Thursday, March 31, 2011

Why did you write a Korean War novel?

It's a question I am often asked.

It is usually asked by people who don't know me too well, don't know that I have been in Korea for as long as I have, or don't know that from 2000-2003 I was covering Korean War commemoration events in Korea for the Korea Times.

Actually, the book I am working on now, at least a section of Waking up in the Land of the Morning Calm was going to be my debut book, albeit a non-fiction one when I thought about what kind of writing project I could do for the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

All I know is that I just wanted to do something for the 60th anniversary of the conflict and to honor all those who fought and participated in the war as well as their family members. In a way it was my way of saying "thanks" and honoring all veterans and their families.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How to Kill Your Book Sales

What's the quickest and best way to kill your book sales?

Respond to a negative review and then go through an author meltdown of sorts.

It's one thing to air your dirty laundry online; it's another and tragic thing to get into an online pissing contest.

I pity the author who didn't know what she had gotten herself into before it was too late over at Big Al's Books and Pals.

Big Al, you were a class act for the way you handled this author.

What's really interesting is the number of hits this author received on her Amazon page. Well, she's had her Andy Warhol 15 minutes of fame but not what she expected when she took on Big Al and company.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March Madness at Lulu

There's still one week left at Lulu for a 20% discount on War Remains.

Just enter the code SPRINGREAD when checking out.

War Remains featured on Indie Spotlight

I've been waiting for this for over four months and finally today, War Remains is the feature book on Indie Spotlight.

Hoping for some more exposure.

The thing about self-publishing is that you do spend a lot of time promoting your book in every possible way. I wish there were more sites like Indie Spotlight to promote one's book.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Read a good book and support a good cause

For each book sold this month, hardback, paperback, eBook, or PDF, I will donate $1.00 to The March of Dimes.

Now you can read a good story as well as support a very good cause.
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