Self-Published Authors

Amazon’s Data Mining of Novels

I find data-mining as interesting as the next person. On any given day, you’ll find me clicking into the results of surveys about consumer habits, in any number of categories. I do this for reasons that are as unnecessary as they are ambiguous. Being from Washington, DC, and having cut my political teeth at an early age, I know how much wiggle room – and wishful thinking – is spun into the cloth of marketing data and rankings. So much of it is subjective: how the questions are asked, who is contacted, the size of the group, etc. Increasingly, companies are finding new ways to harvest and apply information extracted through data mining their customers. Amazon, for example, uses the amount of ebook pages read by a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, and the pace of that reading, in order to determi...

Author Interview: Marla A. Madison

About Marla A. Madison Year first published: 2011 Number of books and short stories currently published: 3 suspense novels. Bio: I’m a retired mediator and now work part-time as an arbitrator. I started writing after I retired and only became serious about it when I joined a critique group of local authors. I discovered that I’m not the kind of person who can just kick back and live the quiet life, I need to have a goal, and writing has given me one. The ultimate goal, of course, is to sell a lot of books by becoming a good writer. Like any skill, writing takes work and practice, so I try to write at least two pages a day. I can see I’m improving with each new work, and that’s a great feeling. Writing, publishing, and marketing are difficult but excellent for keeping that brain active and ...

A MEASURE OF DISORDER by Alan Tucker

High school will be a breeze for Jenni Kershaw — if she lives long enough to enroll, that is. Jenni’s ordinary, eighth grade life becomes a thing of the past when her science class goes on a field trip. Armed with only their notebooks, MP3 players, and wits, Jenni and her classmates are unknowingly transported to another world. There they encounter amazing creatures, some of which think a kid shish kebab would be a tasty treat. But they soon find the greatest dangers they face may come from themselves … Follow Jenni and her class on their extraordinary adventures in their fight to discover who — and what — they really are. Praise for A Measure of Disorder, Book One of the Mother-Earth Series “…I was hooked! I could hardly put this book down. …...

THE JANUS COMPLEX by Graeme Gibson

The Janus Complex, Book One of the Dark Secrets Trilogy, follows  the growing pains  of a young man (Jamie Raeburn) through all of the complications of life, love, lust, intrigue and violence. Street wise but impetuous he saves the life of an American sailor being brutally attacked in a dark Glasgow alleyway and his life changes completely. Why was Lieutenant Conor Whelan there that fateful night? And what secrets does he keep? Hospitalised with his injuries, Jamie meets and falls in love with Kate Maxwell, an English Nurse working in the Intensive Care Unit. Kate Maxwell too has secrets; secrets she feels she can’t divulge to Jamie and secrets that eventually force her to return to her native England leaving Jamie disillusioned with life. The action moves to The Midlands of England,...

Bookworm and Author Kate LeDonne Interview

"I encourage writers to make it about the work, and doing your best work. Detach. It's not about you. It's about the work. Let go and see what happens. You can always change your mind and put things back in."

The New Romance Aisle: Lover’s Lane at Lowe’s

Who says a trip to the hardware store can’t be romantic? Not me! Not any of my friends, either, as it turns out. Over the summer, couple after couple pointed out to me (in unrelated conversations) that once they had settled down, they spent far more time together going out to hardware stores than going out to restaurants. To a one, my friends joked that “date night” had evolved from stolen kisses and candle-lit dinners into Friday night trips to the hardware store, where they would spend hours with sales associates talking about plumbing questions, painting solutions, fencing, and other home-based projects in need of a joint decision in order to move forward. This new style “date night” got me thinking about ways in which a hardware store could increase the in-store romance factor for cust...

