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Two ‘fer

A couple of things to spice up your lives today.
Coming from the poor side of existence, I am often very reluctant to pay for anything. Life has a habit of screwing me over, the minute things get caught up. With that in mind, I had to weigh it against the importance of my business situation and common sense eventually won the day.

I will be spending the next few weeks or months, building a portfolio site for my photos and art. While this website will not be a means to sell anything, it is still needed as a digital business card. To keep striving without any real plan of advancement is just folly. Although I am fully aware of just how good most of my photos are and it is clear many people do agree with that assessment, I need to find an venue that displays my photography(and art) in the best possible light.

The next order of business is also about photography. Up until now, I have haphazardly put together this career choice. I will admit that was not a wise thing to do. Sometimes we get so caught up in things that we forget to do some of the most basic things. In regards to photography, I doubly did this. Not only did I fail to create a portfolio site, I failed to create even a blog. I was under the mindset that the images should speak for themselves. That was a wrong frame of mind.

With the Fine Art America website, it completely lacks any real means of telling a photo or piece of artwork’s tale. It also severely lacks in presentation. Don’t even let me get started in the pricing model of the site, I already wrote about that. Thusly, I shall be creating a blog devoted to the subject of photography in the coming months. This blog will be used in conjunction with YouTube videos, that will teach how I create, what I create. So if you have ever been interested in learning more about photography, it will be the place to be.

Lastly, in regards to the pricing of Fine Art America, I have actually raised the prices on prints. Not because I am an ass. But because I believe that I was underpaid for the photo prints I have sold through there. I realize the pricing there is a bit high for some people. But quality is what you are paying for and the site has one of the highest quality ratings for their prints. The old adage, you get what you pay for, is true for most things. If you really want one of my prints from there, buy the print and go bargain shopping for the frame.

However, I have been looking into considering digital downloads. This can greatly decrease the initial cost of a print. No materials are sold to the customer. They merely buy, download, and print it out themselves.

 

While I would have to go back through my finished photos and make some changes and custom sizes, it is not undoable! It would change the price of a print from $23 for a 8 x 8 to something like $8 for 4 different sized digital print sizes. Of course, these digital items would still only be good for personal use, I.E. home wall art, but that was all that regular prints are good for too. However, before I go digging through 550+ photos for ones to create special digital versions of, I believe asking if anyone would be interested in buying them would be prudent. So, if you are interested, comment with a “Yes” or “I am” or even just liking this post, reposting, retweeting, etc. would be a way of letting me know.

Most photographers I’ve read or spoken with, always say that digital sales is the way to go. I just would like to see some solid proof of that. I was taught don’t believe everything you read, so show me! Geez! I sound like I am from Missouri(the show me state). I can assure you I am not!

Thank you for reading this! If you made it this far, then you made it further than 90% of the people who might read something like this. Congrats! Either you are a true friend, or you find my writing amazing, or you are just bored out of your mind. What ever the case may be…thank you, thank you, thank you! Lastly, if you wish to be notified about the portfolio and photography websites, please do subscribe to my blog. That is the only way I can guarantee that you will get notice. Have an incredible day!😎

 

JB

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The music has not died!

Normally, by this time of the year, I usually have created 3 or 4 songs but this last year has not been a normal year. I moved 5 times, house-trained a puppy which I ended up having to give up, had 10 teeth removed and am still in the process of getting used to the dentures, and that is just to mention a few of the abnormal things, I have had to deal with. As a result, my 2nd book in my Shadow Shifters series is running a little late, and there is no time to create music, while I am playing catch up.

To further complicate matters, I upgraded a lot of my equipment. Of course, this will allow me to create even better things music wise, but these new tools have to be learned too!

So, while I am learning the new stuff and playing catch up with my book series, I have been uploading various things, I have in the works. None of them are complete yet, but you can get an idea of what may be coming in the future. I have been posting them to my Soundcloud account- http://soundcloud.com/lucid-chaos so you can at least get an idea of what is going on, behind the scenes.

I can make no guarantees that this year, I will complete an entire CD. Hopefully, I will be able to get at least a couple of good songs up before year end.

The music has not died within me, it is just waiting for the time to be released once more.

Axe

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Free Music and Book Sale

Here are the direct links for people who don’t wish to read-

Lucid Chaos Music

Amazon Author Page

From this moment forward, all my music shall be completely free. Of course, if you want to support my music creation efforts, you can always choose to pay whatever you desire. All music files at Bandcamp are lossless files. That means they have not been compressed and lost sound qualities. However, you can choose to download the mp3 version, if you so desire.

