Monthly Archives: January 2014

Author Alert: Amazon to begin screening self-published works for commercial viability’s publishing arms CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing will soon be more selective, a la the traditional publishers in New York. Using software that evolved from research by a group of computer scientists from Stony Brook University in New York, … Continue reading

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Amazon Rep’s Advice to Writers: Hire a Professional Editor

Music to my ears: When Thom Kephart, Community Outreach  Manager for, spoke to the Publishers + Writers of San Diego on January 25, he hammered home his most critical bit of advice to authors: Hire a professional editor. “I’ve … Continue reading

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Six Monthiversary: “Dare I Call It Murder?” Still Best-Seller; New Book Coming: “Murder 101”

Six months since the launch of Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss, and it remains highly ranked (#32) on’s Top-Rated Books in Biographies & Memoirs—sitting alongside Mayou Angelou’s Mom & Me & Mom. It’s been … Continue reading

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