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July Buzz coming to Spun Stories!


I am offering THWARTED QUEEN and her daughters, THE BRIDE PRICE, ONE SEED SOWN, THE GILDED CAGE and TWO MURDERS REAPED for steep discounts during the month of July! Each volume is now offered for 99 CENTS and THWARTED QUEEN (Lady Cecylee’s memoirs in their entirety) is offered for $2.99! This new pricing represents discounts of between 50 to 70 PERCENT OFF the original price.

Sale should start at 3pm PST Tuesday July 3 (subject to availability on Amazon and other distro sites).

So, if you have an e-reader and you haven’t read TQ or her daughters, hurry to get your copy BEFORE the sale ends July 31!

PLEASE NOTE: These discounts ONLY APPLY to the e-versions of the book. ROSE OF RABY and the paperback versions of THE GILDED CAGE and TWO MURDERS REAPED will continue to be priced at $9.99 each. Sorry, everyone, but it’s expensive to produce paperbacks!



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DON’T leave your MSS moldering in a drawer…

Recently, I attended the Fall meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Book Publisher’s Association (MBPA), a regional affiliate of the Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA). The whole day was devoted to discussing e-books.

The industry continues to change at breakneck speed. When I mentioned at the beginning of this year that I was still seeking representation, an online acquaintance dismissed that with the comment that is was “so 2010”. On the other side, I once heard a well-known New York agent say, when asked about self-publishing, that she wasn’t interested in stuff that had already been published. That was in December 2010. Now, it is November 2011, and my colleagues at the MBPA were sharing stories of how agents are actively pursuing some of us who have self-published. Why? Because if we can demonstrate that we can sell our books, they become very interested.

Similar changes are taking place at Publisher’s Weekly, which is now giving self-published authors an opportunity to present their titles to the publishing trade, in recognition of the fact that  valuable works are being published outside traditional publishing. PW has launched a new program called PW Select, a quarterly supplement that presents self-published books to PW’s trade audience. Authors are required to pay a processing fee of $149. The carrot is that if PW really likes your work, they’ll do a full review of it in this supplement. A lucky few from among the listed titles will be selected for an interview and given an opportunity to pitch their book.

To read more, click here.

The moral of this story? Don’t leave your MSS moldering in a drawer. With determination, persistence and a great deal of work, self-publishing can be a venue to a publishing career.

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