Is Amazon Using Its Market Presence to Break The Big Six?

OK, indie authors, how would you feel if you were selling an average of two books a minute or more for a five-day weekend? Sound crazy? Robert Bidinotto thought so — until he did just that this past weekend. If you were at Kindle Boards over the weekend, you might have seen the thread where four KB indie authors were invited by Amazon to participate in a Black Friday promotion that started Sunday. Robert was one of them, and he was featured as an editor’s pick. By the end of the weekend, his debut novel Hunter: A Thriller had passed …

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Q&A with Author and Former Broadcast Journalist Lauren Clark

Did yesterday’s excerpt of Stay Tuned pique your interest? Join us below for a Q&A with author Lauren Clark about Stay Tuned, her writing journey and her background in broadcast journalism. I’m glad to be able to share this with everybody — I always like to see another journalist or former journalist turning to this different kind of storytelling. As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the Stay Tuned eBook edition has dropped to just 99 cents this week. What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to …

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Sneak Peek: Stay Tuned, by Lauren Clark

I’m back after a nice, long vacation with my family, and I’ve got a sneak peek for you at a book I started reading on vacation — watch for my review later this week… As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the Stay Tuned eBook edition has dropped to just 99 cents this week. What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes, including lots of Amazon gift cards (up to $100 in amount) and 5 autographed copies of the book. Be …

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Story Cubes Challenge Round 9: Now What?

This isn’t truly a Story Cubes Challenge entry because my cubes are at home, but I woke up this morning with some Thanksgiving football plot bunnies hopping madly in my head. If you’re not from Massachusetts, the annual high school Thanksgiving Day rivalry game is hotly contested and a huge town tradition for most schools. Exeter is no different. If you’ve read Thrown Out, this is set the Thanksgiving before.  Now What? Thanksgiving Day, 2000 Dan pulled on his coat and left his apartment, shivering a little as the cold air hit his face. He pulled his good gloves from …

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Exeter’s Cast of Characters

My mom and I were talking today, and I asked her which character in Exeter was her favorite. She had two, for different reasons, and some comments about other characters in the series. It was interesting to hear her take on the characters, so I figured I’d throw this out there: Who’s you favorite character in Exeter and why? Any character that you didn’t particularly connect with? Why not? I’m curious to hear what you guys have to say — I always seem to learn something new about the characters when other people talk to me about them.

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Looking for beta readers

As many of you know, I’m working on the first Exeter novel, and I’m in the middle of revisions. My first three chapters are headed to my critique group later this week, and I’m hoping to find a couple of people who aren’t swamped with holiday plans to take a look at them first to give me a reaction to how well they work, particularly a time transition between the first and second chapters. If you have time and are interested, please e-mail me at jenniecoughlin28@gmail.com. Anybody who does help will get a free ebook copy of the book once …

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Embracing Change in Life and Writing

This weekend, I had to trash a few pages I had written in the first draft of my novel. They were good, but the character was no longer a POV character because of some structural changes. It was a little frustrating to see the overall word count drop, especially since I liked the chapter, but I knew I had to let go of it to tell the story I’m trying to tell. Sometimes it’s the same thing with life. 

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Take A Moment, Thank A Veteran

Welcome to Blog Tour de Troops, and thanks for joining us on this blog hop! You should have joined me from Shannon Muir’s Blog. This is the last tour stop today — it will resume tomorrow at Rachel Thompson’s blog. Ray Vincent: You don’t support the war? Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs: I support the men fighting it. — NCIS 5.10 Corporal Punishment When I was in middle school, we sent troops into the first Gulf War. My dad was still in the Massachusetts National Guard at the time, and I can remember worrying that he would be sent over to fight. …

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Indies: We need to call for standards

This week, three of us ended up posting on various aspects of the same topic: My book blogger post, Don Linn’s Tragedy of the Commons publishing call to action and Porter Anderson’s weekly Writing on the Ether roundup of publishing news. If you haven’t read them, start with Don’s post, then Porter’s, then mine. Then come back. Back now? Good. Don does a great job setting up how publishing got to this point, and it’s the same problem newspapers and networks have run into over the years: When each element only focuses on what benefits its interests, we wind up …

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Coming this weekend: Blog Tour de Troops!

Friday — Veterans Day — kicks off the IBC’s semiannual blog tour designed to provide free e-books to soldiers, sailors and Marines. The tour runs through Monday, and my contribution is posting Saturday. We’ll all be blogging about gratitude toward our veterans and military. Every commenter gets a free copy of that author’s ebook, and a second free copy will go to a servicemember. You can designate a specific one in comments as well as long as you have an e-mail for the person. Hope to see you taking the tour!

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