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tuesday, november 23, 2010

Watchin' the Numbers
Readers are spending about twice the average time for site viewing when they drop by Alva Press, but if we--I say we because Alva can't do it without you--if we want to reach 10,000 pages read at this site by January 1, 1011, we need to forward http://alvapressinc.com to everyone we know. Readers currently average about 50 pages a day, but to hit 10,000 we need to increase the readership to 70 pages a day. The only way to do that is possibly to read the pages at the site we haven't and/or forward the site to others we know so they can do the job for us:)

Meantime, Black Friday is coming and Alva is hoping you will take the time to log onto Amazon.com and order a copy of Jolt: a rural noir by Roberta M. Roy. It's a book for your favorite fire fighter, EMT, science fiction buff, artist or lover of love stories. Any one of them would be totally hooked by it!

Ordering a copy of Jolt: a rural noir is one way to get a headstart on a gift for one of those on your list who is hard to please. And once you purchase it, you will have the chance to contact the distributor to request it be autographed.

Roberta in Po-Town, Wishin' you a HappyThanksgiving!
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thursday, november 18, 2010

A View of Jolt: a rural noir from Philly

I'm here in Philly for the national convention of the American Speech Hearing Language Association, ASHA. It's a great town. It's pretty and filled with many perky, friendly people.

A mix of a multitude of nationalities flock to Philly's center. The sound of the various languages and the accents of speakers of them comes like music to my ears.

Having commandeered the only computer in the business center of the Doubletree where I am staying, I must be brief. So just a note to say I'm fine, love Philly, and handed out some cards and talked about Jolt:a rural noir with a number of different women, mostly speech language pathologists. The discussion occurred on the bus leaving the convention for the hotel. It resulted from having become involved with some women who were discussing pat-downs and scans at airports. 

Unlike myself, my colleagues thought such pat-downs and scans were the way to go while I'm not sure about it. These women did not find even the 'close' pat-down overly intrusive. As for me, however, I can not help but want to avoid them.

When and if I must go through a frisking in order to fly, I shall probably have to smother my rage for a few days thereafter. And then there is the question of the physical effects--forget the imagery--of the full body scans, which for other reasons I shall also try to avoid. 

Anyway, as it turns out, I drove from Poughkeepsie to Philadelphia without a GPS. Thus, with only MapQuest and driving alone, I wound up becoming lost more than once and so visited a number of pretty, older suburbs and a charming city--Rartitan--or two and got to meet some splendid people.

One of my impromtu guides turned out to be a young Pennsylvanian named Drew who went so far as to give me his phone number in case the maps he made me did not get me where I wanted to go. But as it turned out, the maps worked fine. I arrived in Philly safe and sound on a trip that took three more hours than the anticipated three and a half. Ah, well.

It all just brings to mind the old saying, "You know you are having an adventure when you are uncomfortable."

And needless to say, tonight I downloaded VZNavigator into my Blackberry and so suspect the trip home, while briefer, may lack some of the high points of the trip down. Which, at this point, is just as well.

Roberta in Philly, Adventuring

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monday, november 15, 2010

From Where I Sit
Having been a published author a full ten-plus months, my perspective on publishing has been significantly impacted. I thought one writes a good book--well edited, great characters, lots of action, and with an eye-catching cover bound to catch everyone's attention. It's filled with suspense, passion--even a few love scenes. It's published. People see it, hear about it, buy it, enjoy the story, and its message is spread. Nothing to lose. Everything to gain.

Well, not exactly.

I would guess I am now some fifteen thousand dollars and hundreds of hours poorer, and no matter, people eye Jolt: a rural noir and sometimes explicitly state they will not read about nuclear events or nuclear survival. (Which, by the way, was the exact reason I wrote Jolt: a rural noir--to make nuclear survival speakable, something we could talk about, something we could learn about, and by so doing dispel some of our ill-founded fears. And further, I wanted to offer up some easy ways to enhance one's chance of survival should there be any nuclear event, regardless of how large or how small it might be.)

Now I know my neighbor in Port Henry, NY, Jeff Kelly, sold some five thousand copies of his book The Twenty-One Mine. And my friend Joan Sheldon is surprised by how many people are interested in reading her memoir Someone to Remember. While Nancy Means Wright is all over the country doing booksignings for Midnight Fires--except Nancy has written many books and, unlike the rest of us, was already well-known throughout Vermont and the northeast when Midnight Fires was released and since then has even interviewed on NPR.

