Whenever someone bought any of my books I told them I’d appreciate a review on Amazon. Not that many did. Amazon reviews are important for new writers as the company circulates an author’s book more as reviews come in, good or bad. So I was doing okay with reviews getting posted. Amazon discovered there zillions of phony reviews on their site and came up with a new Amazon review policy. I even posted my Goodreads reviews on Amazon even though I bought the book at Chapters or got it from the library. Now, Amazon will only post reviews if you bought the book from them. That is bad news for me. So if you’ve posted a review on my books I’d appreciated you reposting it on Goodreads. Or better, buy another book through Amazon.
The Arthur Ellis Crime Awards are for Canadian crime authors and have a few categories for entries. I spoke with a small Calgary publisher over a year ago who said she’d take all my juvenile stories, but I think she got busy and forgot all about me as she has her own series that she does crazy marketing on, so I’m submitting mine around. Kids and adults are saying Voodoo Bully is a very good juvenile story, so I figured on putting it up against others. It has plenty of crime in it, from killing cats to extortion of public officials to pollution. I looked at the entries so far and I think I have a good chance. Arthur Ellis, if you’ve got any decency, pick my story.
Archie’s Gold is going into the Alberta Writers Guild awards, pretty quick. The story was accepted by Tundra Books years ago but cut after two years. I entered The Far Bank in that Guild contest years ago and one judge said it had poor placement of 42 commas. Another said my characters shouldn’t be mocking the town drunk (the boys threw him a donut). The third judge LOVED IT! So that’s what I’m dealing with. The Guild is heavy on literary writing.
WriterPalooza is ready to roll on Nov.10th at the Beaumont library 6-10 pm. I will continue with my book launch for FINAL RESPONSE there. I have 10 or so books left. I’ll also be selling and signing my young reader novels. Every fall, Alberta Culture Days promotes artist stuff and I was in the one in Beaumont with Diane Tolley. We were overwhelmed by the visual artists there and I think she sold one book of her many. We were also promoting the anthology MOB HIT ON MY GRANDMOTHER’S DOG where we have short stories. Maybe three people came to our table. So I suggested to Andrea who is the library events coordinator that authors should have their own night and she came up with WriterPalooza. I’ve rounded up 8 local authors to appear as well. I couldn’t attract a few others who have books such as K.C. or Christine or Heather. So, we’ll see if Beaumont is interested in authors.
I’m presently working on OLD FLAMES final tweak for Bookkus . It doesn’t really need much but….I can’t stop fooling with it. Like Paul McCartney said about his old tunes that he’d go back and add a bit of horns here, less bass there, a choir maybe here….
I would appreciate if any of you have read FINAL RESPONSE to post a review on Amazon.com. FINAL RESPONSE reviews are needed to help promote by book. You only have to post 25 words. I only have 9 so far on Amazon and 16 on Goodreads. The ratio of books sold to reviews is quite low.
I’ll be doing a school reading for young readers in Oct. of one of my young reader novels. Beth McCormick, a teacher at Landsdowne school in Edmonton was impressed with my work and asked me to come out during READ IN week. For Grade 5 and 6 kids. I gave her a copy of Voodoo Bully. Hope it doesn’t scare her off. She’s going to order one of my six and then study it for a few weeks. I enter the class and feel intimidated by all the subtle things I didn’t purposely write, you know, hidden meanings and such. For the school readings I’d choose Voodoo Bully or The Far Bank
My first firefighter novel in paperback FINAL RESPONSE is getting great reviews on Amazon and I am featured in the Edmonton Journal books section. FINAL RESPONSE gets some press, too, in the form of a pic of the book cover.
I have to say my Calgary book signing tour was a success. I hung around two Calgary Chapters stores and sold quite a few copies of FINAL RESPONSE. The Signal Hill Rd. store is keeping a few on hand as well.
Then, on the way home, I stumbled upon the secret giant marshmallow farm. The crop is ripe and ready for harvest, just in time for long weekend campfires. People say Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was bullshit, but I’m not so sure now since I found this.
Happy Saskatchewan Day! They named the ‘civic’ holiday. FINAL RESPONSE my first ever book signings in Saskatoon went well at McNally Robinson (classy, stylized store) and Chapters ( a large store). McNally Robinson even put an advert in the paper for the signing. Both stores kept a few copies to sell. Krista @ Chapters wants to carry all my young reader books as well. So it all went exceedingly well. FINAL RESPONSE will be carried at both stores. Thank you Hellen @ McNally Robinson. People like talking to a firefighter, even an extinguished one like me who actually knows how to pronounce ‘exceedingly’. There were a group of firefighters outside the bookstore at Chapters and the captain bought a copy. Then Gloria, her sister, and I put on our dancing shoes and dropped into Danceland at Manitou Beach to cut a rug on the horse hair dance floor under a grand full moon.