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Five star first response

It’s funny being a writer. You work for months, sometimes years on a manuscript, and then within a few days, the first readers will read your novel and have an opinion.thecurseofthestrawberrymoon_cover_150x228

How wonderful a moment it is when a reader expresses that opinion so soon after you published your book.
Within a handful of days of publishing the paperback version of The House With the Wraparound Porch, I got a review.

5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely LOVED it. Cannot wait for the next By Kathleen Creary on August 10, 2016

Just spent the past 2 days doing nothing but reading MaryPat’s new novel. It was truly “you cannot put this down until you finish it” kind of book. I absolutely LOVED it. Cannot wait for the next one.Similarly, Just a few days after the Kindle version came out, this review was posted:


5.0 out of 5 starsA happy discovery By Lindsay Edmunds on August 22, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

Curse of the Strawberry Moon is above all a LOCAL book, written by an author who knows the finger lakes region of New York inside out. Mary Pat Hyland knows plenty about the complexity of small town living and the way that lives and events intertwine. The book feels real in all its details: wine-making, book selling, massage therapy, clubbing, drug trafficking, police procedure, the lifestyle of aging rock stars, the hardscrabble edges where people move from job to job, the natural beauty of the lake country. The Caviston sisters seem like real sisters. It is a full portrait of a place and the people who live there. The incredibly complicated events that led to the murder are consistent with the complexity of life in this place, but solving the murder was the least important part of the book for me.The pleasures of the table are also featured. The precise, sophisticated descriptions of good wine and good meals are by themselves almost worth the purchase price.This easy-going, well-written novel is a discovery in the way that finding a great local restaurant, seeing a brilliant production by a regional theater company, or hearing an outstanding concert by local musicians are discoveries. I am looking forward to reading the next Caviston sisters mystery.

So glad to read these reviews and know that the novel is capturing their imagination.


The Curse of the Strawberry Moon is now available at Amazon and CreateSpace.

Here’s a description of the novel, the first in the Caviston Sisters Mystery series:

thecurseofthestrawberrymoon_cover_150x228A full red moon rises over a wedding at a Finger Lakes winery as fireworks explode unexpectedly above the celebration. Was it a timing accident, or were they set off early on purpose to cover up the murder of ’80s rock star Jeremiah Redfern nearby?

Across Keuka Lake, the Caviston sisters watch the show from their deck on a warm June evening, unaware of how their lives will soon become entwined in the unfolding mystery. Curiosity about a Seneca Indian curse draws them deep into the investigation before they realize their own lives may be endangered as they help Detective Tyrone Kane decipher motives tangled tighter than a grapevine.

The Curse of the Strawberry Moon‘s riveting plot delves intimately into the Finger Lakes wine industry with a touch of rock-and-roll attitude.

Here are some details about the paperback version:

ISBN/EAN13: 1530532639 / 9781530532636

Page Count: 396

Size: 6″ x 9″

Language: English

Genre: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy

List price: $19.99

Petition: Why indies love Amazon

dave3There’s a lot of misinformation about Amazon and its conflict with Hachette Publishing right now. Please take the time to read this petition shared by author David Gaughran to learn the truth and why indie writers like myself are grateful to Amazon:

eBook Publishing tutorials

Mark Coker of Smashwords has released a series of tutorial videos on the art of eBook Publishing.

You can watch them all HERE.

Launching a novel in the digital age

wrapkindle300x480An important part of promoting a book is the meet the author event. This presents an interesting problem in today’s age because you can’t sign a digital copy.

Instead, I’ve found many people are buying multiple versions of books they like: paperback, ebook and even audio. This allows them the opportunity to read anywhere, anytime.

Just had my second event for The House With the Wraparound Porch with a busy fall lineup of similar events ahead. At both RiverRead Books and The Book Vaulttoday’s event, some of the people who attended were there for the signed paperback although they’ve already purchased a digital version.

