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Monday, 21 April 2014

SEEN This Week 4/21/14




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This week’s book, author, and event news:
The Horror Writer’s Association is addressing Amazon’s review policy. Stop by the blog for special codes for those ebooks,which should be valid for the near future.
If you believe possessing good character is essential to the well-being of society, give a listen to Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, secretary of The Claire Power Murphy Foundation, at this link.
Want to know what really happens when writers think they’ve had a sudden idea? Go herefor the answer!
Gil C. Schmidt recently talked about flash fiction with Book Goodies.
Lovin’ The Skin You’re In author Andrea Amador this inspiring 49 minute video to see tendencies to overeat from a much more realistic and gentle perspective. It’s a must-see to learn how to love yourself past a binge.
Author Event of the Week: Authors in Southern California are welcome to be part of the second annual Reading by the Sea, which will be held at the Long Beach Public Library June 21, 2014. A fee of $30.00 is due by April 30, 2014 if you want to reserve a table. Contact authorbookevents@yahoo.com for additional details.
My Latest News:
Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star ranked the following on Amazon April 17:
#24 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Wrestling
#55 in Books > Sports & Outdoors > Individual Sports > Wrestling
Special thanks to Rick Craig and Zane Pasley for having me as a guest on The Undisputed Wrestling Show April 16. We had a lively discussion about my latest book,Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star during the 10:00 PM hour. For those who missed the show, access it on demand at this link.
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, 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.