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In celebration of the 1 year publication anniversary of my novel – “Shades of Gray”   grab a FREE copy for your Kindle or other eReader device today

and tomorrow (12/23 and 12/24/2012).    Click Here

 

Make your 2012 Holiday season a little more  “Thrilling”  with this Readers Favorite Award Nominee for Suspense  and  Kindle Book Review Semi-Finalist for Thriller/Mystery.

“Combine the TV shows “Breaking Bad”,  “The L Word”, and a dark remake of “The Love Boat”, and you have all the flavors of   SHADES of GRAY.”    (Click Here)

 

 

 

It has been one unbelievably fun year since my first novel was published.   New writer friends, reader feedback, sales, and an experience that exceeded my wildest dreams (and I can have some doggone wild dreams!)   The social media aspect of this past year has been off the charts cool.  I have made dozens of writer friends and thus tapped into this incredible community of folks who are just like me (though probably less weird).  They are smart, funny, supportive, and just downright nice.  Hats off to all of you.  You set the standard  for what social media is all about.

2012 would not have played out this way without a couple of very special folks who contributed their time and enthusiasm to my project.  So here is a holiday shout out of thanks to some very, very special folks (in random order) —

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From Publishers Weekely —

At the 2012 Miami Book Fair, Self-Publishing Takes Center Stage

By Andrew Albanese |
Nov 20, 2012

There still may be some questions about the potential impact of self-publishing, but if the 2012 Miami Book Fair is any indication, self-publishing has gained acceptance among readers and would-be authors. From a pre-fair feature article in the Miami Herald to an informative panel on self-publishing—a prominent theme for this year’s fairgoers was: how do I get published? And in a visible change from even just a year ago, the question is no longer whether self-publishing is a viable option, but rather how to do it—and do it well.

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There was a time when I was cool.  I know there was.  I can feel it like one of those distant memories that comes back to you with some clarity and you can glimpse it for a few moments, then it disappears.  Unfortunately, now the level of my coolness is completely dependent upon the whims of my 14 yr old teen queen – and she sets the bar pretty high.  Here is a recent conversation –

Me – “Hey, did I tell you that I now have 36k followers on Twitter.”    TQ (teen queen) –  “That’s not really cool, Dad, you don’t even know those people.”   Me – “Yes I do!  They’re all my BFF’s!”

TQ – “You mean even those folks you swap messages with in Korea and the Phillipines?”

Me – “Uh, yeah!   I’m good friends with all of them.  We chat about how much we love K-pop like ‘Gangnum Style'”   (I then begin to dance around the room like I’m riding a horse and sing the song.)

TQ- “Ok Dad, ok,  …stop dancing, please please stop dancing  ….. .I’m sure you are BFF’s with all your twitter followers (eyeroll).   You should know there is a new acronym for folks like you on social media.  It is  S-M-H .”

Me- “Wow!  Does it stand for  So Macho & Handsome?”      TQ –  “No…..  it stands for  —  Social Media Ho.”    Me – (indignantly) –  “No way!  I’m not a Social Media Ho.”    TQ –  “Well Dad, I didn’t make up the term.  You better

do a little checking on the web and see if maybe you are one.”      Me –     “Challenge accepted.”  

    

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Very proud to announce that on September 1st,  “Shades of Gray” was picked by  Reader’s Favorite as one of the finalist in the category of Fiction – Suspense.  Several authors that I know

have been chosen as finalists.  Readers Favorite is a wonderful place for both readers and writers.  Stop by and meet a good  group of writers who have written books that you will enjoy.

 

Check them out at:     http://readersfavorite.com/2012-award-contest-winners.htm#Fiction-Suspense-a

                     Get your copy of   “Shades of Gray”  by clicking below (or just visit Amazon)

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reposting some info by the well-informed queen of snark, Rachel Thompson, who

went to BEA this year and sent back these thoughts, which are best enjoyed with a martini in hand –

TOP 5 LESSONS FROM BOOKEXPO AMERICA 2012 (BEA12)

Huh?  Me?  I got nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.  What the Heck?

OK,  so i’m in …great idea and thank you Tammy at Novel Opinion  –

http://novelopinion.org/2012/06/03/versatile-blogger-award/

I loved these comments from Rachel Poling regarding social media “fallacies”.  Check your “Social Media IQ” against these items from Rachel’s most nimble brain.    You can find more excellent posts from her at      http://rachelannpoling.com/2012/05/20/four-fallacies-of-social-media/   and her contact info is at the end of the post.

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Are You Falling For One of These 4 Fallacies of Social Media?

Paths you do not want to go down.

I’ll get right to the point. There are so many people who are being misled in their thinking about how social media works. It is very obvious to see the results of this thinking in failed “campaigns” and spammy tactics that make people like me cringe.

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Jeff Bennington writes insightful posts on his experiences as a writer and as a provider of services to self-published authors.  He’s very active on Twitter and on other social media sites.    Here is his blog site –

http://thewritingbomb.blogspot.com/2012/05/common-lies-self-published-authors.html

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As an indie author I have to confess that I am guilty of believing a lie — not just one, but many. They are the same lies I see self-published authors fall for all the time. I see the lies in tweets, in emails, in DM’s and blog posts. The lies run rampant. The lies are deadly. The lies set writers up for failure and they are like a disease that has the potential to thin out the indie author population within a couple of years.

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To say that “Breaking Bad” is a good TV show, is to say that Mark Twain was a good writer.  Simply stated, Breaking Bad is one of the very best TV shows of the last 10 years.

Breaking Bad

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