Archive | November 2017

Pronoun Is Dead: The Ebook Retail Universe Redux…

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By David Kudler  on The Book Designer Site:

On November 6, Macmillan’s Pronoun, the distributor that I had begun to rely on more and more over the past year, announced that it was shutting down its operations. No new books can be uploaded; Pronoun will remove all existing books from distribution on January 15, 2018.

Here’s a helpful set of FAQs that Pronoun has provided about what the shutdown means. Here’s another that details what happens when you remove a title from Pronoun and republish it elsewhere.

There are two small bright points:

You can continue to edit existing titles on Pronoun until they shut down (which is helpful, because I was planning on holding holiday sales on a few).

Draft2Digital announced, the following day, that it will henceforth distribute to Amazon.
This last is great news for D2D users, making it (along with IngramSpark) the only one-stop shop to…

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This entry was posted on November 16, 2017. 5 Comments

Carlo the Mouse, Book 3: What’s Going On?


Carlo the Mouse, Book 3: What’s Going On? by Mrs. D. 

From the author:

“Trouble! Where did that ravenous little mouse come from who’s disturbing the peace in the hospital? What’s Going On? is the third in a series of books on the adventures of Carlo the mouse. Carlo knew he was not supposed to go near the manager’s office, but when the kitchen staff were chasing him, he made a choice that started a war. This is only Carlo’s first time out, and already everyone is after him. Imagine what could happen when he learns his way around the hospital! He likes to eat, and is growing like a mushroom after the rain. Will this be the end of our curious little mouse, or will Carlo manage to outsmart the clever manager, angry cook, and sneaky exterminator so he can go home safely? You’ll find out in Mrs. D.’s next book on Carlo the mouse, Rules Are for a Reason. Remember, Hospitalia is a strange place . . .”

I read book three in this adorable book series for children. One little mouse has so many adventures and children can will enjoy each and every entertaining page. As I read, I caught myself raising my eyebrows in surprise and smiling over a funny part.  Truly kids ages 3 -10 will love this story and the entire series would make any library proud. The illustrations are adorable and capture each person/component of Carlo’s adventures are perfect. Highly recommended and a solid 10 but of course I can only give five stars.

This entry was posted on November 16, 2017. 2 Comments

Book launch tips.

Lizzie Chantree

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Happy new week everyone! Today’s Monday Marketing is about book launches. I’m currently working on my own new book launch for Ninja School Mum and thought i’d share some of the tips i’d learnt with you.

1.  Set up a blog tour team three months before your launch date. This is a great way to find people who want to support your launch and keeps them updated on the progress of your plans.

2. Set up a document with all of the information you will need to send to the launch team. This should include blog posts, Q&A’s, promo information, book cover art, book blurb, author photo etc. Make the document easily accessible, so that the tour hosts can grab the details they need, with minimal fuss or extra work.

3.  Create a page on your blog about the blogs/websites of your tour hosts. Make a page for them…

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27 Great Websites for Writers…

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by Erica Verrillo  on ‘Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity’ site:

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Between author websites, blogs, publishing sites, news, literary magazines, genre sites, resource databases, and online writing newsletters and magazines, there are hundreds of sites for writers. It would be difficult to list them all.

Here are the sites I frequently visit because they have publishing resources that I use for my own nefarious purposes. (Like getting my work published.)

Some of these sites you probably will already know about. Others are hidden gems, providing great resources for aspiring authors, as well as writing tips and insights from industry professionals and authors.

27 Great Website for Authors

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This entry was posted on November 14, 2017. 6 Comments

Married to Maggie


Married to Maggie by Jan Romes

My review follows the author’s book blurb found on Amazon.

“Texas playboy, Ty Vincent, heir to the Vincent Oil fortune needs a short-term wife to convince his grandfather and the Board of Directors that he’s changing his ways so they’ll name him CEO. Ditching an environmental conference in Atlanta to play in Reno, Ty suffers razor-sharp chest pains at the airport. The pains were becoming a common occurrence that started showing up after he lost his father in a fiery crash a year earlier. The woman who comes to his aid not only helps him with what she can only assume is a heart attack but she also fibs to keep airport security and paparazzi from descending on him. She’s brilliant, unemployed and not his type which makes her the perfect choice for a temporary spouse. If he can ignore her extraordinary blue eyes then everything will go according to plan.

Cardiac rehab nurse, Maggie Gray finds herself the victim of hospital downsizing. When T. Loy Vincent, I, a former patient, offers her a million dollars to get his grandson under control, Maggie is pressured by her father to enter into the wife-for-hire scheme. All she has to do is convince Ty Vincent to marry her. When she tracks Ty down at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to put things in motion, she finds him in the middle of chest issues. The nurse in her takes over and before she knows it she’s eyebrow deep in yet another deal. The second she says yes to both agreements, her life is turned upside down. To top it off, she can’t seem to curb an annoying attraction for Dallas’s most famous womanizer.

Six months. No Sex. No telling each other what to do. It should be a win-win for them both. Will the mayhem of wealth, media attention, meddlesome friends and chemistry so hot it could melt plastic ruin their lives? Or will it be the catalyst for happily-ever-after?”

