What’s in a name?

23 Jul

I am not a sexist, although I’ve been a victim of it too many times in my life to be able to entirely overlook it, but there’s a reason why so many excellent women have taken men’s names in order to be published. Even today, there is  J. K. Rowling, a name that is totally androgynous, and not easily identifiable as either sex. It also, of course, depends on what you’re writing. Again, a woman faces an enormous amount of criticism if she wants to write hard-boiled crime novels or really explicit erotica. If she happens to live in a small town, where everyone knows her and her family, she might be very wise to use a pen-name.

Just this week, here in Cleveland, an author who calls herself D.M. Pulley won the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for her mystery, The Dead Key.  The author, an engineer and 38-year-old mother of two young children decided to remain anonymous to protect her family’s privacy. However, full-face photos of her have appeared in the newspaper, and I’m sure her family and friends know who she is, but I’m not sure anyone else really does. I’m also not sure anyone else really needs to!

When Secret Shores (my first book) was published in 1993, I thought it very sexy, but no one else thought so. I was asked, more than once “is this THAT kind of book?” nudge, nudge, wink, wink! And I had to say yes, because there were love scenes in it. But the h/h weren’t promiscuous, and were in love with each other. All the reviews called it a ‘sweet’ novel, which was the kiss of death, because it wasn’t sexy enough! And furthermore, there was a lot of history in it! Duh. It’s a ‘historical romance’. Same thing with Windsong.

At that time, in Romance Writers of America (to which I then belonged) the feeling was that if one wrote different kinds of romance novels, then perhaps a different name was in order. The idea being that a reader who likes one particular kind of book over all others, will go for the author’s name, and if it’s a totally different kind, and upsets the reader, it is always the author’s fault. So, when I sent out my Regency novel Bertie’s Golden Treasure to publishers in 2006, I created the pen name of Hetty St. James, which sounded British to me. I kept it entirely secret (only my publisher and a couple of friends knew the truth) until last year, when I finally ‘confessed’ on this blog.

A man wouldn’t usually face this kind of nonsense, although there was a man in RWA at that time, whose name was Harold something or other. He wrote wonderful romance novels, usually western-based, or southern. His pen name was the ambiguous Leigh Greenwood. If you didn’t know before reading any of his books that the author was male, nothing in the book would give you that notion, either. I know several other men who have written romances, using a pen name. I don’t blame them one bit, either. It’s very difficult to change the mind of the public.

If you intend to write in vastly different (from each other) genres, then maybe. Or there might be some other reason why a pen name might be useful. My current name is a great one for an author, I think. There are very few people in the world with my last name, thanks to my late husband’s forbears who came through Ellis Island in the early 1900s, and who didn’t speak English. Your name, on the other hand is probably not Ty Drago, for instance, which is another one of a kind. You might perhaps use at least a middle initial, or maybe put a y in the middle of James – to then be Jaymes.

One last thought. An editor friend read my first book before I submitted it. I had my name in the header as Ferjutz, Kelly and he really climbed all over me for it. “THAT is not your name!” he bellowed. (He was really good at that!) “That’s not how people speak to you! Your name is Kelly Ferjutz, and that’s the way it should always appear on any paperwork connected to your career. That’s your BRAND!” I decided he was right, and have never done it any other way since then.

After all, a rose by any other name still smells as sweet!

Comments or questions appreciated – write to me at bookmechanicATgmail.com

Promotion possibilities — and how to mess up big-time!

8 Jul

I confess, I did just that last weekend. I can’t imagine where my brain was to have allowed such a monumental boo-boo! I’ve certainly known better for the last 25 years!

What did I do? I participated in a grand (50 plus authors!)Local Author Festival, and other than the books themselves that were there because of the bookstore manager, I was totally unprepared. Eeegads. I still can’t believe I really did such a dumb thing.

Of course, when I started in this business, in 1989, there were lots of local-type bookstores. Independents (as the above-referenced one was) but also branches of national chains. At that time, those stores loved to have book-signings, by local as well as nationally-known authors. It was a big deal to have people come to a bookstore to see the author and hopefully buy a personally-autographed copy. Generally speaking, one could have every Saturday for three months spent in a different area book-store. And I’m not referring to New York or Los Angeles, either. No, I’ve lived in Cleveland for 50+ years, and this is where I had lots of book-signings in 1993 and 94.

The situation is much different now – there aren’t so many indie-stores, and even fewer national chains that might be inclined to host such an event.

