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February 10, 2015

Who is your favorite suspense novelist?

Part of learning to write well is reading good books by successful authors in your genre.

Here’s a list of some of the top writers who create suspense to keep you flipping pages well into the night.  Who’s your favorite?

Mary Higgins Clark     http://www.maryhigginsclark.com/

Nora Roberts  http://www.noraroberts.com/

Dean R Koontz  http://www.deankoontz.com/

Stephen King  http://stephenking.com/

James Patterson  http://www.jamespatterson.com/

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December 8, 2014

I didn’t finish Nanowrimo – am I a failure?

First of all, congratulations to all those writers who conquered and won the Nanowrimo 50,000 word challenge.  I salute you!

I chose a WIP (“Summer at Birch Beach”) this year.  I had about two thirds of it written in a very rough draft.  I thought I would use Nano to not only finish the rough draft but also begin working on an amazing revision.  After the month was up, I would have a new manuscript to shop around.  Needless to say, after about a week, and 8859 words, my Nano writing got detailed.

Since I didn’t finish Nano, am I a failure?  If you didn’t finish, are you?

Let’s look at what I did accomplish during November:

  • Secured a contract with a new publisher for my suspense novel, “When Love Won’t Die”
  • Finished the second act of a full length melodrama play for my acting class
  • Wrote lyrics, music and accompaniment for two original songs for the melodrama
  • Started final revisions on my sequel, “Amorous Obsession”
  • Wrote a synopsis for the back of the print version of my book
  • Wrote a query letter for my sequel

I may not have managed the 50,000 word goal on “Summer at Birch Beach” but I wrote every day.  The melodrama script had to be finished by December 1st so the students could begin learning their lines, blocking scenes and singing new songs.  I had to do a small revision for my new publisher so that I could get my book up before Christmas.  And now that my suspense novel is available again, that inspired me to work on the sequel.

So…I did NOT win Nanowrimo.

But I did win the writing battle.

If you didn’t complete the 50,000 word journey of Nanowrimo this year, you aren’t a failure.  Just signing up and giving it a try deserves a high five.  You did write.  You do have a word count.  Now…keep going!  It will pay off.

To purchase “When Love Won’t Die” in ebook Kindle format OR in print, go to:

http://www.amazon.com/When-Love-Wont-Jacqueline-McMahon/dp/1987854012/ref=asap_B0056TVHO8_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418047723&sr=1-1

October 11, 2014

The Collapse of my digital publisher – what should I do?

During the summer, my digital publisher of my suspense novel, When Love Won’t Die, disappeared. The website disappeared. Messages to the CEO (both phone and email) unanswered. My book vanished from Amazon, B&N, RRP and all the other sites where it was being sold.

Still no correspondence from the publisher and no formal announcement as to the status of the company.

My contract states that if the website goes down for anything other than technical reasons and if the publisher appears to no longer be in business, then all rights revert back to the author…me.

So what to do next?

What do my loyal readers think I should do?

1. Query agents
2. Re-sub my book to other publishers
3. Self-publish my original book and query agents and/or
publishers for my sequel and other suspense novel?
4. Hold off until I hear something from my publisher

I’d love to hear what you think as I continue to ponder my next steps.

October 31, 2013

Hallowe’en’s a great time to read a suspense novel

What better time of year than Hallowe’en to read something scary?

When Love Won’t Die, my suspense novel, will keep your lights on well into the night.

It’s a quick, page-turning read, available online at the following sites:

http://www.amazon.ca/When-Love-Wont-Die-ebook/dp/B004AYD6YE

http://www.amazon.com/When-Love-Wont-Jacqueline-McMahon-ebook/dp/B004AYD6YE

http://redrosepublishing.com/books/product_info.php?products_id=649

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-love-wont-die-jacqueline-mcmahon/1026475808?ean=9781604357837

March 5, 2012

Reviews of WHEN LOVE WON’T DIE

I’m looking for reviews of my adult suspense novel, “When Love Won’t Die”. If you’ve already read the book, please post a short review either in my comments section OR at Amazon.com on my book page: http://www.amazon.com/When-Love-Wont-Die-ebook/dp/B004AYD6YE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330989772&sr=8-1

June 7, 2011

E-book format: Does this mean self-published? NO!

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I’ve had this topic on my mind for a while now as I continue to see and hear comments that if it’s an e-book, it was self-published.

The e-book format does lend itself to self-publishing, for obvious reasons:

  • cheaper to reproduce than print books
  • quicker turnaround time
  • digital books are becoming more popular
  • invention of the e-reader
  • portability (can carry an entire library of books with you in one small device)

But I’m frustrated that the general assumption is that if one has published an e-book, then it must be self-published.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.

More and more new publishers (as well as some of the big houses) are developing and offering e-books.  For first-time authors trying to break into the business, this is great news.  Because an e-book doesn’t cost as much to reproduce as a print book, e-publishers may be more willing to contract a new writer who doesn’t yet have agent representation.  That doesn’t mean your manuscript can be less than amazing.  E-publishers offering contracts are going to be just as diligent about publishing books that have engaging characters, page-turning plots and brilliant writing.  Many e-publishers also do publish books that have generated a decent amount of sales into print versions.

Here are some e-pubs who offer contracts, editing, cover designs, ISBNs, royalties and the chance to be seen and read by the millions of people already enjoying downloading books onto their Kindle or iPad rather than lugging around yet another paperback in their purse or backpack…

http://www.redrosepublishing.com

http://www.echelonpress.com/

http://www.literaryroad.com/index.php

http://museituppublishing.com/

http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/about.html

http://www.synergebooks.com/aboutus.html

http://whiskeycreekpress.com/submissions.shtml

http://lionhearted.com/index.html

This list is just a sampling of the different e-book publishers actively pursuing manuscripts at the current time. 

As with any submission, make sure to do your research on any publisher you choose to target before sending off your query and your manuscript.  Follow any submission guidelines to the letter.  Check out the types of books published to see if what you have written fits into the publisher’s catalogue and style.

E-books are gaining popularity and e-publishers are an excellent way to break into the traditional publishing business.

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