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Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Canada
Interests: I love reading...of course. And I'm a huge TV and movie addict. One of my personal goals is to be a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
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I forgot to mention... Rob, I LOVE the cover of Children of Salem!!! Chillingly awesome! :-) Cheryl
Toggle Commented May 7, 2010 on Welcome Blog Guest, Rob Walker at KdBlog
What a great post, Rob. And you've hit the nail on the head when it comes to the value of ebooks and why authors should be selling their books via this platform. Once an author gets their ebooks up on Amazon, KoboBooks, Smashwords etc, they'll understand the potential--especially that THEY control their ebook rights. I recently got back my ebook rights from an old publisher and it's exciting to watch the sales come in. I currently have two thrillers (Divine Intervention and The River) available on Kindle, Kobo and Smashwords. And my bestselling, critically acclaimed novel Whale Song is available exclusively at KoboBooks.com for this month. After that, it'll be available at other ebook retailers. Again, I control that. The process of uploading to the various ebook retailers can be a bit daunting, and there are often glitches in the formats, but even as a reader I know that I might view a book that is less than perfectly formatted. As long as it's readable, I don't mind the odd glitch--like a blank page. Once you get the hand of it, uploading becomes easier. Like anything, it can be learned and is difinitely something not to be dreaded, though I do know a few authors who are intimidated by the ever-changing book world and ebooks in general. Ebooks are revolutionizing the way we read, and there's no escape. (insert evil laugh) All the best and thank you for sharing your wisdom on the world of ebook publishing. Thank YOU, KD, for featuring Rob as a guest here. Cheryl Kaye Tardif, bestselling suspense author http://www.cherylktardif.com My ebooks on Kindle: http://www.tinyurl.com/29ysxx8 My ebooks on KoboBooks: http://tinyurl.com/24e73tl
Toggle Commented May 7, 2010 on Welcome Blog Guest, Rob Walker at KdBlog
You're right about professional headshots for authors. I cringe when I see the obvious family photo that's been cropped, or worse yet--the webcam photo. Yeesh. I liked David Corbett's headshot best. Without even reading his bio, I could tell that he was a police officer, detective, PI or some kind of investigator. I also suspected he wrote suspense. :) Then I read his bio. Great composition and use of black and white--from an artistic POV. My own headshot was taken by a professional photographer. I love the brick wall behind me--it adds a certain "Strength" I don't always feel. :) And there's a story behind that wall and that photo. But I'm not telling...hehe Cheryl Kaye Tardif http://www.cherylktardif.com http://www.cherylktardif.blogspot.com
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