Two Powerful Editing Tools for The Smarter Novel Writer

Today, I’m wearing my Fictionary CEO hat and sharing an awesome offer we’ve put together with ProWritingAId.

Fictionary and ProWritingAid — Two powerful editing tools that work beautifully together for just $99 (a $260 value).

  • Fictionary makes story editing a breeze.
  • ProWritingAid ensures your writing is clear and polished.

Until May 29th, get annual subscriptions to both Fictionary ($200) and ProWritingAid Premium ($60) for just $99.

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The ProWritingAid Team Loves Fictionary!

Read their great app review here..


What if I’m already a ProWritingAid Premium user and just want to buy Fictionary?

We’ve got you covered. Click here to get 1-year of just Fictionary for $89 (reg. $200) with coupon code PWA89.


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ProWritingAid: Grammar Guru & Style Editor

In case this is your first introduction, ProWritingAid is an online grammar guru and style editor.

Exceptional writing depends on much more than just correct grammar. You need an editing tool that also highlights style issues and compares your writing to the best writers in your genre. ProWritingAid does this.

Read our review and see how ProWritingAid Premium works within Fictionary. You can perform a story edit and polish your words all in one place.

ProWritingAid Premium: All of ProWritingAid’s editing power; no limitations.

If you already know and love the ProWritingAid editing tool, we thought we would take a moment to remind you about the extra perks you get when you go premium:

1) No word count

If you don’t write that often, you will probably get along just fine with their free version and its 500-word limit. If, however, you want to analyze full chapters, articles, reports or essays and get a wider overview of your work, then ProWritingAid Premium is for you.

2) Integrations

The team at ProWritingAid has done a great job integrating their premium version with other tools. Besides working online, you can also use ProWritingAid on your desktop, as a browser extension, as a WordPress plugin, in Google docs AND in Fictionary. So yes, we’re pretty excited about that — both as authors and as Fictionary.

3) Full Word Explorer functionality

Their Word Explorer has fast become one of their most popular and most-used features. Premium users get a more in-depth exploration of their vocabulary, sparking creativity and more dynamic word choice.

Still unsure? Take a free trial of any of ProWritingAid’s integrations here.

Fictionary: The Story Editing Tool for Fiction

Developed by Kristina Stanley (me), best-selling author and editor, Fictionaryhelps writers tell better stories with online software that simplifies and automates story editing.

Story editing is an in-depth manuscript evaluation that improves the structure, characters, plot, and settings of your story. A must-do step when you’re revising your manuscript.

How it works

Fictionary analyzes your entire manuscript and creates powerful visuals such as the Story Arc and your Cast of Characters. 11 additional reports help you visualize your story like never before.

Fictionary then guides writers through a scene-by-scene evaluation of their manuscript against 38 story elements and provides insightful rewrite tips for improving your story exactly when you need it.

Beautiful together

Fictionary works seamlessly with the ProWritingAid Chrome extension. That’s right, you can use Fictionary and ProWritingAid at the same time! Learn more at Two Powerful Editing Tools.


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Story editing is complex and time consuming. Fictionary makes it easier and faster to turn your first draft into a story readers love.

Do you need to test out Fictionary first before buying the bundle? Start your 14-day free trial, but remember the offer with ProWritingAid is only good until May 29th, 2019.

Be your own editor, tell better stories.

20 Ways to Populate Your Blog to Engage Readers by Donna Galanti

20 Ways to Populate Your Blog to Engage Readers + a Special Promo to Launch Your Author Platform


by Donna Galanti – founder YourAwesomeAuthorLife

 

If you share your publishing journey and writer’s life now to connect with readers, they can become your built-in audience later once your book comes out – and faithfully follow you as you publish more books.

Blogging is an ideal way to connect with these potential readers. It can boost your website in search engines as you continue to post more content within it, encourages sharing of your content across social media platforms, and invites readers to engage with you in your own forum.

