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January 12, 2011 08:03 - Flying J and Pilot Announce Their New Driver Reward Program

I know a lot of Drivers, professional truckers and RV Drivers have used the Driver Loyalty programs at some of the big Nationwide fuel stops. Over the last couple of years those seem to have fallen off.

I got an email the other day from a representative of Flying J making me aware of their new program. The new 'card'/program should add a little convenience for the fuelers of big rigs as well as RV Travelers. It offers "Pump Start" which will let you use your Discount Card to start the pump if you're paying cash...

Now... if they can just sell diesel that burns at 25 miles per gallon in rigs over 15,000 lbs part of the program... :o) ... hey! a fella can Dream can't he?!

The New Program was supposed to fire up on the 3rd of January 2011...

For all the information check their News Release...

Or... if you're the more Visually oriented sort of an RVer... watch it on You Tube! :o)

Keep Your Tanks Full, Your Coffee Hot... and Your Eyes on the Horizon!
Brian

December 10, 2010 09:16 - Paying Your 'Dues' and The Pricing of ebooks

Setting the price of an ebook doesn't seem like that big a deal, does it? Turns out... for a lot of writers... it's akin to giving birth! ... I'm thinking there's a lil' too much ego involved... :o)

Now, as much as I've been writing on my websites the past several years, and taking in to account, that I've published and actually sold a few little books, and now my first Novel... I'm still a lil' hesitant to call myself... A Writer! I can say... it's an ambition I have... Hopefully, one day... somebody else will compliment me with that Moniker... and then all I'll have to do is humbly agree! :o)

Anyhoo... picking the price...

Pretty much everybody knows, that Paper Publishing is in trouble. Those guys have been hanging on to a dying business model for a couple years now... but, unfortunately for them, the rate of their demise is acclerating... and there ain't a gol' darn thing they can do about it...

Proof of that, for me, is the increasing number of newspapers and magazines that are converting to electronic publication... along with the number of High Profile authors who are jumping ship... and starting to self-publish their fiction... as ebooks!

In the ebooks market there's still a lot of things to be worked out, a lot of turmoil... the dust hasn't settled and nobody really knows where it's gonna land. A few years ago Amazon tried to get $9.99 set as the "Industry average"... and for a lot of reasons... that's caving in on 'em.

Most folks know that there's radically reduced cost with epublishing. There's still "COST" but, nothing, on a per unit basis as in paper publishing... so when they see a paper book for $10... and then see some guy trying to get $12 or $15 for the electronic version... they just laugh...

My feeling? If the paper book is/was $10... I don't have much issue with the ebook copy selling at $4-5 bucks... I'm thinking that something like that is where it will all shake out at... whenever the dust settles and the long term Standard System emerges for ebooks and epublishing.

Where does all that leave me? Paying my Dues... That's Where! :o)

The creation of the self-publishing / epublishing opportunity is a great thing for aspiring writers. It removes the power, arrogance and arbitrary shenanigans of the old Traditional Publishers... but... a guy also has to realize that he's now in a Sea of Aspiring Writers! The Independent Publisher has total control of his work, but that also means... total responsibility...

So...

The first thing a guy really needs to do is set ego aside and do what's required to get his work in front of people. You can go ahead, if you want and set a $9.99 price on your great piece of fiction... but if you're unknown... It's pretty likely that you'll remain that way! Very few, if any, readers are going to take a chance on you... if they even find you down there, buried under all the "other" aspiring writers in the sea!

So, what do you do? Two things. First, I've finally swallowed my pride... got my ego under control, and set a price to make my work competitive. and second you can't just put it out there and hope people stumble across it... You have to MARKET your ebooks... That... I'm still learning the ropes on! ;o)

I originally, succumbing to ego a bit, set a price of $2.99 on my Novel and a mite less for my RV ebooks. Sold a few, but that soon petered out... a week ago, at the repeated cousnsel of a guy who HAS SUCCEEDED in selling his ebook writings... I reset my book prices to just .99 cents...

... the idea being to simply capture as many 'bargain hunters' as possible...and get some momentum going... and... Pay My Dues! ... Now, in the last few days... those numbers have started moving again...

My point? As in everything "Online"... it's all about traffic and volume... 35% of thousands... is a hell of a lot more than 70% of not much!

If you're brand spankin' new... and want to sell you ebook online at Smashwords... or Amazon... put your ego on hold for a bit... Pay Your Dues... and make 'em a deal! I am... and I'm betting it will pay off in the long run!

... and along with setting a proper price... get out and do the "Electronic Leg Work" ... to make your ebook visible to as many people as possible... and when I learn some tricks to that... I'll share them here too!

