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Monday, 14 April 2014

SEEN This Week 4/14/14

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This week’s book, author, and event news:
NBC News recently featured an article on Amazon saying customers don’t own their Kindle books. Could this be the beginning of additional backlash against Amazon?
Check out Being Dracula’s Widow, the latest release in Faith Marlow’s Being Mrs. Dracula Series.
S. R. Howen’s Medicine Man I: The Chief of All Time received a 2014 EPIC Award in Paranormal and has 18 Amazon five-star reviews. Click here to get your copy.
Need some guidance on how to write your characters? Writers Write offers some great ideas on how to make your characters stand out. Find their tips at this link.
Imagine a macabre discovery like the one recently found at Harvard. Three books at the prestigious university’s library had odd-looking covers, which were discovered to be human flesh upon further detailed inspection. Read the entire story here.
As we all know reviews are important for the ranking of your book. One of the things discovered by the people of Anorak Publishing is that some reviewers have ‘Amazon Verified Purchase’ under their reviews while others do not. When asked about such reviews, the Kindle Direct Publishing staff replied Amazon does not place higher value on reviews on verified purchases that those of – let’s say those receiving free review copies – or other “non-verified” reviews. What do you think?
Author Event of the Week: Mark your calendars to be in Tampa, FL on April 11, 2015, as the Beach Babe Book Bash as authors K.S. Smith, Megan C. Smith, and the K&S Book Blog are in the beginning stages of planning an author signing! They are looking for fellow authors who would be interested in attending. If you are interested in this event, please fill out the form at this link to receive follow up information.
My Latest News:
I will be appearing as a live guest on The Undisputed Wrestling Show to discuss my latest book and much more. Tune into the show April 16 from 9-11 PM Eastern time on The Angry Marks Network.
Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star ranked #1 in Sports Biographies on Amazon April 6. Go here to view the screen capture!
According to Palm Tree Books’ current sales readings, the paperback edition of Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star are going strong as its Kindle format! Quite good news, considering past history shows Kindle versions of my books sold far better than print editions – go figure!
Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter@lacarrington1.

Monday, 7 April 2014

SEEN This Week 4/7/14



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This week’s book, author, and event news:
Karen Charlton will run a workshop for aspiring novelists June 12 at Stockton Library, County Durham from 6-9pm. Interested parties may book a spot by contacting Claire Pratt at 01642 528044.
Follow Jeff Guernsey’s wife as she fights with cancer through her journal and writings. He added some comments to help readers follow what she is saying through her good and bad days. It is her hope that this book will help others not give up.
Email jguerns@yahoo.com with questions or to order your copy of the book.
Theresa Oliver’s short story is just .99 cents! Reviews are needed. She is making it into a screenplay for a television movie soon.
Wode Susu-My Uncle: A Story of the Chinese Mafia is Tim Lilly’s first novel that was published on January 3, 2013. You can view the book’s video trailer at at this link. He has begun writing the prequel entitled Wode Susu-My Uncle:The Beginning. In the prequel you will learn many facets of the central character of the Chinese Mafia Boss Chan Wan San and his rise to power by taking over the Shanghai Mafia and morphing it into the Golden Dragon Society.
Renee Roszel’s Valentine’s Knight has been chosen as a RITA finalist and nominated for a RT Readers Choice.
Walter Daniel’s work Aestas, or Poems of Walter Daniel has had its 13th update of the year. Click here to check out what’s new.
Author Event of the Week: Check out The Book Splash, an author signing event that’s like no other. Come sail away in February 2015 with For The Love of Books and your favorite authors on a 4-night Royal Caribbean Bahamas cruise! Book your spot now through May 1 to be part of an author panel, author signing, and more exclusive events for The Book Splash attendees only. Book before April 16 and be entered to win a free event fee. Visit Book Splash’s Facebook page to learn more and how to claim your spot!
My Latest News:
Thanks to all who participated in the April 5-6 free download weekend of all four books in The Cruiseweight Series and Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star. Worldwide downloads reached past the 200 mark!
Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star ranked the following on Amazon paid sales April 3:
#16 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Wrestling
#49 in Books > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling
Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.