Here is the number one key I have found to engaging your readers through blogging: blog about what you are passionate about.

Check out 20 ways to engage readers:

  1. Conduct interviews with characters in your book.
  2. Do joint giveaways with other authors.
  3. Share favorite current books you’ve read and feature them.
  4. Write about your thoughts on topics in your book.
  5. Share your book research process.
  6. Share your publishing journey.
  7. Do an interview with similar authors to you.
  8. Share fun book trailers in your genre.
  9. Create a soundtrack for your book and share it.
  10. Clean out your bookshelves with books in your genre and do a book giveaway post.
  11. Write about a current event topic that you are passionate about or inspires debate (but decide how controversial you want to go).
  12. Feature the settings in your book. Are they real places? Use photos, too.
  13. Write a How-To post that explains how to do something related to being an author.
  14. Interview other authors in your genre or invite them to write a guest post on a topic of interest.
  15. Do an opinion post about a topic that is trending.
  16. Promote the peers who have influenced you most in your writing.
  17. Review things in the story-telling arena like books, movies, theater and especially ones that are timely in the media.
  18. Create a round-up of favorite authors, blogs, movies, or books that might interest your readers. Or it could be a roundup of your most popular posts since you began your blog.
  19. Take a survey of your audience on a topic of debate that may be an issue in your book.
  20. Give advice on how to do something your readers will be interested in.

GO THE EXTRA MILE WITH BLOGGING:

If you’re a debut author, search online for “debut author” and the “year your book comes out”. You could find a debut author group to join that cross-promotes each other as debuts and helps you gain new followers. Often, these groups have a co-op blog where all the debut members can share content. Here’s a recent example. You can also search Goodreads for books in your genre/audience with your same book release year and reach out to these authors to connect and form your own debut promotion group.

Another way to go the extra mile, is blogging with more “evergreen” topics. These are topics that remain relevant over time and inspire readers to continue to share your posts with this timeless content.

Your homework! Time to get out the pens (or laptops):

  • List authors you know or want to connect to and invite them as a guest on your blog in an interview or guest post and feature their recent release.
  • Look through your bookshelf and list like-new books that you can use as a giveaway. Make sure they are in the genre and audience you write for.
  • List topics, themes, and issues in your book that you can write about.
  • List authors you know that you could reach out to do a joint giveaway with to cross promote each other and build best-fit followers. One way is to join a blog hop to expand your followers. Here’s another joint giveaway example I did that had 12,770 entries and gained me several hundred followers across my subscriber list and social media platforms.
  • What are some recent favorite reads, movies, or T.V. shows you’ve experienced? List them here to share your reviews.
  • What are some current news items connected to your book that you could talk about? List them.
  • What research did you conduct for your book? Talk about how you did it (travel, interviews, etc.)
  • List any real settings in your book you can talk about and share your personal experience of them in person along with photos.
  • What do you feel comfortable sharing about your writing and publishing journey? List these topics here.

Now, it’s time to start blogging and sharing your writer’s journey with your readers!

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Want to know more about how to connect with a reader audience?

Donna released her new online course this week, Launch Your Author Brand & Platform, a 10-Step Author Marketing System to Build Brand, Connect with Readers, and Sell Books. In this step-by-step marketing system, you will learn exactly how to plan, create, and launch your successful author brand and platform – even before your first book comes out.

There are no prerequisites to this course! This course is designed for debut authors, new authors looking to boost their platform, or any writer seeking publication. Normally $129.99 USD, Donna is offering readers here a special course launch discount of only $19.99 USD! Get the full course details and special price here.

What’s included in Launch Your Author Brand & Platform:

10 Step-By-Step Lessons

15+ Awesome Bonuses (video and downloadable PDFs)

7 “Bigger Than a Bonus” Meet the Experts (insider secrets to success from the Masters – other authors!) training on goodies like do’s and don’ts for new authors, agent advice, book club visits, public speaking and more

Each lesson includes Rookie Mistakes to Avoid, Myth Busters, and How to Go the Extra Mile!

