Friday, April 29, 2011

Buy my Ebook

How many of us are tired of listening to all the talk around the blogosphere about "How can I sell my ebooks?" Or, how about "Why won't you/they please, please, please buy my book?" 

Everybody hold up your hands so I can see how many of us there are who are so tired of those refrains every day. Okay, that's good. I knew I wasn't the only one. There is actually a beacon out there for those poor souls looking for help with their sales.

100,000 ebooks. Yup, that's right. That's what Vincent Zandri has sold in two months. And exactly how did he achieve this monumental fete? Magic? Blackmail? Bribery?

Well, he's going to confess his marketing strategy at his blog today. All the steps he goes thru, and how and what he does at each step. So click the link below for the secrets to his marketing success: 

How I Sold 100,000 EBooks in 60 Days: A Letter to my Mom

Monday, April 25, 2011

Mommy Blogs More Powerful than The New York Times

In the past week I've seen three different indie authors wonder on their blogs how to make more sales for their books. The same question, "What can I do?" 

On one of the blogs I posted a comment about blog reviews and tours. In a private email to me the indie author bemoaned the waste of sending free ebooks for review to blogs and the waste of writing time to go on a blog tour. It's obvious to me the author didn't understand about the potential of Mommy Blogs.  (I know, funny name.)

 It's also obvious to me that Vincent Zandri does get it. And he uses it to his advantage. Read his blog post here:

Mommy Blogs More Powerful than The New York Times

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Business Rusch: Royalty Statements Update

Here's an update to Kristine Kathryn Rusch's blog post last week on her Royalty Statements. Click over and read it and then check out your own Royalty Statements.

The Business Rusch: Royalty Statements Update

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Book Giveaway

Need a new book to read? Nicole at A Bookseller Recommends is having a drawing for your choice of one of seven books.

Hurry over to her blog and post a comment for a chance to win.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Aaron Patterson is blogging about Twitter, one of the social media writers should learn to use. If nothing else, it teaches us brevity!
THE WORST BOOK EVER!: Now Twitter!: "I will be the first to say that the Twitter thing is not where I shine. Yet I am learning and can give some pointers as to the use of it fo..."

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Who is Barbara Allan?

I just finished reading Antiques Roadkill: A Trash 'n' Treasurers Mystery by Barbara Allan. I have to admit I really liked the book, even though I didn't know who Barbara Allan was when I got the ebook from Amazon..

Am I the only person in the world who didn't know Barbara Allan was Max Allan Collins and Barbara Collins collaborating? And worse still, I didn't know until I got to the end of the book and read the "About the Author" section.
I think that says I enjoyed the book for the characters and the plot, not for who wrote it. I mean, is there another book you can think of that has a heroine on antidepressants and her sidekick is bi-polar? And they solve murders? Come on, the book's a hoot to read.

Kobo Lands $53 Million in Funding to Fuel Global Expansion

Smashwords has information on the recent announcement by Kobo of their expansion plans. Since Smashwords is partnered with Kobo for distribution of their ebooks this could turn out to be quite a boon for Smashwords authors. Read Smashwords' full announcement here:
Kobo Lands $53 Million in Funding to Fuel Global Expansion

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Thinking Outside the Box While Living Inside the Box

Vincent Zandri has an interesting post today on his blog concerning his move from traditional publishing to epubbing. His sales success this month has been unbelievable. He's made it into the top 10 at Amazon. Read about it here:
Thinking Outside the Box While Living Inside the Box 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Royalty Statements

Kristine Kathryn Rusch had an interesting post on her blog yesterday.

She addressed publishers' treatment and accounting for ebooks in the stripped down publishing world of today's reality. It covers a lot of interesting information. Take a look at it here here and see if you agree.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Where Is Spring?

I can't wait for Spring to get here. Oh, I know the calendar says it's already here but, when I look out the window, all that wind and rain says Fall.

It' s so hard to get any writing done. The wind blew down several branches that fell into the fish pond and they had to be cleaned up. So, of course I got no writing done that day. The greenhouse roof developed a leak and had to be patched. So, of course I got no writing done that day. The wind blew down a tree and it had to be cut into lengths. So, of course I got no writing done that week.

I can't wait for Spring to get here!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Word Games or My Life Is A Joke

I didn't post this yesterday, because I didn't want anyone to think it was an April Fool's joke.

April 1 is the day I married my pirate. Pirate? Yes, I married a pirate. I was married the first time directly out of high school. Too young. Too stupid. Two years of abuse and adultery later - divorced.

Flash forward a couple years. My then boyfriend said, "Marry me?" I said, "No."

Flash forward a couple more years. My then same boyfriend said, "Marry me?" I said, "No."

Flash forward a couple more years. Same boyfriend, same question, "Marry me?" But before I could answer, he said, "I promise no abuse, no adultery. And I'll respect you." I said, "Maybe." He said, "What else do you want?" I said, "A greenhouse."

So, he built me a greenhouse.

I said, "You know, we're both a couple of fools to do this." We picked April Fool's Day to do it.

So I married my pirate. Aargh!  Get it? (No Abuse, no Adultery, but Respect, and a GreenHouse.)

©: 2011 Fiona L. Woods