And then there is Jesse Saperstein whose autobiography, Atypical, tells of what it is like to live with Asperger's. Jesse has at one booksigning sold as many as a hundred books.

And a couple of weeks ago, my new friends, Carney and Tatiana Rhinevault, had their book, The Home Front at Roosevelt's Hometown, released and the Roosevelt Home purchased fifty copies right off for distribution at their tourist center. And even better, this weekend, the Poughkeepsie Journal did an almost full page spread on it with good copy and a generous sized picture of both Tatiana and Carney.

I mention these books because they were written by people I know and their books, while varied in nature, all share a certain natural stature that comes with clarity of purpose and dedication to both research and the written word. This gives me hope, for Jolt: a rural noir is also well-researched and the product of a clear purpose and dedication to the written word.

To date, Jolt: a rural noir has been read by some hundred people, almost all of whom have reported back positively--although a few have chickened out and stopped when there lumed in it, the threat of a nuclear event.

Oh, sure, I should have listed immediately on Amazon.com and instead of selling through my own small website and person-to-person, I should have referred everyone to Amazon.com and asked them to make comments there on Jolt: a rural noir. But I didn't know any better. So now all I can do is to hope some of Jolt's readers registered at Amazon.com will comment there on Jolt: a rural noir anyway. Meantime, however, if only for the fun of it, I am boosting readership on this site with the end goal of reaching 10,000 pages read of my blogs by 1/1/11 in 2010.

Currently, as you can see on the home page of the site, Alva Press, Inc., readership for 2010 is just over 7,000 pages. But if each day visitors average reading 61 pages on the site, Alva will meet its goal. And as it turns out, in the two days since I set this objective, Alva has averaged 65 pages read per day.

So please help. Refer the Alva Press, Inc., site to a friend. And dig around in it yourself by checking out the links to the two other blogs listed on the home page or reading some of my older blog entries.

Yup, I figure, even if my book fails to sell, at least we can all experience a sense of success in having come together and read 10,000 pages right here before the turn of the new year!

To help me reach that goal even more quickly, do send this link http://alvapressinc.com along to a friend. Also, recommend they order a copy of Jolt: a rural noir through Amazon.com and suggest they comment on it on that website. Even a negative comment would be better than none! 

Roberta in Po-Town, Lookin' to you and Amazon.com
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sunday, november 7, 2010

Readership, Competitions, and Jolt on Amazon.com
To date in 2010 readers have read some 7,000 pages on the Alva Press site and sub sites. This leads one to speculate as to whether or not the year will close with 10,000 pages read--about 9,000 more than ever anticipated by yours truly. Special thanks to Alva's twenty-five to fifty regular readers as well as to all the others who drop by with less regularity. Always nice to talk with you!

As to visits' length, in a month when blogs are regular, an average visit runs about a minute and a half--definitely better than the average site--by more than a minute.

This month as Alva recuperates time and energy following the four book signings in October, it prepares to solve the problems uploading Jolt: a rural noir onto Kindle as well as to research competitions other than the IPPY Awards into which Jolt should be entered. The search is worth the cost and effort as with any win comes 'free' publicity. You see, Roy really does want to make that dirty word survival something speakable--which is the reason she wrote Jolt: a rural noir in the first place: she wanted to encourage common sense dialogue and information sharing on topics related to survival.

Alva's current problem is, however, that entering contests costs and unless comments from the readership of Jolt: a rural noir picks up on Amazon.com, it is difficult to attract new readers and thereby acru book-dedicated income from this, Jolt: a rural noir's most widely publicized source. 

So you if have an Amazon.com account, please use it to order a copy of Jolt: a rural noir. And even if you already have your own personal copy, please go to Amazon.com and order one for a friend who is interested in rural noirs (otherwise known as soft science fiction) or purchase it for someone who is hung up on love stories--or topics related to survival. Alva recommends you do this because Jolt: a rural noir reads like a timely version of Robinson Crusoe--except this time he is lost in the high mountains of the Northeastern part of the United States where he and his passionate lover wrestle not only with the intricacies of their own relationship, but also with the problems of a village overrun by emigrants fleeing a nuclear meltdown. 

For many, Jolt: a rural noir is a read to be mulled over and savored. Nonetheless, everybody who starts Jolt, finishes it. It's just that kind of a read.

Roberta in Po-Town, Still truckin'
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