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News!

I am happy to announce, that Bloody Murder #4 is now in revisions. This means that the (very) rough draft of #5 is complete as of last week. I do not have a publication date as of yet. There is a lot of work on my part, and the parts of my loyal editors Kimberly and Fae before #4 will be ready for your curious eyes. I hope you’ll patient when it isn’t exactly a year from Snow Job’s publication.

Meanwhile, I have developed the Bloody Murder Royal Street Irregulars Facebook page, and I hope you take a moment to pop over there and like the page. While there are not in-depth details and me ruminating on various subjects, there is plenty of randomness, sarcasm, and muffins. I may begin to include mystery/thriller book recommendations. Laura Lippman’s latest Tess Monaghan novel is fantastic, for example. JD Rhoades has a new Jack Keller book out, and there is both a Junior Bender AND a Poke Rafferty out from Tim Hallinan. There’s also a new Prey book due out soon.

I promise not to let all the reading I want to do get in the way of editing. Lucky for all of us I don’t get NESN, the New England Sports Network on my cable provider. Otherwise, Red Sox games would be causing more delays and a severe lack of sleep.

Next post: on creating evil.

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and from the Department of Things Long Overdue . . .

First off, a big shout-out to Christine Rice, who undertook the intensely meticulous task of formatting Bloody Murder at Smashwords. She actually did this quite some time ago, but Things Happened that I’m not going to get into, but I am pleased to say the book is available as of this morning. It made it through Smashwords’ aptly-named Meat Grinder on the first try, it has its own ISBN an because of the distribution plan, will shortly be available on iTunes and in pretty much any e-book format out there.

Meanwhile, work continues on Snow Job. I have the first sixteen chapters revised, though there will be at least one more total revision before I consider it ready for publishing. 

In other nifty news around the Interwebs, a dear friend of mine in Tampa recently founded, ourgreatteachers.com. If you’re a teacher, have one in your life, or have been inspired by one (or more!) I encourage you to check this page out. 

You may not know this, but both myself and Bloody Murder Books have G+ pages, and you can find me on Facebook as well. Just let me know you’ve seen this post, so I know where to add you.

Thank you for reading, I hope to have more fun things for you soon!

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Inspiration

Hello, everyone and welcome to 2014!

First and foremost, thank you all for your patience in waiting for Snow Job. Some things happened with editor #2, so it’s on hold at the moment, but she’ll be back in track soon. As soon as I have a publication date, you’ll know.

Meanwhile, this month, I will get Bloody Murder up on Smashwords. Christine Rice did a fabulous job with the very particular Smashwords formatting, and it’s just a question of time to upload, this means a few more outlets–like iTunes!

Back in December, I had a rare treat. I got to see a friend for the first time in over twenty years. We met when I was finishing my last year at Hofstra and we worked for (wait for it) the same bookstore. We hit it off instantly and spent many a night over rich Italian food with plans to save the world. Or drinking too much and being damn silly. I think bowling was involved one night.

Anyway, she’s also the woman I partially based Feliz on. When we got together we not only had a great time catching up, it felt like no time had passed. A few weeks later, she started reading Bloody Murder and not only did she love the book, she congratulated me in such a touching fashion it brought tears to my eyes.

I do unabashedly borrow bits of appearance or character traits from people, both friends and stranger. The sum-total of a character is typically a composite wrapped up in my imagination. Bloody Murder #4 will introduce a new character who is, with permission, based on a real person, but to be honest, I’m not sure if you’re going to believe me.

Michael, believe it or not, is purely from my imagination. His looks are based on an actor I enjoyed watching at the time I was putting the original draft together. I had found myself wondering who I’d like to play him in a movie (hey, I can dream). I get a lot of assumption that he is based on my boyfriend, who happens to be tall, handsome and Asian. Japanese to be specific, I wrote Bloody Murder three years before I met Nexx (his favorite online alias) in person, though we were acquainted online before that. I didn’t lay eyes on him until 2005, but that’s a story for another day.

