Two books to take to the beach

Are you reading at the beach?

Here is my latest book reading post, and if you are reading a book that is just super dooper please feel free to leave a comment below and tell me about it!

I am currently reading two books, both in paper. One I keep in my drawer at work and read it on my lunch hour, and the other is at home.

What beach read is Kim reading?

The work book *hah, workbook! tiny joke* is The House on Mermaid Point by Wendy Wax. This is another one in her series that started with Ten Beach Road, one of my all time favs.

You can check it out at this link:

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It is a great summer read, all set on an exclusive Florida island, and has some of my fav characters in it. I am truly enjoying this book!

My other book, the house book, is an older book, but my first by this author! It is by Elaine Viets, and it is one of her “Dead End Jobs” mysteries. Poor Helen, the main character…is someone you will identify with. Click on the cover to get this other book.

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I have nothing but good things to say about it as well. It is a mystery-what could be wrong with that?

So, I am reading two books, and in differing genres, but it’s really a sort of cool example of differing voices, and differing tastes. You might as well know now, I am plotting a horror novel. Yep. Me. And it is sort of consuming me at the moment too, so go figure.

Anyway, hope you are having a great day, and getting a little reading done. Everyone is at the beach, going to the beach, or planning a trip to the beach in my cadre. All but little me. I hope to remedy that soon, though.

What are you summer plans? Be sure to take a good book along with you. That would make an author’s summer pretty sterling. And PLEASE REVIEW them!
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Coin collecting and selling books

If you are interested in book marketing, book writing or even something similar in general, you’ve probably already heard the saying “don’t sell the sizzle, sell the steak”, right? This means that if you want to sell something, your overall messages should talk about the way the product will serve the inquiring customers, and not on its outward appearance.

Unfortunately, everyone doesn’t get this concept, however, and that is likelu the reason why people forget to apply it to their marketing info.

So I am going to explain how it works.

The main reason why the beautiful imagery of your product doesn’t sell is because consumers don’t care about them. Sure, they might use a list to decide between two like products, but the beauty of the item in and of itself won’t make them want to buy the product.

We could go a step further and say that these mystery people don’t even care about the item itself. They don’t want to buy it because it’s the coolest thing since sliced bread, because it is the latest version or anything like that. They don’t want to have it. They just want to use it to accomplish a certain task or result. In other words, the product is not the end but the means to an end.

My video production company tries too hard sometimes to sell the fact that it is a MOBILE production studio, like an NBC in a box. But who cares? All the customers want is a nice video.

We can entertain this notion to as many products as we want.

So, if you want to sell books, then don’t sell the fact that it is an ebook, a paperback, or an audiobook. Sell the story. Sell the characters. Sell the FEATURES of that book.

Want a practical example? Suppose you are looking for a book about coin collecting. You shop around using the right keywords until you find one that says:

200 pages of images and illustrations of the most popular coins!
Places where you can find coins for free!
A complete list of the most popular coins and where they are housed.

Then you find this:

Start coin collecting effectively in the first hour!
20 ways to get the highest paid coins!
Discover how to find coins that will get you in the collectors books.
Sites to find coins

Now which one would you like to read?

Yeah. It’s like that – sell the steak. Hope this helps.

My ebook, YEW TO A KILL, is out!

I love it when my ebook’s release puts it in the top 1000 of books. It gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. SO, thanks guys. THANKS! And just know that summer is killing my flow, but I am working on book three! I hope to have it out this fall. Newsletter subscribers will get more info on this soon, so SIGN UP!

Here are today’s stats for Yew to a Kill, my latest ebook:
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Product Details
File Size: 1926 KB
Print Length: 256 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: MKS Books; 2 edition (May 23, 2016)
Publication Date: May 23, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01FGUFH6U
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray:
Not Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Lending: Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,093 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#726 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Amateur Sleuths
#1586 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Cozy
#2102 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Cozy

I promise I will have a real blog post coming soon. I just haven’t had time to sit down for very long thanks to work, business, and family. AH, those things ARE important you guys. I hope your May has been as lovely as mine. If you are interested in other books by me, check out my BOOK TABLE page here on the site.

It’s gonna happen, making it happen

Have you ever told yourself this will happen. It’s gonna happen. Or…We will make it happen? Yeah, me too. It’s a daily thing with me.

So, now that I have book two Yew to a Kill out, I am turning thoughts and hands to books three and four. I would love to see them both out this year.

Someone recently asked me how I managed to stay on track with getting book two out in just about 90 days…which of course led to me think about a blog post. It’s not easy folks, and fortunately for me, the book was already written. I don’t even want to imagine what would happen if I had to WRITE it, EDIT it, and PRODUCE it inside of 90 days. Not gonna happen in my world.

I know there are authors who manage this all the time, though. They are usually full-time writers who have help getting other lifestyle things managed by their hubby. I don’t have the luxury of not working a real day job, and my hubby is a cancer patient so…not gonna happen in my world.

But here are a few items that I think might aid you, if you are one of those contemplating getting a book out four times a year …

It all starts with the first line
Start with your first line…just start writing. It is a very small thing to do in reality…but offers you the best chance of success if you want to write 4 books a year. Or, less. Still takes that first line to send you off on the writing journey.

Only work on the one thing
This helps me the most when I am in writer mode. Do NOT try to promote a book, write another book, and edit a third. You should put all your focus on the task at hand. If you are writing – then write. Pick different days of the week for different tasks, or just finish the writing before tackling the other things.

Make it a habit
If you want to write, then write. Don’t talk about writing. Do it. Make it a habit every day. The first cup of coffee is spent at the keyboard. Just like I am doing now *Smile* It takes daily repetition to make a habit so get busy!

I still have company right now so I may be AFK for a few more days. June is shaping up to be a great month for readers though!

Before I get into all the points of bad grammar, WIP etc., the Disk of Death giveaway ends today! Get it by going to my last post here: http://wp.me/p3VxaG-1E8

So, on to a real post for a change…

I have stumbled through to the end of my current WIP, and now I sit at the end of the first draft. So how does it feel? Strangely satisfying. It’s a YA romance, and the first one I have done since An Unexpected Performance. I am hoping for a late fall release of it, just in time for Christmas!

In case you are wondering, from now on, all of my work will be FIRST editions, so yeah, NEW stuff! I have spent a long time getting old previously published work back in the market, but I am coming to the end of that, and I hope my readers are as excited as I am about it!

People don’t understand that a fully formed novel doesn’t happen for a writer. We have to struggle through the first draft and then edit and revise, polish, and spit-shine. This idea of a book being easy to write is an interesting concept that people have. Yes, they really do. Some people think you can just WHIP the story out, slap a cover on it, and sell, sell, sell. Writing multiple drafts is a reality that most people don’t get.
grammar
I always need a rest before I start the second draft of editing and revising. It’s been a hard trip writing at night and on the weekends. Yes, most writers do this. It is also late spring here now and the beauty that is awake in nature is calling me to come outside. And, of course, there is still the day job to consider.

Bad grammar..yes, please.

Looking ahead to that next draft, my first job will be to ignore my bad grammar and get back into the story – the meat and potatoes of what I was trying to shoot for. You know, the big picture and the characters that are living it. Then, after that a deep edit for all the bad grammar, spelling, overused words, etc. That one is always a fun one. I laugh at my silliness when writing. I am a chronic “that” person and oh yeah, I am comma-challenged, so that is always a hoot.

So, that‘s it for me for today. Yew to a Kill is out and ready for pre-order. I hope you enjoy it!
(stop laughing, I see those thats!)