The $19.99 USD price is limited to the first 250 students to enroll. Expires May 28, 2019. Enroll now.

About Donna:

Donna Galanti is the author of the middle grade adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road, which the Midwest Book Review called, “A heart-pounding thrill ride full of unexpected twists and turns from start to finish”. She’s also the author of the follow up, Joshua and the Arrow Realm, is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine, and a writing contest judge at nycmidnight.com.

She regularly presents as a guest author at schools and teaches at writing conferences on marketing and craft. When she’s not writing you can find her on Twitter or Facebook where she loves to share all things about her outdoor adventures and children’s books. Donna has lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer, and has had a long career in corporate marketing. Visit her at donnagalanti.comor yourawesomeauthorlife.com.

The Author’s Guide to Selling Books To Non-Bookstores

Woo Hoo! I’m thrilled to announce Fictionary Press has published the second edition of The Author’s Guide to Selling Books to Non-Bookstores.

Today, it’s available on Kobo. Soon it will be on all platforms.

If you’ve got printed books you’d like to see to non-bookstore, fiction or non-fiction, this guide will help you 🙂

 

Imagine walking into a grocery store, gift shop or other non-bookstore and seeing YOUR book for sale. This wonderful experience is within your grasp—if you’re bold enough to pursue it.

Selling to traditional bookstores and making a profit can be extremely difficult, but there is an alternative. In this step-by-step guide, best-selling author Kristina Stanley will show YOU how to move beyond the bookstores and sell to other retail outlets. Every step is detailed, from formulating a plan to collecting money.

Stanley speaks from experience. She’s sold more books through non-bookstore retail outlets than through traditional bookstores, and YOU can too. Read on, and turn your dream into reality. Success is within your reach.

If you read on Kobo you can buy it now.

Free Video Training For First-Time Authors

Screen Shot 2017-11-07 at 6.56.18 AMIf you have your first book coming out or trying to get published, check out this free video training series on building author platform by my friend Donna!

She helps you discover how to connect with your ideal-readers, understand the rookie mistakes to avoid wasting time, money, and missed opportunities PLUS learn how to present with confidence with public speaking!

https://www.yourawesomeauthorlife.com/

 

Mystery Mondays: Debra Purdy Kong on Traditional to Self-Publishing

This week on Mystery Mondays we welcome Debra Purdy Kong. I first came across Debra’s writing when I read Opposite of Dark. I loved the book and reached out to Debra on LinkedIn and was very excited to hear back from her. She’s an author who is generous with her time and her advice, which you’ll get some of below.

As you can imagine, I’m happy to host Debra on Mystery Mondays again.

Debra is here to tell you what it’s like to transition from traditional publishing to self-publishing.

I’ve just preordered my copy of Knock Knock and only have to wait 2 days for it to arrive on my kindle!

Over to Debra…

Maintaining Continuity in Changing Times

Knock Knock, front coverThey say that the only constant in life is change. This is especially true for writers. Over the years, I’ve lost count of all the magazines and publishers I’ve worked with, but who no longer exist. When the publisher for my Casey Holland series let me and several other mystery authors go in 2015, I took it in stride and decided to continue self-publishing my series.

It took time to obtain all of my rights back, but I did, and then reissued the first four books in ebook format. I’m now delighted to announce that the 5th installment in my Casey Holland mystery series, Knock Knock, will be released on Wednesday, November 8th!

The decision to keep the series going raised new issues. I no longer had access to the jacket designer and editors who’d worked on the previous four books. I needed to find professionals who would help me maintain the editing style already adopted. But even then, there were questions.

For instance, I was never partial to my editor’s decision to use American spelling in a series set in Canada with Canadian characters. But changing this in mid-series didn’t seem right either, so I sent the editor I hired a detailed list of editing needs.

