A Professional Copywriter Spills His Secrets-Guest Post

I’m delighted to welcome the wise and witty Eli Landes as a guest blogger. Eli is a marketing writer by day and a fiction writer whenever he can squeeze in the time. His main genre is Jewish fiction, but he’s been known to dabble in the weird, the absurd, and the truly dark. Follow him at his writing website RE: Writing. How to Use Copywriting Tactics to Improve Your Fiction Writing He Said What? I know, I know. It’s the type of…

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Book Clubs – The Human Touch in Marketing

Today, algorithms determine the most minute details of our buying habits, down to the finer points of the dental floss we prefer (waxed or unwaxed, plain or minty). Advertising is a constant blitzkrieg of spam, pop-ups, and phone alerts. Those ads are specific, focused, targeted…and totally impersonal. For all the information that Google, Facebook, and Amazon collect about us, Alexa’s robotic voice will never replace that of a trusted friend who enthusiastically says, “You’ve got to read this book I just finished!” In…

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Win a FREE Signed Copy of Instrument of the Devil

Check out my new podcast at Golden State Media Concepts and enter to win a free signed copy of Instrument of the Devil. Just share their link on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and you could win. Book reviewer Sarah Meckler and I talk about Montana, mentoring young writers, and why the Hungry Horse Dam makes a great setting for a crime.

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Curious about Kindle Scout?

UPDATE: As of 4/3/18, Kindle Scout is no longer accepting submissions. An interesting experiment but, sadly, it didn’t survive.     Kindle Scout is a different route to publishing your book. It’s an ongoing contest sponsored by Amazon similar to “American Idol.” Readers sample excerpts of books online and nominate those they’d like to see published. A cool bonus: if you nominate a book that “wins” a contract, you receive that eBook for FREE. Scout veterans Debbie Burke and Betty Kuffel will walk…

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The Kill Zone Blog Wins Award

For fans and writers of the mystery/suspense/thriller genre, The Kill Zone is a terrific online hangout. Eleven bestselling authors rotate daily posts. The archives add up to a master course in crime writing. You never know what surprises you’ll find at TKZ.  Sue Coletta described allowing herself to be sealed in a metal barrel to research how her fictional victim would feel; Joe Hartlaub recounted his meeting with the legendary Fats Domino; John Gilstrap gave me chills when he wrote about his visit at age 18…

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Happy 92nd Birthday

Today would have been the 92nd birthday of my adopted mother, Ruth. Although we weren’t related by blood, she was always the mother of my heart. From my earliest years, she taught me the values of kindness, patience, loyalty, and forbearance, not by lectures but by her daily example. Her patience exceeded that of anyone I’ve ever known. She showed unwavering kindness in the face of cruelty. She quietly went about her life doing good works, not expecting rewards or…

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Valentine Treat with Zero Calories

  Looking for a Valentine’s Day treat with no sugar, fat, or harmful preservatives? And a bargain too? Amazon bestselling women’s adventure book Instrument of the Devil is on sale for only $0.99 from February 7 to 14, 2018. Download to your Kindle or other device or send it as a non-fattening gift to a reading friend. Here’s the link. Guaranteed to go down easier than M&Ms without adding pounds or inches.  

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99 Cent Book Sale for January

With the country gripped by the Big Chill, now is the perfect time to curl up with a new book…and my thriller Instrument of the Devil   just happens to be on sale for only 99 cents during January. Here’s the link to Amazon along with a short video teaser.    

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