There’s a fair amount of me in Zofia, I’ll never deny that. Like a lot of female authors, I get accused of pulling a Mary Sue. This rarely happens to men, I’ve noticed, though author (and dear friend) JD Rhoades did point out on his blog that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is an excellent example of a male author doing just that.

I also borrow names, heavily. I think my next post will acknowledge some of those fine people. Cheers!

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Okay, that was a little weird, please let me make it right

I just had two people tell me they downloaded a preview or bought a copy of Bloody Murder and ended up with  Post Parcel. I’m not sure how it happened or how long this has been going on. Amazon has been of limited help. Okay, that’s a bit unfair. Their answer made no sense to me and seemed impossible so I’m just not happy with it. But in the interest of being fair they’ve done the best they can with the information they have. Regardless, the problem has been fixed going forward.

That isn’t quite good enough for me, however. If you purchased Bloody Murder on Amazon and ended up with Post Parcel, I hope you will please first, accept my apology. From now until the end of the year 2013, if you respond to this post with your email address, I will personally provide you with a free copy of Bloody Murder courtesy of yours truly.

In other news, the editing and revising of Snow Job continues in earnest. Since everyone involved is, like me, and independent, we have to be understanding that (inconveniently) these people have lives, so if we want a good job done, we must be patient. I’m looking forward to its launch and I will continue to keep you updated.

Meanwhile, I need to make the most of a day off from the day job and get back to the creative process. I’ve hit 20K words in the latest manuscript today and I might be able to get 500 more before I pack it in for the evening.

Thank you for reading, and as always, thank you for your support.

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biting the hand that feeds you

My dear friend Opal, aka the Akamai Reader showed me a page that I’m really glad I read. I’m not familiar with Parajunkee, since the Bloody Murder books contain no paranormal elements (though I do plan to spend some time at the New Orleans Voodoo Museum on my next trip to the Big Easy so you never know!). Still, it’s a good read and I think any author or reviewer can take this post .

Scroll down a bit. Look at a couple tweets, preserved for all eternity, even though they’ve been deleted from the Twitterverse.

Really, Tiffany Reisz? Really?

I haven’t been in the indie business that long, but I’ve submitted enough books for review that I think I can fairly say I have sufficient sample size. Reviewers are readers first. Readers. People who love nothing more than curling up with the written word. How do you dis someone like that? Authors, especially us indies, need reviewers like gin needs tonic (and lime, gotta have lime). They get the word out, they highlight the good. Yes, they also point out the bad, but is that so awful?

One of my reviewers on Amazon said Bloody Murder was the very definition of a cozy mystery. Now if I were a fan of hard-boiled stories like thos of the late Raymond Chandler, or  liked my action seriously gritty and violent like James Lee Burke, I would know to turn away and look elsewhere. It’s an issue of preference, not quality.

When someone points out a flaw, I tend to have one or two of three reactions:

  • I meant to do that. Moving along now.
  • Oh shit . . .
  • I can make it better/more clear in the next book.

Usually it’s the latter two.

With those two comments, Reisz has shot herself in the foot. What reviewer is going to touch her new books now? I can’t see anyone but her loyal fans doing so now. Who wants to be called DumbCunt?

And if a reviewer is a failed author, so the hell what? If they don’t feel they can write, or someone they respect has told them they can’t write, what’s wrong with them making a contribution to the book world in the form of a review. Hell, a failed writer knows just how hard it is to put a story together.

Still just because all poodles are dogs, doesn’t mean all dogs are poodles. Reviewers come in as many flavors as authors do.

and we need each other.

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Announcing Post Parcel

“That would explain the lack of packing slip.”

Happy Sunday everyone! I am proud to announce that the second of the Bloody Murder series, Post Parcel will be available on Amazon for Kindle on August 31.

