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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.

“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

I’ve attended a few bookstore events since Cabin Fever’s publication last month. I’d love to say I was overwhelmed with the positive response, but that’s not the case. I can attribute the lack of success to a variety of causes, although my being unknown is likely the major factor.

Timing can be everything. For example, at one bookstore my event was a Saturday afternoon (normally a decent time). However it conflicted with a wonderful farmers market/artists booth sale/classic car show held at the central town square on a beautiful spring day. Worse, the bookstore had a launch party for a local author’s “food book” that evening, which involved not only the bookstore but many other merchants in the town. How many people are going to go to two book events in a day?

Having exactly no one show up at that signing was disappointing. I recently spoke with CJ Lyons, who said she rarely does bookstore signings anymore because they are not worth her time. She then added an important caveat, “unless you are just trying to build relationships with booksellers.”

Exactly. Most people who read my books really enjoy them. Goodreads and Amazon reviews of my books have been favorable (On Goodreads Bad Policy ratings average 4.55 and Cabin Fever currently averages 4.88. For Amazon the ratings are 4.75 and 4.78.)

The key to my success is to have people read the books – at least people who like page-turning mystery/thrillers. For that I need proponents and, until I have legions of fans, for that I need independent booksellers.

At each signing I introduce myself and my books to someone who can sell them. Unfortunately, I am not alone in this endeavor and independent booksellers are inundated with people vying for their time. All I can do is continue to try and appreciate every bookstore that allows me to appear in their venue.

So, thank you all independent bookstores—those who already know me and those who will learn of me later. I’m rooting for your success and hoping we share a prosperous future.

~ Jim


E. B. Davis said...

You're doing a great job, Jim. At Malice, Jim participated in the Malice-Go-Round, which is an event where two authors are paired and each have a few minutes to introduce their books to each table of conference attendees. After they finish at one table they do it again at the next. This goes on for about an hour and a half. I was at Table 10. I'm not sure how many tables there were, but it has to take great endurance. Gloria Alden also participated in the Go-Round. Jim was paired with Krista Davis. (Gloria--with Judy Hogan) They did a great job, and both could be heard--a plus! Sunday Jim will participate in a panel, which I plan to attend.

James Montgomery Jackson said...

Thanks Elaine. I had the pleasure of sitting at Hank Phillipi Ryan's table when she won her Agatha for best contemporary mystery.

So exciting and also sitting at the table was Jenny Milchmann -- winner of the Mary Higgins Clark award for Cover of Snow. (Hank won last year for The Other Woman.)

Such Fun!

~ Jim

Linda Rodriguez said...

Jim, you're so right about the importance of independent bookstores. I've done events with over 200 attending and events with only four people. I always try to give them my best, no matter what. the bookstore staff appreciate that, I know, as do those few who take the time to attend. I have seen on BookScan that, no matter how many or how few books I sell at a reading/signing, my books continue to sell well in that locale for several weeks after the event. I attribute that to the booksellers and any publicity that they did for the event.

I know a number of NYT besteselling authors like CJ Lyons who choose not to do many events or book tours any longer. But they all did them while getting to that point. I suspect that, if I were a NYTBS, I might find them wasteful of my time also, but as someone trying to build a fanbase as you are, I think they're a critical part of the process.

KM Rockwood said...

Just have to keep slugging away. Your books are wonderful (I've read them both) but it's a matter of getting them into the public eye, and it's slow going at first. But that's where the persistence (or is it stubborness?) comes in to play.