How I messed up was in not having any promotional material to hand out! I did at least have my business cards, and I did give out quite a few. And, a few copies of my books were sold. But still . . . there’s just no excuse for this lack on my part.

My first book came out in May, 1993, but it was the weekend of Thanksgiving six months earlier which brought me copies of my cover. For a romance author, there’s nothing better than having a cover to work with – for stickers or bookmarks or any other hand-out materials. Color copiers were brand new in the self-serve copy centers of the time, and I had planned on making some smaller copies to put on book marks and post cards that I would make for myself. (Once on a shoe-string budget, always on a shoe-string, it seems. Nothing much has changed in that part of my life.)

However, on my way to the copy shop, I made a quick stop at the camera store to pick up the photos for which I’d previously dropped off the film. (That’s certainly different these days, too!) Anyway, while waiting at the counter, I noticed a SALE basket of goodies, with, among other things, packets of adhesive-backed magnet stock – the kind to which you’d affix a business card or photo. Something clicked in my head, and I promptly bought all they had.

From there, I went to the copy shop and made hundreds of greatly-reduced-in-size copies of the front cover. (I’m probably the only person anywhere who didn’t like that cover, but that’s okay.) Then it was home again, and I spent the weekend cutting the little cover pix apart, and affixing them to the magnet stock. I think the entirety was 4” x 6” which made for four decent-sized magnets per sheet. I had already created the bookmark design, so I printed them in the colors used in the cover art.

I then mailed out a letter with 15 bookmarks and a magnet to some 400 carefully chosen bookstores and a few libraries. To the best of my knowledge I was the first romance author to make these magnets. Did they work? I don’t know for sure, but I do know that during the following years – until the bookstore world changed so drastically – I would see my magnet in bookstores in the area. And in fact, several friends still have them on their refrigerator – after 25 years! I think that’s awesome!

I won’t ever be so unprepared again, I can promise you that. And if you’re an author, please learn from my ineptness. Make bookmarks or postcards or something that you can hand out to anyone who even glances at your table or desk space.

In fact, the co-author of my most recent book – An Intensive Care Guide For the Family – suggested a brilliant idea, which he will implement – acquiring a QR code which when scanned will take the holder directly to an e-store, and thus make the purchase even easier! In fact, you could do the e-book on one side and the print book on the other. Whoda thought of that – 25 years ago? We barely knew anything about the internet back then. WOW!!! We’ve come a long way, baby!

But now, there’s almost no end to promotional ideas: I’ve seen pens and pencils, erasers, decks of cards (this works best for very prolific authors!), pre-paid phone or other gift cards, charms for bracelets, stickers for envelopes (remember them?) and even – digital memory sticks! Take a look around your world and see what might be a good match for you and/or your book(s)! The sky’s the limit!

If you have a really great promo idea that you’re willing to share, please tell us about it? Write to me at bookmechanicATgmail.com Thanks!

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My first ever guest author speaks!

25 Jun

One of my very best friends – ever!! – lives in England, from where she has crafted an enviable career as an author. Because she loves happy endings, her books have mostly been in the romance genre, specifically set during the English Regency period. She had become virtually a walking encyclopedia of all things Regency, and has been of enormous help to me as I struggle to produce a novella in the time it used to take her to craft a scintillating and sparkling full-length novel!  Recently, she has turned her attention to the Medieval years of 1480-1500 or thereabouts.

Someone else (not me, this time!) asked her for some helpful hints about writing, and she sent them on to me, as well. “Oh, joy!” I cried, a guest author for my blog! The first ever. Somehow that seems quite fitting, because I believe her to be a fabulous writer, and who better to share her wisdom with us than the multi-published SANDRA HEATH WILSON!!!  Here are her eleven commandments.

(1)    Always keep your story within its setting – if it is to be in the past, then choose your words accordingly. Modern anachronisms soon have a reader laughing instead of taking it seriously. Inappropriate speech will soon cause the reader to give up on it. For instance, someone from the Jacobean period would not use gangsta rap, and a Norman warlord would not take out his pocket watch and say, “Good lord, is that the time? Must fly. Byeee”. An agent of mine once told me that a manuscript was submitted to him that had Joseph, Christ’s earthly father, ploughing a field in the heat and taking out a red-and-white spotted handkerchief to mop his brow. A red-and-white spotted handkerchief? Really? The manuscript was not accepted, even by the agent, let alone a publisher. People of the past did not speak, behave, think as we do now. It is important to always bear this in mind.

