Archive for November, 2010

I took a break from writing to nose around the internet and found out that, on this November 15th, a self-published book had reached the number one spot on the paid Kindle list at  I don’t know if this is the first time that’s happened but, even if it isn’t, congratulations to Stephen Leather on his success.  

I bought the book from — at 99 cents who could resist? — but haven’t had a chance to read it.  Here is a quote from the site:

Jamie Beaverbrook is an English psychologist working for the Los Angeles Police Department. His job – to sort out the insane from the sane, the crazies from the ones who are pretending to be crazy. But Beaverbrook’s life is turned upside down one night when the police find a girl crouched over a man with his throat torn out. The girl has blood on her lips but claims she only found the body. Beaverbrook doesn’t take long to establish that she’s totally sane – but he is forced to face a bigger question. Is she a vampire? And what does she want from him?

I look forward to reading more of Stephen Leather’s books in the future.

Stephen Leather’s Blog



Posted: November 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

A friend told me about fotopedia, a “collaborative photo encyclopedia”, the other day and it seemed like a fabulous idea! I searched on the keyword “cats”, because I love cats, and came up with this picture and thought I’d share. 🙂

powered by Fotopedia

Amanda Hocking

Posted: November 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

Indie author Amanda Hocking just tweeted this:

“Wow. Just did some crazy math: I have sold over 30,000 books in the past 214 days. Prior to 214 days ago, I had never sold a single book.”

Good for her!  

I was just reading an article over at about how Jamine sold about 86,000 copies of his book, 30-Minute Meals, last week.

Philip Stone writes that:

… the biggest high-profile release of the week, George W Bush’s Decision Points (Virgin), sold just 4,300 copies across all editions (3,736 in hardback; 564 in trade paperback) in its first week in UK bookshops, and fails to chart in The Bookseller’s bestseller lists. Its opening-week sale is around one fifth of the 21,069 first-week figure posted by his predecessor Bill Clinton’s My Life (Hutchinson) in 2004. Decision Points was the 77th bestselling hardbook book of the week and falls short, in volume sales terms,  of titles such as Hannah Montana Annual (Egmont) and Ben Collins’ (a.k.a. The Stig) The Man in the White Suit (HarperCollins).

Go Jamie!

Oh My Gosh

Posted: November 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

James Frey and Full Fathom Five.  For the source article click here.

Robin McKinley

Posted: November 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

Another wonderful thing happened yesterday — a lot of good stuff happened yesterday! — I discovered an author who I am sure will become a new favorite, Robin McKinley.  I went to a … not sure what to call it … a Robin McKinley party to celebrate the launch of her new book, Pegasus.  Everyone at the party was fabulous and I had a wonderful time.  We took a picture — a number of them! — that our intrepid organizer is going to post on a blog.  When she emails me the link I’ll try and remember to post it here.

The Hero’s 2 Journeys

Posted: November 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

Yesterday I watched The Hero’s 2 Journeys by Michael Hauge and Christopher Vogler.  Awesome stuff.  Inspiring and helpful.  The visual quality of the video isn’t the best but that wasn’t what I was interested in so it was, at most, a minor irritation. 

As I write this I’m thinking of a story I wrote years ago when I was a teenager and how I felt there was something missing from the climax but I couldn’t pin it down.  I finished the book but something stayed with me, a niggling doubt.  Well, now I think I might know what was wrong.  I had completed the hero’s outer journey, but I had left the inner journey unresolved.  

I can’t recommend these videos highly enough to writers.