The Short, Sad Saga of Mississippi Jones

Don't eat me!

Scary. Freakin’. Fish. That is all. Move along.

Some names stick with us.

Bridget Jones, Holden Caulfield, Nero Wolfe — these names are all indelibly stamped into our literary consciousness.

Those names are evocative. Memorable. Unique.

Some writers are incredibly good at coming up with names.

I am not one of them.

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How to Create Your First Booktrack (and Get 2,000 New Readers)

booktrack headphones

Photo by Jeff Golden / via Flickr

When I first heard about Booktrack.com from my literary agent, Kristin Nelson, I was fairly skeptical of the idea. Ebooks with music and sound effects, really?

But then I tried the Booktrack of the short story Dagon by H.P. Lovecraft. I’ll be honest—I was blown away. Hearing the waves lap against the side of the castaway’s lifeboat, hearing his footsteps trudging through the sand, listening to the ominous music building to a crescendo as he explored the ancient ruins …

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The Spider Thief is FREE This Week!

Who else loves free ebooks?

I'm a featured author at Freebooksy

FREE is my favorite price!

The fine folks over at Freebooksy.com hand-picked The Spider Thief as a featured title today, so I might as well brag a little bit . . .

AND give away a bunch of ebooks!

Free on Amazon.com today.

The Spider Thief: Omnibus collects all four of the original novellas into one non-stop novel: Stolen Memory, Haunted Dreams, Cold Million, and Ghost City, all in one — and all free.

But hurry. Because after Saturday, it goes back up to the regular price of $3.99 (also a great deal, but not quite as sweet as, well, FREE).

Click here to get yours free from Amazon.com now through July 5, 2014.

Want more?

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BookGoodies.com: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?

Do you talk to your characters?

Cure for writer’s block: nude finger puppets.

I once got to hear Orson Scott Card talk about his writing method. He went on at great length about how the voices of his characters talked to him.

The voices told him to do this, he said, the voices told him to do that.

As he droned on endlessly, a friend leaned over to me and said in a stage whisper:

“My voices are telling me to kill!”

The audience cracked up. Orson Scott Card was not amused.

But the thing is . . . that really is how it works. You hear the characters in your head, the same way you can hear the voices of your parents or your friends.

You know what they would say in a certain situation. And when you’re writing a book, you can turn that into the story.

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The Weird Thing You Didn’t Know About Amazon UK

Claire Hill, book reviewer extraordinaire

Claire Hill, book reviewer extraordinaire

Did you know that book reviews on the Amazon UK site don’t appear on the regular Amazon.com site?

That means any book can have two entirely separate sets of reviews.

You have to admit, there’s something slightly weird about that.

But it’s good to know that our friendly neighbors across the pond are enjoying The Spider Thief.

This week, I’d like to introduce you to Claire Hill, a prolific book reviewer in the UK. She reads crime, thriller, mystery and paranormal. To date, she has read and reviewed almost 3000 books. That’s amazing!

Plus, she had some great things to say about The Spider Thief. You can read her delightful review here.

Want to get your free copy of The Spider Thief?

It’s not too late. You can still get The Spider Thief, Part 1: Stolen Memory for FREE when you join my author newsletter. >

 

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Top 3 Questions of Aspiring Writers

Thriller Author Interview

with Yours Truly

I’m always happy to answer questions from aspiring authors. This week, I got some tricky ones:

Q: How do you know when to end one chapter and start the next chapter?

A: You end a chapter as soon as the lead character either achieves their goal or fails.

The best place to end a chapter is immediately after you raise a new question in the reader’s mind. The desire to answer that question will make them turn the page. Continue reading

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Win a Manuscript Critique, Help a Great Cause

Brenda Novak diabetes auction

All the proceeds of this fundraiser will go to benefit the Diabetes Research Institute. You can help!

You can win 50 pages of intense story development editing in the Brenda Novak diabetes auction:

http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=3405168

If you’re a writer, or you know someone who is …

Find out how you can get my undivided attention and advice for a full 50 pages.

Plus, you’ll get a personal 20 minute follow-up phone call to talk about your book, answer your questions, and learn more about how to get published.

It’s a donation you can feel good about!

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Ghost Towns, Tarantulas, and a Million Dollars Cash

Thriller Author Interview

with Yours Truly

Just did a revealing interview about the truth behind ghost towns, cash-sniffing border patrol dogs . . . and even a tarantula migration.

True story.

Check out my latest stop on the book tour for The Spider Thief, at the outstanding Omnimystery News, where editor Lance Wright presents the exclusive inside scoop on mystery books, games, TV shows, and film.

Click here to get the interview at Omnimystery News >

And one more thing . . .

You can still get The Spider Thief, Part 1: Stolen Memory for FREE when you join my author newsletter. >

 

 

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12 Bestselling Authors Taught Me This

The light bulb moment

The light bulb moment for me was meeting an African storyteller and learning the universal truth of story.

Over the years, I’ve interviewed dozens of bestselling authors — and they all had the same advice.

I’ll tell you what it is in this interview at the Littleton Writers Critique Group.

I’ll also reveal the surprising advice my literary agent gave me . . . the “old school” trick to stop procrastinating and get more done . . . and the secret to writing every day.

Plus, I’ll talk about the African storyteller who taught me the key to writing a good story.

And I’ll even share the hidden formula to every story ever told — no kidding.

Click here to read the interview on the Littleton Writers Critique Group website >

What was your “light bulb moment”? Leave a comment!

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How to Write Anything

How to Write Anything

Forget fancy software. Just grab a pen and follow along!

Have you ever needed to write something, but you didn’t know how to get started?

As a professional writer, I face that problem daily.

Luckily, I’ve discovered a super-simple way to organize any writing project.

And I’m about to share it with you.

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