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Andree Belle sings "Have Yourself A Merry Xmas" Love it? Look up her songs in iTunes! Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at Author Provocateur
EACH NOVELLA - JUST $1.49! Here is what I learned about Mick as we took turns watching Mic twirl and flicker: He was originally from a small town in Missouri, which, he claimed, had absolutely no skyscrapers. Because of that fact, I pointed out, it was more than likely his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at Hollywood Hunk - Book 1
Sometimes an analogy is needed to make a point. In this case, while talking about the return on a promotional investment, my very bright partner, Martin Brown, pointed out that while funds we'd put toward promoting a particular book (the worm) may have not gotten it in the hands of as many readers (the fish) as we'd hoped, but we were able to track those readers' purchases to the series as a whole. In other words, hook baited and fish caught -- making for a satisfying meal (or, at least paying for a few.) Here's to keep the line in the water, —Josie Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Author Provocateur
Got to play yesterday a bit in Marin County, California. One of our favorite walks is in Ross, California, a very posh little village, just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Behind the stately gate is this beautiful home, a dancing bunny cavorts on the beautifully manicured front yard. You see it there, right? For that reason alone, if I were the owner, I'd smile every time i entered the house. (Okay, that, and the fact that the house is worth an estimated $10 million +). This bunny is doing a happy dance, for good reason, —Josie Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at Author Provocateur
With both palms, I pounded the gym floor as I bent down into my defensive stance. Our team had been down all game and was making a second half comeback. I was defending the point guard aggressively, trying to force turnovers. We cut the lead to four with about 30... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at AboutAustinBrown
Most authors walk a financial tightrope. Hey, don't take my word for it. In a September 2015 an article on a recent Authors Guild survey of its members' incomes, Publishers Weekly put it this way: Yikes. Thank goodness for self-publishing. It saved my career, and those of many other authors I know. Even with four novels (one optioned for television) and two-nonfiction books published traditionally, as early as 2010 I'd dipped my toe into the choppy waves of self-publishing. My subsequent success with it is why I now self-publish exclusively. Whereas self-publishing has grown by leaps and bounds in the past ten years, ours wasn't the first generation to discover its financial rewards. Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, Marcel Proust, and Walt Whitman self-published their books. Misery loves great company indeed. But before self-publishing became a financially viable option for the current generation of writers, traditional publishing—that is to say, print books, primarily by one of the Big Five New York publishing houses—was the only venue for the sale and distribution of books. Even ten years ago, the thing authors love to do most—write novels—was not possible without running an unwieldy gauntlet that put their manuscripts in front of any literary agency that might deem the book sellable to a publisher, and any publishing house editor who might actually like it enough to purchase it. Besides editing, printing, and distributing a book, part of the publisher's job is also to promote it. For doing so the publisher holds on to anywhere from 80-92 percent of the book's retail price. (Yep, some authors get only an 8 percent royalty. Worse yet, royalties are paid twice yearly, and they are only paid if their books "earn out"—that is, return any advance paid, which may not happen for years if at all, what with the other variables tied to this equation, including book returns, of which there are no cut-offs; and perhaps the payback of advances of other books as well.) Sadly, in traditional publishing, marketing is the last consideration—never the first—when purchasing a book from an author. Compared to other products as a whole—and entertainment products in particular, including films, music, magazines, and video games—it gets a negligible budget, if any at all. Don't take my word for it. In this article regarding the breakup between bestselling thriller writer Steve Hamilton and his former publishing house, St. Martin's Press, Publishers Weekly outs its... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at Author Provocateur