There’s an old saying that more than anything the image of the author helps greatly to sell a book. And although I hate to admit it, I wholly believe that is true. For example, if you had two romance authors sitting side by side at a book signing; one is a beautiful woman with slender legs, an hourglass figure, and a face like Aphrodite, and the other looks like a frumpy housewife… which author’s book would you be more interested in reading? Let’s be honest.…Continue
Added by Neil D Ostroff on May 22, 2013 at 3:24pm — No Comments
Please check out my latest powerhouse novel, DROP OUT. It’s Kindle Fire Department’s Book of the Day! Thanks.
Added by Neil D Ostroff on May 21, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
In the ruins of Herculaneum lies the Villa dei Papiri, a sprawling palace once owned by the father-in-law of Julius Caesar. In the 79CE eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the villa and its extensive library were buried and perfectly preserved. Today, they have been partially excavated. The…Continue
Added by Kristen Elise on May 17, 2013 at 12:33pm — No Comments
You may now pre-order The Vesuvius Isotope in paperback form only, right here on this website. This will always be your cheapest option for obtaining the novel, as there's no middle-man to receive a cut of your money. e-books will become available in the next month or…Continue
Added by Kristen Elise on May 16, 2013 at 1:26pm — No Comments
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
Added by Neil D Ostroff on May 13, 2013 at 3:01pm — No Comments
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
Added by Neil D Ostroff on May 9, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
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
Added by Neil D Ostroff on April 29, 2013 at 3:13pm — No Comments
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.
Added by Neil D Ostroff on April 24, 2013 at 3:18pm — No Comments
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
Added by Neil D Ostroff on April 17, 2013 at 3:36pm — No Comments
Great review by author Susan Keefe...
..."The author has an amazing imagination and insight into cyberspace. This book is fast moving and exciting with enough imaginative future technology to keep even the most demanding technophobe happy."
Added by Radford Lee on April 13, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
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.
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
Added by Neil D Ostroff on April 1, 2013 at 2:41pm — No Comments
Article first published as Random House Opens Its Doors to Self-Published Authors, Perhaps on Blogcritics.
Vanity of vanities; all is vanity
With a few famous exceptions,…Continue
New book uses science, history to show gods to be a product of human invention
Dr. Reginald J. Exton, a NASA scientist for five decades, shares clearly and succinctly the evidence that points to the human origin of religions in Make the…Continue
Added by Brian Magee on March 25, 2013 at 9:52am — No Comments
It finally happened. I reached the end of my creative juices on my latest novel. At 25,000 words in, I’ve had enough. The book started well enough. I had a great idea and I feverishly wrote the first draft in under three weeks. I let it sit for a few days while I visited the Jersey Shore and then pulled it back onto the screen anxious and excited to begin the revision process. And then thunk!
Plagued by writer’s block for the last two weeks, I’ve been spending my…Continue
Added by Neil D Ostroff on March 24, 2013 at 2:58pm — No Comments
Spring is here and once again the oncoming nice weather will test my resolve to finish my latest novel. I find it especially difficult to keep focus when it’s a beautiful, sunny seventy-degree day outside. But as an artist I must ignore the temptation to enjoy the outside. When I am working on a first draft (as I’m doing now) I find that I can only concentrate on creating original material when I’m sitting at my desk. Something about that particular space and mindset unlocks my…Continue
Added by Neil D Ostroff on March 21, 2013 at 2:14pm — No Comments
As a prolific writer, I find it hard to take even one day off of working on my craft. In my mind, a day spent not writing is an unfinished day, as if I’d skipped exercising or went to bed without having dinner. But every now and then the unpredictability of life pops in and you have to take time to pause.
This happened to me recently as a family member was suddenly admitted to the hospital. After a long, unproductive week of experiencing torturous writer’s block, I…Continue
Added by Neil D Ostroff on March 15, 2013 at 2:07pm — No Comments
There is a riding wave of enthusiasm and excitement among indie authors that finally, after centuries of struggle, we can now put our books out there on the virtual bookshelf for the world to see and for all eternity. What an incredible concept that a hundred years from now someone might happen upon one of my books and my characters would rise from the ashes of time and thrill a new reader. Or is it?
What is the likelihood that a future individual will happen upon one of my…Continue
Added by Neil D Ostroff on March 8, 2013 at 3:48pm — No Comments