Archive for March 11th, 2011

3/17 interview preview

Kindle version now 99¢

On Tuesday, March 15, I will be discuss 3/17 on WSKG FM’s Off the Page with Bill Jaker. You can read a preview of what we will be discussing HERE. The interview is live at 1 p.m., rebroadcast at 7 p.m. then available on the web site for download.

Coffee Break: Eddie Stack 3/11/11

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A casual conversation with an author

Name: Eddie Stack

Latest Book:  HEADS

Web site: www.eddiestack.com

Decaf or regular? More regular than decaf…I’m a coffee fiend and bounce around the San Francisco coffee roasting houses. My current favourite coffee is Brass Tacks from 4 Barrell Coffee on Valencia Street, SF.

How do you like your eggs? I used go for over medium, nowadays I’m more likely to have poached eggs.

What do you think of the Kindle Revolution and how it’s affecting the publishing industry? The Kindle revolution has been a long time coming and I had almost given up hope. Before Amazon launched Kindle, no ebook reader had gained much traction and it was difficult to market ebooks. After Amazon became involved, it was like the seas parted and the fields leveled. Their digital text platform is one of the greatest boons of the Kindle revolution and a great portal for indie authors and small publisher.

Describe your favorite character of all the ones you’ve created. Turbo Tracy is a favorite of mine. An elderly con artist and friend of the devil, his plans often backfire. He appears in several of my short stories, but is the main character in Derramore, from my collection The West: Stories from Ireland.

What’s surprised you most about digital publishing? I’ve been publishing digitally for several years and was accustomed to slow but steady growth in sales. What surprised me was the sudden ramp in sales in the last year and the way ebooks are now part of the culture.

What’s the best piece of advice on being an author that you ever heard? Never show your first draft to anybody. Never!

If you could dabble in another genre, what would it be? I’d like to write more in the Irish language.

Want a slice of pie with that? Sure…I’d love a slice of chocolate torte… I s’pose it would be a sin to have a dollop of cream on that?

The Hylander Diner thanks Eddie for stopping by. Go ‘ra míle!

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A casual conversation with an author

Name: Patricia Rockwell

Latest Book: FM For Murder

Web site: www.cozycatpress.com
or facebook author site

Decaf or regular?

I love coffee both decaf and regular. First thing in the morning I drink a cup of decaf and then as the day progresses I start drinking regular. I need to slowly edge my way into absorbing caffeine into my body, I think. Of course, I don’t drink any coffee after lunch.

How do you like your eggs?

Eggs? When I eat eggs, I prefer them scrambled or maybe in a quiche or souffle. I don’t eat that many eggs.

What do you think of the Kindle Revolution and how it’s affecting the publishing industry?

My case may be a bit different. I formed my own publishing company (Cozy Cat Press) and I do publish my own books, but I also publish another author’s books—and I’m working on finding a third (then, hopefully a fourth, fifth, etc.) author to join us. I have a publishing and editing background (although in academia) and now that I’m retired, I devote my time to writing and publishing the kind of books I want. My company focuses on cozy mysteries. For our situation, the Kindle Revolution has been wonderful. Although we produce our books in paperback too, our Kindle versions are definitely our bestsellers. I’m actually quite surprised by this because most readers of cozy mysteries tend to be older women and, as a group, they are not big users of the Kindle (or of any ebook), so our success goes to show how widespread the Kindle phenomenon is when even cozy mystery readers are this involved.

Describe your favorite character of all the ones you’ve created.

My main character is a Psychology professor and acoustics expert. She falls into crime solving accidentally when an audio recording of a murder provides her with clues to a killer. She does all of her crime fighting while teaching college students, conducting her own research, and raising her family which includes her gourmet chef husband and rebellious teen daughter.

What’s surprised you most about digital publishing?

I’m most surprised by how much time I spend on my computer. I thought I would be traveling to bookstores and libraries more. Yes, I do those things, but I’m literally on my computer most all day long. Most of this time is not spent writing my next book—it’s spent promoting the ones that are out now. No matter what I do, there is always something else that I could be doing (or should be doing) to promote Cozy Cat Press or my books. Sometimes, I have to make myself take a break.

What’s the best piece of advice on being an author that you ever heard?

I’ve heard a lot of great advice so it’s difficult to pick out one particular piece. A common suggestion which I find hard to remember but probably should is to be patient. Nothing is going to happen over night. Efforts at promoting your book are cummulative and it’s very difficult to determine exactly which promotion effort has which effect.

If you could dabble in another genre, what would it be?

I love writing cozy mysteries, but if I had to dabble in another genre, it would probably be some sort of thriller—maybe a science fiction thriller, like the type written by Robert J. Sawyer, one of my favorite authors.

Want a slice of pie with that?

I do love pie—particularly pecan.

The Hylander thanks Patricia for stopping by!

Trailer du jour

Here’s today’s trailer for the $2.99 eBook Hemlock Lake by Carolyn J. Rose. What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments section.

One * means I’d rather watch a baby laughing hysterically at a rejection letter.
Five * means I’ve just downloaded the book on my Kindle.

Tweet du jour

@eoinpurcell Eoin Purcell The Technium: 99 Cent Books: http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2011/03/99_cent_books.php4 minutes ago  

Japan

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Thoughts and prayers go out for the people affected by the devastating earthquake in Japan, and all those in the path of the tsunami it triggered.