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Effective immediately (6/8/11), the subject blog has moved to its new site: http://www.ViewsfromSandhausen.com/ The blog will be but one element in a larger site that I  self-host, and that will give you a significantly richer experience. Items of significance for you … Continue reading


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www.ViewsfromSandhausen.com: New Site Going Live

Our main website, http://ViewsfromSandhausen.com will go live this Thursday, June 9, 2011.

The blog currently found at http://FlaAuthor.wordpress.com will be transferred as of that date.   There will be a link pointing to the new site, for some period of time.

Please add the http://ViewsfromSandhausen.com to your address book and watch for our first post on that site will appear this Friday.

Meanwhile, our book is available for purchase at Amazon USA and Amazon
, plus Barnes & Noble, and if I may say so, is doing well.  I’ll
see you in the book and on the new site.


Phenom: Amanda Hocking

Today’s blog will be shorter than usual but we will discuss a truly remarkable author, Amanda Hocking.  She may be only 25 years old but in that time, she has accomplished more than a dozen of her talented peers.

During the course of the last few years, with determination and all the intensity that she could muster, she has published four Young Adult paranormal romance novels, and has more than a dozen finished books ‘on the shelf’ and ready to go.  So you say, “OK, she is prolific – what else?” As of March 2011, she has sold about a million copies of nine books and earned two million dollars from sales, something previously unheard of for self-published authors.  The great majority were self-published as eBooks.  She set a low price point and the cash and admiration rolled in.

The lesson for us all is that we too can achieve a measure of her success.  Admittedly, her genre of ‘Young adult paranormal romance’ is probably the hottest niche today.  Through hard work, laser-like focus, untiring effort, and a lot of time spent on other things than writing, Amanda made it happen!

Please read on for more of her remarkable story.  Amanda Hocking summary.


Digital Book World: Book-Buying Behavior in 2010 – Extract

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Recently, Verso Advertising, the industry leader in book advertising, published the results of a very interesting survey.  It is called, BEA Survey of Book-buying Behavior.  This study highlighted, presented last month at Digital Book World, current trends in book buying behavior today.  I am re-publishing the findings to illustrate the growing acceptance of eBooks.


Digital Book World: Book-Buying Behavior in 2010

Verso Digital’s 2010 Survey of Book-Buying Behavior, presented last week at Digital Book World, the new version of the same survey that Jack McKeown presented at the Winter Institute a year ago in San Jose, Calif., is available online in a “mini-slide show” version. This survey was conducted last November and December and focuses on e-readers and e-books. Among the findings:E-reader ownership has nearly tripled in a year, to almost 8%, and is likely to reach 13%-15% this year.There is huge chunk of readers who don’t want to use e-readers: 49% of respondents said it was unlikely they would buy an e-reader.Some 90% of e-reader owners will continue to buy print books.E-reader owners are splitting purchases almost evenly between e-books and print books, with an average of 7.2 a year.

80.7% of respondents said they were very likely or somewhat likely to buy e-books from independent booksellers if titles are priced competitively.

Some conclusions:

A “robust, hybrid (print and e-book) market will endure for many years.”

Predictions of 50% e-book penetration by 2014 are “highly inflated and ignore the persistence of consumer preferences for print.” (I put it at 25%)

Predictions for the demise of 90% of bricks-and-mortar bookstores within 10 years are “grossly misleading.” (I personally disagree with this finding)

Independent bookstores have “a significant opportunity to convert mind share to market share in the e-book space.”

I am planning to bundle my book on:  Views from Sandhausen.com.  I will offer a hardcopy version and an eBook (in Kindle and ePub formats), for a discounted price.  Now I just have to get the website done!

From my Designer Walt, at Five Rainbows Services:

In terms of shutting off your book endorsements, “I will extract what I think are the best bits from the endorsements and send those along for your review by Feb 4. I might send two versions, since we will have room for longer ones on the hardcover’s jacket. Then I will work those into the cover layouts and send proofs of them to you. I will also add the full text of the endorsements to the interior by adding two pages ahead of the half-title.

We can hold off on finalizing the printer files until 18 February, no problem. If you get any new endorsements that you like better, we can substitute extracts on the covers up to Feb 16.

Jumping on LSI’s free setup promo is definitely the way to go.  You can set up the title right now up to the point of uploading the files, as long as you place at least a 50-book order so that it can ship before March 17.

You’re getting close to having actual printed books in your hands. I still find it exciting when we have a new book of our own hot of the press and almost as exciting when a client does!

Hope your eBook sales are meeting your expectations!”

Tip of the Day

I have signed up with Backupify.com.  They provide a back-up solution that you can use to recover most of your Social Media Channels (SMC) that may become corrupted.  The content of most of my SMC’s is rather banal, but I’m building a Fan Page on Facebook for Views from Sandhausen that I would hate to lose.  The other element is all of my contact and friends; losing them would really Hurt me.  Due to life’s events and our many moves, I have few enough friends to risk losing any of them.  I like it because it is free, it is automatic, and it has the potential to save this old fool’s butt, for actions taken while I am in the ‘ether’.

