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I just published to Amazon Kindle!



June 26, 2010 – Comments (12)

I know that literally anyone with an internet connection can do that for free, with or without any skill or talent for writing, but I'm pretty pleased with my short story. It's concise, well-written, engaging, and inspirational.

It's an account of a nightmare, and it's called "The Plagued Cottage." I set a list price of $1.00, but Amazon sets the actual price. Look for it to be available this weekend or Monday on

P.S. If you've been dying to know my true identity, you can buy my short story: I didn't use a pen name. 

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#1) On June 26, 2010 at 2:32 PM, ragedmaximus (< 20) wrote:

good luck try writing a love story and sell it in japan they snap it up

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#2) On June 26, 2010 at 4:20 PM, FleaBagger (27.54) wrote:

This is a love story, but probably not in the sense that you're talking about. And everything I publish to Kindle will be available worldwide, but I don't yet have any translations.

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#3) On June 26, 2010 at 10:20 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

Way to go Flea!

David in Qatar

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#4) On June 26, 2010 at 10:32 PM, ChrisGraley (28.47) wrote:

Nice Flea!

I hope that you post about your experiences with Amazon here. It would be great information. 

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#5) On June 27, 2010 at 1:46 PM, NDimensionalDino (97.57) wrote:

About how long is the book?  Not that I have a short attention span, but I'm curious about the effort you put in Vs. what you expect to get back.

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#6) On June 27, 2010 at 8:50 PM, FleaBagger (27.54) wrote:

NDimensionalDino - It's interesting that you should mention the effort I put into this, since writing it was rather like getting a gift from heaven just before bed one night. It was finished less than 24 hours after it was started, I did some editing (though it was already good by the time I typed it), and the hardest part was taking the step of revealing it to the whole world. I don't know what makes a short story so different from an allegorical homily on a CAPS blog, but for some reason it is.

The word count is 1,732 (from a non-published version - the Kindle version is probably between 1,700 and 1,750). The number of pages varies based on font size and other formatting, but Google has it at 3 pages. I'm guessing on Kindle it will be more unless you change the font size to the minimum. The Flesch Reading Ease is a whopping 83.85, meaning almost anyone who reads any English should be able to read and understand it.

David and Chris - Thanks! Your support means a lot to me. 

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#7) On June 28, 2010 at 8:05 AM, lemoneater (56.72) wrote:

Congratulations! It is neat to be published--and on the kindle--just adds to the coolness factor.

Good teaser, Flea, you know that we all want to know who you are :). For he's a jolly good fellow..." Have a great day!

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#8) On June 28, 2010 at 2:35 PM, FleaBagger (27.54) wrote:

Thanks, lemoneater! 

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#9) On July 01, 2010 at 3:19 PM, chk999 (99.96) wrote:


And I second the request to tell us about how things work with Amazon.

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#10) On July 04, 2010 at 2:37 AM, FleaBagger (27.54) wrote:

My most notable experiences so far:

1) It's bizarrely difficult to find the correct links to click on to get from Amazon's homepage to the Kindle content providers page. Why is it that difficult? Because somebody at Amazon is stupid.

2) Sales are slow. Nobody buys anything from you if they've never heard of you. 

If you want to buy my story but do not have a Kindle, apparently you can get a free Kindle app for PC, Mac, or mobile device. Then you can download my story for the low, low price of $1.00

My brother tells me that there's a psychological barrier to paying a whole dollar for something, and that I should have set the price at $0.99. I find it obnoxious that things cost $x.99, so I set it at $1.00. Also, this way I get 35 cents per sale, instead of 34.65 cents per sale.

Anyway, if you want to read my story for free, stay tuned: I will post a link to the Google Docs url soon.  

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#11) On August 13, 2010 at 10:47 PM, FleaBagger (27.54) wrote:

I don't think any of you bought one, but hey, a deal's a deal, right? Here's the story for free on Google:

The Plagued Cottage 

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#12) On September 23, 2010 at 1:55 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:


I was going to read the Plagued Cottage tonight, but I don't have a Kindle.  The link in comment #11 takes us right back to this page.  Am I doing something wrong? 

(btw, i'm not too cheap to pony up a buck, lol, but without a Kindle how do I read it?  Anyway, just get me a good link, soon, as I have some free time tonight =D)

David in Qatar

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