"Not crazy about the idea of a contest as a fund-raiser. I never pay to enter a contest myself because they seem shady to me.
But we could put signed books on eBay, with the proceeds going to Crimespace. One book a year, plus postage and such,…"
"I write full-time, but I don't make a living at it. When I did have a day job, I was a technical writer, but then children appeared on the horizon and something had to give. And I don't miss the tech writing much at all!"
"Sorry, I meant that to be self-re-publishers, which is to say those authors who get their books back into publication after being dropped. Just a typo there, and far too ugly a neologism to ever use again.
But my point was meant to be that if…"
"I don't know about most, Eric. A lot are, but then again, a lot of small presses use POD technology, too. Then there are the self-pre-publishers--meaning people whose books were published traditionally but have since gone out of print."
"A lot of urban fantasy blends detective and fantasy elements. Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series, Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series, and Randall Garrett's Lord Darcy series are among my favorites."
"I'm using epigraphs as chapter headings in my Tilda Harper series. Some of them are real quotes from reference books or whatever, and others are fake, supposedly written by Tilda or in books about the people she encounters in the books.
"That's it exactly--we don't want to be used.
Recently a guy on Linked In sent me a "friend" notice, which he followed with a note saying basically, "I want to be your friend and know about you. The best way to know about me…"
"I do remember that desperation, and I know it's hard to know where to draw the line. But if we don't discuss this kind of issue publicly, how will he find out that it's offending people? How will other new writers find out?
"Today I got a comment on my profile here at at CrimeSpace that was pure BSP.
I don't believe I've had any contact with the sender in the past so he has no reason to think I'm interested in his work. And I went to his profile and saw…"
"Hi Toni, I wanted to introduce to you my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a paranormal, murder, mystery thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to…"
Hi Toni, I wanted to introduce to you my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a paranormal, murder, mystery thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. Thanks for your time in advance.
Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”
Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."
Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"
The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.
Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.
The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
Toni is a happy camper! I have one last read-through of a story, and then I'll be able to zap it off to the editor with two days to spare. Since my usual pattern of late has been to be late, this is a welcome change.
Moreover, I only started this story last Monday. It's the fastest I've ever written a short story.