(2)    Punctuation, grammar, spelling – all must be synchronised and correct. No jumping from tense to tense, and always use the same quotes for conversation, not curly or straight as you feel like it. Be consistent in everything. (Except being dull!)

(3)     Break your story into reasonable paragraphs. NEVER have long paragraphs that become difficult to read because the place can be lost by the eye. The eye will pick up again more easily with smaller paragraphs. L-O-N-G paragraphs = BORING. A whole page taken up by one paragraph is likely to be skipped in its entirety.

(4)    If you are writing non-fiction, the same rules apply regarding consistency, punctuation, paragraphs, etc. Never preach, but set out your case in an agreeable, reasoned way. If the subject matter is contentious, don’t make it worse by stating your view aggressively, as if you are right and everyone else is wrong. If the subject can be written about in an inviting and engaging way, do so. Brownie points are gained by being eminently readable. Plod along, and you won’t be particularly liked as a writer. Nor will your reasoning/arguments be as well absorbed.

(5)    In fiction, unless you intend your characters to be unpleasant, which doesn’t happen that often, always be sure to keep the reader on their side. It’s no good creating people for whom no one gives a tinker’s.

(6)    Describe your characters, fix them in the reader’s mind. Just giving names or writing he/she isn’t good enough. You want your readers to see what you see, so make sure they do.

(7)    To go back to setting, make sure you give at least a sensible inkling of where they all are. If it’s Greece, describe Greece. If it’s New York, make sure the look/feel of NY is almost tangible to your reader. The same with time of day, weather, seasons, and so on. One of the things my readers like about my books is that I obey the above rules. They like description and scene-setting, but don’t go on for page after page. Pick out salient details that will create a picture in the reader’s mind.

(8)    Remember to move your characters around with some sort of continuity. If someone has just been seated, don’t have them take a seat again a few sentences later. In your mind’s eye you are seeing it all as if it’s a film, so no bloopers, please, about who is doing what, to whom, where or when. What you see and feel, your reader must see and feel, too.

(9)    Keep the action flowing. No doldrums. You don’t want your reader nodding off because they—and you—have lost the plot. So – definitely do not be tedious. Don’t be tempted to dwell on something that is really immaterial to the plot or general story. Ask yourself, if I take all this out, will it make any different to the flow of the plot? If the answer is no, then ditch it. Keep finely focused on your story.

(10)    If writing anything historical, include some known background, but don’t go into too much detail. Fewer people these days know a great deal of our history, and their interest will only be held by just enough information—too much and they’re nodding off again. They want to open the pages and ‘see’ a rattling good costume drama, not the Close Rolls of the reign of Henry VIII. So entertain them, be a story-teller, not a historian. You want them to enjoy your writing and share your enthusiasm.

(11)    Respect your reader. It is no good if you think you are writing for fools. Being a writer does not make you superior. You need readers, but they might soon not need you. Never forget that.

Sandra’s newest book is the first of a trilogy about Cicely Plantagenet, second daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville.  Richard III is also a major character – thus the title of the book is Cicely’s King Richard. It is available now from Amazon.co.uk, and will soon be available in the US. It is a ravishing story that will not let you put it down, once you’ve begun to read it.

Thank you for this very helpful treatise, my friend!

Thank YOU for reading, and as always, if you have questions or comments, please write to me at: bookmechanicATgmail.com

 

What if — or Just in case . . .

11 Jun

Cover MockupWhat would you do if one of your loved ones was suddenly admitted to an Intensive Care Unit? Even folks with medical backgrounds don’t always know who is who and what is what in an ICU. Regardless of the kind of unit, generally, they all operate under similar rules and policies.

But, what if you need extra help – of whatever kind – and don’t know who to ask?  What do all those people do, anyway? Why are there so many people in there? Are they all necessary?

I’d like to tell you about the latest book of which I am a part.

I am fortunate to live in Cleveland (by choice!) where we have nationally-ranked hospitals. The Cleveland Clinic may be the best known of these, and perhaps ten or so years ago, the Clinic (as it’s known here in town) formed its own publishing company, with an expansive program of books to be co-authored by one (or more) of their physicians and a free-lance writer.

