March 2011 Blog Posts (154)

Sibella Giorello The Mountains Bow Down

It is hump day, Wednesday, for those of us not keeping count. The end of the week for me is just 5 short days away. Wait, then a new week starts again. I need a vacation! Our main character in the novel tried that and her work followed her. Does that mean when I get to take a few days off, some novels, digital short stories and graphic novels are going to follow me? I hope so! The beach wouldn’t be the same without them. Fortunately when work follows me on vacation, I love it and get to…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on March 23, 2011 at 7:50pm — No Comments

Tuesday's Overlooked Film and/or Other A/V: 22 March 2011

 
Beware the Rhythm Cults!





Bill Crider:…
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Added by Todd Mason on March 23, 2011 at 9:11am — No Comments

Author Update

We had another great year at the Bay to Ocean writers’ conference. Both my presentations were well received, but the most rewarding part was critiquing new writers' manuscripts. I had one piece that I liked so much that I couldn’t' think of a single criticism to offer. That novel was just announced as the winner of this year's Maryland Writers Association novel writing contest, which I feel validated my opinion of the book. (Congratulations to Edith Goldman for her win!)

Added by Austin S. Camacho on March 23, 2011 at 4:17am — No Comments

Overkill - Vanda Symon

Book Title:   OVERKILL

Author:   Vanda Symon

Publisher:   Penguin

Copyright:   2007

ISBN:   978-0-14-300685-7

No of Pages:   324



Book Synopsis:



When the body of a young mother is found washed up on the banks of the Mataura River, a small rural community is rocked by her tragic suicide.



But all is not what it seems.



Book Review:



We've got this little dog... Jedda is a 3 year old Australian terrier female.  She's short, red-golden… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on March 22, 2011 at 12:20pm — No Comments

It's the Law

Writing can be a minefield.  



A minefield that can hit you square in the checkbook in more than one way. 



I’m not talking about editing mistakes, character flaws or even plot inconsistencies.  I’m talking legal problems that can arise from your writing – and it may not always be from the words on the page. 



This blog will highlight a few legal issues that could cause problems but the real goal is to get people thinking about the legal pitfalls that can be lurking on… Continue

Added by sean on March 22, 2011 at 8:39am — No Comments

Self-Publishing: Book Samples and Formatting - Does It Really Matter?

This topic is a little off the beaten path of self-publishing, but it does tie in, and I'll tell you why.



As indie writers, we're in the business of selling books (among other things). So, I took a poll, and these were my questions:



1. Do you sample before you buy a book?

2. If yes, what are you looking for and what turns you off or makes you decide not to purchase?

3. Does formatting matter, mistakes, errors, etc. and if so, how much?

4. How much of a…
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Added by Cheryl Bradshaw on March 22, 2011 at 3:59am — No Comments

Writing Like a Monk

Fellow author Laura Alden and I hosted a retreat for writers last weekend. We took over a small inn in northern Lower Michigan. We sent each writer who arrived to a quiet place for hours at a time with the demand that they "Just write!"

Everyone who attended was pleased with the amount of work accomplished. It's amazing what a person can get done when no phone rings, no laundry buzzer sounds, no spouse pounds in the basement, and no kids interrupt to ask what's for…

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Added by Peg Herring on March 21, 2011 at 8:49pm — 2 Comments

TRUTH LIES BLEEDING

Getting out and about pimping myself for the new book ... TRUTH LIES BLEEDING ... so far, the most unusual bit of promo I've done has been this visit to Barlinnie Prison ... here 

 

And the ever wonderful January Magazine has put up an extract from the book,…

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Added by Tony Black on March 21, 2011 at 10:12am — No Comments

Kris Rusch, aka Kris Nelscott, Mystery and SciFi Author at SCENE OF THE CRIME

From the Mean Streets of Chicago to Lunar Noir: The Mystery Novels of Kris Rusch

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Added by J. Sydney Jones on March 21, 2011 at 9:47am — No Comments

Self-Publishing: Promoting Yourself - Part Four

There are many outlets both in print and in person where you can be seen and heard.



