March 4, 1933

          Dieses Tagebuch bekam ich von meiner Mutter. Es macht nur Sinn, dass ich es benutze. It was Friday yesterday, and the club was full. They were too busy getting drunk to notice us, though. Walking amongst them, we are like a sideshow from the carnivals. We sit at the table in the corner and they all look, but don’t approach anymore. Not since the brownshirts started with their raids. They all just drink and wait for the night where they burst through the door. I’m not convinced that some of the people there aren’t part of the police.

          I managed to sneak my mother’s dress back into her closet this morning before she woke. Some of the other boys think I should have my own, by now. But, there’s too great a risk that my family would find it.

          There was one man last night. Tall and broad-shouldered, his features were hard and beautiful. We crossed eyes several times, but I couldn’t tell if the look on his face was interest or disgust. Probably the latter. Beneath his thick eyebrows, his deep-set eyes held me in my seat while he finished the last of his beer. Then, he simply stood and walked out.

          Things used to be so different, freer. I could walk from our home to anywhere in town as I was, dress and hair, and no one would look twice. But, with the socialists rising in power, things are worse.

          On my way to work yesterday, one of the police just attacked a man on the sidewalk. Only walking to work, I’m guessing. Within seconds all that was left where he stood were his briefcase and some blood from his nose. Everyone just watched. We knew that if we interfered, we’d be taken just like him. Word had spread about the national socialists. They have ideas about what is right and wrong.

          We discussed it last night, some of my friends think they will go into hiding soon. Not actual hiding. Just that they would stop coming out at night. It’s too dangerous they think. But this is who I am, and I won’t stop it for anyone. My features lend more to my nightly activities anyhow. Most days, people think I’m a woman in a suit. If only they knew. I tried to be different; more like that man in the club. It was no use.

          Time to begin the day. Saturday chores are waiting.

I’m Self-Published: What I Learned About It

I’ve started to get few questions not just about my book, but how did I get there? What is self-publishing like?  How do I start?

I’m certainly no self-publishing Yoda (not by a long shot).  But, I did do it all on my own.  Me and Google.  Here’s a few things I learned:

  1. Finish your book FIRST. This seems kind of self-explanatory, but when I really started researching publishing on the Big 3 (Amazon, iBooks, and B&N) – I was still a few chapters from the end.  I set a pre-sale date and I was going to make it damnit. I just ended up confused as hell.
  2. After you finish your book, proofread, edit, rewrite, and then do that all again 5 more times (or more!).  Use the mental health breaks in between these to take care of the next few tips.
  3. Signing up to sell with the Big 3 takes time.  At least get your accounts set up early.  They have to do IRS Tax Verification and everything, so get this done around a month before you plan to go live.
  4. I created my own book cover.  A LOT of people do this and it doesn’t work – at all.  I was 99% certain I was going to pay a professional to do it and then mine clicked for me.  For my next book, I  will most likely outsource this work.  It. Was. Hard.  (Unless you’re a Photoshop pro, then by all means…) 
Here’s My Final Cover

5. Do NOT leave your book description until the last minute.  Remember these 3 things – Book Cover, Book Description, and Social Media.  These three things will sell your book.  Pro Tip: Google “Metadata”.


This is definitely not a comprehensive list.  There’s a lot more in my head that I’ll include in another post if you guys like.  Don’t forget to like and follow.  Comment to let me know if you’d like to hear more.

Get your copy of Stopped Short HERE.

Available on Amazon, iBooks, and B&N.

Coming soon to Audible!

Reviewers Needed!

As some of you might have seen earlier – my new romance novel is up for pre-order on Amazon HERE.  I am wanting to hit the ground running and have found myself in need of reviews.

Now, here is my proposition.  I will send you a PDF transcript version of the first nine chapters – thats 65 pages – of Stopped Short: A Baseball Romance.

In exchange for your Amazon review (between Nov. 1st-7th), you will receive a promo code for a  FREE download of the full book from Amazon or iTunes!

To be clear, you are in no way under any obligation to leave a review. Also, no matter what you write, the free book is yours if you’d like it!

If you are interested – use this contact form to sign-up!

 

Stopped Short Ebook FINAL 2

 

Exciting News!

Hi, friends!

I am happy to announce that my new book is available for pre-order on Amazon!

Available HERE for the low, low price of $2.99!

You can also see the revised first chapter HERE.

I am so happy to be sharing this news and this story with you.

-Kevin Ethan

Stopped Short Ebook FINAL 2

 

Book Cover Reveal!

Hey, everybody! I hope you had a great weekend. Since my novel is in the process of being approved for pre-order, I am excited to finally reveal my book cover!

You can check out the (updated) first 3 chapters, here.

I created it myself, since as a new indie writer, I do not have the budget to pay for an original.

Give me a like if you think I made a good choice.

I’ll announce when the pre-order is up. In the meantime, Stopped Short: A Baseball Romance will be available November 1st on Amazon and iTunes 🤗

Stopped Short Ebook FINAL 2

 

WTF, Pandora?

Y’all. So, I’m off work on Sundays and Mondays.  I’m doing a writing weekend and I’ve already added about 15,000 words to my novel. Yay, me!

I usually play the Pandora station, Classical for Studying, through my Apple TV and surround sound while I write because it helps keep my head clear.

Anyway, I’m sitting here just chugging along and the music is going – and from the rear speaker behind me it sounds like someone whispers in my ear!

Y’all, I flipped. My dog is back there. Did he just learn how to talk?! Anyway, I looked up the song that was playing and it’s from a piano album named Whisperings. 

Classical music shouldn’t whisper at you!

So, this post was just to say that Pandora, David Nevue – you fucked up my mojo, yo.

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