Is Shelfari Good for Authors?

I am normally a fan of most things Amazon. The service is (overall) great and I'm not just speaking about ordering and publishing books. In fact, during the holidays, I spend way too much time with Amazon. Even so, I'm not sure how I feel yet about their newish "book community" site, Shelfari. For one …

Oh, Where Did the Time Go? It’s A Giveaway nearly Goneaway!

At the end of November, I entered A Guilty Mind in a book giveaway on Goodreads. How an author structures their giveaway is up to them. You determine the number of books, how long the giveaway will last, and you can even advertise ┬áthat the books will be autographed. (I still haven't gotten used to …

More Book Giving Gift Ideas

Although I am personally way behind on my holiday shopping, I really want to recommend a few more books as gifts to readers who are always looking for something new or different. Today, I am focusing on some hometown writers that I admire and hope you will check them out either for the holidays or …

And the Book Club Tour Rolls On…

Today, in particular, I feel especially grateful. First, I left my desk this morning to attend a Veteran's Day Assembly (my son was playing the drums) and it's always a treat. Although this is hardly my first year attending this assembly, I well up every single time (oh, yes, I am very sappy). There is …

Fake Reviews Be Gone…But at What Cost?

There are many out there who have challenged the number of reviews some books have received (see here). Since those allegations, many authors have come forward and admitted to getting "fake" reviews in order to sell books. Some "reviewers" built businesses based on publishing these reviews. The costs continued to rise but authors paid for …

Monday Random Thoughts and Tidbits

NaNoWriMo Thoughts: Everywhere, everyone is talking about NaNoWriMo. I will be honest. I admire those who can do it. I can't. I don't have the stamina or drive to write that much every single day for a month. And especially not in November. What about Thanksgiving? That kills almost a week of writing for me …