Tap Tap Tapping on the next book!
Brian

My Amazon Author Page
My Smashwords Author Page

December 6, 2010 10:53 - Publishing ebooks for Workamping

There's no shortage of things to do... in pursuit of workamping... seems I've said that before. The trouble is, and it's no different if you're full timing, or living in a sticks and bricks cottage in Detroit... that trouble remains... finding something, to earn your living, that pleases the soul in the bargain...

Somewhere along this trail, it came clear to me, that I like tellin' stories. From straight up yarning; "ain't nobody gonna believe this stuff", fiction, to; "look what happened to me when I..." ...So... "don't let it happen to you"... lessons from the road.

I've struggled for a while, trying to find the way to actually get my scribblings published. That effort met with pretty deafening silence, when I tried to go the "paper" self publishing route... printing, binding and shipping my lil' RV books... myself...

after a bit... I just folded that up... as I waited to find the workable route...

Somewhere along the way, I began a conversation with Rex Kusler, the Amazon Encore author of Private Eye Mysteries. Having him as my 'Mentor' has proven to be a well appreciated blessing. He put me on to the Smashwords company where I first succeeded in getting my books converted to electronic format, published and ... HooYa! SOLD! :o)

It was Rex Kusler who counseled me how to take my new Novel; "A Matter of Honor" and get it uploaded into the Amazon Kindle Store... and prodded me to do it...

So... though I'm still in the infancy of my "ebook publishing career" I'm fairly confident that if I pay attention to those who are movin' along in front of me... follow in their footsteps... I too will meet with at least modest success!... and Modest success, ebook publishing... for me... would be HUGE! :o)

There's much work yet to do... and even More, for me to learn. Just like learning to get my website out in front of folks, the key to success with ebook publishing, is working out the trail to follow, to make your stories, in ebook form, visibile/available to anyone looking for it...

So... that's what I do these days... spend my time... trying to learn how to become... a Publisher! ...

Now, that's a mouthful, ain't it? Broken down old biker, cowboy, ebook publisher!

Tap Tap Tappin' on the keyboard... building the next story
Brian

My Amazon Author Page
My Smashwords Author Page

July 22, 2010 07:16 - Brian Has Finally Got His RV Books and Other Stories, Converted to ebooks... and Available at Smashwords!

Yup! I finally lined up my Ducks and got 'em all published through Smashwords! If you have any interest in my RV Boondocking Books, or in my lil' tome of auto-biographical Cowboy Stories you can check out My Profile page at Smashwords.

They're available in several different ee-lek-tronic formats from pdf and kindle to set up for the Sony reader and a few others...

So you can go to my profile page above, or, if you already know what you want you can also go directly to the individual book pages by following any of these links...

RV Boondocking, The Road to the Good Life

RV Boondocking Tips

Horses Critters and Other Tales of a Cowboy's Life

I'm able to sell 'em at a real good price, what with not having any printing or shipping costs... and you get 'em immediately! No need to wait on the Mail!

If you should buy any of 'em, Please, go back and post a review of what ya thought of 'em... OK?

Many Thanks
Brian Gore

April 11, 2010 08:52 - Check Out Your National Parks! Fee Fee Days!

Our Droid Phones may be paying for themselves! Heidi put an app on her Droid called "My Coupons"... and found some awsome offers for folks trying to be Frugal... but still LIVING! :o)

For instance... The Target stores are providing support for Art and Culture... and have a notification on there... where you can get 'discounted' or even Free entrance to more than 120 museums and other cultural organizaions 'cross the country... How cool is that?

... We hadn't a clue 'bout such things... 'till Heidi found it on her Droid Phone... with a Free App!

One of the things she found was a notification from the National Park Service... For Fee Free Days at the National Parks! Hoo! Ya!

From April 17th to April 25th something like a hundred National Parks are offering what they're calling Fee Free Days... they're waiving the entrance and several other fees... go to Their website to check it out... and find a Fee Free Park along the road you're traveling!

So... like I said in that post 'bout "Balance" in Frugal Living... We spent some dinero on our Droid Phones.. but those lil' tools... uh... and Toys... seem to be paying us back... big time! :o)

Take Good Care
Brian

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April 6, 2010 05:27 - How Do You Have a Great RV Boondocking Trip? Brake It!

Hey folks... How many times have ya'll been climbing a mountain pass... and smelled something awful? and said to your passenger... "Oops! Somebody is cookin' their brakes!" ... or followed somebody down a mountain... and wondered how long their brakes were gonna last... considering you hadn't seen their brake lights off in quite a while?

Our rigs are awful heavy... A person really should oughta give proper braking in their RV some considerable thought... even if you consider yourself an experienced RV Driver... a 'refresher course'... once in a while ain't a bad idea...

Here's a good article on proper Mountain Driving you just might want to print off and give to your friends... or that person who you just followed down the mountain, should you get the chance... or read a couple times yourself... so you remember?! :o)

Mountain Driving a Heavy RV

Be safe... and ...

Take Good Care
Brian

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