Monthly Archives: April 2013

Amazon Categories & Tags

Now, it’s been a while since I went into my book details on Amazon, but I did it tonight and was amazed that there are tons of new categories! I re-tagged my books with what I consider to be more appropriate categories and thought I’d take a second to recommend to other authors that they go in and check their categories.
It could be that this change was made AGES ago, but I just noticed it and wanted to share.

Review of The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser

This was a book I saw on Amazon and just had to buy! As an art lover and a reader of anything that involves crime, skullduggery, and an international investigation I just had to read it. Ulrich Boser does a beautiful job of telling the tale of the heist, describing the missing masterpieces, and interviewing the investigators of the crime. It’s a fascinating story of the crime that goes way beyond the details of the heist and right into the personalities and passions of the investigator, the suspects, and the insiders who shared their knowledge of the underground art trade and criminal world.

This is an investigative piece that reads like a brilliant novel. Boser’s journey into the art world is gripping and while reading it, I was instantly drawn into the tale and making my own guesses about who could have pulled off the crime and where those lost master pieces could be today.

If you like true crime, investigations, art, the seedy underbelly of the artsy society, and really crisp and informative writing, this would be a great book.

On a side note, it was so good that I think about it often- and for that reason it is saved on my kindle and I know I’ll go back to read it again.

Interesting article on ebook pricing!

Here’s the link to a good article on ebook pricing for indies.

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/what-is-the-value-of-an-ebook-hint-it-has-nothing-to-do-with-the-cost-of-paper-and-ink/

Are you pricing your books under or over market value? Have you considered the angles? I know it’s something we struggle with as indies – are we undervaluing our work or are our lagging sales the result of overpriced books? This article gives you a few thoughts to consider. Enjoy!

Preliminary Results from the polls!

While it’s not an outstanding response (yet!) here are the preliminary results of my first polls:

Reader’s Poll #1 has suggested the two main factors that help someone decide to buy a book by an unknown author are:

Book Description & Price

Writer’s Poll #1 suggests that indie autors use two main marketing strategies:

Facebook pages & Blog Tours

If you’re a reader or writer with a different opinion – please take the poll!

 

Review of Dark Horse (Jim Knighthorse #1) by J.R. Rain

I’ve read the Samantha Moon books by J.R. Rain and decided to give Jim Knighthorse a try. I was not disappointed. Rain moves the story right along with plenty of wise-cracks and some pretty amusing vanity on the part of the protagonist. Jim Knighthorse is the guy you love despite the fact that he knows you love him and likes to remind you of it because he simply can’t imagine anyone not loving him.

He’s dogged and determined, not easily intimidated, and fiercely loyal. Knighthorse doesn’t let things go, even when he should. The supporting characters are as interesting as Knighhorse – from the high school student accused of murder to the unamused assistant principal of the school and even Knighthorse’s cold as ice father – you can’t help but stay with the book to find out what happens next.

There’s been some criticism that Rain’s books are too short – I disagree. If you’re looking for a quick, fun read then give his work a shot. You won’t be bored by slow spots or murky plots (although he does deliver some nice twists – he does it cleanly!) and the writing is mostly polished. I do have to tell you that there were a couple of words that were misplaced (accept instead of except) but it wasn’t overly distracting.

On Staying Focused

R. Leonia Shea

There are days when I get up in the middle of the night and knock out 3,000-6,000 words before I go to work. Other days, I rush home and immediately get to work on the next chapter of my new book without even bothering to check the mail or grab a glass of iced tea.

If all of my days were like those above, I’d be a prolific writer with a backlist in the double digits. Alas, I am not always as focused as that. Some days I sit at my desk and post to facebook or my blog. Some days I work on my covers or do random searches for my book titles and reviews.

That’s the hard part of being an indie author (it can also be the greatest reward because if I have something else to do, I can put my writing away to do it) –…

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