I was at Barnes and Noble with my mom today and this woman passes me and says, “These are good books, right?” and I politely reply yes and she starts giving me a sales pitch.
Her name is Charlotte Fairchild and she tells me her book, Murder on the Silver Comet Trail is free on Kindle, which upon further research means KDP not Amazon. The link to the book is below.
So we have a long conversation about Agatha Christie, because she says that the book doesn’t have any blood and guts in it, which I thought was weird because murder generally involves blood.
Then she tells me about this button she has, which I found out later was part of a non-profit. Link to it below.
We talk about self-defense and women in tech for a while. She was an extra in two movies and didn’t think there were enough women working tech. I don’t know which movies.
I didn’t get the chance to ask, because her sister comes up to her and tells her they need to go. That’s when she tells me her name and we talk about the movie Sabrina.
It takes guts to cold sell someone in the Young Adult section of Barnes and Noble. I don’t think I could do it. I get nervous calling people I know.
What do y’all think? Could you ever coldsell someone in a book store? Do you think it’s a good strategy? Has anyone read this book?
Why is it so many new novels are—to be blunt—crap? How can we find an author we love with one book, then all the love goes away with the next? What’s going wrong? What’s missing? Where did everything go wrong? How can we learn and do better? First and foremost, to be an author it’s…
via Six Simple Reasons Our Story Sucks
Killing characters comes naturally to some authors, for others its a struggle to harm their precious babies. I talk about the considerations that should go into such a decision and what impacts character deaths can and should have.
via (Fictional) Murder With Purpose — Miles of Pages
I finished the first draft of my book!! I actually finished it in May, but I’ve started the editing process now and want to keep y’all updated. This hopefully means that I’ll remember to post more.
I’m going to bet that your muse doesn’t always show up when you want her to. Muses are tricky, fickle creatures. They are like cats in that they prefer to do things only when they damn well please and never according to anyone else’s schedules or needs. Also, like cats, they have a tendency to […]
via Tempting the Muse – A Quick Bit of Advice — Live to Write – Write to Live
Image via Flickr Creative Commons courtesy of Anja Pietsch.I asked you guys to tell me in the comments what you would like me to blog about, so today we are going to talk about the author platform. When do we start? When do we need a newsletter? How do we find time? I think we…
via When is the Best Time to Start an Author Platform? — Kristen Lamb
There is always more. Don’t take away my nerd card, but I didn’t even know that these letters existed. So exciting!!!
It is sort of a trick, isn’t it? Any true Tolkien fan will say that every page in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien is essential. However, not everyone enjoys letters as much as I do. Some might absolutely love The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, but don’t find great joy peeking into the lives of authors […]
via The Tolkien Letter that Every Lover of Middle Earth Must Read — A Pilgrim in Narnia
A prodigious essayist, it is this area of C.S. Lewis’ work that I find the most provocative—even more so than the fiction and apologetics books (though there is overlap in the latter category). Whether inspirational or controversial, his brevity, clarity and wit strike through his reviews, lectures, published letters, editorials, sermons, public controversies, paper, and […]
via How to Read All of C.S. Lewis’ Essays — A Pilgrim in Narnia
I love this. Superman and C.S. Lewis and job advice. What more could you want?
Adam Mattern works as a mild-mannered data analyst for a large networking company and is currently studying at Signum University for a M.A. in Language & Literature (concentration in Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Literature). He has love of pop geek-culture, an enthusiasm for literature, and a desire to study the intersection of orthopraxy and theology. […]
via “Capes and Classes Optional” Guest Blog by Adam Mattern (Signum Series) — A Pilgrim in Narnia
Normally my blogs are all about telling y’all you are not a special unique snowflake. But yeah y’all are but don’t get a big head about it😛 . We just need to discern the places we are not special (I.e. we all have to do the work) and figure out the places we are and […]
via Author Brands & Book Sales—Why Boutique is BIG — Kristen Lamb’s Blog