Summer is a good time to replace bad habits with good ones. We all have more free personal time because all our favorite shows are in re-runs or replaced by vapid, pointless reality programs. Yes, you could start exercising again, and volunteering for a worthy organization is always a great idea. But if I could offer you one little piece of advice it would be the one thing that will benefit you as much as it will benefit me.
Read more books and watch television less. :-)
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 29, 2008 at 10:30pm —
There was interesting variety in my book signings this week. Friday afternoon I stood in front of what is possibly the smallest Borders in their system. It’s the third store in Washington Dulles International Airport. As always I made some new international friends, and fans, but I have to say the pace of that place was unreal.
Then Saturday I visited one of the smaller Books-A-Million stores, the one in the Beltway Plaza Mall. I’m told not many writers agree to sign in that store in… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 28, 2008 at 10:40pm —
Just before I sat down to write my newsletter (you can subscribe thru my web site
) my lovely wife Denise asked me, "Where did the time go?" We actually spent almost three hours sitting in the kitchen eating Sunday breakfast. Well, actually we spent most of that time talking. What about? This and that. Who we care about and why. Plans for the future. What we each do that makes the other happy. Or sad. Nothing. Everything.
If you're still single… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 28, 2008 at 12:22am —
Aside from my own regular blog I contribute to one I’m very proud of. I share “Criminal Minds at Work”
with seven other crime novelists. The site gives fans a chance to step into the minds of this group of talented, twisted, slightly psychotic writers with a penchant for mystery, mayhem and murder. We all write crime fiction or sometimes true crime that gets the heart pumping and the blood boiling. If you’d like to know what mystery and… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 26, 2008 at 10:29pm —
Tomorrow I make my first appearance at the Books-A-Million in the Beltway Plaza Mall. I’ll start signing books at 4 pm. in the store at 6118 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD. Wish me luck! And if that’s your near you, come by and make me feel welcome for my first time in your town.
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 25, 2008 at 10:29pm —
Tomorrow afternoon I continue my summer airport tour with a visit to Borders in Washington Dulles International Airport. If you’re flying onto or out of the Capitol area you can meet me between 1 pm and 5 pm. You may need to look around a little. There are actually three Borders bookstores in the airport and I don’t know which one I’ll be at. With luck, we’ll meet and I can sign a novel for you.
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 24, 2008 at 10:07pm —
Recently I've post my Blood and Bone promotional video in nearly 30 places, places with names like Blip.tv, Bolt, Break, Brightcove, Castpost, ClipShack, Crackle, Dailymotion, Facebook, GoFish, Google Video, Guba, JayCut,MySpaceTV, and of course, YouTube. But one place you'll find my video is a portal that can lead you to tons of other great books you'll want to add to your library.
I'm talking about "It's a Mystery
," the blog… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 23, 2008 at 11:59am —
Just as I was about to go to bed last night I checked in on one of my favorite sites - Cool Book of the Day
and guess what? I saw me! My newest book, “Successfully Marketing Your Novel in the 21st Century
” was the Cool Book of the Day! If you move quickly, you might still see it on… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 22, 2008 at 10:59pm —
Friday afternoon I got to hang out in Ronald Reagan National Airport for a couple of hours with an old pal. The manager of the Borders in National Airport used to run the Borders Express in Manassas, VA. I signed books with him there and he invited me to do the same at his new store. As always it was a blast to greet the travelers and sign some novels.
But that’s not all the news. For example, one of my readers, Branko Dusan, has begun an… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 21, 2008 at 10:53pm —
I love it when I have a new featured review to post on my web site.
I met Bonnie Webster at a recent event at the Borders in Dulles Town Center. We chatted for a bit and I learned that she's an Army brat like my kids, only her dad was a WWII hero who gave 31 years to his country.
It was a real pleasure to hear from her, especially when she had such kind things to say about my novel, The Troubleshooter. Of course the best compliment for a writer is to hear that a reader is… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 20, 2008 at 11:22pm —
Diane Williams is a Jersey girl born and raised in Newark, but now she’s one of my neighbors in Upper Marlboro, MD., a suburb on the other side of DC. She’s a writer and publisher (22nd Century Press) and when she didn’t see a social network that was what she wanted, she created one herself!