I was fortunate enough to be selected to work with a bright young man – J. Javier Provencio, a neurologist and intensive care specialist. We were to collaborate on a book about Intensive Care Units. Neither of us had a real clue as to what we wanted to do, or just how to approach the topic, which is much like an iceberg – 90% of it and what it does is mostly unknown or understood by non-medical personnel.

Javier took me on a tour of several of these units, and left me with so many unanswered questions, I hardly knew where to start finding answers. I made notes and by the time of our next meeting, two weeks later, I had a list of things to which I would want answers, under those circumstances.

I remembered when my Mom was in the hospital for the final time – in an ICU, as it happens, and I knew nothing, and they weren’t going to tell me anything, either. I was the only child, but she had married again, and so, her husband was the only one they really wanted to talk to. He was about as talkative as a rock, so I finally pitched enough tantrums to get some answers, even if they weren’t exactly the ones I wanted.  Five days after Mama died, my 11-year-old daughter ended up in an ICU with a ruptured appendix that had been untreated for several days. Kris nearly died, as well. However, being young and strong and stubborn, she refused to die, and set about proving the doctors all wrong. But that’s another story.

Still, these two episodes made a strong impression on me, and a few years later when I ended up in an ICU, Kris was there to badger the medical staff into telling her what was going on.  Once they reversed themselves and assured her I was probably not going to die – at least probably not then – she settled down, somewhat – and became a fabulous advocate for me. No one ever had a more staunch supporter than I had in my daughter. This last episode was in 1978. It might as well have been during the Flintstones’ era compared to the units Javier demonstrated to me in 2006.

Patiently, he explained the process and we worked out an outline of what we wanted our book to be. First and foremost, although the medical portions HAD to be accurate, we weren’t writing for medical personnel. We wanted our book to be a guidebook for the family of the patient – a non-medical family who would have no good idea what was happening or why, or by whom?  And so, over the next 18 months, we devised our book, with which we were well-pleased. We made a final version of the manuscript to be submitted to the Press.

A week later, the Press was closed down, and a week or so after that, it was sold to a small but well-known publisher in New York. They kept the ms. for about a year, finally deciding that although it was well-done, it wouldn’t fit in their catalogue, so they were returning it to us, with best wishes.

Over the next four years, that happened again. Twice. Two different publishers agreed it was a well-done book, but they didn’t think they’d be able to sell it, so, with regrets, they were returning it.

I had been in favor of publishing it on our own through Amazon’s CreateSpace and Kindle, and this time around Javier agreed with me, and we are pleased to announce that our book is now available to hopefully answer the myriad questions any family member might have when faced with an Intensive Care Unit.

Since we started the book, Javier and his wife have added a third child to their family. The charming picture at the top of the cover was a collaborative effort by the three of them!

The book is now available as a Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KIXZHS4

e-book, ($4.99) and in print for $9.99 at https://www.createspace.com/4822447

We now also have a web-site — http://www.intensivecareguidebook.com    In addition, you may send either of us an e-mail to:  intensivecareguidebook@gmail.com

Of course, the hope is that you’ll never need to have this information, but just in case . . .

Best regards,

Kelly Ferjutz  and J. Javier Provencio, MD

We would truly like to hear your questions or comments – at either location: intensivecareguidebook@gmail.com or bookmechanic@gmail.com  Thank you!

Dreams – day or night? Maybe both, eh?

28 May

If you’re a writer, your imagination never sleeps.  Of course, if you dream while you’re sleeping, your conscious may not recall it, once you wake up. But – suppose you wake up in the middle of the night, for whatever reason, and there’s this truly amazing idea running around loose in your head. What do you do about it?

Well, to be sure, it isn’t always possible or even a good idea to start up the computer in the middle of the night, just so you can make notes. There’s an alternative, you know. Remember that paper and pencil (or pen) that you used to use in school? I promise you, they’ll work just as well for this purpose as does your computer. And furthermore, if you look hard enough, you can find a pen that’ll light up to illuminate whatever you’re writing down. I will say it does help to have white or at least light-colored paper for these midnight inspirations.

I have an entire mini-legal pad (the 5 x 8 inch size) full of such notes, produced during a two year period, when I was probably the most creative I’ve ever been. I was working on several books, a play or two, song lyrics, poetry – you name it – all at the same time! But I’ll tell you what – those midnight scrawls stand up as well today as they did ten or so years ago! Some of them have even made their way into published materials.

