I want to comment this time about why it took so long for me to do this first blog. The ANSWER: My initial two books have finally been published! (The Pigeon Catcher and Henrietta H. House)
Basically, that is what I was waiting for.
I just found out tonight that they are available by going to Amazon and discovering them. How exciting!!! I don't know how long it will take them to get into other retail outlets. In a month or so, they will also be available in the Kindle format.
Someone asked why I didn't project the publication dates on this website so people would have some idea of the timeline. The reason I did not do that is because every time I thought The Pigeon Catcher (my first book published) would be in print, there was some set-back. Originally, the plan was for it to come out by October or November of 2011. Then the date was pushed back to December...and then January, 2012...then February...and now, here it is March! But I am so happy and relieved the day has finally arrived. Whew!
It got to the point where I was afraid to tell anyone when I thought the books would be published. I even began to regret telling people they would be published. Oh well. That is all in the past.
The other embarrassing thing is that this website was discovered by a lot of people, and I have no idea how that happened. I think maybe it began with my first website through Apple. It became an experimental site because there was not as much that I could do on it compared to this site. I don't know how anyone found the Apple one in the first place. I didn't tell anybody about it. That is a mystery worthy of a super sleuth detective. Maybe I will have to put Phillip Marrow, Jr. onto that case. (Probably not, he's already got his hands full.)
Anyway, I would rarely do a Google search for eabundy, and generally when I did that my eabundyauthor Apple site would pop up in first place on the Google page. How did that happen? I don't know. There are other eabundys, including an Emma who is in California, I believe, and a fellow who is into pin ball machines, and I think he's on the east coast. Although Bundy is not a common name, there are maybe 2500 of us in the USA, most of whom I am not related to.
But I digress. (Perhaps I will write more on that later.)
I finally realized that quite a few people were still visiting my old Apple site, which I had not updated for a very long time. So, I went over there to make some minor adjustments and somehow lost a chunk off the first page and couldn't figure out how to get it back. I added in its place a brief explanation of my new site (this one) and put in a link to here.
Just as with my first author website, I made no effort to promote this one, but when I knew people were going to the old Apple site I thought I should redirect them to here. Except for doing that, I tried not to let anyone know about this site until I had some books for sale. I just wanted to be ready when the time arrived.
There is a feature on this website that lets me check and see how many people have visited it. In fact, there is a month-long graph that shows each day's totals. You can hopefully imagine how shocked I was to find out that on a single day over 50 people had visited this site. And when I looked farther, I found that some of those folks were from England, France, and even Israel. Actually, shocked is too tame a word for what I experienced then. Once I realized the situation, I felt even more pressure to get books published in a timely fashion.
I checked just a few minutes ago and in the last week there was a day when 35 people visited this site. Now, to be honest, there were also days when only three or four people did so. Any at all is surprising.
What is ahead now? Which book comes next? It looks like Captain Dreade will be published next, but I am not going to predict that for certain. Henrietta H. House, was a ways down on my want-to-get-it-published-list, and she nearly beat out The Pigeon Catcher. How quickly the publisher will get to Captain Dreade is questionable because they have a western novel and a historical biblical era novel scheduled to be printed first.
My preferred publishing order was originally something like this:
1. The Pigeon Catcher, 2. Spider Wars, 3. Phillip Marrow, Jr., 4. Captain Dreade,
5. Henrietta H. House, 6. Country Cousin, 7. Jamison Pond, & 8. The Not-Witch, etc., etc.
How did Henrietta move up the list? Well, when I showed the publisher which pages of the site were the most popular, they suggested we bump Henrietta up to second place because she was getting more interest than many others on the site, including my personal favorites.
So...a site that no one was supposed to know about ended up influencing in what order the books will be published. Who knew?
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