I also sent the new jacket designer images of the earlier novels. She did a beautiful job of capturing the essence of the series while providing a fresh look that I’m thrilled with.

Change isn’t always easy and sometimes continuity can be a challenge, but when you’re writing a series readers appreciate it, which makes everything worth the effort.

 

Who Is Debra Purdy Kong

Debra Purdy Kong, 2016Debra Purdy Kong’s volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and various jobs, inspired her to write mysteries set in BC’s Lower Mainland. Her employment as a campus security patrol and communications officer provide the background for Casey Holland and Evan Dunstan mysteries.

Debra has published short stories in a variety of genres as well as personal essays, and articles for publications such as Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul, B.C. Parent Magazine, and The Vancouver Sun. She assists as a facilitator for the Creative Writing Program through Port Moody Recreation, and has presented workshops and talks for organizations that include Mensa and Beta Sigma Phi. She is a long-time member of Crime Writers of Canada.

 

Look for her blog at https://debrapurdykong.wordpress.com/ More information about Debra and her books is at www.debrapurdykong.com You can also find her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebraPurdyKong & Facebook: www.facebook.com/debra.purdykong

 

Where to find out more:

Amazon: myBook.to/KnockKnock

Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/y6wejnls

Apple: http://tinyurl.com/y96xscpv

 

What’s the #1 thing to know about connecting to readers and writers BEFORE your 1st book debuts?

I’m excited to hear Donna Galanti is going offer a course called Create Your Own Awesome Community. 

I thought my readers might like to know about it…

From Donna Galanti:

Are you a debut author who wants to learn how to create an influencing community of readers and writers for success before your book even comes out? Ask me the #1 burning question you have about it…

Source: What’s the #1 thing to know about connecting to readers and writers BEFORE your 1st book debuts? – Donna Galanti – mystery, magic and mayhem for all ages

Instant Book Previews Via Amazon. Very Cool!

One has to wonder…Is it possible to stay on top of book marketing? Sometimes I’m overwhelmed with the amount there is to learn.

This week, I discovered, well discovered is not quite right…My publisher, Imajin Books, informed me there is a feature on Amazon where people can read a sample of my book without having to do much.

This is what you can do…

Add Instant Previews of your books to your website, blog, or app
When readers first discover your book, many of them will want to start reading it right away. By adding Instant Previews to your website, you enable your visitors to start reading a sample instantly without ever having to leave your site. No sign up, sign in, or app download required. Before Instant Previews, getting from your site to the first page of a book could take seven clicks. Now, it’s always just a single click away.
I think that blurb came right from Amazon.
So I’m trilled. Then I find out I’m late to the game. My author friends all know how to do this already. Hence I’m sharing it here in case there are others out there who don’t know about this.
If you want to test this feature out, here are the links:
If you want to see what a sample looks like, and perhaps discover what I write, then click below:
DESCENT sample
BLAZE sample
This feature is not available for AVALANCHE yet, as it releases officially tomorrow. But it will be then.
As a gift from my publisher, AVALANCHE is on sale for a limited time at $0.99 USD.
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Mystery Mondays: The Best Time To Start Promoting Your Novel

It is my pleasure to welcome Amy M. Reade to Mystery Mondays. Amy is an author and another of my “internet friends” who has generously agreed to share her advice.

The Best Time To Promote Yourself by Amy M. Reade

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 8.18.23 AMWhen Kristina asked me to write a guest post about my novel, my research, or a writing/publishing tip, my first inclination was to write something about the research I did for my new release. But then I changed my mind. I wanted to write the most helpful post I could think of, and research, while I love it and find it endlessly fascinating, is not a terribly enlightening subject for a blog post.

Instead, I’m going to share the best advice I ever received about marketing books.

Ready?

The best time to start promoting yourself is the day you decide to write a book, not the day you decide to shop it around to publishers or self-publish.

