Foxy Business and Brief Update

In answer to several questions I’ve received, yes, that is a fox in my current header. Why is it way up there in a tree? Because it is a gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) as opposed to a red fox (Vulpes vulpes.) Yep, a whole different animal, and one that is very arboreal. In other words, unlike the red fox, it’s an excellent climber, and often naps in the treetops. Both foxes are native to North America, and I’ll be doing a future post on the differences between the two when I’m feeling well enough to get back to blogging again. (Look for it on #NotesFromTheRiver).

Good news: I’m feeling VASTLY better today than yesterday, though still not at 100%. Last night, for the first time in over 2 weeks, I was able to sleep without taking codeine-laced cough syrup. Thankfully! I hate that druggy feeling when I’m on that stuff. Bad news: As I say, I’m still not at 100%. But I finally feel like I’m on the way. I am still resting/napping throughout the day, so I’m not really “back” to my blogging and writing yet, which means a bit more delay in publishing That Darkest Place. But I don’t think it will be too much longer.

Hopefully this will be “out there” soon:


Thanks for all your support and well wishes. It’s lovely to be missed!
🙂 ❤

Two More Writing Links Today

Check out these links from Staci Troilo. Enter the contest on Story Empire, while you’re at it. You could win a $30 Amazon gift card! 🙂

Who would have thought April would be this busy?

First the Roadshow Tour, then my personal RRBC Spring Blog Party post. Then there were guest posts and friends’ new releases.

Today, as the month winds down, I have two more things to share.

  1. Story Empire joins the RRBC Spring Blog Party. Click here to read the post. And if you comment, you’ll be eligible to win a $30 Amazon gift card.
  2. AIW Press is ramping up its posting schedule, sharing industry tips every Thursday. Today’s post is about the difference between a first draft and stream of consciousness prose. You can read it here.

I hope you visit. The post writers would love to hear from you!

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Touching Base with a Quick Update

Just want to let you guys know that my uninvited “bug” is lingering much longer than I had hoped. While I am vastly improved over last week, I’m most definitely not back at 100% and my doctor keeps telling me rest is what I need most right now.

Apparently this is one mean, miserable cold/flu/bronchitis/pneumonia/vicious thingie, and shaking it takes a long time. With that in mind, I’m going to try to behave in a way that will make my doctor proud of me, and stay in bed (or at least bundled up in the comfy chair) for a few more days.

Don’t worry. I’m here, and keeping an eye on things via my iPhone, so if you need help, just give a holler. And those of you who are regular contributors to this blog, please feel free to post anything you’d like to share while I’m away. I’ll be back just as soon as possible, I promise!

Thanks!

#MeetTheAuthor Tea at #DeBaryHall

What a great group of ladies joined me yesterday for our tea and luncheon at DeBary Hall Historic Site! They were very forgiving of their heavily medicated and somewhat “croaky” hostess, and were an especially engaging group. Nothing like spending time with fellow readers! (It’s especially exciting when MY books are among the things they read, 😀 !)

Truly, they made the afternoon so much fun, I almost forgot how sick I’ve been. Loved meeting every single one of them, and hope they enjoyed themselves as much as I did!

My heartfelt thanks to DeBary Hall for giving us such a beautiful venue to hold these very special events, and to each of the lovely ladies who attended yesterday! Can’t wait to do it again, hopefully this fall.

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – John W. Howell and Marcia Meara

What a lovely way to start the day. Sally Cronin has shared two book reviews today, one of which is for my first book, Wake-Robin Ridge. Janice Spina gave it a 5-star review, and I hope some of you will check it out, and share Sally’s post with your followers. THANKS!! (And my heartfelt thanks to Janice and Sally, also!)

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

A terrific review for John W. Howell for his third outing with John Cannon by Don Massenzio – who by the sound of it thoroughly enjoyed the read.

About the book

The terrorist leader and financier Matt Jacobs figured out a plan to eliminate the President. He is relying on John Cannon’s stature as a hero to help him carry it off. John finds himself walking the fine line of pretending to help Matt while trying to figure out a countermeasure to the plan. The third book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy brings together two strong wills for a showdown. The question to be answered is who will feel the satisfaction that the achievement of justice delivers? John, Matt or neither?

Don Massenzio’s post and review: https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/book-review-our-justice-by-john-w-howell/

John has done it again. OurJustice picks up where His Revenge left off. John Cannon is back and, again, the bad…

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A Quick Update

Took a minute to update Facebook earlier, but figured you guys were due, as well. Thanks so much to those who’ve inquired about my health, and sent me their best wishes. MUCH appreciated.

My doctor’s visit yesterday revealed what I had expected. After feeling better on Friday, I got much worse over the weekend, but couldn’t be squeezed in to see her before yesterday morning, at which time she gave me the news. My cold turned into severe bronchitis, bordering on pneumonia. The good news is, I have Wonder Drugs on board now, and I’m assured I’ll feel much better very soon. I can already tell a difference. I’ve been cleared to do my Meet the Author Luncheon and Tea on Saturday, as long as I rest from now until then, and again afterward, and don’t overdo. (I will NOT be contagious by then, so if you are planning to come, you are safe, I promise. I double checked.)

I’m trying to respond to a few posts and emails here and there, but mostly, I’m resting as instructed, taking my meds, drinking Echinacea tea, and getting well as fast as I can!

You guys carry on as you are, and I’ll be back in full force as soon as possible. Smooches!

 

Amazon’s New KDP Print Feature is Bad News for CreateSpace Users

(Unpalatable) food for thought, here. I so hope this doesn’t happen.

Diane Tibert

The first news I heard about KDP Print was in an email from Amazon on February 15th. Since then, I’ve read articles, blog posts and comments about it and watched the praise given by Amazon for this service dwindle quickly.

In the email, Amazon announced they were making print book publishing easier for writers. They stated, “KDP prints your book on demand and subtracts your printing costs from your royalties, so you don’t have to pay any costs upfront or carry any inventory.”

That’s what CreateSpace does. Sort of. I believe CreateSpace takes the cost of the printing of the book from the sale price, then takes a cut of the royalties. Until I see the numbers and do the math, I am unsure which service will offer a better financial deal for authors.

The message also stated, “It also enables you to receive consolidated royalty payments for paperback and…

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Author Media Kits, Part 2—The News Release

I’m taking notes on this very informative series of posts by Staci Troilo. So much great information here. Do yourself a favor, and check it out.

Story Empire

Ciao, SEers. As promised, I’m continuing my exploration of the author media kit. (If you missed that post or want a refresher before continuing, click here.)

Today, we’re going to talk about the news release. (Press Release is an outdated term referring to the press that prints newspapers. That technology has modernized and we submit our release to more than just newspapers these days, so the name has been changed to News Release to reflect those changes.)

Authors can certainly submit their own news releases to the media, but I’ve found some elitist organizations still don’t accept indie authors as credible and talented artists, and therefore disregard announcements from them. Because of this bias, if at all possible, have your publisher or a professional organization submit the release on your behalf. However, if you have a kick-butt release and media kit, or if you find progressive organizations…

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