Author Solutions Steps Up Global Expansion, Penguin Random House Integration

Danielle Lenee Davis:

Writer beware. Don’t be the next victim!

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

PRHGrupoASIPenguin Random House is speeding up the international expansion of its vanity press operations, while also seeking to integrate them more closely with the traditional side of the business – hoping to counteract flat growth for Author Solutions at a time when self-publishing is booming.

Author Solutions launches a new self-publishing service company for the Spanish market next Tuesday – MeGustaEscribir – which contains the usual mix of crappy publishing packages and ineffective, overpriced marketing services, as well as some extremely questionable practices such as reading fees (more on that below).

The way the Author Solutions scam typically operates is detailed exhaustively in this post, but here’s a brief summary.

How Author Solutions Squeezes Newbie Writers

Customers are captured through a variety of deceptive means – such as fake “independent” websites which purport to review all the self-publishing options available to writers (but only compare the various Author Solutions…

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Got questions for me, Sydney, Mac, or Bernie?

Dear Readers,

Just a short note. I’ll now be taking reader questions via the ‘Got Questions‘ form available on the menu. The questions will be answered in one of the upcoming issues of my newsletter, Danielle’s News.

Questions for Sydney will be answered in Sydney’s Corner, a column which will be authored by our very own Detective Sydney Valentine.  It should be fun! Don’t miss out!

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Cover reveals, contests, pre-release chapters, and book news!

Hey, everybody! Sydney here. I want to let you know Danielle is starting a newsletter! She’s going to keep you up-do-date on her books and what’s going on in her life. You won’t find out super personal stuff, like how much she weighs. BUT, you’ll be an insider on lots of other things. Trust me, it will be worth it. It’s funny, when people say ‘trust me’, you usually shouldn’t. That’s not the case here. I promise.

Would you like to get the first few chapters of her books before they’re released? I know I would! What would it mean to you to get a look at book covers before anyone else? There will also be contests that only newsletter subscribers will hear about.

MoneyGave_300x200She’ll also write about people who’ve overcome tough odds in their lives. Of course, there will be something on crime, punishment, and justice. I love that part!

Now, here’s the best thing I like about this  deal. I’m getting my own column! Yes, I am. I’ll do some book reviews and opinion pieces about something going on in the news that interests me. My book reviews may be similar to the one I did here in April 2014 when I hijacked borrowed this blog.  If you haven’t read it,  check it out. I may or may not reveal the title of the book. If I don’t tell you the title is it still a review? Whatever. I think you’ll enjoy it anyway. You’ll be able to ask me questions and I’ll answer them in my column. I hope you’ll be interested in Danielle’s News and Sydney’s Corner!

Remember, you won’t get to enjoy any of this if you don’t sign up for Danielle’s News. This is separate from following the blog.

Sydney Valentine, Detective – Sansansolita Police Department

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A shooting a mother and her baby…

Danielle Lenee Davis:

Don (of All Trades) has a way with words. He can make you feel like you were ‘there’, tug your heartstrings, or have you laughing out loud all in the same post. That’s not what’s happening here though. If he ever writes a novel he’ll have a reader in me! :)

You’ve got to read his latest post.

Originally posted on don of all trades:

The intersection of Vandeventer and St. Louis Avenue isn’t in my district.

I am not subject to calls that come out in that area, but my car had a tire that was running low on air.

I told the dispatcher that I was going to the police garage to have the tire filled and I put my mic into my bag. I was out of service now so I could relax for a little bit and enjoy the trip to the garage without having to worry about another call coming my way for a few minutes. I cranked up Billy Joel’s Piano Man and headed south on Vandeventer.

As is often the case with the best laid plans of a police officer, my relaxing drive was interrupted, almost immediately.

An officer in the adjacent district heard shots fired nearby. He was on the scene almost immediately.

A more veteran officer…

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Meanwhile, just outside of ferguson…

Danielle Lenee Davis:

Don,

I’m so glad you posted this. Like Barb, I’ve been wondering how you were doing. I hope it works out the way it’s supposed to.

Take care everybody. Be safe!

Originally posted on don of all trades:

I followed a trail of blood up the concrete steps as Deja vu overtook my thoughts.

I’d been here before, just a few short months ago, doing the same exact thing, following a trail of blood to an open front door.

As was the case then, on this night there had been another call for shots fired heard coming from the street.

A trail of blood, an open door and no body to be found.

Just like last time, the person was taken to the hospital by a friend, so we wait to hear from the hospital when they make their mandatory call about somebody coming into the emergency room with bullets in their body.

As I was checking the house for another injured or dead person, I couldn’t help but notice that the house was exactly as it had been before.

There was no furniture in the living room…

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SEE NO EVIL gets a new cover!

I had a new cover created for my short story, See No Evil. Thank you, Deborah, of Tugboat Design! Even though it’s a short story, I still wanted it to coordinate with The Protector cover. As much as I enjoy creating covers, I just didn’t have time to do it myself. Deborah did a great job. :-)See-No-Evil---web_250x401
A baby is abducted from her crib in broad daylight. The baby is the child of Detective Sydney Valentine’s friends. Who took her? And why?

This short story is 3546 words. The first two chapters of The Protector: A Sydney Valentine Mystery are included.

 

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Guest Post: Top Productivity Tools All Writers Should Know About

Danielle Lenee Davis:

Shannon posted about top productivity tools for writers. Take a look!

Originally posted on Shannon A Thompson:

Shannon, here, for a quick introduction. A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Robert Morris from Ninja Essays. He wanted me to see the info graph Top Writing Tools of Famous Authors, and I am beyond grateful that he showed it to me. It is amazing. Seriously. Check it out by clicking here. But – onto the next part – I asked him to write a post for you all, and he agreed, so I hope you enjoy his post, Top Productivity Tools All Writers Should Know About.

Top Productivity Tools All Writers Should Know About

For writers, the usage of the Internet can go in two directions: it can either be a great resource for the work they are producing, or it can turn into a black hole that consumes their productivity by luring them with endless distractions. An average writer spends more than 50% of…

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