Author Interview: Adrienne Thompson

Q: Thanks for being here today, Adrienne! Please tell readers about your path from writer to published author. I’ve technically been a writer since I was ten, when I attempted to write my first book (which was a rip-off of a Judy Blume book.) I wrote poetry for years and when I was a freshman in college, my English teacher tried to talk me into changing my major to English. Well, I changed it from Biology to Nursing to Education and back to Biology. I ended up graduating with a degree in Biology with plans to attend Medical School until I realized I didn’t want to be a doctor after all. I ended up becoming an RN out of necessity (I found myself divorced with 3 kids to raise) but I really didn’t want to be a nurse, either. It took me years to realize that my talent and passion had always be...

Just a Matter of Time by LaRhonda Simmons

About Just a Matter of Time: Jade is dating super sexy personal trainer Eli Turner. Eli is the best thing that’s happened to her in a long time and the sex between them is the best she’s ever encountered. The only problem is that Eli is very secretive about his personal life, which makes Jade think he’s hiding something. But no matter how things appear, Jade has no intentions of giving up her prize. Sierra has the perfect life to those around her. She’s married to the handsome Tyler, has a beautiful daughter and owns a successful day spa. But when things get boring in the bedroom and Tyler refuses to compromise, Sierra finds herself craving more. When the sultry Alexis Montague walks into her day spa, she gets more than what she bargained for. Taylor is married to D...

Author Interview: Staci Hart

1. Thanks for being here today, Staci! Please tell readers about your path from writer to published author. So happy to be here with you all! When I first began to write, it was purely experimental, but once I started writing it, I knew that it was something I would see through. I knew that the story would be fairly short, though I was determined to get the word count into a range that would be considered a novel. I researched traditional publishing and found a host of agents to contact, but in the end I decided to self publish. I’m so glad I did. The most difficult thing about self publishing is that you have to self edit. I took advantage of the resources available online, from articles to forums, and I got a number of books (The absolute bible being Self Editing for Fiction Writer...

Cailin by Rosalind Scarlett

  About Cailin: A love which transcends existence . . . It is the year 1702.  Aislinn, the daughter of a sheep farmer in western Ireland, is a tenacious redheaded lass who has NO intention of ever settling into the dutiful roles of marriage and motherhood demanded of her by her father.  The only thing she has ever wanted is to pursue her dreams of being a professional fiddler, and that is fully what she intends to do— with or without the blessing of her family. Nevertheless, all that, and so much more, is about to change when she is unwilling persuaded into participating in her older cousin’s girlish, traditional Celtic love spell to see the face of the lad she will be destined to marry.  Aislinn doesn’t take it at all seriously, until that night when she dreams of a handsome dark-hai...

Reflections

  Reflections   The last few days have been, to say the least, quite eventful and exciting. As I sit here in my office, (built by the world’s most wonderful husband), I am thinking about how much my life has changed in the past eighteen months, five years, ten years, and I am just in awe of it all. Ten years ago, I was adding two cans of water to a can of chicken soup to make it stretch. If we had crackers to put in it, we were feasting like kings. People think I joke about this, but the sad fact is, it is true. Life was a struggle back then. Every morning was like playing Russian Roulette. Will they shut the power off today? How will I pay the water bill? How am I going to buy groceries this week? Where am I going to get the money for shoes for the kids? I worked any job I could get ...

A Special Goodbye: Charles Moss

A Special Goodbye: Charles Moss I’ll never forget the Sunday afternoon three-wheeler rides with our little gang of misfits. I was the youngest, I think, in my teens. Every Sunday we would meet up at my grandfather’s store, each other’s houses, or at some point in between. We all rode Honda three-wheelers. Our destination might be a sandpit, logging trails, river beds, or just a nearby mud hole. Most afternoons, at some point along the way, we would gather in a lazy circle, eat Nabs (that’s peanut butter crackers made by Nabisco, for you non-southerners) and drink a Pepsi. It was during those times Uncle Charles told his stories. His deadpan delivery never failed to make us all laugh. Even when he told horrific tales of being trapped in foxholes in Vietnam, we laughe...

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