I think the most recent time this happened to me was in January of this year – 2014. I wanted to publish a Regency novelette, but I couldn’t quite figure out a major plot element. Even though this story was only to be about 10,000 words, it still had to make sense, and I was stuck! Big-time. It was so irritating. And then, one morning, the whole plot presented itself to my bleary and blurry eyes! I couldn’t believe it, and really hurried to get the ideas on paper before anything could interrupt my progress. An Improbable Duke was indeed published as a Kindle book on February 16, 2014.

When I was writing my very first book Bertie’s Golden Treasure in January, 1988, there was a plot point that eluded me. I thought about it quite often during a particularly gnarly couple of days, and then whoopee! There it was – the result of a dream. I was thrilled, and several people have remarked favorably about it through the years.

But I’m really small stuff in this department, compared to my good friend Sandra Heath of England, who has written and had published more than 70 Regency novels in the last thirty or so years.  A little secret here – she cheats! She has been known to dream entire novels in one night’s sleep! Don’t get between her and her computer, let me tell you! If I don’t hear from her for a day or two – chances are, she’s busy writing down the specifics of a dream she had. 

Another friend of hers, has also had this sort of success. So, I think it’s safe to say, if you get stuck in your writing, think about it BIG-TIME as you drift off to sleep. And if/when a sudden deluge of words and ideas presents itself to you, WRITE!! Fast.  You won’t regret it.

Questions?  Comments?  Send them to me:  BookmechanicATgmail.com 

On Rejections —

13 May

I’ve been down-sizing this year. Or trying to. About 75% of my ‘stuff’ doesn’t serve any very good purpose other than taking up space, so I’m getting rid of it. The paper recyclers should love me! The other night I found two great notions in one box. Since they’re related, it dawned on me that if I combined them, they’d make a good blog post.  The first part is from a newsletter I did for a local writer’s group; the latter is a sort of motivational poster. So here we go . . .

Dream isn’t synonymous with Goal, but you can’t really accomplish one without having the other.

Some years ago, I visited our local School of the Arts at the beginning of the school year. It’s a magnet school with not only an exceptionally high attendance and graduation record, but also the percentage of students who go on to college after graduation.

One student was discussing his project, which I thought was pretty good, but neither he nor his teacher agreed with me. He smiled at me as he said, “By time this semester is over, I’ll do better.” He went on to specify a goal. His eagerness and sincerity brought a smile to my face.

I told him, “You’ll do it, I know. Having a goal is the first step toward attaining it. After all, you can’t get there, if you don’t know where ‘there’ is.” Both the teacher and the student just looked at me, then both broke out in grins. The teacher reached over and grabbed my hand to shake it. “That’s terrific!” she said. “I’ve never heard that saying before. Do you mind if I use it in my class?” Of course, I didn’t mind.

But, to be sure, you’ll never achieve your dream or your goal if you don’t know what or where it is. You may fail a couple of times as you head for that goal, but eventually, if you’re willing to put the necessary time and effort into it, you’ll get there.

Another paragraph mentioned the famous author Ray Bradbury (The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, among hundreds of other tales), was quoted as saying “I get rejection slips every week of my life.” The author, 77 at the time, said, “I’ve published 35 stories in Playboy Magazine, but in recent years they’ve rejected eight short stories. And the New Yorker rejects every time I submit.” He then said, “I plan to write at least until I’m 99. Then God can hit me with a baseball bat.” Sadly, he didn’t make it quite that long, as he died in 2012, 2½ months shy of 92.

Don’t Be Afraid To Fail

You’ve failed many times, although you may not remember.

You fell down the first time you tried to walk.

You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim, didn’t you?

Did you hit the ball the first time you swung a bat?

Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot.

R. H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on.

English novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he went on to publish 564 books.

Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he also hit 714 home runs.

Don’t worry about failure.

Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.

 

One box contained a folder of rejection letters I’ve received in the past 30 years or so. I did NOT throw them away. I keep them as a reminder – whenever I need a nudge in the right direction!

The whys and wherefores of Book Distribution

29 Apr

Spring!

Oh! But first – after the longest, coldest, most miserable winter Cleveland has known for at least the last 30 years, I am entirely pleased to announce – Spring has sprung! Finally.  My tulips are almost out. The above photo was taken April 28, 2014. In 2012, by comparison, they bloomed on March 15!

Okay, sorry. Back to business.