How often have you heard, or (worse) said to yourself, “Yes, I clicked the delete button. Yes, I regret it now. Yes, I belatedly realized why the Backupify service makes sense.” Backupify is an all-in-one archiving, search and restore service for the most popular online services including Google Apps, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

PostAWeek 2011

I committed to posting a blog post at least once a week to an ongoing blogging movement started at the beginning of 2011.  There is a PostaWeek2011, and a PostaDay2011 contest.  I did not feel that I could keep up the pace for PostaDay2011.  So far I have published 21 blog posts this year.  I guess I can sit back and do nothing until the third week of May, but that kind of defeats the purpose.  So, I blog on – getting very excited that I’ll actually hold a book soon!

A handy beginner’s guide to e-book formats, apps and devices

Originally Posted by: Piotr Kowalczyk

Date January 23, 2011

With credit to Piotr Kowalczyk, the first poster of this chart, originally presented by BookBee.net, and to Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn for reposting this essential guide for all eBook authors,.  When you have time, please take a look at Joanna’s soon-to-be-released novel, Pentecost, available on February 7, 2011.  I have read all of her excerpts so far and the book is just Brilliant!

As I started down the journey of writing Views from Sandhausen, I knew in my gut that I wanted it to be released as soon as possible in eBook format.  My depth of knowledge about eBook formats was essentially the same as yours, nil.  Once I started work with my book’s designer, Walt at Five Rainbows Services, I soon started to see that this evolving standard was both complex and much in a state of flux.  Therefore, this chart is a snapshot in time, the status of eBook formats on this date.  Formats will come and go but all authors, and indeed customers that read on their shiny new eReaders, need this information.

The next Big Thing is Enhanced eBooks.  These books will be sold as applications for your Smartphone, or as eBooks that you either download to your computer/phone, or “lease”, as you do in the Kindle model.  I’m not as big fan of ‘leasing’ my books but it is the only way that company’s like Amazon and Kindle can guarantee that, “If you buy it once, you can read it on any of your devices”.  This can be compelling when you read part of the eBook on the bus or train, during your commute.  Then you can pick up your tablet or PC, and be at the exact same place in your book as you were when you closed your Smartphone on the way home.

Enhanced eBooks.  This is a whole topic in itself and will be the subject of a future post.

Lastly, Views from Sandhausen is receiving GREAT reviews and yesterday we saw the greatest audience that we have seen to date.  Thank you kind readers and I will be focusing on additional topics, in addition to my little project.

Stay warm, and Go Steelers!!!!


More Signs of Success

This weekend we received our third positive book review, this time from a talented reviewer who reviews book for a living.  I am really excited about this one!

Lynnette Phillips, Avid Reader Book Reviews


January 2011 - Avid Book Review

897 Twitter Followers - @CliffordF2

On the Twitter side, I am a handful of followers away from 900.  This gives us a little more reach to help others with what we have learned on this odyssey.  Of course, it gives me a priceless audience for what I might want to say, and to receive feedback that always makes a person better at whatever they might want to try.

My account was finally created on Barnes & Noble and I hope to get the account, from which orders can be taken (Nook eReader), finalized ASAP.  The format of the Nook is ePub – which is the primary format for eBooks.  Thanks to Walt at Five Rainbows, his full-service book design process provides me with versions of the book in all formats!

The balance of next week will to offer the book on additional eBook retailers, in the USA and in Europe.  By blanketing the market, I trust that we will be able to get the book into print sooner!

It is 54.9 degrees outside with bright sunshine.  The golfers are out in force today – what an amazing breed.  Lastly, I purchased a ‘new’ car last week that should carry me forward for the next several years.  Love those 100,000 mile power train warranties!

Be well and stay warm!


Views from Sandhausen Purchase Outlets

My Dear Friends and Family

After countless hours and a significant financial commitment, Views from Sandhausen: Experiences from a Foreign Service Assignment is finally available.  It can (first) be found on Amazon.com formatted for the family of Kindle eReaders.  Buy the eBook for Kindle here.  You can also leave your review of what you thought of our efforts, at the same location!

I am in the process of putting it up on Barnes and Noble for their Nook eReader, as well as other outlets. 

Within the next week I anticipate that it will be available for all current and future devices.  Of course, my favorite, the iPad, will be fully supported (including iPad 2’s enhanced features).  From the wings I can hear, “…but Cliff, I don’t have a Kindle eReader or a Nook, color or otherwise”.  Not to worry, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and others, have applications that are free and can be loaded on any PC or Mac, as well as most Smartphone’s out in the wild.  The nice thing about Kindle is that you buy the book once, and it is available on all Kindle devices, no matter the computer underneath.  It will even tell your various devices exactly where you were in the book when you last stopped reading.  Readers for various systems can be found here:

Amazon Kindle for all devices

Nook (B&N) for all devices

I have put up a page on http://FlaAuthor.WordPress.com that I will keep updating as new versions are available – as well as keep you posted (pun intended) on the two print books availability.  I anticipate that you will be able to hold a Hard or Soft cover book by the end of this quarter.

