Why I changed publishers

I would like to begin by saying this is not about putting down LULU publishing. They did exactly everything they said they would do. I chose the Black & White Classic package and as promised, they formatted my book in both paperback and epub. They also put together my book cover and made sure that my book was made available in most book outlets like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and many more.

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So why did I leave LULU to go independent? It’s what LULU cannot do that I was unwilling to accept, let me explain.

The first issue I had was when the time came to make an Amazon promotion. I was told by Amazon to contact LULU, so I did. LULU told me that this cannot be done. I would have to change my book price on LULU and the price will then be changed everywhere my book is sold. This is not a problem except it will take anywhere between four to six weeks to be applied throughout the book outlets. This makes it difficult for me to promote my book when I don’t even know the date my price will change. Also, it would take another four to six weeks to change the price back to its original price.

My second encounter is when I wanted to change my keywords and add a second category. Again Amazon said I need to contact LULU to do this. When I did, they gave me the same story. Again it will take anywhere between four to six weeks for the updates because it needs to go to all distributors. So this means that I can’t experiment unless I’m okay with the time restrictions between experiments.

Finally, and I say finally only so as not to blabber unnecessarily is the price I chose for my book. I decided so as to have a minimum financial reward for my paperback book to price it at $17.99 US and my electron book at $1.99 US. After production costs and everyone’s profit, I was told my royalty would be $1.97 US for my paperback. It’s not much but I did not write my book for financial reasons. But even this was not provided. I ended up getting 97 cents per sale on both book formats.  When I asked why the discrepancy they said it’s because different outlets make different profits. I failed to see how all I get is 97 cents from a sale price of $17.99.

This is when I decided LULU publishing was not meant for me. I’m guessing if someone wants to leave everything in someone else’s hand then LULU is probably a good choice, but there is a price to pay. After I left LULU, it took me about one month to get organized and independently republish my book through KDP Amazon. I will see afterward if I will go with other outlets like Barnes & Noble. I can now promote my book when I want to, reduce the paperback price all the while rewarding myself with better royalties and most important to me, I now have total control on how my book will be distributed.

The lesson is to ask lots of questions before choosing a publisher, not just what they can do for you but also what they can’t do.

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Introduce your kids to time travel

I found this fun website to help kids understand time travel

“Albert Einstein found out that if a person is able to travel at a very high speed, time will be slowed down for him. You know that nothing in this universe travels faster than light, right? So, travelling at a speed close to the speed of light would make time run slow for these travelers.

What if you traveled faster than the Speed of Light?

Let’s imagine what would happen if there is a spaceship that can travel at the speed of light and you go into the space riding it for five years. For you, time will pass slowly though you will feel that it is running at its normal speed.

According to the calendar on your spaceship, you will only be out for 5 years, but, according to a rough estimate of the scientists, more than 50 years would have passed on the Earth.

Upon returning, you would be truly astounded to see the changes that would have taken place on the Earth. Your teachers would have retired, your friends would have grown old and your city might have changed beyond recognition!

What is a Wormhole?

In 1935, Albert Einstein proposed the existence of ‘bridges’ or ‘shortcuts’ in space. He coined a unique name for these bridges or shortcuts—wormholes. Wormholes are supposed to connect two different points in space and reduce the travel time and distance, thereby making time travel a possibility.

Why have we not started time travelling yet?

All these concepts of time travelling and wormholes are still in their infancy. Also, our scientists have so far not been able to invent a super-fast ‘time machine’ that could travel at the speed of light. However, that doesn’t mean it is completely impossible. We’ll just have to wait and watch; only ‘time’ will tell the truth about itself.”

From http://mocomi.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgdacFRkiZ8&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Meet the Author

Meet the Author

An interview with Fiona Mcvie of authorsinterviews

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The Hunt for Komodo Cracker: A Novel

By Michel Cloutier
Edited by Marg Gilks

A cross-genre novel: Science-fiction, Christian fiction, Action and Adventure

A Montreal pharmaceutical company has been infiltrated by a mysterious hacker named Komodo. Rather than steal information, Komodo leaves encrypted files for Thomas Faraday, a network security professional hired to safeguard the company’s data.

