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Happy Homicides 4: Fall into Crime

Happy Homicides 4: Fall into Crime anthology– A bountiful harvest of 12+ cozy mysteries plus a special bonus file of recipes and craft tips. Regular price 99 cents. Look for my original Bad Hair Day cozy mystery novella, “Haunted Hair Nights.
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Aug 29, 2016

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

Mystery Author Christa Nardi

Let’s welcome Christa Nardi, author of the Cold Creek cozy mystery series.   Why did you choose to write in the mystery genre? As a reader, I’ve always loved mysteries. I am a big fan of cozy mysteries in particular, although I do like roman...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Aug 20, 2016

Procrastination is an Art

If procrastination is an art, than as a writer, I must be at the peak of my career. This summer has challenged my writing goals as I seem to be revising the same books endlessly. No matter how many rounds I do, I always find more words to change. Whe...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Aug 15, 2016

Cover Reveal: Happy Homicides 4

Happy Homicides 4: Fall into Crime — A bountiful harvest of cozy mysteries, plus a special bonus file of recipes and craft tips. Release date: August 29.   TWO-for-One Alert: Buy Happy Homicides 3: Summertime Crime and get Happy Homicides...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Aug 8, 2016

Audiobooks with ACX – Marketing

Audiobooks with ACX – Marketing This is part 5 of my series on Audibooks with ACX. When you get the notice from ACX that your audiobook is ready, go to Audible, Amazon, and iTunes and get the buy links and/or affiliate codes. Add these links, y...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Jul 25, 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

Recent Mystery Reads

These are some cozies I’ve enjoyed reading in the past month or two. I hope you’ll share some titles in the comments, too! Flourless to Stop Him by Nancy J. Parra (Mystery) This installment in the “A Baker’s Treat” mystery series has Toni H...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Jul 15, 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

Disney Springs

Disney Springs has opened the Lime parking garage and the town center since our last visit. We enjoyed strolling around the new shopping area and eating lunch at the burger place. Lots of other new restaurants have yet to open. I’m eager for the Fl...
by Nancy's Notes From Florida on Jun 30, 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

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 – 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


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