Category Archives: Writing

Learning from failure (indie book marketing)

In my last couple of posts about indie author marketing, I’ve referenced the need for data. You need data to market. You need data to even plan how to market. That probably sounds almost too reasonable to challenge, right? But … Continue reading

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Speaking of misinformation

Quote of the day: I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a business where there’s so much poor advice or lousy, limiting thinking than the writing business, nor so much misinformation. –Russell Blake, novelist. He’s writing about the myth that only … Continue reading

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Why Marketing Indie Books is SO Hard (Part 1)

As a fellow writer, I’m sure you share my fascination with the trickiness of the human mind. It is, after all, one of the primary sources for conflict in fiction. Pick up any decent book or article on the craft … Continue reading

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Calling Indie Authors: Have you been disappointed by an “author marketing service”?

The hypothesis: These waters are suddenly FULL of sharks. I self-pubbed my first novel, When Libby Met the Fairies, in 2011 — early enough to catch the first happy wave of indie authoring. I didn’t do a lot of marketing. … Continue reading

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We have a winner!

Congratulations to Leslie F., winner of the 2014 Holiday Book Giveaway! Many thanks to all who entered. I’ll be sending out an email to you within the next day or so — and, if you subscribed to my newsletter, it … Continue reading

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writers, writers, an ungovernable bunch …

Megan McArdle has a column up about the meltdown at The New Republic. It’s an interesting read in general for anyone in the writing or publishing business. But in particular, I chuckled to myself when she began describing some of … Continue reading

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Holiday Giveaway!

Hi! I love the holiday season! And, to celebrate, I’m giving away a nice little prize: signed, first edition paperback copies of three of my books (Santa Hunk, Dark Chemistry, and Loose Dogs) PLUS a $20 Amazon gift card :) … Continue reading

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Santa Hunk: get ready for my holiday novella!

So if you’re one of my Facebook friends (and if you’re not — why not???) you know that I’ve been working on a paranormal romance novella … with a holiday theme :) I’m sharing it now with my beta readers. … Continue reading

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“Free Money” is FREE!

Free Money, my Elmore Leonard* tribute story, is free for Kindle today through October 12. Free Money is a Noiry Crime/Suspense Story… … set in Rochester, NY. If you know the area you may recognize one of the scenes, Devil’s … Continue reading

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Dark Chemistry on sale, 99 cents!

It’s been an exciting past few weeks as I’ve picked up several really nice reviews for Dark Chemistry. Here’s one: Firstly, I love the original premise: controlling people via pheromones. This book covers everything from chemistry to economics to romance … Continue reading

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