Daily Archives: February 14, 2015

You Must Remember This…

For starters let me warn you that I am writing this blog entry under the influence of high-strength antibiotics. I have been suffering from what I thought was a lousy cold and it turned out to be a lousy case of walking pneumonia. Which means my entire right lung is full of something that resembles the lint you find in the bottom of the pocket of a man who  has been drowned at sea for about fourteen days or so.

I am talking funky, moldy, mildewed gunk.

So enough about me.

Let’s talk about Valentine’s Day.

It is a day for romance – and I know an awful lot about romance.

For one thing – I have read The Bridges of Madison County several times.

I know it is schmaltzy. So what? It so happens I actually LIKE goose grease!

I’ve watched numerous performances of Romeo and Juliet and I have watched John Wayne romantically slug Victor McLaglen halfway across Ireland for the sake of the beautiful Maureen O’Hara.

And I still get choked up when I watch Niles Frasier spend many seasons holding out his heart for Daphne.

My God, I still get choked up thinking about the two of them and how very long it took for them to get together.

Yup, I have to confess I am a die hard old school romantic. I believe in true love and I have absolutely no idea why I have never written a romance novel – yet.

Happy Valentine’s Day, folks!


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11 Tips for Promoting your Book

Selling your e-books is a lot more than just bouncing around on Facebook yelling “BUY MY BOOK!”

Kobo Writing Life

An essential to-do-list for independent authors

from whitefox 

There’s more to self publishing than just writing the book. Promotion is almost as important as putting pen to paper, but many authors don’t know where to start. Luckily there are a few relatively simple tricks you can employ to give your book a better shot at commercial success.


If you try to flog your book too cheap, readers will assume that it isn’t very good. Set the price too high and they won’t be willing to take a punt on you, an unknown author. According to Kobo’s Mark Lefebvre (here) , $0.99 for an ebook is so low that readers can’t resist, $2.99 tends to perform even better, but $1.99 is an awkward middle ground; it is cheap enough to suggest a lack of professionalism, but not cheap enough to convince readers to…

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