That was tough advice for me to hear, since it came from an acquisitions editor to whom I had sent my first novel. She liked the book, but when my manuscript came across her desk she did an online search for my name.

Know what she found?

Nothing. Not even a Facebook page, because I had sworn to myself never to enter the realm of social media.

She had to turn down my book, she said, because her press simply didn’t have the money to take a chance on a writer with zero followers.

That very day, I set up a Facebook page. Then, a few days later, a blog.

Fast forward three years. I’m still on Facebook with both a personal page and an author page. I still write a weekly blog. But you’ll also find me on my website, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, and author pages on Amazon and Goodreads. I also have a quarterly newsletter. I have embraced social media in a way I never dreamed possible. And here’s the best part: I love every minute of it.

My hope as I continue to write and publish books is that I can scale back on the number of sites I frequent and instead concentrate on a select few, but for now the name of the game is getting my books out there and helping people find me and my books.

I try to slip in and out of Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram a couple times a week, but I post on Facebook and Twitter several times daily. I keep my website updated with release and appearance dates and my book information and, as I’ve mentioned, I try to post a blog weekly. As for the Amazon and Goodreads author pages, I check those at least once a week to make sure they’re up-to-date.

I try to follow the 80/20 rule on most social media sites. The rule states that 80% of an author’s posts should be something other than “Buy my book! Buy my book!” The remaining 20%, however, can say exactly that.

The difference is on my Facebook author page, where my posts are almost 100% about my writing, my work, and links to my other social media sites. I try to promote other authors on my author page, but that is mostly done through links to book recommendations and author interviews I have on my blog. But that’s the point of a FB author page- it keeps your readers connected with you and what you’re up to as a writer. I share information and posts about other authors several times daily on my personal FB page (and all the time on Twitter).

And what I just said? It bears repeating: it’s essential to promote other authors because when you do that, it helps everyone. Recall the proverb “When the tide comes in, all ships rise.” It’s the same with authors. Helping other authors works to everyone’s advantage.

That brings to mind one more piece of advice: comment, comment, comment on the blogs of other authors, agents, readers, reviewers, and publishing industry insiders. It’s a great way to get your name out there. You’d be amazed at the number of interview and guest blog requests I’ve gotten just by commenting on other people’s blogs. It’s been a huge boost to me.

If you have questions about anything I’ve said, or about the host sites I use for my website and/or my blog, please feel free to leave them in the comments section. And please visit me on any of the sites below!

Website: www.amymreade.com

Blog: www.amreade.wordpress.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/amreadeauthor

Twitter: www.twitter.com/readeandwrite

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/amreade

Tumblr: www.amymreade.tumblr.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

WHO Is Amy M. Reade?

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 8.21.16 AMAmy M. Reade grew up in northern New York. After graduating from college and law school, she practiced law in New York City before moving to southern New Jersey, where she lives now with her husband, three children, dog, two cats, and a fish. She writes full time and is the author of Secrets of Hallstead House, a novel of romantic suspense set in the Thousand Islands region of New York, and The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, a novel in the same genre set outside Charleston, South Carolina. Her third novel, House of Hanging Jade, is set in Hawaii and will be released in April, 2016. She is currently working on the first book of a series set in the United Kingdom (expected release date in early 2017). She loves cooking, reading, and traveling.

 

 

 

Mystery Mondays: Michael Phillips On Writing Goals

Between_Good_And_EvilMystery Mondays welcomes Michael Phillips, Author of: Between Good And Evil, first book in the Auburn Notch Mysteries Published by Sunbury Press.

It’s amazing to me that each week an author generously shares wisdom about writing and the writing industry and this week is no exception.

If you’ve been needing a plan to get your work published, read on…

Writing Goals by Michael Phillips

Any time I do a book-signing event one of the first questions I get is, “What is the toughest part about being a writer?” Some would say finding an agent or a publisher. Others might say dealing with all the rejections that go along with finding an agent or a publisher. But my usual response is—formulating a plan and sticking to it no matter what. Doing this can make those other two things much easier and achievable.

