Friday, November 30, 2012

The Speed of Things

I'm talking a little about how our culture has changed in the last several decades today over at Crime Fiction Collective, and how as authors, we might be able to figure out how to be around a little longer.

It's all better with friends.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


I'm talking a little bit about the magic of Christmas while sipping a wonderful cup of coffee at the Indie Chics Cafe. Come by and spend a few minutes.

Friday, November 16, 2012

It's a tumultuous time in publishing and sometimes it's difficult to stay positive. Recently I read an article that highlighted some grumpy and disgruntled well-known writers, and reflected on choice. I'd love to know what you think.

I blogged about it at Crime Fiction Collective.

It's all better with friends.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

I'm Late! I'm Late! For a Very Important Date!

The process of bringing out a new book can be painful.

The ebook version of THE MISSINGS has been doing very well since it's release October 15th. For those of you who have bought it and reviewed it, you have my humble thanks.

I really thought I'd have the paperback available within a week of that release.


This morning I ordered my second proof to make sure the cover works. The first one was far too dark and rather than red as an accent color, it was orange. Blick. It took several attempts on the part of my cover designer to come up with an alternative that looked good. If, and it's a big if, this cover is what I want, then paperback version will be out a full month later than I thought.

I don't know how other writer's paperback sales compare to their ebook sales, but for me it usually runs about 100:1. For every hundred downloads of a book, I'll sell one paperback. So, is it worth it? You bet.

It's important to me to have my books available in as many formats as reasonably possible. In our family, we read ebooks and paper books and we listen to audio books. Both RED TIDE and THE MISSINGS are currently posted with an audio production company for narration.

In some households, ebooks are not an option; and in still others, audio books are the only way people can "read" a good story. So I'll keep trying.

Are different formats important to you? Do you have a preference?

It's all better with friends.