Thursday, March 29, 2012

Fiction Articles

Here are a couple of opinion pieces worth a look. Let us know what you think:

"Your Brain on Fiction" by Annie Murphy Paul

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Intern's Lament

Here are a couple memorable quotes uttered by reader J. Fischer (this may or may not be his real name).

1. "Just write me an OK sentence, somebody."

2. "Maybe the chocolate has me resonating with the angels."


Author: Oh, this is cute, and hasn't been done before.

J. Fischer: No, it just hasn't been published before.

More Forensics and Fiction

D.P. Lyle's book MORE FORENSICS AND FICTION received a review from website In Reference To Murder.

The review says, "The book and its predecessors are terrific reference books to have on hand if you're planning out and/or in the midst of writing a mystery or thriller."

To read the full review, click here.

City of Ghosts Cover

Just thought we'd share the cover of Kelli Stanley's book CITY OF GHOSTS, due out soon through Minotaur.

Scoundrels: Tales of Greed, Murder and Financial Crimes

A short story by Kelli Stanley is featured in an anthology just released by Down & Out Books titled SCOUNDRELS: TALES OF GREED, MURDER AND FINANCIAL CRIMES. This book will be available across all eBook platforms as well as in trade paperback.

To see an announcement about the book, click here.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Stan Goldberg Book Launch

Stan Goldberg will launch his new book LEANING INTO SHARP POINTS: PRACTICAL GUIDANCE AND NURTURING SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Saturday, March 10th at 7 p.m. The book launch is open to the public, and we encourage all to come. Kimberley will be present, and I may stop by after finishing the Mills College Pitch Fest. We hope to see you there!

Kimberley Makes A Two-Book Deal!

Publishers Marketplace announced Kimberley's latest two-book deal with Jim Frenkel of Tor yesterday in the Fiction/Sci-Fi/Fantasy category for publication in 2013.

This was a long-awaited deal in which she sold world rights to James Gunn's TRANSCENDENTAL, a search across the galaxy with a crew of both humans and aliens (much like the pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales) for a machine that promises real Transcendence. The second book in the deal is STARBRIDGE, which was co-authored with the late Jack Williamson.

Publishers Weekly Reviews LEANING INTO SHARP POINTS

Kerry Weber reviewed LEANING INTO SHARP POINTS: PRACTICAL GUIDANCE AND NURTURING SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS (New World Library) in her article "Books for Caregivers Offer Advice and Inspiration" for Publishers Weekly.

Weber says of Goldberg's book, "The book has advice for both those providing ongoing caregiving and those handling surprise diagnoses that may lead to a rapid change in lifestyle."

To read the full article, click here.

Quote For Lyle's RUN TO GROUND

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner gave D.P. Lyle's upcoming book RUN TO GROUND (Oceanview, 2012) a nice quote:

"A first-rate thriller! RUN TO GROUND delivers the goods: great characters, fine investigative details and the kind of nail-biting action that leaves you rapidly flipping the pages, breathless to discover what will happen next!"

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mills College Pitch Fest 2012!

On Saturday, March 10th, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., I'll be attending the Pitch Fest 2012 Writer's Conference at Mills College in Oakland, CA.

Kristina Miltenberger, the conference organizer, says the "one-day event is designed to connect writers with local Bay Area literary agents, publishers and MFA alumni, who are working in the Bay Area."

This event is free and open to the public.

Panel 1: Publishing 101
Panel 2: The Business of Being a Writer
Panel 3: A Crash Course in Screenwriting

For more information or to see a list of the panelists, click here.

I hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Italian Rights Sold For THE CHOCOLATE THIEF

Italian Rights were sold for Laura Florand's THE CHOCOLATE THIEF to Leggere/Fanucci.

According the the deal memo, Leggere/Fanucci won out over a competing publisher and has a marketing plan in place that includes boxes of chocolates in addition to online and physical marketing.


Stan Goldberg's recently released book LEANING INTO SHARP POINTS: PRACTICAL GUIDANCE AND NURTURING SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS was reviewed by Anna Jedrziewski for Retailing Insight magazine.

Jedrziewski says Goldberg has "organized the wisdom he's gained through decades of experience into seven compassionately written chapters...these chapters create a quick-reference "how-to" for navigating the choppy waters of caring for someone with a progressive illness."

To read the full review, click here.


Forensics and Fiction: Clever, Intriguing, and Downright Odd Questions from Crime Writers


Dahlke says, "D.P. Lyle's forensic book should be in the library of every aspiring, as well as veteran, author."

To read Dahlke's full review, click here.

Purple Papaya

Kimberley's client, D.P. Lyle, sent us a link to a company by the name of Purple Papaya, which specializes in helping authors with social media platforms. We thought we'd pass along the link.

In today's publishing climate, it's important for authors of both fiction and nonfiction to put focus on author branding and self or book promotion.

In addition, for any published author (traditional, e-book or self-published), it's in your best interest to co-promote your work since 1) you may only have a publicist for a limited time 2) publishers will look at your past sales when considering your future works 3) you may secure a traditional publishing deal if your e-book or self-published sales are good, and 4) money is nice.

Taking time to focus on the business side of writing is important.

Check out Purple Papaya by clicking here.

Walmart Canada Orders THE CHOCOLATE THIEF

We received great news that Walmart Canada has placed an order for Laura Florand's THE CHOCOLATE THIEF. We have our fingers crossed that they'll do the same for the next two books in the chocolate series: THE CHOCOLATE KING and THE CHOCOLATE KISS (working titles).