So what do I mean about a plan? Well, I mean setting achievable goals and attacking them one at a time. One completed goal should lead to the next, and the next, and so on until you have a complete manuscript in hand and a stop-them-in-the-aisle query to go along with it.

Before I break these goals down for you, let me mention a few things to help this process along. First, you should treat your writing like a job. Our lives are crazy, but if you are serious about writing you should carve out a time to write and try to stick to it. Some folks write an hour or so early in the morning before the day really starts, others write at night after the family has gone to bed. I write 8-10 hours one day a week. Whether it’s one paragraph, three chapters, or just reference, I stay at it for 8-10 hours. One day a week doesn’t sound like much, but I get a lot done in that one day. For example, my Ernie Bisquets Mysteries are English cozies, so they are quirky and enjoyable to write and I can complete an 80k word manuscript in 6-8 months. The Auburn Notch Mysteries are a little darker and have much more research involved, so an 84k+ manuscript may take up to a year. Whatever your preference, stake your claim and stick to it.

Second, you really need to know your characters. Character mapping is incredibly important and something you should invest time in before you get too far along in the process. Think of this as filling out an on-line dating questionnaire, adding in as much detail as you can. This is also a living document, so you can adjust as needed as your story progresses. I take this one step further and map each character’s relationship with all the other characters. There are a number of character mapping apps out there. I use one more suited to screenwriting because I like the character-to-character relationship aspect.

Third, try working from an outline. Even if it is just a few sentences for each chapter describing what’s going on, I find doing this helps me plan out the whole book and keep track of what’s next.

Now, onto those goals.

First Goal: Write your story. I don’t mean labor over every word, or second guess the affect of your foreshadowing, or wondering if your protagonist still has the same color hair in chapter seven as she does in chapter one, etc. What I mean is right your story. It’s a first draft. It’s going to be short and it’s going to be terrible, but that’s ok. Just get the whole idea out of your head and onto your laptop. Someone told me a long time ago that 90% of writers never get their work published for one reason alone—they give up. They get so bogged down in the details while they’re writing the first draft, or worrying if their work is good enough, that they just give up. Some would see this as a daunting statistic, figuring if 90% give up what chance do I have? If you’re like me, I figured I just eliminated 90% of my competition. I was quite sure my writing skills were as good as or better than ½ of the remaining 10%, so I just got to work and finished writing my story. Check off Goal #1.

Second Goal: Walk away. Put the completed first draft aside for a month. This is important. You need to look at the story with fresh eyes before you start the editing process, and the best way to do that is to walk away from it. Spend this time researching potential agents/publishers for your book. Get a complete list together, so when you’ve finished the book completely you’re ready to start the query process. And do not start the query process until the book is polished. Check off Goal #2.

Third Goal: The editing process. With a hot cup of whatever, you sit down and start back at the beginning and read what you’ve written. Read through the whole story a few times making notes along the way. This is the time when you take that rough first draft and turn it into a compelling story. Define the characters, establish the conflict, and embellish the details. Add weight to your writing. My favorite part of this goal comes at the end of the second draft and I go back to the beginning and start the “was” edit. This is the time to sift out the passiveness from the story and increase the word count. Do a word search for “was” and start the edit. For example:

My original sentence: It was just after 4:30 when Promise returned to the office and found Hank waiting for her.

The edited version: The long shadows of the cool, late afternoon stretched across the busy Main Street leading Promise into her office, the very tip of the shadow resting beneath the tapping foot of her deputy, Hank.

No “was” any more, and you’ve done a little show don’t tell in the process. We’ve also gone from 17 words to 34 words. It’s amazing what you can do with a single word when you try.

