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Favorite Titles from 2017

Sometimes I wish I could just quit everything and read, don’t you? I wish I could earn a living simply by reading. Well, I do read a lot of manuscripts, but that’s a different job. I read 24 books in … Continue reading

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Bell Bridge Publishing

At the Bridge to Publication Conference, I had the privilege of meeting Pat Van Wie of Bell Bridge Books/Belle Books, the house that handles C. Hope Clark’s mysteries. Pat said that Amazon laughed at them not long ago for calling … Continue reading

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The Canopy Bookstore

How do you like our logo? It looks better in “person.” I think I’ve mentioned before that MSB and I so enjoyed selling books at the festivals last year, that we’re going to go to more festivals this year and … Continue reading

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Autographed E-Books Through Kindlegraph

Did you notice my new button in the sidebar? It says that I can “Kindlegraph” your books–actually personalize and autograph any of my books that you want. Cool, right? If you hit that button, it’ll take you to Kindlegraph, where … Continue reading

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The Brass Verdict, by Michael Connelly

The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly My rating: 4 of 5 stars For a while now, I’ve been squeezing into my meager reading time books Donald Maass used as examples in his writer’s manual The Fire in Fiction. Connelly’s The … Continue reading

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Beyond Chapter Five

Lately, every novel I’ve read falls apart after chapter five, as if no one in the publishing process cares whether the book is good beyond the hook. Just in case anyone is wondering, I will put a book down after … Continue reading

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The Angst of a Diseased Author

Some comment in some post on somebody’s blog jinxed me. I don’t remember anything about it other than the commenter said many authors release only one book. He said they suffer from “second-book-itis.” I asked him to define it, but … Continue reading

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What’s Polish for “Sold-Out”?

Five thirty in the morning. That’s what time you have to arrive on Main Street to get your booth ready for the day’s festival browsers. Don’t even ask what time you have to get up. Every year, the Polish community … Continue reading

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A Call to All Readers!

For authors, promoting our books is the hardest task, particularly for newbie authors who are self-published or with a small publisher, but also for those with large houses, since so much of the marketing is being shoved onto the author’s … Continue reading

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New Poll for Readers

Not long ago, I asked my readers how many books they read at a time. A whopping eighty-one percent said more than two. Let me tell ya, that makes this ol’ gal happy. With so many other distractions, books seem … Continue reading

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