Friday, August 14, 2009

I never knew it was this easy.

Like most authors, I'm always looking for new ways to get the word out about my books--and increase sales.

Fortunately, I receive Publishers Lunch, which is sort of an insider's look at the publishing industry. They sell ad space across the top of the email, and today's ad says:

Authors - Want To Make Your Book An Instant Bestseller?

Discover how on free telephone seminar Tuesday, August 18th

Want to find out how one author made her book an,
Barnes & Noble and New York Times Bestseller? Join us Tuesday,
August 18th for a free telephone seminar and discover the ingenious,
yet simple "bestseller blueprint" you can use to sell more books in
a week than most authors sell all year. It works for all types of
books and costs almost nothing to implement. On the call, you'll
hear from four authors who've used it to make their books bestsellers
and one who sold $184,256.00 of copies at zero cost!


That sounds great. I will be a famous bestselling author in no time, I'm sure.

Some people might think phrases like "instant bestseller" and "costs almost nothing" would be warning signs, but not me!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

If I were writing another Blanco County novel....

Police: Man used deer antlers in north Austin fight

11:39 AM CDT on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 Staff

A man faces aggravated assault charges in connection with an incident using an unusual weapon.

According to an arrest affidavit, Randy Keith Carlson, 43, is accused of attacking another man with deer antlers.

Witnesses reported that Carlson and another man were arguing when Carlson began attacking the other man with the antlers on Monday afternoon. The fight ended when an officer pulled up on the scene on Rutland Drive.

According to court documents, the ends of the antlers had been sharpened.

Bond was set at $25,000.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Good signing in Junction

I haven't been doing many events this year, but I had a good time speaking with folks at the Kimble County Library in Junction nine days ago. They laughed at my lame jokes and asked plenty of good questions. Plus...cookies. Cookies are always a bonus.

One couple—Dale and Connie Copeland—drove all the way from Hearne, which is about 190 miles from Junction. They sent me this photo yesterday. Thanks, Copelands!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

A couple of my recent hummingbird photos