What’s with the free books?

One of the things people often ask indie authors has to do with book pricing. They wanna know what’s with all the free books. The thought is that if an author sells a book for $.99 or (gasp) gives it away for free, it’s because they don’t think the story is worth much. But that…

Top Three Ways to Make Editors Love You!

Editors, one of the most important ingredients in a professional writer’s career. Whether you’re traditionally published or an indie author, working with an editor is part of every author’s life. So here I present, for your reading pleasure, The Top Three Ways to Make Editors Love You! 1. Edit Yourself: One of the biggest mistakes…

Horror & Cozy Mysteries: The Common Denominator

If I had to pick 2 of my favorite genres to read & write that would be horror (NOT of the Saw variety) and cozy mysteries. These are two genres that seem completely different. On the one hand you have some supernatural force strutting it’s diabolical stuff all over town and wreaking havoc, on the…

VIrginia Festival of the Book

Super excited today to go to the Virginia Festival of the Book! Tonight I’ll be at a panel featuring a brilliant urban fantasy author, Kim Harrison (http://www.kimharrison.net/). I’m going to miss tomorrow for a road trip to Raleigh, but love this time of the year. As the weather warms up, the book festivals and conferences…

New England Crime Bake

 So I’ve done it! I’ve registered for the New England Crime Bake in November! This will be the first mega conference I’ve been to since the 2007 RT. That was a great experience because I not only went, but I got to be on 2 panels. Since restarting my writing career as Heather Elizabeth King…

Cozy Mysteries

Why am I posting a pic of Lorna Barrett’s, Murder is Binding? Because the book is fantastic and because my current WIP is a Cozy Mystery. I’ve loved cozies for a years, now. There’s nothing like a good mystery on a cold day..on a rainy day…on a sunny day! You can even find cozies on…

The art of marketing

One thing I’m focused on learning and mastering is Marketing. Yes, I know I capitalized Marketing. It’s so important to the success of any business venture that I can’t help but capitalize it. Without excellent Marketing, businesses fail. And so do books (if you’re looking to make money and your book doesn’t sell, that’s a financial failure. Although, the…

I want to be published…what should I do?

Once an author becomes a published author there’s one question we’re always asked and it goes something like this, “I’m writing a novel right now; what should I do to get it published?” If I had a dollar for every time I was asked that question I’d be rolling in the money!! lol Since published…