Graham Downs :: Monthly Newsletter

June 2019

Hi there,

I know I've been saying this a lot lately, but this month has just flown by. It seems as though I've just hit the "Send" button on my last newsletter, and now this one is due.

After my hugely successful reading month in May, I only managed two books this month. And one (The Last Wish) is a bit of a "cheat" because I finished it in May... after sending May's newsletter. So technically, I only finished one book in June.

How was your month, and how many books did you get through? And if you're in South Africa, did you have a good Youth Day weekend last week?

Don't forget, you can reply to these emails at any time if you want to chat with me.

I've managed to pick up a few new subscribers since my last newsletter. If you're one of them, then a warm welcome to you! As you can probably tell, I like to keep my monthly news as casual as possible, and I hope you appreciate that. If you don't, then I'll be sorry to see you go, but I'd like to re-iterate that you can unsubscribe from these emails at any time. Just click the link at the very bottom of this newsletter.

In other news, I'm glad that nobody had any strong feelings against my new Sponsored Link feature. A couple of you did email me to report a problem, and upon further investigation, it seems like everyone saw the same ad, for people wanting to be an Admailr publisher. Sadly, that's the default ad, and I didn't get any money for anyone who clicked on it.

For this month, I've tweaked the categories of ads that I'll accept somewhat, so hopefully, you see something "real". As I said last month, I get a little bit of money if you click on those ads, so please consider doing so if it appeals to you.

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Finances: May 2019

Sadly, but as I predicted in last month's newsletter, I wasn't able to repeat the stellar performance I had in April, and I made a loss again in May (for those of you who don't know, my financial reporting is a month delayed, because not all of my sales figures for the current month are in by the time I send out the newsletter).

I did make one sale: a copy of Memoirs of a Guardian Angel at Barnes & Noble. If that was you, my heartfelt thanks. :-)

As always, all figures are converted to South African Rands, using the exchange rate at the time of this writing.

  • Income:   R  18.20
  • Expenses: R  64.41
  • Loss:     R  46.21

As always, I appreciate the support of every one of you, my dedicated fans, and I like to think that you all truly have a stake in my success or failure as a writer. Please keep buying and recommending my books, keep writing reviews, and keep sending your words of encouragement.

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Monica Kagan

Monica Kagan lives by the sea in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa with her wonderful cat. She enjoys bewitching words. She mainly writes poetry.

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Blog Posts

Below are all the blog posts I wrote since my last newsletter. Click the link to view them in your browser.

Does Your Favourite Author Write Under a Pen Name? Do You Pirate EBooks (Redux)
In Which Genre Would You Put These Books?

When is Romance not Romance?
Ebooks aren't REAL Books... Are They?

Month in Books

Since the last newsletter, I've finished the grand total of two books.

But it's not so bad, because I've been reading Wizard and Glass by Stephen King for the last two-and-a-bit weeks, and I'll hopefully finish it soon!

Just like last month, you can click on one of these covers to read my reviews on Goodreads, which also include links to find out where you can get your hands on copies of the books

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?

The Last Wish
by Andrzej Sapkowski


Storm Dancer
by Rayne Hall


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Yours in Reading,


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