Happy Birthday

by Karen J Mossman

I’ve always been terrible with figures. I’ve failed at maths all my life. Those few maths exams I took, I panicked, and even today, when I run into a maths equation, I go number blind. Now I feel I have a sort of dyslexia for numbers, is there such a thing?

Like many other people I forget things and have often wondered how actors learn and remember their lines. I know I couldn’t.

So, it’s very strange that from a young age, I’ve remembered people’s birthdays. My children used to joke with me by randomly naming family members asking when their birthday was.

What makes it more odd is how I remember the birthday of everyone I have ever known. Not at all useful when you see a date and  know it is someone’s birthday who you haven’t spoken to, or seen for forty years!

Consequently, I was always buying birthday cards and have now started a new venture of making and selling my own. Previous to this, I would sought out people who made them, as they are much nicer to send than shop bought ones.

The other thing that niggled me over the years is if you provide a service, one that you work hard to produce, you generally wouldn’t expect to be only paid a quarter of what it is worth. Yet that is the case for indie authors, like me.

Take Amazon for instance, although they are a great retailer and offer a good service, they take the majority of royalties from my books. I only sell them for a £1, which is the market value these days. So imagine how much I get of that. Less than  twenty five pence out of every pound.

So why don’t readers buy directly from authors? Wouldn’t it be better the full amount went to the person who did the work, or provided a service?

Online shopping has really taken off these last few years, most people use it. You can buy a birthday card online and have it sent directly to your recipient and you don’t even have to leave your armchair.

So how about buying and e-book and a card and have them sent directly to the person of your choice?

This is what I am offering on Kazz’s Books and Cards. You can buy cards individually or in packs. You can have them posted to yourself or the person of your choice. More importantly, you can also buy a gift of an e-book or a paperback alone with a pretty card.

This is an invitation for you to come and like my page and when you next have a birthday to buy for, consider me and my books.


An example


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An example
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An example

Will you share my page on your timeline? Everyone. buy cards and gift sand it will help me spread the word as far as possible.


Kazz’s Books and Cards




Published by Kazzmoss

Karen loves fiction, reading and especially writing short stories and novels. She is also an avid blogger and book reviewer. Living on the beautiful Isle Anglesey, off the North Wales coast, Karen draws inspiration from the world around her.

2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday

    1. Really? I had no idea it was a ‘thing’ and I am not alone.
      I identified it in junior school, although thought it was me being thick. But its plagued me for years amd now in hindsight, I know its more than just ‘can’t add up.’
      Thank you, I’m going to find out more.


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