My Review:

I love romance stories and this book on spot romance. I was able to feel for the characters yet I did find it hard to believe that all this could happen in the span of one week, in Dallas. How two people could connect with obstacles thrown their way many times in one day, let alone seven days, and they still married? I would have run for the hills. I did like the character of Maggie. Having been a registered nurse it was easy to do so. The narrative is a fast easy read despite being so complex. Ty needed more backbone, and he really struggled with that issue. Anyone who loves contemporary romance stories should love this one. I found the three white roses in the bouquet especially touching.

This entry was posted on November 9, 2017. 2 Comments

The City Kittens and the Old House Cat


The City Kittens and the Old House Cat by Mrs. D.

From the author:

“Mom’s Choice Award Winner 

Readers’ Favorite International Award Winner

Age 6-8

This story revolves around Christmastime and a family who once adopted a lost kitten, naming it Nyda. Nyda has now grown old and has settled into a calm, uneventful life with her new family-until the day before Christmas, when the family’s older daughter brings two playful kittens, Mickey and Jack, home for the holidays. The two kittens from the big city are a change for the family, and for Nyda. The old cat likes her settled life and is not happy about the new arrivals. She’s also very protective of her belongings. The city kittens annoy her, and the old cat grumbles about the new additions to the family- until she hears a story one night that makes her feel bad. The kittens aren’t the soft or spoiled brats she had thought they were … Mrs. D. (Olga D’Agostino), an award-winning author, grew up on a farm in a village nestled in the beautiful Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine. Surrounded by nature and the real world, without TV and toys, she learned to read at a very early age, and books then became a huge part ofher life. As a child, she used to create her own imaginary world populated with characters from books she read. She finished business college in Lviv, Ukraine. To escape the harsh reality of life in the Soviet Union, she immigrated to the United States in 1992 with her two small daughters. For many years she worked in her own business. She is a member of SCBWI, speaks several languages fluently, and loves reading, writing, gardening, and traveling.”


Just like other books I have read from this author, The City Kittens and the Old House Cat was a heartwarming story, beautifully written and illustrated. Truly a family oriented book that inspires both children and adults alike. I clearly see why this book has won so many literary awards and well justified. Readers are taken into the mind of a cat’s point of view about the weather, house family members, holidays, and of course new kittens.

The old house cat was set in her ways, preferring no new kittens brought into the home. After finding out how they were rescued, the condition they had been in, the old house cat had a change of heart – all at the most special time of the year – Christmas!

Truly this story isn’t just for Christmas as it is fitting year round. The dynamics are written perfectly and one feels the emotions of the cats which, of course the old cat was territorial as cats are, yet in the end the story ties together and acceptance happens. Great for mid age primer and rate it as a five star book.

This entry was posted on November 8, 2017. 4 Comments

Where can you submit your writing for free?

Jean's Writing

How about 30 plus places to submit your writing?

And they pay you!

Thanks to Erica Verrillo for providing us with this great list of publications looking for good writers. This month you can submit your favorite piece and get paid.

November is just getting started, so pull out that story from your slush pile, polish it till it gleams like a newly minted penny and hit send.

There is still time!

34 Calls for Submissions in November 2017 — Paying markets

I recognize a few on her list but many are new to me. There’s poetry, fiction, speculative fiction, essays and more. 

Another great list is provided by Rachel Poli. Unfortunately, not all are free to submit but there are payment and prizes. So check out her post…

November/December 2017 Writing Contests

What do you think?

Any of these publications look good to you?

Have you had any success with either…

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How Many Writers Do This?


I’m curious (sorta like squirrels are) and I would like to know how many of you go to your countries copy right office and register each book you write? I ask as I am involved in a copyright nightmare that just doesn’t end. My screenplays were copyrighted by me through the USA copyright office. 

For those of you who don’t know, our book, Suzy Has A Secret was published in March of 2016. In September of 2017 another author published the same kind of book, Same title (we have no problem with that), same topic (we have no problem with that) they used much of our wordage for their book. It has become a nightmare over the last few days. Amazon has suppressed both softcover and KDP did the same. Due to this issue, a few weeks ago I reported them to Amazon for violation of our content published a year and a half before they published theirs. 

I don’t know what is going to happen now, but I did just now copyright four books this evening with the USA copyright office. I’m so tired of the other party doing this to me – out of malice. The four books I submitted for copyright this evening are When Angels Fly, Suzy Has A Secret, The Big Cheese Festival, and Shadow and Friends Celebrate Ellsworth, KS 150th Birthday

Was I just too late in doing this???? I am despondent over this issue. I need feedback please. Thank you.


This entry was posted on November 7, 2017. 21 Comments

NEW! Seventy-Five Greatest Squirrel Memes


Seventy-Five Greatest Squirrel Memes

Our comical meme picture book features our backyard fox squirrels in comical situations that both older children and adults can relate. Our backyard wildlife inspired the creation of each meme, and we used old toys and some old show stills to create them. The eBook is $1.99 (the lowest we could go due to full color graphics) and we understand not everyone likes to see these funny rodents. For that want to have 75 jokes on hand, this is the book for you! 

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