Special Announcement to Readers: When It Rains

Hello again.  It's me and I suspect I'm more surprised to be writing this today than you are at receiving it.  But that's just speculation on my part.  You go right ahead and be as surprised as you like.  You're receiving it as an email.  Be careful what you hope for in your email inbox.  Surprises there may just take your breath away–at least momentarily.

So my incoming email today had a couple surprises.  The first of these was smallish, but important nonetheless.  It turns out I've been ignoring your emails sent to my website.  Some were from old friends; others were from readers.  I wasn't meaning to ignore anyone.  Just a matter of my not realizing what email address was linked to which service, etc.  Thankfully, that seems to now be sorted out.  Thanks to Monica, whom you may remember from the last newsletter. Now if you write to me via the Contact button on the website, there is a good chance I'll see your message and respond.

The bigger surprise email came from none other than KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing).  You know, that arm of Amazon that sells all the books online?  They've informed us that they've chosen one (or more) of our titles to be featured in their October 2016 month-long event called: Celebrating Great Writing.

I don't know about you, but that one fairly knocked my socks off.  Among other suggestions they offered, was that we immediately crank out a newsletter (some call it a blog, but I really hate that term and don't do this sort of thing often enough to legitimately refer to it as a 'blog).  So this announcement was born no more than a few hours after receiving the Amazon email from KDP.  I don't even know which title(s) nor what day said feature will occur.  But let me put it like this: When KDP talks, authors listen.

Also among the suggestions from the mother ship of KDP was that those authors selected should write up a few words and blurbs for sharing on social media and the like, covering aspects of why we "love" being "indie" authors.  I've provided the quotes to reflect that those terms were the choice of the KDP Team, not yours truly.  But here goes:

I was labelled a 'Messy' during my years in Grade School, (where I was once awarded a poster titled, "Melissa Messydesk"), and frequently since, I must tell you that it has never bothered me to place a sign in my office that reads, "A neat, uncluttered desk is the sign of a sick mind", thereby putting all visitors on notice.  I try hard not to be overbearing with them as they snivel and whine in the presence of my obviously superior mental health.  Some have even attempted to elevate their own comparative healthy state by straightening what appears before their astonished eyes. (I find a quick rap to the knuckles accompanied by growling and an occasional bark to be effective in curtailing such rude and errant behavior.)  

Anyhow, back to answering the question at hand: 
What are some of the things you love about being an independently published author?  Not having to deal with the insecurities of others regarding such things as order in the universe.  I have enough important issues of my own to attend to without such distractions as those.  This recent picture of my writing desk should suffice to underscore the importance of this matter. 

Those of you who follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter may be delighted to learn that we will be sharing more insights of the joyous life of indie publishing throughout the month of October.  Then again, you may not.  Either way, there is every likelihood that you'll see more mentions of this program in the upcoming weeks.  Maybe some pictures, a video short or two.  Who knows?  Pay attention to find out.  You'll see this hashtag with most of them: 
#PoweredByIndie and will be able to see the featured books and authors during this month at this special page on Amazon:

I consider it an honor to be selected for this program and cannot thank you loyal readers enough.

PS: Be careful the names (or posters) you sling at youngsters.  Not only may they remember, they may grow up to be authors and sling a few back.

Happiness is Where You Find It

Happiness is Where You find It || Keith R. Baker Blog

Dear Reader (for dear you are),

My hope is that you all had a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year celebration that included family and friends.

Here we are in the second full week of 2016 already, so it seemed time to do a little updating.

First, allow me to share a few obligatory lines with you about the plight of authors the world over, specifically including my own.

Many claim that there is "no time like the present" to be an author, and this is true in many, many ways.  But because that is so, there has never been a time when so many authors and their books surged into being at the same time.  This condition creates many problems of its own, including survival of the author(s) who brings their work to the attention of the largest audience.

Thus, we write, (in addition to our books), all these other such things as blogs, FaceBook pages, newsletters and websites, all in the hope of growing our list of devoted readers.  In this regard, YOUR help is needed.  You see, I can only reach YOU.  I need YOU to reach others.  So do please Forward and Share and Retweet and talk with your reading friends and relatives - I need the business.

To that end, let me help you to help me.  I've written a short story, (some call them Chapter Books), which is an adjunct to the Longshot Series.  This first one is titled, An Irish Woman's Joy, and introduces Rob Finn and his wife Bridget in the beginning of their relationship more than ten years before the beginnings of Longshot In Missouri takes place.  Like I said, it is a short story, meant to be read in one sitting.  It is available FREE as a PDF or Mobi download in exchange for the simple act of signing up for the mailing list there.  My promise to you is that I will never sell your name nor will I bombard you with sales, etc.  I will send out occasional announcements and occasional FREE STUFF to those on that mailing list.  You don't need to BUY anything to get the FREE STUFF, you just need to make certain your name is on the list.  

Is there a catch?  Don't be silly.  Of course there's a catch.  The FREE STUFF, including this first short story, will normally ONLY be available to those of you who have shown the good judgement of subscribing there.  Since I'm already writing the second part to An Irish Woman's Joy, you might want to sign up right now, while you're thinking about it.  Here's the link: Please be sure to forward to your reading friends and family.

More good news!  Rob will definitely be heading West again and soon!  Unfinished business in the Montana Gold Fields and with Henry Plummer and his Indian friends demand it.  I sure hope you plan to be along for the adventure.  People so often turn out to be different than what we've been told ...

~ Keith