I’ve written a couple books requiring only 2 drafts, but three other books took a third and forth until I was happy. Everyone is different; so take as long as you need to get it right.

Forth Goal: Hire an editor. Most new writers don’t want to hear this one, but it is incredibly important. Look at it as an investment in yourself and your work. Do a little research, find a reputable editor, and turn over the manuscript once you get to your final draft. For the few hundred dollars it will cost you, the return on investment will be worth it. Together you will polish the manuscript and get it ready for submission.

Fifth Goal: The Query. To some extent this is more important than the entire book. On one 8.5”x11” piece of paper you are going to dazzle an agent with your hook, and then draw them into your story with a brief paragraph or two describing your characters and the conflict they’re struggling with to reach the resolution. Writing the query is a post in itself, so I’ll just leave you with the knowledge of how important it is and leave the how-to for another post.

Thank you so much for inviting me to share my writing experience with your readers. It’s been a delight being here.

Cheers,

Mike

 

RMPhillips_Profile_12ACCLAIMED MYSTERY NOVELIST R. MICHAEL PHILLIPS RELEASES FIRST BOOK IN NEW SERIES

CARLISLE, PA. – Sunbury Press has released Between Good and Evil by R. Michael Phillips, the first in the Auburn Notch Mystery series.

About the Book:

Promise Flynn was an overly impulsive Metro Detective whose disregard for procedure finally resulted in her being shot and left for dead during an investigation.

To repair her bruised ego and splintered confidence she abandons the dark alleys of Chicago to patrol the quiet, birch-lined streets of Auburn Notch.

For two years everything was idyllic, until the body of a young girl found in the abandoned asylum outside of town awakens the insecurities she thought her new life would insulate her from.

As the new Sheriff she begins her investigation, oblivious to being unexpectedly recognized and penciled in at the top of a clever murderer’sTo- Do list.

Her internal struggle intensifies when a discredited crime reporter from the past arrives in town to resurrect his

reputation, along with an FBI agent chasing down a lead in a cold case.

Both men quickly become entangled in Flynn’s investigation and her attempts to finally put her past to rest.

Praise for Between Good and Evil:

“It’s such a treat to start a new Phillips mystery…He gracefully brings new people into our lives, giving us time to get to know who is who. The dark yet very real worlds of his characters are so clearly defined that you are sucked inside and grabbed along in a slow-building rise of anxiety and danger…”

—The Editing Pen

“R. Michael Phillips has an incredible hand at descriptive detail: clothing, rooms, scenery. It leaves a flavor for you to sample and settings you can envision stepping into…”

— June Lorraine Roberts, Murder In Common About the Author:

Michael is a classically trained artist turned mystery writer. He has written three books in his first series, The Ernie Bisquets Mysteries, and has released the first book in his Auburn Notch Mystery series, Between Good and Evil.

When he’s not painting or writing Michael is an avid antique collector, filling his home—an 1894 Queen Ann Victorian he, his wife, and son are restoring—with antiques from around the world. Michael also enjoys cooking, working in the garden, and playing in the yard with their two rescues, Beau and Pup.

 

Announcing The Author’s Guide To Selling Books To Non-Bookstores

Are you a published author and looking for ways to expand the distribution of your book? Well, I’ve written a book just for you.

Non-Fiction Announcement 2

The success in selling and distributing DESCENT and BLAZE came from implementing what I learned by trial-and-error, by talking with other authors and store owners about the process, and from guidance from my publisher. I’ve taken everything I’ve learned and put it into a book.

In THE AUTHOR’S GUIDE TO SELLING BOOKS TO NON-BOOKSTORES I explain how an author should plan, prepare and execute getting books into stores and actually making money from it. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an Indie author or traditionally published, all that matters is you have a printed edition of your fiction or nonfiction book and you want to get that book out into the world.

Publication is set for this spring. For now, the book goes to the editor and then the proofreader. The cover has to be designed. All major milestones, but all part of the journey.

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