Currently Reading

Reading Trails in the Sand by P.C. Zick. It’s about an environmental reporter, and it connects the BP oil rig explosion and spill with the West Virginia mine explosion using an interesting family story. Well-written novel. It also has turtles in it, so how can you resist?


Indie Authors Need Reviews is a great place to advertise your ebook, if your book has a lot of reviews. Just learned that yesterday. So now the strategy is to get reviews. Anyone who purchases my book  Fugue in C Minor (it is available on Kindle at, please post a review there and at It really helps indie authors when readers post reviews.

There are lots of places to market a free ebook, but then the author doesn’t get paid.


Cover for Fugue in C Minor

Bardes Background as JPG

This is what the cover looks like now for Fugue in C Minor. Ginormous thanks to David Bardes for the background image. It was very cold, extremely windy, and a bit on the cliffy side when he took this and many other shots. He was practically lying on his back about three feet from a 50-foot drop-off when he shot this.

Let me know what you think!

You Know It’s Right

Got up early yesterday, motivated the wife and kids to get ready and leave by 7:30 or so. Drove through the Columbia River Gorge without checking the weather report, which would have said mix of rain and snow until late morning. Saw mix of rain and snow. Didn’t see any bald eagles.Got a text from Photo-Artiste David Bardes that the eagle had landed, and that it was kind of windy.

Arrived at Stonehenge replica in Maryhill, Washington a little late. It was still only a few degrees above freezing. And it was not kind of windy. It was pre-hurricaning! I’ll bet the sustained winds were 40 miles per hour, and the gusts got to 75 or so. Almost knocked me over once.

The kids loved Stonehenge. But they were back in the car after ten minutes. What I noticed was that the wind was almost down to nothing inside the circle. The howling was weird, creepy in a cool way. But the echo was totally absent. I had been Jonesing for some echo. Must have been the wind.

David got some incredible photos for the cover of Fugue in C Minor. The wife and kids wanted to stop at Casa el Mirador for lunch, so I had to eat there for a second time in a weekend (score!).

It was a pretty good day.


I’m meeting photo-artiste David Bardes this weekend at Stonehenge (the replica in Washington state) to get some more shots we can possibly use on the cover of Fugue in C Minor.

Places to Market eBooks

I picked up a couple of things from Writer’s Cafe’ at Kindle Boards. A lot of people talk about free promotions, where you list your ebook as free of charge for up to five days on Kindle, and as large numbers of people download it, its “fame” picks up, and the author tends to get a certain number of incidental sales after the free promotion. I was seeing figures something this: for every 5,000 copies given away, the author tended to get maybe 500-700 sales. It seemed to work for a lot of people, but a better way appears to be using sites like Bookbub to promote a discounted book, and build some real excitement and readership that way. An idea one writer mentioned was to buy the ad from Bookbub when you have two or more books on Kindle, so that your other titles get residual sales from people buying your new title. They’re there anyway, so some buy your other books. Brilliant.

One thing the Writer’s Cafe’ authors talk about at length is getting reviews. So when you read a book by an indie author, please provide them with a review on, and/or other places where people buy indie books.

And thanks!

Help for Self-Published Authors

Joined the Kindle Boards today so I can talk with other writers in the Writer’s Cafe’. It’s good to see who is making money, who is just starting out, and who is mentoring others.