Monthly Archives: May 2013

Review of Let’s Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let’s Get Publishing) By: David Gaughran

For all of you indies out there – here’s the reference you need to figure out everything you need to know about choosing the right categories, figuring out the complicated rankings on Amazon and some great pointers on marketing and strategies to maximize sales. Let’s Get Visible will give you clear answers to some of those questions you feel stupid asking without you ever have to admit that you didn’t know them out-loud! It’s a beautiful thing.

I listened to this in my car on my way to work, and then took notes when I got home. I had a few “a-ha!” moments and I’m not new to self-publishing. David Gaughran did the research and I’m eternally grateful I don’t have to. He knows what he’s talking about, so just take his word on it, okay?

What I learned: marketing! categories! sales rankings!. I changed my categories, laid out a marketing plan for my upcoming book (Fortunes Bought & Sold – due out June 15th if you were wondering) and best of all, realized that some of the things I’ve done with my own books were right (Go me!).

If you’re undecided on where to put your books (Amazon, Smashwords, KDP, etc.) this book gives you both sides of the argument so you can make the decision that’s right for you. It really is a must-read for indies even if you’ve published a few books already.

Review of Graveyard Shift (Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc.) by Angela Roquet


At first, I thought “oh no, another book with a complicated world”; then I realized I read twenty-five pages without moving and couldn’t put the book down! It is so well crafted that I devoured this story – every moment I had to read was spent journeying into Eternity with Lana, Josie, Gabriel and Maalik. There were moments of “uh-oh, what’s coming next” and moments of laugh out loud funny scenes (the one where the dove flies in and stumbles through the landing issuing a “pained coo” was still funny the third time I read it – even my husband chuckled when I insisted on reading that scene to him).

This story is clear, concise, and thoroughly entertaining. Not only does Roquet have a decent command of most of the major religions, she manages to give voice to all of the working-stiffs who just can’t seem to get some respect. It’s a fascinating story of “what if” and a unique take on the many after-lives we all want to believe in.

If you’re an urban fantasy and paranormal fan, this is definitely a great read that will keep you interested from beginning to end. I can’t wait to read the next one!

My First Award – The Liebster Award

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I haven’t had the best day. It’s amazing how much an award can turn that around. So thank you to Doing Dewey http://doingdeweydecimal.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/passing-it-on-a-liebster-award-post/ for the lovely – a much needed – award today. Here are my answers to the questions:

I started blogging to promote my own book and help other indie authors – then I started a photography blog (www.inspirationnet.wordpress.com) and fell in love with the instant gratification the platform provided me. Since I love to read, I started Sundae Writers to share books that I thought were excellent. As an eclectic reader, I review everything that I enjoy. I am never without a book – and haven’t been since I was a little girl.

Right now, I’m reading “Let’s Get Visible” by David Gaughran. I read it on my kindle, but I also listen to it in my car on the drive to work. Even though the kindle reading voice is a little flat, I like listening to books that way – it makes me feel efficient.

Efficiency is key in my life because I have so many hobbies that if I could figure out how to stop sleeping, I still couldn’t do everything I want to in just 24 hours a day. Come to think of it, sleeping is sort of a hobby for me these days- mainly because I don’t do it very well. I’m usually up at night thinking about the painting I’m working on, or photos I need to edit, or my latest book – the one that I’m writing (It’s called Fortunes Bought & Sold and it has a rudimentary facebook page – I’m so busy I haven’t had time to do much with it yet).

The book was inspired by one of my other favorite books this year: The Gardener Heist – which I’ve reviewed on this blog. Not only does it take place in Boston (where I spend a lot of time) but it’s right down 95 from my other favorite places to go – Gloucester & Rockport & Salem. Just past Good Harbor Beach, there’s an ice cream shop on the way to Rockport that sells delicious huge twist cones – my favorite because I’m indecisive most days.

I like the north shore because during the off-season it’s okay to bring my dog to the beach. I love the beach because I live in flip-flops and that way, I don’t need to deal with the big bag of unmatched socks that lurks in the bottom of my closet next to a pile of books that I mean to read but haven’t since I got my Kindle. When I fall asleep reading, my kindle doesn’t hurt nearly as much when it hits me in the face.

Oh, and the mismatched socks and books are right next to my saxophone – which I don’t have time to play because of all of my other hobbies.

Thank you again, Doing Dewey!

A technology induced “oops” moment – one of many, if I’m being honest…

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So there I was, downtrodden about the lack of new sales of Elementary Magic on Amazon so I flipped over to facebook and looked at Pixel of Ink and saw a nice woman in a sombrero commenting that she is a fantasy book reader and she was “still waiting” for fantasy books to be mentioned on Pixel of Ink’s bargains…

Yesterday, I read a post about marketing for indies – I think it was on Author Mingle, and someone asked what they should be doing to promote their books. The reply was: tell one person per day about your book. Sounded simple enough, but it’s not something I generally do (my own neurosis, I know…)

So I debated telling the nice lady with the sombrero about my book – currently priced at 99 cents on Amazon, but I didn’t want to post it on Pixel of Ink so I clicked…

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Social Media: Have You Got It All Wrong?

For you indies out there….

CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD

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WARNING: This is one of them long ones. Better go get a fresh cup of coffee before you start…

We all know I love publishers. I still hope, should I ever finish The Novel, to be published by one of them. Say silly things like legacy or gatekeepers, or use something as serious and tragic as the Irish potato famine—or rape or Stockholm Syndrome, for that matter—to describe the relationship between the author and the business that has risked its money to get that author’s book to market, and you go straight onto my Naughty List.

(Well, there isn’t actually a Naughty List. Who has the time? I will roll my eyes at you though.)

I don’t believe for a second, for instance, what is pretty much an accepted ‘fact’ by the majority of the self-publishing community: that traditional publishers don’t publicize and/or care about the books they publish. I’ve…

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Review of Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman and John Shiffman

This gripping memoir of former FBI Art Crime agent Robert K. Whittman is a thrilling ride into the underbelly of the stolen art market. From the streets of Paris to expensive yachts off the Florida coast, Whittman tracked some of the most sensational stolen art.

Whittman’s career is the vehicle for the book and that alone would be a worthwhile read. Add in criminals, art dealers who knowingly trafficked stolen or illegal goods, a few international mobsters and some of the most notorious art heists and you have one terrific story.

As an art enthusiast, I found the facts of the cases fascinating. As a crime buff, I learned a few new things about art theft and the underworld. As a writer, I enjoyed the intricate twists and turns of the crimes and subsequent investigations. If you’re interested in art or crime or the FBI or police work in general, this book will give you something to keep you interested and you’ll learn a few new things along the way.

If you’ve read The Gardener Heist by Ulrich Boser you have to read this book by Whittman & Shiffman – Whittman was one of the guys who worked on tracking down the paintings that were taken from the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston. There’s even some new information on I.S.G. herself that was interesting because I’ve already read Boser’s book. Together, the two books give a fascinating account of the heist. Boser’s focus was on the crime, and Whittman focused on the effort to recover the paintings.

I devoured this book. I bought it because of the Gardener connection, but the earlier cases were just as interesting and the investigations were fascinating – especially when they involved more than one law-enforcement agency. It’s nice to know bureaucracy is everywhere…