Oh, sorry about that super sleazy salesman title, but I've been listening to hours upon hours of marketing podcasts and yesterday's listening binge ended with the sage advice, "Putting 'Limited Time Offer' at the top of any sale is the best way to boost interest." I mean, no one likes to miss out, right? But … Continue reading Limited Time Offer!!
Well, it’s finally (FINALLLLY) here. After many battles with plots, story lines, and self-doubt, The Maze: Book Three of the Osteria Chronicles is now officially scattered across the online shelves of various book retailers. Yay!!! And better yet, Book Four is already chugging along nicely. Although still in the revising stage and not scheduled for release until next … Continue reading Celebrate The Maze’s Release Day!!
This week I have some good news (and a nice little confidence boost) courtesy of my local library! A Little Backstory Late last year, Multnomah County Library (MCL) put out a call for local authors who were holders of a Multnomah County Library card to submit proposals to have their e-books included in the library's e-book catalog. Unfortunately, … Continue reading Good News Via My Local Library!
This week I learned my recent release, The Trials of Hercules, has been pirated. Initially I thought only a couple illegal download sites had it and that the wound could be staunched, but I've since learned that old Herc is bleeding out through his femoral artery because the book is on at least 20 pirating … Continue reading Okay Pirates, You Win
If anyone out there remembers watching Saturday Night Live back in the early '90s, you have to remember the character Stuart Smalley played by super funny Al Franken. For those of you who aren't old enough to have seen the skits, so old you have forgotten there was a decade called the '90s, or who … Continue reading You’re Worth It! Valuing Yourself As a Writer
As promised last week, this week is all about how to make your e-book formatting a tad easier. Now, first things first - this post is not about how to format your e-book because that varies depending on where you're submitting it to, what program you use for your formatting and the type of file … Continue reading Work Wisely for Easy E-Book Formatting
LOVING & HATING BEES The week started out with a quick hive inspection since we finally got some decent weather. I'd been so proud of my little bees and thought they must be the smartest bees ever. I'd read all these horror stories about bees making helter-skelter comb in all sorts of wrong directions leading … Continue reading To Bee or Not To Bee
THE WAR ON ADVERBS That's right bring it on! Who started this war? Twitter. Well, actually it was tweeting captain at Writer's Digest. See, a couple days ago they tweeted, "Remove all the adverbs from your writing. Yes, even the ones that really work." If you're as big a smart ass as I am, … Continue reading The War on Adverbs. Bring It On!