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Monday, 25 April 2011

SEEN This Week 4/25/11

Here's hoping everyone has a blessed and happy Easter yesterday. Meanwhile, the news from authors and other literary luminaries kept coming in.

Things continue to pick up at Night Publishing. They have 'sold' another 20,000 copies this month so far, although many of those were for free. Still, it is good branding investment and not to be sneezed at. Kindle UK has paid in full for the UK downloads of Jo Ellis' Spoilt, which means Night Publishing can afford to invest more in new approaches. They have their first Lightning Source book up and running - Danny Bent's You've Gone Too Far This Time, Sir!  Theodore Knell's From the corners of a wounded mind is going up this week. Theodore has all sorts of side deals going on to sell it into the military and security forces. Several Night Publishing books have also made considerable impact on Amazon's bestseller lists, some of that news to follow on later posts in this column.

Chalet Publishers, LLC, is happy to announce that two more novels will be released this month -- Maze in Blue is Judge Debra Goldstein's debut murder mystery set on the University of Michigan campus. Next book is Fathom, the second in a trilogy about a mermaid by Ashley Knight. Her first book is Fins and the third is Forever that will be released Fall 2011.

The Authors on Show website is preparing for some new surprises and changes for its upcoming first anniversary May 16. If you missed this past weekend's announcement, you may find it here. There's a lot in store, so stay tuned!

Bob Grant from Speak Without Interruption reported that within the two calendar months since he placed a StarCounter on to their site, there's been over 50,000 visitors!  Congrats to Bob and all the SWI contributors for a job well done.

One of the stops made by Lisa Scottoline on the tour promoting her latest release, Save Me, was the Oakmont Carnegie Library in PA. Look for a profile on Lisa on the Authors on Show website this week.

Simon Swift's runaway mystery work Black Shadows hit number 16 in Amazon's mystery / hardboiled category April 20, sandwiched between Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hammett. The Huddersfield Daily Examiner also printed an article on Simon and his book in the April 23 edition.

XoXo Publishing owner Gina Cianfarani was interviewed April 19 as part of Wrestling Week on Kristal McKerrington's blog. Click here to read some of her insights and leave a comment.

Steven Jensen's The Poison of a Smile became the tenth bestselling ghost story in the UK April 18.

Paul D. Brazill kindly invited Gerry McCollough to write a guest blog for his site.

Thomas J. Winton's book, Beyond Nostalgia, made three of Amazon US's "Top Rated" lists and two "Hot New Releases" charts.

CNN printed an online article about Lori Finnila this past week.

Judith Marshall had a recent meeting with her producer and is hiring a screenwriter to adapt Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever into a film version.

Drew Cross is the 97th best rated on Amazon's police procedurals genre and fourth most downloaded in the same category on Smashwords.

Dusan, Poppet's second book from Wild Wolf Publishing, was just released as an eBook. It's a thriller / horror / romance and may be released in paperback late 2011.

Sisters Uptown Bookstore is featuring Minnette Coleman's The Blacksmith's Daughter as their book of the month.

Amidst the new hoopla, Stella Delueze sold her first book in Germany April 24.

My news for the week:

I'd like to thank the talented Bradley Wind for his excellent design for the cover of Kerrigan's Legacy. Anyone who would like a book cover for their work and is an member of Authonomy, click here for details.

Sample chapters of Kerrigan's Legacy are now on Slush Pile Reader.

The Cruiserweight made Kindle Store's Top 100 bestselling wrestling books twice in a twelve-day period; the first time was April 11 at #41 and the second at #16 April 23-24, between WrestleCrap's and Figure Four Weekly's R.D Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez and wrestling legend Mick Foley.

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