It’s been nearly five months since Zofia Smith tripped over a body in her New Orleans bookstore. The killer got away, but Zofia is sure she’s out of danger. Life was back to its normal routine, until a U.P.S. delivery contained not only an item Bloody Murder never ordered, but something with a strong tie to Feliz’s family. The delivery is followed by a visitor from one of Feliz’s in-laws, someone she’d hoped never to see again. As the mystery gets more complicated, Feliz and Zofia find their partnership and their friendship challenged as Zofia’s curiosity won’t let her not pursue the truth.

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August 5, 2012 · 2:18 pm

Winner winner chicken dinner

Paging Lizzibabe! Paging Lizzibabe! You are the final winner in the February Bloody Murder giveaway!

For those that have already been listed as winners: Please email bloodymurderbooks@gmail.com with the address I should send your ebook.  Thank you all for entering and  I hope you enjoy reading!

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and we have some winners!

I held off rolling the dice for this month’s Bloody Murder giveaway because I wanted to make sure everyone who wanted had a chance to enter had one. The winners so far are:

For February 1: Roger Dengle

For February 2: Lady Cheron

For February 3  Michael Cargill

For February 4  Rachel Hartman

For February 5 PauAmma

If you would be so kind as to send your email address to bloodymurderbooks@gmail.com, I’ll get your books to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for entering!

I will do one more drawing on the 10th, if you know anyone who should enter, just send them here!

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Now how much would you pay?

‘A book is so much a part of oneself that in delivering it to the public one feels as if one were pushing one’s own child out into the traffic.’   Quentin Bell

I’m still giving away copies of Bloody Murder this month. Actually, I thought I’d extend the entry time because word has not spread around the indieverse quite as quickly as I had hoped.  So if you comment on this post, consider yourself entered to win a free copy.

When the giveaway is over, I hope I’ll have some new readers. Specifically, new readers that will buy the upcoming sequels and tell their friends. So you see, I have an ulterior motive. I want to make money from selling my books.

If you cruise the web, you’ll find various forums about ebooks. Newsletters about freebies, the best deals around. I read a forum discussion, “What’s the maximum you’ll pay for an ebook?”  Scanning several hundred entries, it seemed the top price was about $9.99 for “top authors.” Seeing that, I figure the $2.99 I charge is a bargain.  Me, I’ll pay a little more to have a new book the day it hits the market, but I seem to be in the minority.

Some of what I read disturbed me.  There are a lot of people out there who think that because they spent money on an e-reader, that they are entitled to books costing $1.99 or less.

The most common argument is saying it costs next to nothing to store files of ebooks, therefore the books should cost next to nothing for the readers. If  publisher buys a manuscript, they are investing in an author with their eyes toward  making more money down the road. They spend money marketing, designing covers, editing, arranging publicity tours. All of those things involve people who deserve to be paid for their efforts. And that’s even before we get to the author.

Writing is work, folks. Yes, it’s a labor of love, but it’s not easy. For an indie author who may not be making enough to pay for a professional editor for their next work (a nickel a word times 80K? You do the math), it’s all the writing, revising, editing, formatting AND marketing. For the traditional author, there are more imposed deadlines, which add their own pressures.

I’ll be keeping my ebook prices low as long as I’m self-publishing, but not so low I don’t get a little something in return for my labor of love.

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Success!

I reached a milestone at about midnight-thirty morning and finished the rough draft of another Bloody Murder novel. This means I have the next few books plotted and can now focus on editing.

A challenge when you’re an indie writer is finding someone trustworthy and affordable to edit your work. I’ve seen prices for up to a nickel a word. Bloody Murder is somewhere in the 80K range. The first draft I finished last night was just short of 60K. That’s a lot of nickels. Hell, it’s more nickels than I won at the slot machine jackpot in Wendover, NV a million years ago. This is back when the machines still took coins and spilled them out when you won. We were about ten minutes away from taking the casino bus back to Salt Lake City and I had three nickels left, so why not? Let me tell you, $80 in nickels is heavy.

I’m excited at the prospect of publishing another ebook. I’m targeting August, which will be about a year from Bloody Murder’s publication. I’ll release the title and some snippets in the spring.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to enter to win your free copy! Just leave me a comment here and you’ll be entered to win one of ten free copies.

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