Monday, May 18, 2015

Publishing Industry News and Blood, Boobs, & Carnage Blogfest

Publishing Industry News

Earlier this year, France’s courts ruled services like the Kindle Unlimited illegal. Their Lang Law is a Fixed Book Price system, originally started in Britain. What is FBP and what does it mean from country to country? Read more at Publishing Trend Setter.

6 Ways to Modernize Book Marketing with Social Media
By Michelle Drucker, Manager of Marketing, BookPal
Visit Book Business Magazine

Who are the top 56 publishers in the world? Visit Publishers Weekly to find out.

Blood, Boobs, and Carnage Blogfest

Hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh and Heather Gardner.

On May 18, 2015, post about a movie, television show, book, or all three that falls into the category of Blood, Boobs, and Carnage. (Or just Blood and Carnage or other mixture.) It can be any genre that fits the bill – fantasy, science fiction, action, adventure, western, thriller, etc. Post the badge and visit other participants.

I don’t read that type of book and I don’t watch much TV. But I do watch movies and I decided to pick a favorite of mine.

The Terminator

It has every element, including Linda Hamilton’s breasts. There are explosions, gunplay, car chases, and more.

Despite the violence, at its heart, The Terminator is a love story. It will always be one of my most favorite, too.

What would you pick?

And I’m posting this image again as today marks 35 years since the big eruption of Mt. St. Helens. (I took this photo during the July 1980 eruption.)

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The Insecure Writer's Support Group

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

I’m going to cover two things today.

First, I recently attended one of the most amazing writers conferences ever. I’ve attended dozens writers conferences and book festivals in the past. Many require payment for a table or a percentage of the profits. But at this conference, tables for selling books were free to the speakers, we were paid a speaker’s fee, and we received travel expenses and free hotel. Plus lunch was free.

Beyond the compensation though, it was an incredible event. It was very interactive and the attendees were very responsive. I met some amazing people and sold a ton of books.

Authors looking at writers conferences need to weigh the expenses against the benefits. Sometimes it is all about exposure and networking. But don’t put yourself in the hole and don’t give up a huge chunk of your profits unless you are sure it will be worthwhile.

The second item I want to talk about pertains to book covers. Authors are at the mercy of their publishers when it comes to a book’s covers. Most publishers do an amazing job with a cover. It represents the author’s vision and dream.

That’s why responses such as these are just plain rude and unacceptable:

BG - Nice push for the novel but… the cover is atrocious. I wouldn’t buy it in a thousand years. (Yes, I judge some books by their cover).

Dz - The cover needs a professional touch, a bit of rework on the quality of the photo.

The author is excited and often in love with his or her cover. Don’t dash their hopes or make a snide remark about the cover. If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. (And the covers for the books that received those comments were professional and beautiful.)

Have you attended an amazing writers conference or seen people bash book covers?

I wanted to thank Shelly for her recent video which featured my book, How to Publish and Promote Your Book Now!

And this is for Chrys Fey. In July 1980, I was in Portland, OR to see the dog races. Mt. St. Helens decided to give us a show.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Vibrizzio - Lyssa Bates doesn't need a man...

Release Day!

Vibrizzio (The Big V Book 1) by Nicki Elson

Available on Amazon

Lyssa Bates doesn't need a man, not while the world is fully stocked with double A batteries and a wide array of options in Amazon's health and sexual wellness category.

Nicki wanted to get a man’s reaction to that tagline, so I showed it to my husband.

His first response:

“Obviously I’m not the target demographic.

His second response after some prompting:

“Good luck with those double AA batteries.”

Congrats on your release day, Nicki!

Those of you stopping by for the A to Z Challenge, I am one of Susan Gourley’s Dragon Soldiers and my introductory post for April can be found HERE.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Coming Soon - Already Home by Heather Gardner

Title: Already Home
Second Edition: formerly Maguire’s Corner
Author: Heather M. Gardner
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Re-release Date: May 20, 2015

Coffee shop owner Maggie Maguire doesn’t trust the new police chief her father hired to protect Maguire’s Corner. He’s a stranger, cold, bossy and annoyingly handsome. But, Maggie’s witnessed a serious crime and now someone’s trying to kill her. The man that aggravates her most might be the only one that can help her.

Police Chief Jack Munro likes his new job and his new town, and unfortunately he also likes the stubborn but beautiful town sweetheart. His self-imposed hands-off Maggie policy is about to be put to the ultimate test when he must keep her close to protect her while he tracks down a ruthless killer.

Determined to ignore Jack’s charms, Maggie attempts to help him unravel the mystery but when their lives hang in the balance she must decide how much she’s willing to risk to save the man she suddenly can’t resist.


Heather M. Gardner's love of books began on the hand-woven rugs of her small town library where her mother worked. There she had a never-ending supply of stories to read at her fingertips. As a teen, her favorite genres to curl up with were romance and mysteries. When she started to create her own stories, they were the perfect fit.

Heather resides in New York with her best friend who is also her husband, plus her talented and handsome son. She is currently owned by four stray cats. Heather's a full-time mom, works part-time from home, a chocolate enthusiast, coffee junkie, cat addict, book hoarder and fluent in sarcasm.

Blog: The Waiting is the Hardest Part
Twitter: @hmgardner
Goodreads: HMGardner 
Facebook: HeatherWritesRomance Bottom of Form

Those of you stopping by for the A to Z Challenge, I am one of Susan Gourley’s Dragon Soldiers and my introductory post for April can be found HERE.