At the same time, somewhere deep in in the Zagros Mountains, a secret Christian league excavates an ancient Persian stela that contains a coded message. When the league learns that Thomas holds the secret to interpreting the stela, he is recruited.

As Thomas labors at deciphering the Persian stela, he soon discovers that Komodo is part of the puzzle. To understand the connection, he must accept the league’s unusual venture to the Persian Empire of 473 BC. His mission is to witness and document the rich history associated with the book of Esther, but the conflict that awaits him will prove impossible to ignore.

Soon after Thomas and his time traveling companions arrive in Persia, they discover the league has been hiding a secret of its own. Now, trapped in an ancient nation at war and with time running out, Thomas must decipher both the Komodo files and the Persian stela if he ever hopes to return to the twenty-first century.

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Buy it now: https://huntforkomodocracker.wixsite.com/michelclo…/buyitnow
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$2.99 CND (ebook)

12 eBook giveaway

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It has been six months already since the official release of my time travel adventure, THE HUNT FOR KOMODO CRACKER.

I would like to celebrate with you by giving away 12 free eBook copies? If you could leave a positive Facebook Page review, (this is not a book review) I will add your name to a list and on September 1, 2018, I will use random.org to select the top 12 reviewers for a free eBook copy of my book THE HUNT FOR KOMODO CRACKER.

Good luck

Leave you Facebook Page review here:

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What is my book about?

The Hunt for Komodo Cracker: A Novel

By Michel Cloutier

Edited by Marg Gilks

A cross-genre novel: Science-fiction, Christian fiction and Action and Adventure

A Montreal pharmaceutical company has been infiltrated by a mysterious hacker named Komodo. Rather than stealing information, Komodo leaves encrypted files for Thomas Faraday, a network security professional hired to safeguard the company’s data.

At the same time, somewhere deep in in the Zagros Mountains, a secret Christian league excavates an ancient Persian stela that contains a coded message. When the league learns that Thomas holds the secret to interpreting the stela, he is recruited.

As Thomas labors at deciphering the Persian stela, he soon discovers that Komodo is part of the puzzle. To understand the connection, he must accept the league’s unusual venture to the Persian Empire of 473 BC. His mission is to witness and document the rich history associated with the book of Esther.

Soon after Thomas and his time traveling companions arrive in Persia, they discover the league has been hiding a secret of its own. Now, trapped in an ancient nation at war and with time running out, Thomas must decipher both the Komodo files and the Persian stela if he ever hopes to return to the twenty-first century.

 

Time Traveling with the Mind (Part three)

Time travel with the mind

Didyma: Apollo Temple

Didyma is located in southwest Turkey. Here you find the remains of a large temple dedicated to Apollo, called the Didymaion. During the Hellenistic period, Didymaion was one of the greatest Apollon oracular temples in existence.

Christians in nearby Miletus knew Didyma and the temple to Apollo. The priestess gave oracles to those looking for answers. The Apostle Paul preached against pagan gods in temples like this one (Acts 20:20, 27.) Did Paul preach here on his missionary tour?

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In Roman times the temple was most notable for its 122 enormous columns.

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This giant Medusa head at Didyma was formerly part of a frieze on the architrave, 2nd century A.D.

Medusa Relief

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There are many carvings on the floor of the temple. One of these carvings shows how early Christians superimposed letters on top of each other to make what looks like a wheel. This carving was used to indicate that Christians could be found here. The photo is an example of a Roman board game.

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My photos include:
Three photos are of the temple of Apollo (about 8th century B.C)
Two photos are reliefs (2nd century A.D)
Four photos are of the great columns
One photo is a Roman board game

References:

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The Hunt for Komodo Cracker

 

With all that is going on in the world today, everyone involved in rescuing the boys and their coach have rekindled my faith in humanity.

Here is A little something to make you feel lighter on your feet.

The Public Latrines of Ephesus

A water channel connected to the city sewage system was laid to prevent the unpleasant odour in the latrines which was under the U-shaped sitting places of marble with holes. In this place you could sit fifty people at the same time, sitting side by side. The Latrines were part of the Scholastica Baths and built in the 1 century AD

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Checkout more photos from different places in my Pinterest Board.

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