Book publishers produce books, with the help of the companies that manufacture them. Chief among these are the printing companies, of course. But, once the books are made, how do they get to the bookstores and libraries around the country?  There are perhaps half a dozen options, and most of them carry the name of Ingram, in one of its many corporate identities.  They not only distribute most of the books published in this country by traditional (advance against royalties) publishers in this country, they also have a Print-on-Demand publishing venture, plus the capability to produce e-books.

The next largest distributor is Baker & Taylor, followed closely by Brodart Books.  The Book House primarily services libraries.  There are perhaps another handful (if you can find them) which serve specific genres.

Generally speaking, it’s difficult to get major distribution without using one of these companies. Recently they have begun to acknowledge the fact of self-publishing life, but in a sort of reverse mode. The library or book store has to specifically request the self-published book, which will probably not be listed in any catalog, such as those sent out by the big publishers.

Then there is the cost factor. In 1999 or thereabouts, Ingram began to charge 55% of the cover price of any book to provide distribution of the book to its bookstore/library customers. Yes, indeed, this means that the publisher and author will split the remaining 45% of the cover price betwixt themselves! Now, it’s not that Ingram gets the entire 55% for itself, no – it gets between 10 and 20%, as the bookstore/library customer will get the book for a 30 to 40%  discount off the cover price.  To be more clear: For each one dollar of book cover price, the publisher gets 45%, the distributor will get 10 to 20%, and the bookstore/library gets a 35% discount. From the remaining 65%, the publisher gets 45% and the distributor gets 20%. These are not hard and fast numbers. A larger bookstore chain or library system might be able to negotiate a better price based on quantity.

Such a customer buying a million total copies in a month (say a large metropolitan library system) will be able to pay less for book than the small indie store down the street. On the other hand, a small publisher (small press) might have to subsist on only 25% of the cover price, as the distribution will take up the rest of it. Is it any wonder that book prices are so high? Don’t forget all the employees and sub-contractors of the publisher (everyone who worked on the book—cover artist, publicist, editors, etc.) must be paid out of that 45% earned by the big publisher.

Unfortunately, in this setup, it’s the author who gets it in the neck!  The author MAY earn between 6 and 10% of the cover price. However, the advance, if there is one, must and will be re-paid to the publisher before the author sees one penny of royalties. And then, said author will not see any money at all from royalties for perhaps two years! However, by the time returns are factored in, there may be no earned royalties at all. (Gulp.)

To be sure, self-publishing these days is extremely easy, and perhaps the only real complaint about it is the so-called lack of distribution. But this is a lack of perception, actually. [Remember, my experience with this has only been with Amazon and their CreateSpace, so I can’t speak with any authority at all about any other system.] They do offer expanded distribution, which earns less per copy, but they do make it available to other sales outlets. I know this, because I bought one of my own books a few days after last Christmas (just to see how it worked.) I placed the order at Barnes & Noble on-line, for slightly less than the cover price, and in spite of the early-January blizzard that hit our area, the book was in my hands on the sixth day after I’d ordered it! I think that is nothing short of amazing.

It’s also very comforting to know that should an egregious error have made its way into the print version, it is ever so easy to fix. You simply tell CreateSpace that you need to upload a different file, and voilà! Done. It may take another day to be sure it’s all okay this time around, but there are no books to be trashed in the process. Nice, eh? (Of course, the same principle applies to books published through Kindle.)

In addition, because of Amazon’s international store-fronts, people in nine countries are able to purchase the print book directly from their own Amazon:  the US, UK, Canada, Spain, France, India, Italy, Germany and Japan. Currently, China and Australia offer only the Kindle versions, however.  Still, it’s hard to argue with that vast network.

But to me, the clincher is this. In addition to owning my book (I’m responsible for all of it – even if I hire someone to help out with cover art or whatever) I am in charge of the entire marketing process. Well, almost. Kindle offers an amazing amount of marketing support with their best-seller lists. I had no clue, to be honest about it, until the day I happened to notice that one of my Christmas novellas was on the top 100 best-seller list! Eeegads and little fishes! From then, I paid very close attention, let me tell you! I had friends in other countries send me blurbs that Amazon had sent them which included my book. I never lifted a finger to have all this attention!

P. S. My Regency alter-ego Hetty St. James has posted part one of a two part article about Georgian/Regency fashion today. If you’re interested, you may see it here. http://wp.me/p3JwVs-8g  Thank you! 

Questions? Comments?  Please write to me:  bookmechanicATgmail.com  Cheers!

 

 

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