MAGAZINES



In print, consider submitting short stories to different magazines. Every reader of your article is a possible buyer for your book. For one stop shopping in this area, become a member of Writer's Market. On their site, they list magazines alphabetically that you can submit to.



One other place you can register is at… Continue

Added by Cheryl Bradshaw on March 21, 2011 at 1:12am — No Comments

Lucifer's Tears - James Thompson

 

I read James Thompson's first Inspector Vaara novel - Snow Angels- last year. (… Continue

Added by Luanne Ollivier on March 21, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

Smashwords Endorses Anti-DRM Group

http://blog.smashwords.com/2011/03/readers-authors-and-librarians-against.html

 

My opinion on this is "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." Consumers expect technology to work seamlessly between mediums. Adding another layer to access content will drive them to piracy sites.

 

What do you think?

Added by Benjamin Sobieck on March 20, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Bite Size Novel

As I look around my office the argument could be made I’ve robbed a bookstore or at least was about to open one.  There are all descriptions of books literally cascading from the shelves. The Nook has started storing the overflow.



These books range from novella to epic novel and all lengths in between. 



Sometimes for motivation I stare at these books and think of the time put into each one.  The countless hours required crafting the stories and tales in my office is… Continue

Added by sean on March 20, 2011 at 3:39am — 1 Comment

New issue of Kings River Life up!

New issue of Kings River Life is up and we have a review of Linda O Johnston's new book in her new mystery series "Beaglemania" and a chance to win a copy http://kingsriverlife.com/03/19/beaglemania/ Linda also shares an article on animal rescue with KRL http://kingsriverlife.com/03/19/pet-rescue/

And we have a review of Michael Connelly's book "The Lincoln Lawyer" just in… Continue

Added by Lorie Ham on March 20, 2011 at 3:13am — No Comments

New issue of Kings River Life up!

New issue of Kings River Life is up and we have a review of Linda O Johnston's new book in her new mystery series "Beaglemania" and a chance to win a copy http://kingsriverlife.com/03/19/beaglemania/ Linda also shares an article on animal rescue with KRL http://kingsriverlife.com/03/19/pet-rescue/

And we have a review of Michael Connelly's book "The Lincoln Lawyer" just in… Continue

Added by Lorie Ham on March 20, 2011 at 3:13am — No Comments

Digital short Saturday Big Daddy Abel Open Mic Volume Two

Humor comes in many different forms. Yesterday I touched on Tom Sumner’s All I Wanted Was a Haircut. His brand of humor is a bit different from BDA (I need to save keystrokes here people, so from now on through this post I am going to refer to Big Daddy Abel as BDA), all of it in good way. Besides that, I needed to lighten the mood today from my earlier post on Laurie Bowler’s Across the City Chapter Two. There is no bloodletting or vampires in BDA’s Open Mic Volume Two, hopefully that…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on March 20, 2011 at 2:22am — No Comments

eBook Sales Increase 115% in January 2011

http://www.bgr.com/2011/03/19/ebook-sales-jump-115-in-january/

 

The market just doubled. Did your sales? Mine didn't.

Added by Benjamin Sobieck on March 20, 2011 at 1:53am — 1 Comment

Traveling by Margot Justes

 

Celebrity Cruises altered the itinerary for my cruise in October. Alexandria, Egypt was cancelled. I suspect not because of the peaceful overthrow of the government, but the cancellation occurred after the religious conflict between Christians and Muslims broke out.

 

No one from the cruise line announced that was the reason, it's my own supposition about the timing of the cancellation, and of course there is the unrest in the Middle East as a whole.

 

To…

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Added by Margot Justes on March 20, 2011 at 1:43am — No Comments

Digital short Saturday B.R. Stateham's Call Me Smitty

 

It has been a busy weekend here @ The Scoop. There are some amazing digital short stories out there and this is another one of them. Call Me Smitty is a three part series thus far; today’s post is on the first installment. B.R. Stateham will be my guest in The G-ZONE April 6th @ 9am EST. I think it will be fun. What exactly is this digital short series all about, well check it out:

“From the mind of B.R. Stateham, author of Death of Young…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on March 20, 2011 at 12:27am — No Comments

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