Frank had it all figured out: a few under-the-the table money transfers, a new identity, and a plan to live out his retirement years a self-made man. He would have succeeded too, if it weren’t for an untimely surprise. Instead, he wakes up in a hospital to find that a couple of his coworkers have…Continue
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Rebellious teen Robin "Robbie" Willette thinks her life sucks.
Her grades aren't the greatest. Her dad hates her "older" boyfriend. And her mom keeps Robbie on a short leash after her straight A, perfect, older sister gets pregnant and has a baby. As the tension builds in her family,…
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Please check out my latest powerhouse novel, DROP OUT. It’s Kindle Fire Department’s Book of the Day! Thanks.
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I recently received my ninth unsolicited review for DROP OUT ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005FX0K7U ) on Amazon and I am quite pleased with the five star rating and comment. It seems the book is really having an impact on people. I’ve been getting fan email (for the first time) and reading a lot of discussions on…Continue
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Attention writers looking to book promotions for their novels or are considering paying for one or more of the thousands of marketing opportunities out there, watch out for booksandauthors.com. They solicited me without my having any previous knowledge of them and I decided to try it. I know, I know, at this point I should have been smart enough to know better.
Having had a particularly bad sales day, their…Continue
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I was asked the other day if I thought I was a successful author. Instead of a simple yes or no answer, I found myself rather perplexed by the question. If by definition a successful author supports themselves wholly by their craft, then the answer is no. If by definition a successful author is one who has legions of fans and gets world-wide recognition, then the answer is no. If by definition a successful author is one who enjoys the writing process, the…Continue
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Well, the bookgorilla promotion for SILENT INVASION didn’t go as well as it had for DROP OUT, but I still got down to the 5,000 rank on Amazon. I’ve come to believe that the majority of book buyers who purchase a book because of an ad on a website are older readers compared to the middle-grade/YA readers. I’ve always done fairly well on promotions for my thrillers, but my other genres seem to mostly sell by word-of-word.
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When two young men get lost in Alaska’s mountainous wilderness, they slowly begin to die of exposure. As their senses become numb, they become aware of a third man traveling with them at times, and are too disoriented to make contact. When the two young men collapse in exhaustion and…Continue
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Travis Coble didn’t kill and eat his family. At least that’s what a jury decided twenty years ago. But like Lizzie Borden, Travis Coble was branded guilty by an angry public and consigned to a life of suspicious whispers and sidelong stares. Now, Professor Dick Myers…Continue
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I’m back from vacation and for the first time that I can remember I got absolutely no writing done. I always vacation in the Florida Keys and I always spend many hours sitting by the water creating, but this time I didn’t. Why?
I used to be obsessed with hitting the big-time with my books. I dreamed that I’d be that one percent of one percent of writers who actually earn a living from their craft. I spent…Continue
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All over the world, 8-foot-by-12-foot sections of brick wall appear out of nowhere and zoom along, striking things in their paths. Cars are wrecked, property is damaged, and many people are killed. What is causing this strange phenomenon? Who is behind it? Can the madman…Continue
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Lucia is a voluptuous beauty, so who could imagine she would fall for Happy Jack, a middle-aged gambler and racketeer, with a wife and children? But fall she does, into a relationship going nowhere. After 20 years, his wife has died, and Jack is free to marry again.…Continue
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Changing racial perceptions in the tumultuous 1960s brings conflict to a rural Southern family. A short story.
About Author Augusta Trobaugh:
Augusta Trobaugh is a native Southerner…Continue
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He was the rising star of psychoanalysis, an intimate associate of Anna Freud and Kurt Eissler, a member of the Freudian “inner circle” with unrestricted access to the Freud Archives. And then Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson threw it all away because he dared to break the psychoanalytic…Continue
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Denise is taking her son to a fete; her ex Chris is taking his daughter too. Thrown together when the kids decide to spend the day together, Denise and Chris confront their feelings for one another, and about last weekend. A short story.
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After just 24 hours my novel DROP OUT went from #285,000 on Amazon to #4,000. As of this post it's at about #6,000. What an exciting ride to watch the numbers go up on a minute by minute basis. I hope everyone can get a chance to take a look at it. It may just change your perspective.
He’s a master of disguises… but he can’t mask true love.
Spymaster Harry Harmon’s new assignment is to spy on enemies at a country house party. To do that, he’ll require a courtesan: learned, truthful, and beautiful…
Poor, sensible, smart…Continue
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Two years ago, after amicably parting ways with my literary agent of four years, I decide to take destiny into my own hands and publish my books in eformat. I had a huge collection of completed and professionally edited novels and decided that publishing one every three months seemed feasible. So, that’s what I did.
Little did I know I was on the cusp of an indie publishing revolution. My books were available at the right time, for the right audience, and at the…Continue
Added by Neil D Ostroff on April 4, 2013 at 2:21pm — No Comments
Been working hard on my latest manuscript (still untitled) though the Easter weekend did muff up my writing schedule a bit. I also have a big promotion coming up for DROP OUT on April 4th with KND’s new Book Gorilla newsletter. I paid extra to be on the premier front page and be exposed to @ 20,000 opt-in readers. Will it be profitable? I guess we’ll see. I need to sell 150 books to recoup the cost.
I’m also trying a new promotion with a site called…Continue
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