We will be in Lompoc this Saturday morning, which is expected to be a perfect day with a high of 74 degrees and nothing but sunshine, particularly inside THE BOOKSTORE where Leslie Sevier, et al, will be their usual cheery selves, meeting your every need. I will be there as well, with my full line … Continue reading LOMPOC, CITY OF FLOWERS
Tolliver Tales for June is now available. (Tolliver Tales August 2018) Don't miss: Radio show appearances. Over 650 copies of CANAAN'S SECRET Sold! Release date for CANAAN'S SECRET the Paperback!
While the title of this post may seem self serving, it is so only by way of introducing a dilemma common to both readers and authors. It is the opposite ends of the same stick. Readers want to know how to find the kind of book that will particularly engage them, and authors want to … Continue reading How To Find My Book
At first the argument suggesting authors should not read their reviews was compelling. Justified from an emotional point of view, this sage advice was intended to protect authors from ultimately meaningless harshness and even cruelty - after all, there are a lot of nutcases out there - or so the reasoning went. Indeed, a few … Continue reading Reviewers: Part of the Team
What will you be reading tonight? Readers navigate a maze of possibilities in order to find just the right, comfortable read. It's rather like selecting a TV show for the evening - the search can take longer than the show. Some readers when settling down with a book for the evening have no such choice … Continue reading My Readers – My Heroes
Perhaps I should begin by emphasizing that I appreciate all my reviewers immensely (even, or possibly especially the critics). I know the time it takes to assess, formulate, and write one's feelings about a book. A book is a complicated blending of thoughts, actions, and emotions, many of which often conflict. Reviews are not judgments; … Continue reading About Relating To Reviewers
With a title this assumptive, I hasten to acknowledge I possess no lofty credentials or superior access to data upon which to base the ideas which follow. I am not a queen bee, I am a drone. But even the drone bee is cognizant of change in the quality of the honey over a period … Continue reading A Review of Publishing Today
Pre-order for books is a fairly new tactic, now wholeheartedly embraced by Amazon, iBooks, Smashword and other on-line sellers. My newest Zack Tolliver, FBI novel Under Desert Sand will be placed on pre-order at Amazon.com immediately after Easter. In this article I will discuss what I feel are the advantages and disadvantages of using pre-order … Continue reading Why Pre-sale?
Of course, everybody knows how to write a book review. We all wrote them in grade school. All those summer reading reports due at the opening of school. The formal review styles we were taught in English classes. No wonder we pause when asked to write one. Who's got the time? Times have changed. Book reviews … Continue reading Writing A Review Is Easy
Last Saturday I drove to Ventura to attend the 805 Writers' Conference, mostly for the chance to hear Penny one more time. Penny is the author of How To Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon.com, a catchy title for me since that is what I try to do. What I like about Penny … Continue reading Tips From The 805