Month: November 2011

Release Day: Four Gay Weddings and a Funeral

I’m going to do a contest with FOUR GAY WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL very soon. It’s just been extremely busy and I want to make sure I have a clear head so all the details of the contest are accurate. But it’s going to be simple and ten people will be eligible for a free e-book. I still haven’t decided on which e-book I’ll give away, but I will soon.

If you want to know more about FOUR GAY WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, please click the title. I’d also like to mention this book cover will probably go down as one of my all time favorites.

I’ll post more soon.

When New York legalizes same sex marriage, Neil winds up with more invitations to gay weddings than he knows what to do with! And it’s during one of these weddings where Neil meets Andre- the perfect man.

Andre is French, with a romantic accent and a killer body, and he fills Neil with emotion in ways he’s never known- he’s the perfect man. But Neil isn’t ready for marriage, and so he lets Andre go.

As time passes, Neil’s life goes on, and he always wonders what might have been with Andre. But when life-altering events rock Neil’s quiet life, he may get a chance to find happily-ever-after!

Seth Godin Ends His Amazon Project

Those who follow this blog know that I’m fascinated with all the changes happening in publishing these days. I try to post about them objectively, and inform readers with bits and pieces I come across in the course of a day. Self-publishing/Indie publishing is one of those topics.

I read in GalleyCat that Seth Godin has decided to stop his amazon project:

“Bestselling author Seth Godin has decided to end the Domino Project, his experimental imprint with Amazon. The books will still be sold on Amazon, but Sarah Kay‘s Why Publish Poetry? will be the last book published by the imprint.”

I haven’t read anything from this imprint, so I can’t comment in that respect. You can read more about why he stopped the project here, in a blog post he wrote on the topic. If you are an author, you should read the entire post and take notes.

I do try to keep my posts like this objective. I really do. I like Seth Godin and I’ve enjoyed his blog posts. I also agree with a lot of what he has to say. And I can’t speculate about why anyone would be motivated to do one thing or another. I wish he hadn’t stopped the project. I know how difficult, first hand, it can be to get something like this moving forward. I also know how hard it can be to market and promote e-books. But I don’t think Seth will disappear. At least I hope not!!

The Holiday Shelf Over at

I have to admit that this is one of those things I enjoy about writing and promoting books. And I don’t enjoy much about promoting. I always feel awkward about doing it.

But this is more like giving a huge shout to all the Christmas books and stories at one time.

There’s a Holiday Shelf over at, where readers can peruse through a list of holiday themed titles. You can get there from here.

I have two on the shelf: One is a novella titled, SANTA SATURDAY. And the other is a new adult genre Christmas novella titled, THE COMPUTER TUTOR.

But check out the entire shelf and see if there’s anything you like. This is inside information I don’t give out very often. But the authors over at are given almost free range to do whatever they want. It’s the ultimate creative process for an author and one I cherish. And the reader is really getting what the author intended him or her to get, without the hype. I’ve worked with a lot of publishers in my time and I’ve always had good experiences with them. But I’ve never been allowed full creative control…until I started working with about six years ago.

Book Trailers…

This is only my opinion, and I could be wrong. I’ve been wrong before…but I’ve also been right a lot more than I’ve been wrong (smile). I’ve also been doing this for a long time and I’ve seen a lot of things/trends come and go.

In the past five years or so I’ve seen authors creating book trailers that are actually very good. You can see these authors have worked hard on them, and I would imagine have spent good money on them as well.

But I always wonder whether or not book trailers work. I’ve obviously never done a book trailer and I don’t see myself doing one in the near future. When I’m shopping for books without a recommendation, speaking as a reader, I’m more interested in reading a good solid book description, reader reviews, and a sample of the book I’m interesting in buying. Sometimes I buy with the process of elimination. In other words, I might not like the book description much. But if the reviews are interesting enough (with me they don’t always have to be good reviews…I’ve bought more books I love based on bad reviews than I can count) and the sample pages from the book are good, I’ll ignore the bad description. It’s usually a two out of three deal with me…and it’s not always about a bad book description.

I can honestly say that I’ve never been prompted to buy a book based on a book trailer. And I don’t know many people who have either. I’m sure there are a few who do. But does that small group of people warrant the time and cost of producing a book trailer? I honestly don’t know and there are no valid statistics to prove it one way or the other. So in this case I always trust my gut instinct…and experience…and listen to that little voice deep down.