There is music from several different genres such as chill, downtempo, Rock, and EDM. There is music with vocals and without. Frankly, there is a little something for everyone there. The music is for personal use only and may not be used in ANY media platform, without a commercial license. I hope some people find enjoyment in discovering some of my work and do decide to support my future efforts, which will be a little more like my roots. Just rock and blues, mostly.

As for my books, Little Moments OF Truth shall be placed into The Kindle Select And Kindle Unlimited programs. Now people can read it for free, if they are Kindle Prime members. Shadow Shifters will be half off until Monday, April 20. This is only for the ebook versions of both. I cannot change the paperback versions as I already barely earn anything on them, due to Amazon’s preponderance for putting them on sale already. I am looking into alternatives for the paper format of my books but it is looking like short of building a website and using paypal checkout, there really is no options out there that offer buyers a chance to rate and comment on the paperback versions. If anyone knows a better alternative to Createspace, please let me know.

Finally, if you wish to learn more about either of my books, there are links on my author blog, up top, in the Novels section that has everything posted about whichever novel you click on, including excerpts and book chapters/openings. Give yourself a chance to grow and find something new and different. You only live once!

JB

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To ALL my fans, followers and subscribers!

To celebrate this holiday season, I will be randomly putting things on sale from today until Christmas. I say randomly because I am also in the process of moving, so can only do things like this as time allows.

Today I will be marking my First 2 digital CDs for free. If you have been on Twitter these last couple of weeks then you have seen me share songs from these CDs. Both CDs shall be completely FREE, (although contributions to my moving and Christmas funds would be greatly appreciated) through out this weekend ONLY.😀

Both of my books will be only $0.99 each for the same time period. I told early adopters of the Shadow Shifters series that I would never mark it down lower than this and I am a man of my word.

There are great opportunities for all us in my lowering the prices. Readers not only get an e-copy of a 5-star rated book for just $.99, but they gain entrance into a new kind of horror that is uniquely different and they also get to show the world that they are what matters the most. Buying a copy not only says you can see a great deal when it is looking at you, but it also says thank you to me for taking the time to communicate on a personal level and for giving you so many smiles(many more yet to come). Lastly, if we all band together to support new, original, and good ideas from authors who care about their readers, I might actually be able to buy my wife a Christmas present.:)

Both of these sales/giveaways ends on Dec. 22nd. Here are the links to get the FREE music and the $.99 books.-

Music-

https://lucidchaos.bandcamp.com

Books-

http://amazon.com/author/jbthomas

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadow-shifters-jb-thomas/1119918163?ean=2940149760312

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/little-moments-of-truth-4th-edition-jonathon-thomas/1117372188?ean=2940148985969&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-TnL5HPStwNw-_-10:1&r=1

Keep in mind, I will be changing prices today, so there is no telling when they will display the new pricing. I truly wish to thank each and everyone of you for making this an awesome and fulfilling year. I hope next year will be even better!

Happy Holidays EVERYONE!😎

JB

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FREE Music and local musicians wanted!

Firstly, I do not normally bother much with my music, putting it on sale or free, nor do I try to promote it. I create music for fun and hope someone finds enjoyment out of it. However, recent events have made me decide to give away my music to promote it a little. All of my music here has been marked to FREE, however, it should be noted that I can only give away 200 free downloads a month. This is the site policy, not mine. I suppose they do it to keep dumbass freeloaders from downloading every free song they can find. Anyway, the music is free until the 200 free download limit is reached or one week has passed.

As for the events that led to this, I have been scouted by a large booking agency. They want to give me local gigs. While I could do the songs solo and put more money in my pocket, I am old school and just cannot see doing this without some real people up there, sharing the experience with me. At any rate, I am currently working on my 3rd novel, so am already committed for the next 6 months(maybe less) but that just means there will be more time to practice, compose, and be ready when the time comes. So if you are interested in doing some live shows in the Houston area to start( National tour if we draw enough people), then use the contact page . I am looking for everything except lead vocals(Obviously, that is what I do). I have a decent twitter fan base to get us the exposure we need, so give my music a listen and if it seems like stuff you can and want to do(Hint: Listen to more than one song, I am not stuck into just one genre. I do EDM, Chill and Rock. Most songs have some rock influences and that is where my music roots lay.), contact me.:)

Gots to git! Have a rockin’ day ALL!!!

Axe

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