Amazon’s Lengthening Shadow RE:The Passive Voice, and Kris

If you’ve been living on a desert island somewhere and don’t read THE PASSIVE VOICE regularly, shame on you. Yesterday’s post is a must-read. Passive Guy is correct. Mike Shatzkin is finding it increasingly difficult to defend Big Publishing, and this post is no exception. Oh, and just in case you haven’t read Krish … Read more

Virtual Book Signings are Really Here!

Those of you who’ve read me for the past few years know I used to think Skype was a potentially terrific tool to do virtual books signings. Didn’t turn out to be.. there just isn’t enough interaction and the setup is not intuitive enough for technological Luddites (like me, actually). No longer! There’s a new … Read more

YO… For All Aspiring Mystery Authors

For all the yet unpublished mystery writers who yearn to be traditionally published, my former publisher POISONED PEN PRESS has just announced a contest for you. Submit your finished manuscript  and possibly win a published contract with them! I can attest to the fact that Poisoned Pen is a great place for an author to … Read more

Amazon Select: We are All Junkies Now

It’s been over a month since the Amazon KDP Select started, and we’re beginning to see the ramifications of the program. And although I’m making good money, I’m scared. For those of you who don’t know, Amazon created the KDP Select program to increase their base of Prime Customers (those who pay no shipping costs … Read more

More About LIbraries

Speaking about libraries, the following article appeared in today’s Washington Post. Thanks to Angkor at KindleBoards for pointing it out! Today’s Washington Post has an interesting article on the pent-up and growing demand for ebook borrowing at libraries. Big publishing houses are limiting access to ebooks or refusing access altogether to libraries. This is yet … Read more

E-book Prices

I think I’ll write a much more reasoned blog next week after the holidays, but I’ve been reading a bunch of blogposts on the subject of e-book pricing over the past few days, and they make me want to scream. Here are some of them: The Passive Voice ( A compilation of posts) One Author … Read more

An Eye For Murder: Audiophile Alert

So it happened! My first Ellie Foreman novel, originally published in 2002, is now (finally) out on audio! You can find it on Audible— the narrator was actress Karyn O’Bryant, and she did a fabulous job. Btw, this all happened through ACX, and I couldn’t be more pleased. As I’ve said a couple of times, I … Read more