reviewer for my new book?

Tuesday February 2, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Novel Publicity | Leave Comments

If you are interesting in getting a review copy of Effacement you can do that here. All I ask is that you post an honest review of the book. This is on StoryOrigin. I will tell you that signing up is not a guarantee you will get a free book. I will look at your review history. I just want to be up front with you.

Reviews are the best thing you can do for an author you like. Buy their book and tell your friends would probably come first, but posting a review would be a very close second.

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Reboot – Effacement is now live!

Sunday January 31, 2021 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | cover reveal | Leave Comments

I beg your indulgence for this first time author.

I received a 5-star review from Paul Goat Allen, a professional book critic who has worked with Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and BlueInk Reviews, to name a few, and he was kind enough to reach out to me with some suggestions to make it even better. He thought the title and cover were not making it clear who I was marketing this book to. He thought it was going to be a police procedural based on the title and cover.

I took his advice to heart and have relaunched the book with a new name and a new cover. Otherwise it is basically the same book.

Those of you who bought the first edition have a collectors edition now. The story is the same.

Check out the book at Amazon here!

If you missed the first link to the review you can see it on Goodreads here.

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