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Strippers and Sock Puppets

Mystery book reviewer Oline Cogdill spoke to the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America at the August meeting. Oline’s reviews have appeared nationwide as well as regularly in the Sun-Sentinel. Oline offered some useful tips for writers on r...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Aug 23, 2016

Audiobooks with ACX – Production

Audiobooks with ACX – Production This is part 4 of my series on Audiobooks with ACX. After you have hit the “Approve Audiobook” button, ACX will instruct you to pay your narrator, if you are paying per finished hour. The payment due is based on...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Jul 21, 2016

Audiobooks with ACX – Reviewing Your Files

Audiobooks with ACX – Reviewing Your Files This is part 3 of my series on Audiobooks with ACX. After a narrator has accepted your offer, she’ll send you the first fifteen minutes to review and approve. Thereafter, each chapter is uploaded by the...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Jul 21, 2016

Audiobooks with ACX – Auditions and Narrators

Audiobooks with ACX – Auditions and Narrators This is Part 2 of my series on Audiobooks with ACX. Once you’ve submitted your book’s profile, you are ready to accept auditions. Here’s where it gets hairy if nobody responds. Be patient. Eve...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Jul 18, 2016

Save Our Cozies Readathon

Fans of cozy mysteries set up a cry of outrage when Penguin Random House/Berkeley/NAL announced the cancellation of many favorite mystery series. Over two dozen authors took the hit. At the same time, Five Star declared the end of its entire mystery...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Jul 16, 2016

Audiobooks with ACX – Getting Started

The audiobook process has been a learning experience for me. I approached ACX as a complete novice, knowing absolutely nothing except what I’d gleaned from fellow authors who’d posted advice online. A special thank you to author Terry Odell, who...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Jul 14, 2016

Permed to Death Audiobook

Permed to Death, book #1 in the Bad Hair Day cozy mystery series, is now available in audiobook at Audible and iTunes. Narrated by the talented Mary Ann Jacobs from Voice Over Visions. Hairstylist Marla Shore is giving grumpy Mrs. Kravitz a perm when...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Jul 6, 2016

American Library Association Convention

Last Sunday, I attended the American Library Association conference at the enormous convention hall in Orlando. For one hour, I greeted librarians and signed books at the Sisters in Crime booth. Once my stint finished, and I’d given away all 32 cop...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Jul 1, 2016

Book Project Update

Halfway through the year, we should evaluate our status regarding the goals we’ve set for ourselves. Back in January, I listed these objectives for the year. I divided them into Writing Goals and Career Goals. Think about doing this if you’re an...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Jun 17, 2016

Why Facebook Is My Dream Publicist

Today’s post is written by Connie Hertzberg Mayo. I have Luddite tendencies, yearning for the days when people read newspapers and did needlepoint by the fire after dinner. Yet I’ll be posting a link to this article on Facebook, grateful for...
by Write It Sideways on Jun 15, 2016

Pirates and Pirating

We have seafaring pirates, and we have book pirates. Let’s talk about the former type first. Last weekend, my husband and I went to an exhibit at Plantation Historical Museum about Florida pirates. The seas off the coast of Florida have seen many s...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Jun 9, 2016

Five Stages of Writing

Writing a book these days has five stages. It used to be that you wrote the book, polished your work, and submitted it to a publisher. Then you were done, except for edits, proofreading your ARCs, and some promotion. Now you have many more choices in...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on May 31, 2016

Reviving Your Backlist Titles – Production, Part 2

Step 5 Production—Cover Design, Formatting, Uploads Cover Design Decide if you’re going to use stock cover art or hire a designer. I recommend hiring a professional cover artist. You’ll have many things to consider, such as: · Placement, size,...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on May 12, 2016

Reviving Your Backlist Titles – Production, Part 1

Step 5 – Production—Front and Back Materials Continuing our series on reviving your backlist titles, you’ll want to add front and back materials to your manuscript. What should this include? Front Materials Minimize the front end of things...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on May 10, 2016

Reviving Your Backlist Titles – Legalities

Continuing our series about reviving your backlist titles, consider how and where you want to publish these titles. Do you intend to put them into the Kindle Select program exclusive to Amazon? Do you wish to put them up yourself at the various vendo...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on May 3, 2016

Reviving Your Backlist Titles–Legalities

Continuing our series about reviving your backlist titles, consider how and where you want to publish these titles. Do you intend to put them into the Kindle Select program exclusive to Amazon? Do you wish to put them up yourself at the various vendo...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on May 3, 2016

Reviving Your Backlist Titles – Updating the Work

You’d like to reissue your backlist titles now that you have the rights back, and you already have a complete digital file as in my previous post. So now what? Are you going to upload the file as is, or will you be revising the work? I wanted to fi...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Apr 21, 2016

Reviving Your Backlist Titles – Manuscript Preparation

Once you get the rights back to your earlier titles, what do you do with them? Try to resell these books to a new publisher? Put them online as ebooks for sale? Offer them in a new trade paperback print edition? Go through an intermediary such as Dra...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Apr 18, 2016

Writers Conference on Cruise Ship

Cruise with your Muse aboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas. Fun-in-the-Sun Conference sponsored by Florida Romance Writers. Join us to see the beautiful blue seas of Cozumel with Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Hoyt and Special Guest Speaker...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Apr 14, 2016

Selling Your Book to Hollywood

Brad Markowitz, a Los Angeles-based writer/producer and consultant, spoke at a meeting of the Florida Chapter of MWA on “How to Sell Your Book to the World of Movies and TV.” Here are the notes I distilled from his informative talk. Interviewer i...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Mar 22, 2016


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