Monthly Archives: March 2012

Painted Black, the CD

This month is my big local push to contact bookstores and media outlets in the Seattle area.  I am planning to visit some stores, and maybe even libraries, in person to hand out press packets.  I also plan to mail packets to news and other PR sources that aren’t as easy to visit in person.

One thing I decided to include in the press packet is a CD with a watermarked .pdf version of the novel.  I spent some time playing with the CD label maker I have and came up with this design.  What do you think?  I’m kind of pleased with it.  I hope maybe some reviewers and book st0re owners will be, too.

The Prequel

Teach Your Children Well is a manuscript of mine which was originally intended to be the first in the Jo Sullivan suspense series. After way too many rejections, however, I finally moved on to Jo’s next adventure, Painted Black which proved to be a good move on my part since it actually found a home with New Libri Press and is now available in ebook and trade paperback. Someday, maybe the story of Jo’s attempt to help an old highschool crush regain custody of his son will be resurrected in the form of a prequel. In the meantime, enjoy this glimpse at Jo Sullivan in the days before she met Lexie and Cry and a creepy character named Sidney Cole.

via The Prequel « The Writers’ Resources.


Radio Interview at WiseBearBooks

I had a great interview today at Wise Bear Books with Quinn Barrett.  She was a great host and had some really complimentary things to say about Painted Black.  I am really grateful for the opportunity she gave me to share some insights into what went into the making of the novel.

Painted Black is a work of fiction, but the world of prostitution that trapped my character Lexie is real, too real, and too often misunderstood by people who want to blame the victims. I found this blog by someone who knows what it is like to be trapped, used and abused, to feel there is no way out. But her blog shows there CAN BE a way out, that there HAS TO BE.

Overseas Sales

I’ve had some great interview opportunities and interesting visitors to both this site and my author site, which target readers outside of the USA.  WordPress statics from both sites, for instance, show visitors not only from Canada, Australia and the UK, but also from Argentina, Jamaica, the Philippines, Greece, Italy, Russia, Italy, Trinidad and Kenya.  It is exciting to know that people from all over the world have shown an interest in what I’ve written here, and it prompted me to ask my publisher if Painted Black can be purchased outside of the states just in case any of my visitors would like to read it.  Here is what he had to say:

Painted Black is available in eBook form in most of Europe (if you include Apple I think even more than Amazon).  Probably 27 countries.

For print, certainly people in the U.K. and most of Europe could buy it.  Although U.K. is not part of the monetary union, it is part of the general union, making most things in one county available in another (print). For ebooks, U.K. is by far the largest non-U.S. market.   Amazon and Apple have “stores” in a number of European countries. Although I think Apple may be limited it to 5 European countries for now.

Print books are also available fairly easily in parts of South America.  Ingram/Lightning source has a print presence in three or four areas.  I don’t remember what Australia’s market is, but eBooks are available there.   Most of Asia is not covered, but I would have to double check what Apple’s coverage is.

Kobo has acquired a company and become more global so it is possible that Kobo orders could be placed elsewhere also.

It would be interesting to see if people from other countries can find Painted Black for purchase via online stories like Amazon and Apple and Kobo.  If you are in another country, I would love to hear if you tried searching for Painted Black and were able to find a purchase point.  Whether you buy the book or not, if you are able to find it from where you are, please drop me an email or leave a comment here to let me know.