I currently have the #1 book on the Kindle charts in Australia, and I don’t know why. But whatever the reason, it’s very, very cool.
I thought it might be interesting to readers to see how a book cover is designed. Here is the evolution of the cover of The Bubble Gum Thief. The title of the book sounds like a kids story, so the cover had to make it clear that it was not.
My publisher, Thomas & Mercer, is fantastic about seeking input from their authors, taking suggestions and changes, and making sure the author is pleased with the result. You can click on the images to get my thoughts about each design.
Books by the Banks, the region’s premier book festival, brings literature to life through programs and activities for all ages. Books by the Banks is free and open to the public. Attendees can meet local and nationally known authors and illustrators and purchase autographed copies of their work. The Cincinnati area has a long history as a community that appreciates and values books and reading, annually earning distinction as one of “America’s Most Literate Cities.” Books by the Banks embraces the region’s love for literature, books, and reading. Books by the Banks inaugural event was held November 3, 2007, at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. In 2014, Books by the Banks will debut outdoors on the Ohio riverbanks with anticipated 10,000 attendees and numerous local partners.
Books by the Banks takes place Saturday, October 12, at the Duke Convention Center. It’s free. And I’ll be there from 10 am to 4 pm, signing books and talking to fans, or if no one wants to talk to me or have me sign anything, sitting alone, pretending to attend to important matters on my phone, quietly sobbing.
Early this morning, The Bubble Gum Thief hit #66 on the Kindle charts, a new US high. (It made it to #2 in the UK, and #7 in France.). Does this mean I am now a rich and successful author? No. But it means that more people will be reading my book, and that’s fantastic.
You can get The Bubble Gum Thief through the Amazon Local app for only $1 during this special promotion.
Bouchercon 2013 is in Albany, New York from September 19-22. I have two events lined up at the conference:
1. On Saturday (the 21st), between 1:50-2:45, I’ll be participating on a panel in Room 4 entitled “Don’t Worry Baby-Trust Me I’m an Author (telling lies for a living).”
2. I have an “Author’s Choice Session” earlier that day, between 11:30 and noon, in Room 5. In these sessions, authors can talk about whatever they want. Now I just need to decide what I want to talk about.
I’ll generally be around throughout the conference, in the unlikely event that anyone wants me to sign a book or anything.
Still hanging with some good company in France.
It’s been a nice day for The Bubble Gum Thief in France. #1 Mystery & Thriller, #1 book in English, Peaked at #7 overall in the Kindle ebook store.
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Me, speaking.Thanks to friend Carol Ritz for the photo.
My four year old son told me to bring this truck to the debut author panel because he thought everyone would like it. He is full of great advice.