She designed Black Author Showcase
to help writers in creating, preparing, writing, and marketing their work. Its aim is to… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 20, 2008 at 12:19am —
I already told you I'm signing at Borders in Ronald Reagan National Airport this afternoon, but now I want to tell you about one of the Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) I picked up at Thrillerfest.
In the world of thrillers, almost every book has a good tag line. My pick for best of the year is on the front cover of the ARC of "Angel's Tip
" by Alafair Burke. How could any thriller or mystery fan pass up a book… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 18, 2008 at 11:16pm —
Tomorrow afternoon I greet the folks going into or dropping out of the friendly skies at Ronald Reagan National Airport. From 1 pm to 3 pm I'll sit in at the Borders Booksellers in the airport. Departing folks know the Washington National airport is really in Virginia. Those landing there don't really care. But either way, if you're traveling Friday in our area, stop by and get a book signed and I'll tell you where to get a great meal while you're here.
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 17, 2008 at 10:23pm —
Lately I’ve been exploring crossover fiction (at the suggestion of my agent who says these books are hot) and I must admit I’ve enjoyed what I found. This week I want to share a lost classic that I found in my local used book store (Burke Used Books if you live near me.)
A couple decades before Jim Butcher introduced us to Harry Dresden, Mike Resnick put New York private eye John Justin Mallory into a supernatural setting. “… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 16, 2008 at 10:43pm —
Thrillerfest was an almost impossibly good time. I got to talk to all the names: Sandra Brown, Harlan Coben, Kathy Reichs, Barry Eisler, Patterson, Baldacci, Von Lustbader... there isn’t space. The panels were wonderful, including the one I got to be on. The interviews instructive and the banquet top notch. But I must admit that the best part for me – even above the weapons demo given by the ATF - was chatting with my agent, who happens to be married to an editor at Tor. I also spent some time… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 16, 2008 at 12:16pm —
Tonight I’m off to Thrillerfest.
I will be one of countless authors present, but the star-studded cast will also include ThrillerMaster Sandra Brown and Spotlight Authors Eric Van Lustbader, Dr. Kathy Reichs (the real “Bones”), and Brad Thor. Sandra Brown will be receiving her ThrillerMaster Award from 2007 ThrillerMaster James Patterson.
There will be lots of fans there too, so if you’re in the NYC area, come mix and mingle… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 10, 2008 at 9:42pm —
Tomorrow I head for Thrillerfest in New York (drop me a note if you’re in that area) but today I want to tell you about one of my other favorite web sites.
I post something almost every day on Gather. Gather is a place to stay in touch with your friends, with your family, and with the world. You can always find smart articles about the latest political debate or that new hit movie. Members also post interesting photos and video. It’s a great place for me to keep everyone up to date… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 9, 2008 at 10:52pm —
Last week I mentioned the challenge of writing during my lunch hour at my day job - people assuming that this is a good time to interrupt my flow, as if there WERE no lunch break. I received a few interesting suggestions for cure, like taking my laptop and lunching at the nearby Starbucks, but the most refreshing response came from my fraternity brother Gary who gave what he described as the Dilbert response:
“Put a sign on your office door that says, "LUNCH HOUR -- I am currently on… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 8, 2008 at 10:56pm —
Today I make the first of several guest blog appearances promoting my author-targeted book, “Successfully Marketing Your Novel in the 21st Century.” I’ll be on All Book Marketing, a book marketing blog run by publicist and online PR specialist Jennifer Mattern, who owns JH Mattern Communications. The blog addresses book publicity and promotion issues from getting media coverage for a new book to overall author publicity and tactics for increasing book sales. The blog is designed to be a… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 7, 2008 at 10:16pm —
Like I always say sometimes, the good news IS the bad news. I had a nice, peaceful three-day holiday weekend which I spent entirely with my lovely wife Denise. The reason for that extra family time is that the bookstore at which I was scheduled to do a signing did not receive my books in time from the distributor. Disappointing? Only until I realized that meant we emptied the warehouse with unexpected demand. And it just meant more brats on the barbie between rainstorms.
But that… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 7, 2008 at 6:20am —