Perspectives of a Writer and Musician

Issues related to writing, publishing and playing jazz music: One man's muse.
by Al Stevens

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

On the Street Where You Die - just released

Announcement: I just released the first in a series of "soft-boiled" detective novels on the Kindle platform.

From the book's description:

Stanley Bentworth is not all that tough. Previously a homicide cop, he drank his way out of a job and now runs a one-man private eye agency finding people who don’t want to be found. He doesn’t accept tough-guy assignments, calling himself a “soft-boiled detective,” but a recession is on, and business is off, so when a wealthy financier, formerly a mob enforcer, needs an anonymous blackmailer found in a life and death situation, Stanley seizes the chance to earn a fee.

If he fails, the blackmailer outs his client to the wise guys, in which case the client gets a one-way ticket to the landfill, and Stanley risks becoming an unwilling passenger on that ride.

He knows he must not fail, no small feat given that Stanley Bentworth is not all that tough.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

On the Street Where You Die

Just finished uploading this "soft-boiled detective" novel to Kindle. The next job, besides writing the next book, is to get the word out. Conventional wisdom says that there are several approached to publicizing and promoting a new book:
  1. Blog - that's what this is
  2. Social networking - Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
  3. Online discussion groups that address the genre and/or subject matter - Not sure.
  4. Book signing tour - Can't sign an e-book
  5. Send the book to reviewers.
Let's talk about number 4. There are numerous commercial book reviewers who will review books for a fee. Not an option. That's like a paid endorsement. Except the reviewers are celebrities. But there are countless review sites that do not and will not charge. It's difficult to keep up with all the different review policies and submission guidelines. We need to standardize and streamline this process so an author doesn't spend endless days and nights researching reviewers and formatting and emailing advanced reader copies.. Any suggestions?