Things to Do on a Rainy Day
Here’s an eye-opening headline from foxnews.com: “Puerto Rico declares state of emergency over violence against women: ‘An evil that has caused too much damage.’” Here’s another: “Radio waves emanating from Apple devices may disrupt the workings of implanted pacemakers and defibrillators, the company warns.”
Two of my novels, Adjustments and Killing, were published by my literary angel, Victoria Valentine. She has been ill with sepsis and has ceased her literary pursuits. She didn’t transfer her catalogue from Create Space to KDP, and it is now lost to her. I noticed recently that the cost of a print copy of Killing at Amazon had gone down from $15 to less than ten. I suspected that new print copies were no longer being offered, as was the case when the publisher of Exchanges passed away and no one answered any of the letters I sent to the address that had been provided. Amazon wouldn’t allow me to take control of the book, so I self-published it under a different title, Open Outcries. I contacted Amazon and was told Killing is indeed live. I assume the price was lowered because the company does not have to pay a royalty to anyone. It will keep 100% of the price of any that sell. I was told the request to take ownership of the book had to come from the email on file, Victoria’s. I messaged her on Facebook a couple of times. She seems out of it and I don’t want to add stress to her life. She has enough to deal with. My hunch is I will have better success with Adjustments, which Victoria did not offer on Amazon, and where only used copies are being offered for sale. I uploaded the Kindle version of it, as well as the Kindle of Killing. One would think that would verify ownership — apparently not. For the past few days I’ve been preparing a Word file of Adjustments, which I’d saved at Google Docs. Unfortunately, the latter changes the format. I’m about halfway. Even if my efforts to make print copies available at Amazon fail, the two will be available in some form, and I should be able to buy print copies of Adjustments any time I run low.
Precipitation put the kibosh on the floating book shop today. I filled time by continuing to work on my tax return. All that’s left to record of income is the dividends I earned at Schwab. I’m trying to avoid the rigmarole of deductions. The past several years I went through the frustrating process of getting them right only to be told the Standard Deduction would be applied. I don’t care if my return is zero. I just want to get the annoyance out of the way.
I also did some cleaning, using a Swiffer to get at dust in places such as under the bed. It has intelligent design. Kudos to whoever invented it.
My Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Vic-Fortezza/e/B002M4NLJE
Read Vic’s Stories, free: http://fictionaut.com/users/vic-fortezza