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Awesome Indies Grand Opening Party!

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You’re invited to the Awesome Indies Grand Opening Party—a sale of 26 top reads at just 99 cents each, plus 5 days of fun. See the new website, meet the authors, join them for games, giveaways and giggles and beaia_button in the draw to win the latest generation Kindle.

 The Awesome Indies have found a way to take the risk out of buying indie. If it’s Awesome Indies Approved (AIA), a qualified publishing industry professional has determined that it’s as good as anything produced by the mainstream. Readers need no longer wonder if that book is really worth downloading. If a book is listed on the Awesome Indies, then it’s worth your time.

 Click on the banner, or this link, to visit the Awesome Indies to browse the huge 99c sale and learn what you have to do to be in the draw for a Kindle Paperwhite.

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Ode to a Library

I don’t know about you, but libraries will always have a special place in my heart. I remember my mother taking me to the town’s only library every week, and while she perused the art and mythology sections, I would ransack the children’s nook. If I didn’t find anything interesting there, I’d move on to more adult genres,books,boys,education,libraries,men,people,readings,research,shelves,students,studying,academic like mysteries and spy novels. When I got older, I devoured the biography section along with whatever caught my fancy, from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to photojournalism to the French Revolution. Luckily, my mother spent countless hours there, so I was able to feed my overactive imagination without worrying about running out of time.

I haven’t been back in a long while, and I’m sure it’s not nearly as big a building as I remember. I don’t even know if the structure is still there. Several levels opened to the lobby, all boasting heavily polished floors and creaky wooden shelves, groaning under the weight of so many hard-bound tomes, giving it an old world, floor-to-ceiling bookstore feel. Early on I discovered an ancient circular stairwell behind the stacks and when I grew tired of searching for something new, I’d hide there, alone with the subject du jour, lost in another world of my choosing.

The lobby at SPL

2nd Floor Lobby at SPL

This past weekend my cousin Fieke, visiting from the Netherlands, suggested we visit the Seattle Public Library.  She works as a photographer in Eindhoven and was acquainted with the photographer who assisted the architect, also from the Netherlands. I’d been to SPL a couple of times before, but hadn’t been able to take the time to really discover the place.  If you haven’t had the chance to visit, put it on the list for whenever you’re in Seattle. It’s an amazing, mind-bending building dedicated to all things literature.

The structure is a honeycomb of concrete, gleaming steel, and glass. The natural light streaming in through the walls is impressive on a sunny day–and it’s a fabulous place to be in the middle of winter when the skies are the same steel-gray as the supports. Each floor is its own world and conveys a different feeling, from future-shock orderliness to saturated, mind-warping tomato reds and neon yellows. Nothing here is understated. Every nook and cranny demands that you pay attention.

Photo of the 4th floor of the Seattle Public Library

4th Floor Red

That Seattle voters chose to support the revitalization of the library system in such large numbers is a telling regional character trait. Folks who live in the Pacific Northwest, from Vancouver, BC to Portland, Oregon, are known as voracious readers. (Yes, we’re heavy caffeine abusers and like our wines and microbrews, but when it’s dull gray and bone-chilling wet outside, curling up with a good book, be it on our Kindle, Nook, iPad, or the printed page, is one of this area’s favorite pastimes.) The libraries in western Washington embraced eBooks early, and several offer a large selection of audio books for downloading. One of the benefits of living in a tech-heavy area (Amazon and Microsoft are based here, among several other tech organizations) is that early adopters drive innovation and concepts are introduced here long before other areas of the country.

Below are a few more of the photos I took of the interior. Do you have a library story?  I’d love to hear it 🙂

Happy Monday!

Photo of SPL

Looking down at the 2nd floor

Neon Yellow Escalator

SONY DSC

SONY DSC


Word of Mouth

Here’s a link to Kathryn Rusch’s great blog on how to sell  self-pubbed books.  I’m taking her advice and working with a great cover designer for the next Kate Jones thriller. Stay tuned!

 

http://kriswrites.com/2013/05/22/the-business-rusch-word-of-mouth/


I’m on RLF today!

I’m being interviewed today on Romance Lives Forever. Stop by, leave a comment and WIN stuff!! #blatantbribery
http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2013/03/romantic-suspense-bad-traffick-dvberkom.htmldracula

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Review: Bad Traffick — Thriller

Review: Bad Traffick by DV Berkom — Thriller. WOOT! Got an excellent review on Awesome Indies today! Can you say STOKED?

Book Cover for BAD TRAFFICK


Places to List Your Free Books

Picture of Books, Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, The Latin Quarter, Paris - Free Pictures - FreeFoto.comIn perusing the interwebz in order to promote an upcoming free day on Amazon for Bad Traffick, I came across several more places that you can list your book for free. Some also offer guaranteed placement for a nominal fee. I’ve decided to use both paid and free sites, and I’ll write a post on my results after the promotion runs on January 19. In the mean time, here are some of the sites I found: (as with all listing sites, MAKE SURE your book is actually going to be free on the day you list)

Ask David This is a cool site I discovered that has you list your book, website, social media links, book trailer, etc. all for a simple link-back to the site. You don’t even have to do that, but it will take a bit longer for your book to show up. And really, isn’t helping those who help you what it’s all about?

Free Kindle Books and Tips This is a site run by Michael Gallagher who is a Top 10 Reviewer for Amazon. He reviewed Bad Spirits and listed the freebie on his site a while back and my downloads increased significantly. At first I had no idea who he was (I had submitted to several free sites and didn’t realize he ran FKBooks&Tips), but a bunch of folks (145+) clicked on his review as helpful, and I quickly realized how lucky I was to have him review the book.

The Frugal E-Reader This is a popular site that lists Kindle books under $9 and has some inexpensive promo options.

The Author Marketing Club I just joined this site, and from what I’ve seen, it’s full of great ways to promote your book. Hmmm. Possibly a post for the future on the results I get from posting my book for review…You have to sign up, but it’s free.

Indie Book Promo This site has both paid and free options for promo. Haven’t used this one before, but am going to for the 1/19 free day. We’ll see what happens. I’ve heard good things.

Pixel of Ink One of the biggest and most-used sites.

EReader News Today I’ve had stellar luck with these guys. Don’t be afraid to show ’em some luv if they post your book.

There are too many of these sites to list here, but these are a great start. Good luck on all things promo!


Awesome News!

To put in the ‘very cool’ category, I was just interviewed on Blood Writes, and Jen picked BAD TRAFFICK as one of her Top 5 Indie Picks for 2012! Click HERE to read the full article. Find out which I find easier to write: action or sex? Hint: it’s all about the grenades…


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