Essential GPS

By Jamie Alan Belanger on November 11, 2015 4:00 pm · 0 Comments

Coming Soon: Essential GPS

The Greater Portland Scribists first formed in July 2010 and published our first anthology the following June. Since then, we have been publishing an anthology every summer. After the publication of our fifth volume in 2015, we decided it would be fun to look back over the years and choose the best stories from each author. With the help of our fans and a small survey we’ve been running this autumn, we will be selecting one story from each author to be published later this month in a new compilation called Essential GPS.

The survey for choosing stories in this volume is now closed. I’ll post the results soon.

Our plan is to publish this volume on November 30th as a free ebook in the Kindle store. Stay tuned for more details and the final story list!

Moved to a New Server

By Jamie Alan Belanger on September 26, 2015 12:10 pm · 0 Comments

We’ve been having some issues with our web service host and I finally decided to go ahead and address them. I suppose it was a matter of time… we’ve been on the same virtual computer for like seven years. It was starting to get slow, and was annoying me.

So I spent the past few days transitioning our site to a new server. Then I had to rewrite a lot of the back end code to fix issues with the new server (upgraded Apache, PHP, MySQL, and more). The new site is noticeably faster, and the code behind it is more efficient. I also uploaded newer versions of several scripts. The menu has a nice fade effect and works a little better, as well as being more efficient on the back end too.

There’s still some things broken that I’m working on. So if things break or if pages don’t load over the next few days, that’s why. Right now most of what I know is broken is in WordPress. The theme we were using is apparently not compatible (or even available) anymore. So I have to choose, install, and customize a new theme. UPDATE: I managed to fix the theme, so this is back to normal now.

I’m hoping to have everything fixed sometime soon.

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Giveaway Postmortem – Breakdown and Advice

By Jamie Alan Belanger on August 26, 2015 6:34 pm · 0 Comments

Welcome! This post is primarily for other authors who are interested in giving away free copies of their books. The goal of a giveaway (or at least my hope) is that you give away a few copies, maybe get a few ratings and reviews, or at least get a bunch of people to see your book (and hopefully become interested in purchasing a copy). I’ll confess I’m not the best marketer on the planet. I’m more interested in creating a great product and don’t like spending hours or days trying to get people as excited as I am about it. Running a giveaway at Goodreads is easy, but it does cost money. The question any marketer would ask is: what kind of return do you get for the money invested? I’m going to try to answer that. At the very least, maybe someone can take the raw numbers below and provide the answers I can’t figure out. Like I said above, this post is primarily intended to inform other indie authors about these giveaways, but anyone who is curious about the financial breakdown of doing a Goodreads giveaway should read on.

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Last day for the Goodreads giveaway – win one of 8 copies of Scribings, Vol 5: Inversions

By Jamie Alan Belanger on August 24, 2015 9:00 am · 0 Comments

Today is the last day for our US readers to enter to win one of eight paperback copies, signed by all eight contributing authors.

Goodreads Book Giveaway
United States only

Scribings, Vol 5 by Jamie Alan Belanger

Scribings, Vol 5

by Jamie Alan Belanger

Giveaway ends August 24, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Last day for the international giveaway of Scribings, Vol 5: Inversions

By Jamie Alan Belanger on August 23, 2015 10:00 am · 0 Comments

We’re so happy to see all the people entering to win one of the two signed paperbacks we’re giving away to our international readers. Today is the last day to enter for your chance to win!

Goodreads Book Giveaway
International!

Scribings, Vol 5 by Jamie Alan Belanger

Scribings, Vol 5

by Jamie Alan Belanger

Giveaway ends August 23, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Also, for our readers in the United States, tomorrow is your last chance to enter to win one of eight signed copies.

Goodreads Book Giveaway
United States only

Scribings, Vol 5 by Jamie Alan Belanger

Scribings, Vol 5

by Jamie Alan Belanger

Giveaway ends August 24, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway