Refunds? Really?

Okay. I’m just a bit irked about this. I was checking the revenues for my digital book sales and someone had purchased one copy of three of my books and today I see that those three copies had been refunded.  I’m not totally upset about this because I’m not totally sure what this means. At first glance, it looks like someone bought the books and hated them so much they went to the trouble of getting their .99 cents back for each copy. I mean, how vindictive can you get? If I spent 99 cents on something and wasn’t happy with it, I’d just shake it off. Going for the refund was just mean. Besides, how do you refund a digital copy? How can they be sure the purchaser has deleted the book or if they’re just scamming them out of the money?

Another theory is that it’s some weird accounting thing they do over at the Kindle store. Amazon Prime members get my books for free, so maybe it was just the chargeback for them.

I don’t know. It was just very annoying. The only bright spot was that while one person rejected my books, someone else out their purchased all four books of the Jason Of The Valley series in paperback, which I feel balances the inequity here.

Spotlight: ‘Spectrum’

This week I would like to throw the spotlight on a book of mine that actually isn’t available yet. “Spectrum” (which is due out on Nov. 5th. Available for preorder now on Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Spectrum-A-Novel-Jason-Melby/dp/1938191072/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375209815&sr=8-1&keywords=jason+melby+spectrum

Back when I created the character waaaay back in 1993, I had a dream about my legacy. I noticed that all the comic books that featured Batman had the ‘created by’ credit for Bob Kane and I realized that he would forever be remembered for that. He would be held responsible for the grand dynasty of stories that his characters had inspired. I wanted that. I wanted that kind of recognition and so I set upon creating my own comic book character. I had intended him to be presented in a comic book in the beginning. I had put together a package of sketches and character profiles and sent them to some small press companies. I managed to get one company to get on board with it too, but the contract I had been promised never materialized.

I set Spectrum aside for a couple years until I was living up in McKinleyville and that’s where I wrote my first novel. I handwrote each page in an old notebook in my little cracker box of a room in that small Northern California town. As the years went on, I created more characters and came up with more concepts. Over 300 by last tally and I’m rather excited that I managed to stuff a few of them into the upcoming book.

I’ve always been a comic book geek at heart and Spectrum allows me to delve into that world with wild abandon. I’ve got stories about cosmic adventures and psychotic robots. I’ve even planned out a storyline involving Spectrum’s ‘death’ with, of course, his amazing return. I guess since the very beginning this is what I’ve always wanted. That’s why I’m so jealous of comic book writers. They have the perfect job in my eyes. I’d love to spend my day dreaming up those crazy stories and creating an entire mythology all my own. What I’ve done now is a good start, but there’s more in me and I really hope I’ll get the chance to show the world.

Spotlight : ‘Demon Hunters: Second Coming’

ImageThis week I throw the spotlight upon ‘Demon Hunters: Second Coming’. ASIN:B00960TL6Y for the digital or for the paper back: ISBN-1478386126. Available on Amazon.com.

In anticipation of another free offering of the first book, I would like to share some insights on the sequel. I will try not to give too much away because the first book ends with, in my humble opinion, a pretty good cliffhanger and it is resolved instantly in the second book.

First, I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a sequel but once I finished the first book I began to see the potential for deep, compelling stories within the Demon Hunters mythology. Once I began writing the second book, I was seeing how rich the material really was and I began to see further. I’ve always enjoyed writing stories that kept building the characters as it went on and I kept seeing new paths to follow with every character I introduced. I started to see their pasts mingle together and a continuity that felt as real as my own life began to take shape.

I found that as I reached the middle of the book, I had created a world where anything could happen and I was free to take the characters anywhere I wanted. I could bring them to the very brink and return them if I so chose. Demon Hunters has given me the chance to really take some big chances and the second book, I feel, exemplifies that better than the first; And that’s saying something.

At the risk of digressing too far, I’d like to mention that as I make notes for the fourth book of the series, I feel the world of Jake Corba is going to become even bigger and the other characters are going to figure in more prominently. I’m rather excited actually. There are so many more twists and turns ahead, and the seeds of those twists were being planted in the second book as well as the third, but I’m sure I’ll be talking about that one later.

That’s it for this week’s spotlight. I do however want to take a moment to tell you all that someone pointed something out to me over the weekend. I talk about my books, but embarrassingly enough, I’ve failed to tell people where they can be found. I left the ASIN and ISBN numbers for this book at the beginning of this post. As for previous books I’ve mentioned:

Demon Hunters ISBN: 1461130433

Jason Of The Valley: ISBN 147822830X or ASIN B001JEO44E for the digital version also available on Amazon.com. In fact, go to Amazon.com and put Jason K. Melby in the search engine and all of my books will come up for you.

I’d also invite anyone who buys my books to share your thoughts either here or on Amazon.com. LIke I’ve said in a previous post, I would prefer positive feedback (but who wouldn’t?) but if you must be critical, I only ask you to be constructive. We’re all friends here, after all.

Spotlight: “Jason Of The Valley”

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This week’s spotlight falls upon my first novel ‘Jason Of The Valley’.

This was officially my first published book and has been the cornerstone of my writing career. It so far has spawned three sequels with a fourth on the way. Promise.

It was born from my experiences of living in the San Fernando Valley. It starts off, I feel, at the point when I began feeling my independence and through the characters, I address issues such as dating, sex, fame, and relationships. It was a fun book to write, I admit.

I tried to just throw in a small bit of myself. Only 5% of it is based on my own life. The rest is all made up, although the following volumes have started to become more autobiographical.

The first book was actually written on a dare. My friend challenged me to write it because he thought I could only write screenplays. Three months later, I shoved that manuscript in his face and  he loved it. I’ve actually gathered quite a few glowing reviews for it from others as well. The book is rather gay centric, but I think there are parts that are rather universal no matter what your orientation is. In fact, I think there’s more straight sex in the first book than gay.

I have adapted this work into other forms, such as a feature script and a pilot script. I always thought this would work really well as a TV show. The pilot was under consideration at LOGO, but they passed because they claimed that they had a similar project in production, but that was 4 or 5 years ago and I haven’t seen anything from them yet.  I’m still working on that angle to this day. I just really believe in it and I can see it becoming a reality. I see it so clearly, it feels real.

So, if you’re reading this, go on over to Amazon.com and look up Jason K. Melby and buy a copy of JOV. I am certain if you read it to the end, you will love it.