Home at last!!
Spent such a nice weekend in San Diego—with my sis, Connie, my cousin, Ed, my good friends, Ron and Louis, and all the wonderful people who showed up at Mysterious Galaxy for the Saturday signing. There was standing room only at the bookstore. It was such a rush. I can’t thank everyone enough for the support you’ve shown me – Chosen has had a terrific launch.
Now it's back to the real world and work...
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It's the 120th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth.
From Shelf Awareness
:HarperCollins has reached an agreement with the estate of Agatha Christie to become the author's exclusive worldwide English language publisher, the Bookseller.com reported, noting that "Penguin and St. Martin's Press had been publishing Christie in the U.S. Collins has published Agatha Christie since The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was first published in 1926."
Victoria Barnsley, CEO and publisher, HarperCollins U.K. and International, said, "Agatha Christie has now become a global brand, embodying a certain quintessentially British style. In this the 120th year since her birth, in a rapidly changing world, we are keen to publish her work in all formats, everywhere in the globe, to consolidate her position as the world's most popular author."
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The Writer's Digest 11th Annual Short Short Story Competition
We're looking for fiction that's bold, brilliant...but brief. Send us your best in 1,500 words or fewer.
But don't be too long about it—the deadline is Thursday, December 1, 2010.
First Place: $3,000 and a trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in New York City
Second Place: $1,500
Third Place: $500
Fourth Through Tenth Place: $100
Eleventh Through Twenty-Fifth Place: $50 gift certificate for Writer's Digest Books
* The names and story titles of the First-through Tenth-Place winners will be printed in the May/June 2011 Writer's Digest, and winners will receive the 2011 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market and Agents, Editors, and You: The Insider's Guide to Getting Your Book Published. Plus, all First through 25th place winners will receive a free copy of the 11th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection.
for rules and entry forms.
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For the amateur detectives among us a true story to offer inspiration! My relentless pursuit of the guy who robbed me— Check it out here
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By now we all know J A Konrath's story of choosing to epub his books himself from now on. Well, read this and we writers will all be asking ourselves if we're crazy not to follow his example.
From Publishers Lunch: JA Konrath updates his periodic reports on his ebook sales, saying that he has now sold over 100,000 units across all of his titles. Seventy-five percent of his sales are from the Kindle store--and 6 books account for 75 percent of those sales. As in previous reports, he credits low prices ($2.99) with driving sales volume on his ebooks. "When I began this ebook odyssey, back in April 2009, I had no idea the market would get so big so fast, or that I'd make so much money."
He gives details here
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So what's your take on the new television season so far? Any hits? Any misses? I haven't had much chance to sample any of the new shows so I'd like your opinions.
One sad note, Urban Fantasy writer Jennifer Rardin past away unexpectedly this week. She was the author of the popular Jaz Parks series. She was only forty-five.