Views from Sandhausen

978-0-9831283-0-4 Hardcover   Available Soon
978-0-9831283-1-1 Paperback   Available Soon
978-0-9831283-2-8 ePub           Available Soon 
978-0-9831283-3-5 Kindle          Available 1/19/11

I would like to thank you all for your endless support, as well as for several reviews that have been sent to me or posted.  Should you purchase an electronic copy, not only are your photographs in full color, but the various web links are ‘live’.  This means that as you come across a link in the electronic book, you can simply click on the link and be taken to the website mentioned.

Lastly (for now) I am toying with the idea of making a ‘Bundle’ option available for a discounted price, only on my http://www.ViewsfromSandhausen.com website.  That is the preferred point of purchase as my margins are better there.  It will be up just as soon as is possible. Those investments will come as soon as funds allow me to make it happen.

Thank you all and your co-authors, Cliff and Lynn, that you again!

Love Cliff

We are finally Published on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

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While it will be a day or two before you can actually go to Amazon.com and BN.com to purchase Views from Sandhausen (they have work to do after I finished), we are officially published!  The Hardcover and softcover versions will be another month to 45 days, VFS will be available tomorrow. 

eReaders that support ePub formats include the readers’ shown Here.

eReaders that support the Kindle format are limited to Amazon Kindle.  Having said that, how many more eReaders are required?

While I respect your enthusiasm, hold off on purchasing for the paper versions.  They are much more satisfying (in my opinion). The eBook’s advantages are that the interior photos are in color, and the hotlinks to places mentioned in the book are ‘hot’.  That means that you can click on the link, while holding down the Ctrl key, and be magically swept off to the location in question.  I am considering offering a bundle that includes your choice of eReader file along with a hardcover copy.  That was you have the tactile sensations of a paper book, along with the portability and added functionality of an eBook.

News from the Back Room indicates that another wonderful review has been received from Washington DC.  It is as follows:



 Views from Sandhausen: Experiences from Foreign Service Assignment

Author: Clifford L. Feightner

Provocative and playful, Views from Sandhausen: Experiences from Foreign Service Assignment takes you on the Autobahn and highways of Europe, to a small village south of Heidelberg—Sandhausen. An American corporate ambassador and his wife share their first-hand experiences of the history, traditions, art, culture, cuisine, conveniences and inconveniences of living abroad. From this base location they venture through Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and later the Cayman Islands—sharing their enterprising excursions, tips, photos and humorous stories. From the well known Louvre Museum and Neuschwanstein Castle to the local, lesser known KERVE celebration and “Blumen Flumen,” it is the personalities and perspectives of the expatriate couple that makes it a book well worth reading.

-Cher Skoubo

Owner, Skoubo Graphics

Washington, DC


On another note, we now have 858 Twitter followers. This is in addition to our 251 LinkedIn Connections, and 168 Facebook Friends, our little Tribe is really beginning to take off!  They are located worldwide and I trust that they will act as our ambassadors. 


A Treasure-Chest of eBook Resources

Growth of @Cliffordf2 Twitter followers

Growth of @Cliffordf2 Twitter followers

As I continue to cultivate my little plot of cyberspace, caring for and nurturing my Tribe of Twitter followers, I ran across an absolute treasure trove of resources for writers of eBooks.  It is so significant that I am devoting this entire post to more widely distribute it to my loyal blog followers.

My heart-felt thanks to the author, Colleen Cunningham, who is the Senior Book Designer for Adams Media, a division of F+W Media.  As she states in her post, “Digital book design may be a fairly new skill to most print book designers and production managers, but those who want to learn how to create an ePub eBook are in luck: there’s a wealth of resources on the web.

Of the three primary eBook formats — ePub, Kindle, and PDF — there’s no question of which ones present the bigger challenge to a print designer. While a PDF file is an exact replica of the print document, ePub and Kindle files are downloadable, zipped websites that use CSS and HTML to format content. Every print designer thinking about digital publishing has probably asked, “How much code do I really need to learn?”

Read her complete post,  InDesign to Ebook: Resources.  Further, as you have the time, dig into her archive for more excellent advice and tools, collected in one place for your convenience.   

Read more at DigitalBookWorld.com: InDesign to Ebook: Resources | Digital Book World http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2011/indesign-to-ebook-resources/#ixzz1BIpvlU00

Read more at DigitalBookWorld.com: Colleen Cunningham | Digital Book World http://www.digitalbookworld.com/author/bookdesigngirl/#ixzz1BIpQTHdG