Month: October 2011

TwitterQuest, October 24th

The only thing more exciting than watching the number of Twitter followers rise is reading what they have to say. Below, I have listed some of my favorite tweets from people I follow.  Each day, I find it fascinating to read the ideas, advice, humor, and the just plain bizarre from the Twitterverse.  Oh, and new format…enjoy! Unega_Waya Suzie Echo “Don’t ever cry over something that cannot cry over you.” ~Native American Saying.. LiamJohnsonType Liam Johnson Under my desk is becoming more and more cluttered with toys and bones… I think I have a new co-worker. #amwriting #production #dog Xequa John Anson Being controversial while you’re an unknown just makes you an a**hole. CoachHarmen Harmen Stevens Where there’s no gardener, there’...

Self-Publishing: Happily Ever After

I read romances. In fact, I’ve read hundreds of them including books written by Nora Roberts, Judith McNaught, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Phyllis Whitney, Victoria Holt, Carla Neggers, Johanna Lindsey, Catherine Coulter, and Heather Graham. I read this genre, and these authors, because they are guaranteed to take me on a semi-unpredictable ride to Happily Ever After.  I say “semi” because I already know, at the time of purchase, that the man and woman will fall in love and ride/sail/bike/drive off into the sunset. My upcoming novel, Ava, is in this category—but not by design.  I simply wrote about the lives and loves of characters that chose me to be their storyteller.  And, wouldn’t you know, they decided on romantic thriller as the genre. Sounds odd to have the characters make the decision?  Ma...

Self-Publishing: A Bold Step

Metaphorically speaking, agents and signed contracts are big, big dogs, and newbies don’t necessarily know if they bark, bite, or—best option of all—dedicate themselves to the pursuit of belly rubs. Looks can be deceiving and are not, generally speaking, the best indicator of personality or intent. Experience is our best teacher, our most reliable road map to show us when to trust, when to gamble, and when to walk away. To me, a revelation about self-publishing is that there is absolutely a place for literary agents. Not every agent, mind you, and not in the traditional roles carved out by legacy publishing. Still, there are countless opportunities for these individuals to translate and apply their wonderful experience into representing authors and selling ebooks. Some who have made the tr...

Marketing: Quotes About Life

In honor of today being the thirteenth—a lucky number in our family—I thought I’d send out the next installment of TwitterQuest a little early. The only thing more exciting than watching the number of Twitter followers rise is reading what they have to say. Below, I have listed some of my favorite tweets from people I follow.  Each day, I find it fascinating to read the ideas, advice, humor, and the just plain bizarre from the Twitterverse. @HarmonyAnnEvans Harmony Evans “Alpha men with a tender side rock my world.” @sararomoli Sara Romoli “No matter what the statistics say, there’s always a way.” @MeredithMBell Meredith Bell “‘What a leader does now sets up what he does later. And there’s always a later.’ – Mike Krzyzewski” @infpwriter David Alan Johnson “Some people gaz...

Blog Readers: International Mystery

When I say the words “international mystery” I’m not referring to MHz’s excellent line-up of detective shows featuring Montalbano, Van Veeteren, Wallander and Maigret. Nor does this post focus on those case-cracking inspectors, Morse, Lewis, and Lynley, brought to life on the small screen courtesy of BBC. Instead, I am using the word international to summarize the list of countries from which my sites have been accessed.  In alphabetical order, they are: Australia Canada China France Germany India Indonesia Israel Peru Russian Federation United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States The mystery part of the equation is my curiosity about those people in far away lands who have, accidentally or not, visited my sites.  A part of me wishes I could greet them at the portal, shake hands, and...

Quotes Of The Week From Twitter

It’s that time, again! Quotes of the week from the Twitterverse. The only thing more exciting than watching the number of Twitter followers rise, is reading what they have to say. Below, I have listed the next installment of some of my favorite tweets from people I follow.  Each day, I find it fascinating to absorb the ideas, advice, warnings, and breaking news shared through the Twitterverse.  Please read on… @Cori_Rizzo “Kindness does wonderful things to a face. ~Dixie Doyle” @theladywrites Catrina Taylor Rudd “The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. ~ Bruce Feirstein” @Jabaldaia Jose Baldaia “We do not create a culture of innovation with metrics! It builds on the basis of values!” @UltimateVirtual Kimberly Wadsworth “❤ I Love You ❤ Are there wor...

15 Articles About Self-Publishing

The following are links I have tweeted on my @dcPriya account over the past month.  Almost all are about self-publishing.  I decided to create a blog post containing the links for those writers and authors who are interested in self-publishing but don’t use Twitter.  This industry continues to grow in new and interesting ways, and opportunities abound. Hope you find these helpful.  Enjoy! E-book self-publishing company BookieJar http://www.techflash.com/seattle/2011/09/startup-of-the-week-bookiejar.html Found this article interesting: “How to Partner With a Pro on Your Self-Published Book” http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2011/09/how-to-partner-with-a-pro-on-your-self-published-book273.html “Amazon’s grip tightens on the entire book-publishing chain” http:/...

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