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Lisa “LJ” Cohen
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Poet, Novelist, potter, Doctor Who fan, denizen of Night Vale
Poet, Novelist, potter, Doctor Who fan, denizen of Night Vale

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Welcome to my home on the plus! If you don't want to wade through my longer profile, here's the speed read edition:

* author of 6 SF&F novels
* poet
* potter
* international spy

http://www.ljcohen.net

My novels are available in eBook and print editions in all the usual and some of the unusual places:

AMAZON http://www.amazon.com/LJ-Cohen/e/B006QL6GA0
Barnes & Noble  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/lj-cohen *iTunes*  https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/lj-cohen/id496598411
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ljcohen
Kobo http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/search?Query=LJ+Cohen&fcmedia=Book
Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/author?id=LJ+Cohen
Createspace https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=lj+cohen&sitesearch_type=STORE
*Directly from me through my website*

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I've been lucky enough to have the incredibly talented +Chris Howard as the cover artist for all the Halcyone Space books. I have been thrilled with each of the covers he's created and I just got the art for the 4th book PARALLAX.

It's spot on.

I'll be revealing the cover first to my newsletter subscribers on Friday, so if you want to be among the first to see it, you can sign up at the link! http://www.ljcohen.net/contact.html

Here are the first 3 books: DERELICT, ITHAKA RISING, DREADNOUGHT AND SHUTTLE.

I'll give you a hint: Emmaline Gutierrez is featured on the new cover and the way Chris painted her arm prosthesis is bad ass!


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A very well written article. The tl;dr version: wtf is wrong with people? If you're fat and want work out clothes, nike has you covered and if you have a problem with that, fuck you. 
http://www.ravishly.com/2017/03/27/nike-backlash-proves-its-not-about-fat-peoples-health

“Promoting obesity” is not a real thing. “Wait — Nike is making a small group of styles and colors of their workout clothes in plus sizes? I’m totally getting fat!” said absolutely nobody ever.

I just switched out my laptop background image from the cover from DREADNOUGHT AND SHUTTLE to the cover for PARALLAX.

And you can't see it yet! Muah haaa haaaa.


;)

Soon. Very soon. . .



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Sharing some data on Kindle Unlimited lending revenues, going back about a year and a half.

I've seen a large tail-off of page reads since fall, and have decided not to renew my KU status for the books I had enrolled. I don't think it's worth the loss of having the books available widely for such a small amount of potential income.

I have no idea what changed. It was easy to stay in KU when I was earning several hundred dollars of lending revenue. Much harder to justify for less than $1./day.
Some thoughts about promotion and marketing and a decision:

About a year and a half ago, I decided to pull the first book of my SF and Fantasy series along with an older stand alone novel from wide distribution and enroll them in KDP select.

It made sense at the time; 90% of my earnings comes from Amazon and I was leaving potential money on the table along with potential readers by not being part of Kindle Unlimited in which subscribers get to read your work for no additional fee and you get paid for page reads.

For 6 months, lending for DERELICT accounted for an additional several hundred dollars a month of revenue from Amazon and then something interesting happened this past fall. Lending revenue/pages read tailed off severely, to less than $1.00/day.

I have no idea why. Perhaps there are many books enrolled and a relatively stable number of subscribers. Amazon doesn't say, so I have no idea.

I do know that I'm not willing to penalize readers on different platforms for such a small amount of potential earnings, and opting out of KU lets me do other kinds of promotions.

So as of the first week of May, DERELICT, THE BETWEEN, TIME AND TITHE and FUTURE TENSE will no longer be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited and will be back available in all retailers.

I'll be participating in a SF&F promotion through bookfunnel in May and there are a few other interesting things happening in summer that I can't yet talk about.

And PARALLAX will be released in June - available widely.

I think those of us who are author-publishers need to reassess how and where we promote our work on an occasional basis. Things change and we need to stay flexible when they do.

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Some thoughts about promotion and marketing and a decision:

About a year and a half ago, I decided to pull the first book of my SF and Fantasy series along with an older stand alone novel from wide distribution and enroll them in KDP select.

It made sense at the time; 90% of my earnings comes from Amazon and I was leaving potential money on the table along with potential readers by not being part of Kindle Unlimited in which subscribers get to read your work for no additional fee and you get paid for page reads.

For 6 months, lending for DERELICT accounted for an additional several hundred dollars a month of revenue from Amazon and then something interesting happened this past fall. Lending revenue/pages read tailed off severely, to less than $1.00/day.

I have no idea why. Perhaps there are many books enrolled and a relatively stable number of subscribers. Amazon doesn't say, so I have no idea.

I do know that I'm not willing to penalize readers on different platforms for such a small amount of potential earnings, and opting out of KU lets me do other kinds of promotions.

So as of the first week of May, DERELICT, THE BETWEEN, TIME AND TITHE and FUTURE TENSE will no longer be enrolled in Kindle Unlimited and will be back available in all retailers.

I'll be participating in a SF&F promotion through bookfunnel in May and there are a few other interesting things happening in summer that I can't yet talk about.

And PARALLAX will be released in June - available widely.

I think those of us who are author-publishers need to reassess how and where we promote our work on an occasional basis. Things change and we need to stay flexible when they do.

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So.Much. This.

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So my wonderful editor +Karen Conlin is doing her first read through of my latest, #PARALLAX and as she is wont to do, is live-blogging her reactions.

It's wild to see someone's initial reaction to your work, in real time. And it makes what will come later (the hard work of incorporating edits) much less painful.

You can follow along on her twitter feed.

https://twitter.com/GramrgednAngel


True confessions of personal mistakes. (Because a friend is struggling and beating herself up because of a mistake she made.)

When I was a practicing PT, I studied for and passed my certification exam to be a clinical specialist board certified in orthopedics.

It was a 10 year certification.

I know I earned the certification when my youngest was conceived (Trust me, I know!) and received the official certificate during our annual professional meeting that next year. So I always counted the years of my certification according to his birthday and age. Maybe you can already see where this is going.

To re-certify, you could take the exam again or apply with a portfolio of experience/research/etc.

I started the re-certification process when my son turned 10.

Only to find out that I was a year expired and no longer eligible to re-certify through portfolio. I had earned my initial certification actually 11 years before, not 10. I'd have to actually apply to take the exam again as if for the first time, which meant I no longer could, because you needed a certain number of direct clinical hours in the 5 years prior to be eligible. I was working part time, split between teaching PT and clinical hours.

So because I obviously cannot do simple math, I lost my board certification in physical therapy. (Fortunately, that had nothing to do with my basic license, so I didn't lose my job, but I felt horrible about myself for a long time.)

E.T.A. It was an expensive mistake, since it cost a small fortune to sit for the exam, including needing to travel to the conference to do so.

Wow. Today is the first day since my surgery Monday when I haven't had a nap.

It's 7:30 and I'm exhausted. Totally ready for bed!

Having people poke holes in you is hard.
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