November 8th, 2011

How one woman found success through doing it herself

I’ve known CJ Lyons for a couple of years online. And at the 2010 Writers Police Academy I got to meet her in person. One night we had a not-so-good dinner and a great conversation. At the time, CJ was about six months away from publishing a book she had written with Erin Brockovich. Given Brockovich’s high profile, she hoped that book would hit the bestseller list.

It didn’t.

But not long afterward, something funny happened. CJ, who had published several books traditionally, hit the big time by publishing books herself.

You can read her account of how it happened here.

I’ve put all of my out of print books back up as ebooks, although I haven’t had near the success CJ has. Here are links to all my ebooks: April's ebooks




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A clear-eyed look at pros and cons of traditional publishing and DIY ebooks

My fr-acquaintance Libby Hellman has a clear eyed look at the pros and cons of traditional publishing or putting your your own ebooks. She has done both.

She looks at support, reviews, distribution, shelf life, advances, etc.

If you’re considering both, it’s definitely worth a read. I’ve put all of my out of print books back up as ebooks. Here are links to all my ebooks: April's ebooks




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This is so obvious calling it plagiarism seems like a compliment

A book that came out this month - a spy tale that got starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly - seems to have largely been cobbled together from other books. Now it's being pulled from the shelves by the publisher.

A blogger got a copy Q.R. Markham’s Assassin of Secrets and started comparing it to other books. Here's just one example:

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Markham, Page 13: “His step had an unusual silence to it. It was late morning in October of the year 1968 and the warm, still air had turned heavy with moisture, causing others in the long hallway to walk with a slow shuffle, a sort of somber march.”

Taken from Page 1 of James Bamford’s Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency: “His step had an unusual urgency to it. Not fast, but anxious, like a child heading out to recess who had been warned not to run. It was late morning and the warm, still air had turned heavy with moisture, causing others on the long hallway to walk with a slow shuffle, a sort of somber march.”
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To see many, many, many more examples, click here.

There are so many it seems like this almost falls into the category of typing. To call it plagiarism would be a compliment.

Edited to add: a poor author who blurbed it has actually found SIX pages in a row where the only thing that differed from another author's work was the names of the characters.




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