What is interesting about these two venues is that RiverRead stocks the books and the other, The Book Vault, just sells rare and used books but provides space for authors to discuss their works. (They have an entire selection available just online, too.) And at RiverRead, you can buy the Kobo eBook version of my book right in the store. Dizzying!

So back and forth, books in all forms cross through cyberspace—either through uploading for printing or downloading to an eReader—to eventually end up in the reader’s hands.

What an age!



Why become an indie writer?

Today’s reading suggestion: How Amazon Saved My Life — an essay by Jessica Park

Saw a link on Reddit today for this essay written by Jessica Park for IndieReader. In the essay she explains why she went the indie route after publishing successfully using the traditional route.

I was missing what I really wanted. One of the major reasons that I write is to connect with readers, not publishers. The truth is that I couldn’t care less whether New York editors and publishers like me. I don’t want to write for them. I want to write for you. The other undeniable truth is that readers could care less that my books aren’t put out by a big publisher. They read for the content, not the publishing house emblem.

It’s a great read and inspiring to fellow indie writers.

Hashing out writing tweets

If you are a writer, publishing or just interested in both, here’s a good post from Daily Writing Tips on 40 hashtags used commonly by people in this field on Twitter.

There is an old Irish saying, “Ní neart go cur le chéile”—there is no strength without unity. It’s often pictured with fishermen rowing a currach (fishing boat) together. If their oars are not in sync, they will have difficulty keeping the boat on course. 
     About a month ago when I had decided to publish an e-book version of 3/17, fellow author Eddie Stack (from Co. Clare, Ireland—Up da banner!) told me I should investigate the Kindle Boards. It’s not just a place for readers; the Writers’ Cafe is a gathering place for mainly indie authors. Here I was welcomed immediately, given all sorts of encouragement and learned tons about the current trends in the industry. Soon I was following authors such as Victorine Lieske and Amanda Hocking. There were must-read blogs, review destinations and a community willing to critique your cover design, tagline, promotion plan, etc. honestly. Invaluable kindness!
    One of those must-read blogs is Joe Konrath’s. Today on the Kindle Boards I learned of an emotional post in which a writer in the depths of depression was guided to Konrath’s blog, A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing. His blog is a chronicle of his journey through self publishing, from the deepest of valleys to the highest of summits. It’s honest, yet hopeful.
     The depressed writer read his blog and adopted a new outlook. She writes: “Thanks! For giving me back my deep joy in writing, and my life.”
     Konrath’s response is not shocking, as I have witnessed from the amazing community of Indie authors. He suggested that his readers purchase this author’s book to show their support. There is no strength without unity!
     It’s quite a post! Please read it, fellow indies.

Prolific indie author Amanda Hocking—who beat the odds and earned a couple million dollars on her own—just agreed to a four book deal with St. Martin’s Press.


In a post on her blog, Hocking explains that though she could easily earn another couple million with the books mentioned in the deal on her own, she accepted the offer for an important reason: career stability.

Each book I come out with could bomb and could be the one that turns readers off me forever. Any day, my books could just stop selling. And I know that going with a house isn’t going to change that. Any author can stop making money any day.

James Patterson has a book out now that has incredibly low reviews, some of the lowest I’ve seen for any book, and that book is still selling like crazy, and I can find it Target and Walmart. Even the sequel to the book, which the reviews say is even twice as awful as the original, is selling like crazy. Why? Because James Patterson wrote it. (Or more accurately, because his name is on the cover).

I want that. Not the writing bad books thing. I’ll always strive to write a product that people enjoy. But I want to be a household name. I want to be the impulse buy that people make when they’re waiting in an airport because they know my name.

That, I think, is as close to career stability as I can get. And that’s why I took the deal.

In a blog post yesterday at, Jane Tappuni writes that trade publishers in the UK predict the year 2012 will be the “tipping point” for e-book sales. A third say that 10 percent of their income will be from e-book sales that year. In her report,  Tappuni also writes of trade publishers that “81% think that the majority of new books they publish will be available in both e and p format by 2016.”