• E-books,  Musings,  Writing Ideas

    Publishing Then and Now

    A few weeks ago Barbara Vortman posted a comment on my blog. She said, “I remember when your first book was published. Can you tell us how marketing has changed since then and how you adapted? I have never been a self-promoter and I detest the job. My novel will languish forever on Amazon because I don’t have the time, energy, know-how or inclination to market it.” Well, Barbara, I’m having the same problems you seem to be having. Marketing has definitely changed since my first books were published. I remember back in the 1980s, when I was writing for Harlequin Temptation. My first book had been published and I…

  • Blog Hops,  E-books,  Writing Ideas

    E is for Ebooks

    Back at the turn of the century (the 1900s to the 2000s) I often said, “If they get the cost of the readers down, e-books are going to take off.” I don’t know if anyone listened to me. Others, obviously, had the same thought. The readers didn’t really get cheaper, not down to the level I thought would be necessary, but inventive minds took the idea and came up with microchips that would store lots of memory (which is increasing day by day) and readers that could do more than simply duplicate a word file. Everyone knows the explosion of e-readers has pushed book publishing in a new direction. It’s…

  • Conferences,  Writing Ideas

    Sleuthfest2014

    Last week I attended Sleuthfest 2014 in Orlando, Florida. For four days I was surrounded by writers and bombarded with ideas. Friday and Saturday there were four tracks offered each hour providing information and ideas ranging from basic writing tips to how to keep up with the changes in publishing. (As if that were possible.) I primarily focused on the sessions dealing with current trends in publishing (traditional, self-publishing, or hybred) as well as how to get one’s book discovered and purchased. I was even put on a panel titled “Price Pulsing” which I knew nothing about, but as a result of being on the panel (and with the help…

  • Musings,  Writing Ideas

    Does it ever get easier?

    Does it ever get easier? I can’t speak for all writers, only for myself, but the answer to that question is “No.” I’ve had 27 books published (a small number compared to many writers), but I still have to submit query letters and synopses, and I still have to wait… and wait… and wait for responses. Sometimes those responses never come. Many agents note in their submission guidelines that no answer in two weeks is a no. When I was new to writing/publishing I thought all I needed to do was get one book published and the rest would be easy. For some writers this is true, that is as…

  • Musings

    Self-Published Books

    I’m having trouble discarding a preconceived notion. I’ve always considered books that were self-published as inferior, work that didn’t meet traditional publishing standards, books that lacked the qualities that make for a good read: tight writing, proper punctuation and sentence structure, and good story telling. More than once over the years I’ve been talked into purchasing a self-published book only to wish I hadn’t wasted the money. I always felt I knew why the writer had to resort to paying to have the book published. When I read an article about an author’s first book being published and realized it was self-published, I mentally scoffed and felt superior. I, at…

  • Conferences

    Love is Murder

    Others have given summaries of the LIM conference held last weekend (Feb. 1-3) in Chicago, so I’ll just touch on a few points. If you’re on Facebook, do a search for the Love is Murder page. 245 pictures were posted covering the three-day conference. Pictures do tell a story. On Friday, there were Master Classes (Writing for Television with Lee Goldberg and Writing Poisons by David Ciambrone) as well as MWA track session (Dialog, Characters, Manuscript submission, and Promotion). There were sessions for new writers, seasoned writers, and writers interested in learning more about guns and shooting, money laundering, and a variety of other topics. On Saturday the panels continued,…

  • Musings,  Writing Ideas

    Reading

    This month I’m reading two very different books for the book clubs I belong to. One is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, the other is How We Made Our First Million on Kindle.  Actually, I haven’t started Hotel. That group meets at a later date than the one discussing How We Made Our First Million. Besides, I wanted to find out how the author made a million on Kindle. I now have 5 books available on Kindle Direct Publishing and I haven’t seen any deposits to my bank account that even resembled a million dollars. I do know there are writers who are making sizable amounts of money…

  • Musings,  Uncategorized

    Did You Met Your Goals?

    Yesterday I met with the Second Tuesday group, and I asked one of the members what I should blog about today. (I’m always asking her, and she always comes up with great ideas.) Since the group had just talked about goals for 2013, she suggested that topic, but as I was driving home from the get-together, I thought about the topic in a different way. Every January the majority of us make resolutions. Mine is always to lose weight. (And no, I haven’t met that one.) I also set writing related goals. I should write these goals down so I could pull them out and see how I did. (And…

  • Musings

    Uploading (Not) an e-book

    My goal Tuesday was to get a book that was originally published by Bantam’s Loveswept up on Amazon as an e-book. This shouldn’t have been a difficult task. Last winter I’d retyped the story, following the formatting guidelines for the Kindle. Three weeks ago I created a cover for the book. I’d already created a blurb for the story, had proofread the ms, and felt it was ready to go. Oh, and my husband is in Florida, so I had the day to myself. Or sort of. I had made an appointment with a groomer to have Zuri bathed and his nails trimmed, but I didn’t feel that would be…

  • Conferences,  Musings

    On The Road Again

    Two more days and we’re heading north. I’m going to miss the sunshine and constant warmth, but it will be great to be close to family and friends. And don’t feel sorry for me, I’m leaving one beautiful location to go to another beautiful location, and soon it will be summer…days of sunshine and warmth. In ten more days I’ll be attending RETREAT FROM HARSH REALITY, the Mid-Michigan RWA chapter’s annual event. http://www.midmichiganrwa.org/retreat.html Eileen Dreyer is the guest speaker this year. She’d not only a marvelous writer, she’s a lot of fun to be around, so I’m really looking forward to the event. If you live in Michigan or are within…