For years, I’ve worked hard to ensure my books would be available on multiple platforms, but the current economy has prompted me to make a difficult business decision. Most of us are feeling the pinch of inflation and impending recession. As much as I write because I simply love it, love isn’t enough to publish a book. At this time, the best way for me to continue to share the books I love to write is to shift to a different business model. I am phasing my ebooks into Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited (KU) program. The KU subscription model works for many readers on a budget. For non-KU readers, my books will still be available for purchase on Amazon. The audiobooks and paperbacks remain unchanged. For more information on Kindle Unlimited, click here.
While procrastinating—I mean taking a break from diligently toiling away at the keyboard and periodically wiping my brow—I dropped some little hints about my next book, The Red Rose.
- I’ve added a page for the book. Just click “Coming Next” up there in the menu.
- I’ve created a Pinterest board, which I’ve done for a number of my books. It’s particularly helpful for this book because so many of the locations are real or inspired by real places I’ve enjoyed during my almost annual visits to Edinburgh (Covid notwithstanding). So I’ll be updating that with location pics.
- I’m continuing to update my writing playlist. Again, this is something I create for every book, but they’re usually just for my own inspirational use as I write. This one, however, I’ve shared because it directly relates to the subject matter—which you’d know if you subscribed to the J.L. Jarvis Journal. (Click “News” in the menu to sign up.) You can find the playlist on The Red Rose web page with links to the YouTube, Spotify, and Tidal playlists.
- Since the last issue of The J.L. Jarvis Journal went out, I’ve discovered a new artist, Claire Hastings, and her song, “Fair Weather Beggar,” with a music video coincidentally shot in some key locations for my book. Watching this should really put you in the mood for The Red Rose!
- If you like what you hear, support the artists by buying their music.
Fair Weather Beggar, Claire Hastings
I know. You’ve waited all year, and it’s finally here—November 3, National Sandwich Day! So here’s a shout out to a man who had the meats way before Arby’s did.
In 1762, John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, ordered beef between two slices of bread so he could eat and gamble at the same time. In a time when cutlery was all the rage, the Earl’s practice of eating with his fingers raised more than a few eyebrows. Evidently, no one had a problem with his gambling so obsessively that he couldn’t take a break for a meal now and then. No, it was his hands-on approach to eating that so shocked a nation—until they tried it.
What does this have to do with books, you might ask? Well, later that year, English author, Edward Gibbons, observed two men eating cold meat between bread slices in a small cafe called the Cocoa Tree. He was so impressed by the sight that he wrote about it, thus providing the first written record of the term sandwich.
So next time you chow down on a sandwich, thank an author.