Flustered Flamingo

Hurrah! My life has been so busy that my to-do list got away from me. I’ve FINALLY hit publish on book 10 in my cozy zoo mystery series. It should be live soon! Then I’ll need to re-edit all ten books to link properly to each other and to the full compilation. And then this series will be set, at least for this arc! One step at a time! If you haven’t read book 1 yet, it is FREE and here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014GRKH0K/

What are you up to?

Writing & Cover Design Books FREE

For the next five days, I have put the first two books in my Author’s Essentials books FREE on Amazon. You can download these both wholly for free now. I suggest doing that before Amazon ends that free period.

Please share the news with any family and friends.

Here’s the link for book 1 on writing and designing the book: https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Designing-Successful-Book-Experienced-ebook/dp/B01MRRVFLB/

Here’s the link for book 2 on designing the cover:

I am doing this as part of a push to begin offering more services online. Up until now I’ve only helped people via the in-person library seminars. That is nice, but some people end up driving an hour or more each way to get to one. Also, there are many people who can’t attend due to scheduling issues or they are just too far away.

Here are the two options I’m trying out.

First is Patreon. I will be offering various options here for readers to support my writing and for writers to get personalized one-on-one support with me, via email or phone or Skype, to make progress on their writing, publishing, and marketing. I’m new to Patreon, so please let me know if you use that or if you’re able to help me test it. I am still in the ‘review’ stage so all the options are not yet live. 

Second is Twitch, which is a live video streaming service. You will be able to log on and watch me, live, as I talk about writing, editing, publishing, and marketing a book. You can type in questions live for me to answer right there for you. I’m new to Twitch, so I’d like some guinea pigs (ahem, writers) to test this out with me. Please let me know if you’re willing to give this a try!

My next free in-person seminar is this Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 at the Sutton MA library from 6-8pm. The focus of Tuesday’s seminar is on all forms of publishing. Traditional publishing. Small press publishing. Self-publishing. I’ll go step by step through screens to show how it works. Come on out if you’re free!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Diner Days are Here Again

Diner Days are Here Again

I’m so so thrilled! My audio narrator for my Asperger’s mystery series set in Worcester lunchcar diners just finished book 2. That book is Diner Days are Here Again. I had tears in my eyes laughing while listening to her reading! She did an awesome job. It should be live soon.

Book 1, Diner Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, is free in Kindle format. Let me know if you’d like a coupon to hear book 1 for free in audio!

I’d love one more review to reach 30 ratings!

The Fussy Librarian

I highly recommend everyone sign up for the Fussy Librarian book newsletter for several reasons.


First, it’s an important way to stay aware of what’s popular in your genre cover design. Cover designs change from year to year. In order to keep your book sales high, you want to be aware of those and make the tweaks to keep your covers relevant. That ensures your sales keep working. For example, my friend Tom Hollyday just ran a promotion in the Fussy Librarian. Look at how perfectly his cover matches the other popular covers. His cover loudly proclaims that it’s a solid title in his genre and worth reading. It looks professional. It catches the eye of readers in that genre.

Second, this newsletter lets you see other peoples’ blurbs in your target area. Which seem to work? Which don’t draw you in?

And finally, if some are free, you should download them. Read just the first few pages. See how those other books draw you in. Think about tweaks you can make to your own book to have the same impact. Those first few pages are critical in our modern world of short attention span. Either you hook someone or they move on to another book. The readers’ Kindles have thousands of options. You have to grab them and hold them.

If you already have a book out, now might be the time to do some polishing on it. Polish the cover. Polish the blurb. Polish the intro text. And then do a promotion. 

Ask with any questions! 


Seeing a Ghost

My medieval book #13 Seeing a Ghost has a featured character based on my woodworking Uncle Blake :). I’m thinking of updating the cover to have some ‘background’ – do you prefer left (original) or right (new)?

Also, I’ve received a negative review for “no action” (i.e. they only kiss at the end). Would anyone like a free copy of this to consider writing a review? Let me know, thanks!

What are you working on?