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I have Amazon author pages

In my ongoing quest to take over the world, I have been exploring Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program, which lets any ol’ slob, such as me, offer ebooks for sale on Amazon for the Kindle. To test it out, I’ve made my two screenplays available for sale. Bronx Cheer [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.] is a romantic dramedy; Cat and Mouse [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.] is psychological suspense. (Both are available at Amazon in other regions as well, so please do check your local Amazon site if you’re not in North America or the U.K.)

I’ve long since given up on screenplays, by the way: they’re even harder to make money from than film criticism is. But I’m proud of them — they each won some little writing awards — and I learned a lot about how films are structured by writing them. I hope you’ll check them out.

If you do read the screenplays, please leave brief reviews at Amazon. That can help with sales. Thanks.

My Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, a deconstruction of that cult-favorite film, is still available in print at Amazon [U.S.] [Canada] [U.K.], and will soon be available for the Kindle there, too. I’m doing that through Lulu (the print-on-demand service through which I originally published the book), in order to test out its Kindle service. (A free ebook version — which is readable on the Kindle, though you have to manually upload it to your device — is currently available to FlickFilosopher.com subscribers. When you subscribe, I’ll send you info on how to obtain that.)

In the process of doing all this, I’ve also set up author pages at Amazon U.S. and Amazon U.K.. (Amazon Canada doesn’t do author pages. Yet. I imagine at some point the site will have them.) There’s nothing new or exciting there yet, if you’re familiar with my work here, but the fiction I mentioned recently will end up there eventually, and I may do some ebook collections of my film reviews.

Stay tuned…


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  • Danielm80

    I fully support your campaign to take over the world. When you’re in charge, please make the original release date of The Princess Bride a holiday, with free screenings around the globe.

    Also, your book on the film is excellent, and everyone reading this should buy it.

  • RogerBW

    I’ve also enjoyed the book, and I hope that one day the screenplays will be available in a non-proprietary format so that I can buy and read them. (Yeah, I know the reasons to go with Amazon, and I don’t blame you for it, but I don’t ever buy closed formats.)

  • Tonio Kruger

    I am very sorry to hear that you are giving up screenplays, MaryAnn. I would have thought that you had a lot of potential in that area, given your obvious talent and the amount of money others have earned from even minor screenplays.

    Then again, if you are not selling anything, you might as well be investing in lottery tickets. Only you can judge how valid your decision is. You are not the only one I know who has had to balance the respective demands of Mammon and the Muse; in fact, part of me is surprised that you have held out this long.

  • Tonio Kruger

    Good luck with your future endeavors, MaryAnn!

  • I long ago gave up on screenplays. This is not a new development.

    Talent means nothing. Nothing.

  • LaSargenta

    Dumb question, can I buy a Kindle edition and read it on my PC without having to download anything special? Does Windows Media do it ok?

    Sorry, but I’d like to read the screenplays but I don’t have a Kindle (and no plans to buy one).

    Edited, whoops, I see RogerBW’s comment below…I suspect that answers my question. May I send you money and you e-mail me pdfs? I know that defeats the purpose of the Amazon thing and makes more work for you, but I’d love to read them.

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