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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.
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Friday, April 3, 2015

Another Model for Authors



Another Model For Authors

One of the bloggers at WWK, James M. Jackson has written about his experience so far with the Kindle Scout program.  His book was nominated and now the book generated sufficient interest that Kindle Press will publish Ant Farm.  I hope he will keep us informed about his experiences. 

At Left Coast Crime 2015 I met author Jennifer Vandenberg who told me about the way she uses Amazon Kindle for her writing.  With her permission I will share the model she uses with her twelve-part short-fiction fantasy-alternate universe detective series Set in Stone.  It is an interesting and funny series, which I recommend.

The author said she writes 8,000 word short-stories and publishes them individually on Kindle.  She combines four stories into a book, also on Kindle.  When she finishes the series readers will be able to buy the entire series in book format or one at a time.  A reader could try one story for 99 cents and then decide whether or not to buy the whole kit and caboodle in book form.  While each story has a complete story arc, each book will have a story arc and the entire series will have a greater arc.

I think that is an excellent strategy that will serve her well.  She has the skill to keep things interesting during each individual story sort of like the old radio dramas that had listeners tuning in each week for the continuing adventures of The Third Man, Gang Busters, The Lone Ranger or whatever hero caught their fancy.

What writing strategies have you tried or heard about?




4 comments:

E. B. Davis said...

I think she will have better success binding the shorts together, but I think she should try to have her page count come in at approximately novel length, Warren, to give readers value.

Nothing annoys me more than buying what I think is a full-length book and realizing that it's only 120 pages long. Yes, you can check the number of pages before you download because Amazon lists that information, but sometimes after reading the synopsis, I forget, thinking it's a novel.

Unless you are a well-known author and your short stories complement novels in the series, I don't think short writers get much traffic. At very least, I would hope that her first short in the series was published in an anthology that received some coverage targeted for her audience.

James Montgomery Jackson said...

It is a different strategy and could be successful, but I also heard readers at Left Coast Crime complaining bitterly about how that strategy is such a ripoff. You end up paying $12 for a book, and they were boycotting such things and the authors.

Which leads us back to understanding what your readers want and ignoring the other stuff.

~ Jim

Gloria Alden said...


Someday, I plan on putting my short stories in an anthology, but not until I have enough to be a complete book. I have considered putting them up first as short stories for only 99 cents. I think some of them may sell, but I don't know.

KM Rockwood said...

That's interesting.

I'm a bit hesitant to sell the same thing twice on Amazon, unless it were to be clearly marked.

As it is, I have a new publisher, and new covers for my Jesse Damon Crime Novel series. I do worry that someone will buy a copy of something with the new cover & discover they've already read it. The last thing I want is for my readers to feel I am trying to take advantage of them!

I have one short story collection & one longer short story on Amazon, and I regard them as "loss leaders" for anyone who is interested in checking out my work before buy a whole novel.