Now, if you are an author like John Irving or Stephen King, I do enjoy book trailers that are actual interviews with the author. Who doesn’t want to find out what a famous author is really like? There’s a great interview out with John Irving’s LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER. I watched it after I read the book. But notice how I worded this, I watched it after I read the book…it was an added bonus to see what Mr. Irving had to say. I would have bought and read the book whether he did the video or not. And, I don’t think this can officially be classified as a book trailer. It is basically the author discussing the book, answering questions.

It would be great if there were some kind of meter that gave valid statistics about book trailers. But there isn’t. And I don’t think they help sell books or enhance the reading experience in any way. The reading experience isn’t like the film experience, where a trailer helps people decide on whether or not they want to see the film.

The main factors to consider, which to me are huge factors, are time and money. I’m not a huge fan of vanity promotion. So far I haven’t seen anyone who ever made a book trailer come out and honestly say the book trailer paid for itself and gave the author a lot of extra money in his or her own pocket. If they did, you can be damn sure all publishers would be doing them and the publisher would be footing the bills. And this is why authors need to think like business people all the time…the same way publishers think.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

This might be the shortest book review in history. But that’s because I want to make it simple for readers to decide whether or not they want to read Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. And, Steve Jobs was the epitome of minimalism.

I enjoyed it. I gave it five stars on goodreads. But I also like/love all the techinical, business oriented information that was so detailed in the book.

In other words, if you’re looking for a book that talks about Steve Jobs’s personal life and his relationship with family and friends, this might not be the book for you.

But if you’re interested in reading about a man who made history and changed the world, you will, indeed, enjoy this book. I couldn’t stop reading it…especially the parts about how he changed publishing. In fact, I had a little too much fun reading those parts.

One Last Reminder About E-book Sale at

The Thanksgiving weekend e-book sale over at will continue until midnight tonight. Here’s a link to the ARe homepage, where you’ll see a banner across the top.

I’ve seen the prices and they have been slashed in half. I bought a few myself that I’ve been wanting to read.

Considering that most large publishers are charging 9.99 and up for e-books, this is a deal that can’t be beat. I paid a small e-book fortune for the Steve Jobs bio and I’m still pissed about it. I liked the book, which I’ll post about soon. But the fact that I had to pay top dollar for an e-book really galls me. And, I will not be paying those prices for e-books for a long time, unless Steven Jobs comes back to life and writes a follow up.

So whenever I do see a sale on e-books, I take advantage of it and stock up.

If You Want to Get Me…

I was just over at goodreads leaving a few ratings for books I’ve read, and I checked my messages. I almost didn’t. I’m like that with goodreads. I don’t get there very often and when I do it’s usually fast, to leave a rating or two, and then I’m gone.

I know a lot of people frequent goodreads all the time. I wish I could be there more often myself; I love goodreads. But it’s one of those things that I put aside for spare time because there’s not enough time in the day.

I almost missed a goodreads message from someone about guest blogging. And I hate when that happens. I’m usually more than willing to guest blog and I always get back fast. But please take note that I don’t frequent goodreads as often as I should. If you want to get me send me an e-mail here,, and I’ll get back much faster.

Literary Devices/Techniques

I wanted to write this short post as a follow up to the post I wrote earlier about Roman a Clef.

I’ve always been fascinated by Literary Devices, or Techniques. I remember learning about them in high school…I had a stellar lit teacher in high school…and then in college. I use them all the time when I’m structuring my novels and short stories and I would assume most other authors do the same thing.

And the one thing I love the most about literary devices is that the term/concept is almost a trade secret in some ways. Writers keep this to themselves and they let readers figure it out on their own, which is as it should be. But to the trained, well-read eye, literary devices aren’t invisible. I can tell immediately when a book is reviewed whether or not the reviewer knows…has been exposed to the concept…what a literary device is with regard to structure.

When it comes to the “normal” reader, they don’t have to know. All they have to do is love the story and the writing. And no writer expects them to know this either. That would take away all the fun in reading if it became too technical. So if you’re a reader who is reading for pleasure, you don’t have to worry about this.

For those interested, the wiki explanation is here. I particularly like the way this is defined with respect to the word “intentionally.” But the definition is a little ambiguous, so here’s another link for more clarity.

No writer does anything by accident. It may look that way. Sometimes if it is planned correctly it SHOULD look accidental. But when a novel is being crafted each and every word, sentence, or “device” is there for a reason. And it’s always planned in advance.