Monday, August 31, 2009
They are - ladies first - Jane Kennedy Sutton from Jane's Ride - She wins the cap with the Killer Career cover art !!!
And the guy is - Stephen Tremp of Breakthrough Blogs for the Aspiring Author - He gets the manly Killer Career tee shirt (no cover art) !!!
Check out their blogs, if you get a chance. They are worth seeing. They both do a great job.
They will receive their prizes after I return from my extended Labor Day vacation starting Thursday and ending the following Tuesday.
I will attempt to get my blogs out those days, but who knows what may happen in the North Woods.
On Sunday, the DH and I took a ride to two Barnes & Nobles in our area so I could sign more Killer Career stock. At the one store in Deer Park, Illinois, the booksellers were super nice, bringing the books to the customer service desk and furnishing autograph stickers. Afterwards, I asked where they'd gotten the books so I could take a photo there.
That's when one of the booksellers gave me an offer I couldn't refuse. He said something like, "How about if we leave them here, between Teddy Kennedy and Dan Brown?"
The DH took photos of me signing stock, then the other bookseller offered to take a photo with the DH and me. Afterwards I asked if the books would be put back on the shelf. No, they said they appreciated authors who came in to sign stock, so the books would stay right there at the customer service desk in the middle of the store. How's that for product placement?
At the Arlington Heights Barnes and Noble, the booksellers there were also super nice, although I didn't get any offers to place my books at the customer service desk.
Killer Career's home there is in the New Romance Books section. Unfortunately, it's alphabetical, which means near the bottom. Still I'm glad people can see the cover and not just the spine.
Instead of a Drive By, next I plan on a walk over to Barnes and Noble DePaul Center in Downtown Chicago at State and Jackson on a lunch break. I won't have much time, so I'll be hiking in and out.
A book signing is tentatively scheduled for Barnes and Noble, Arlington Heights for October 17. A date certain is set for Barnes and Noble, 590 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg IL on Nov 7, from 1-3pm. A signing is in the works at Deer Park some time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, plus a date certain signing will happen at Barnes and Noble DePaul Center, State and Jackson, Chicago, Illinois on January 13, 2010.
Those are just the Barnes and Noble stores. Next Saturday, Sept 5, on vacation I'll again participate in the Arbor Vitae Wisconsin Fireman's Flea Market. When I come back, I'll be doing a promo workshop and participating in a panel at the Schaumburg Township District Library in a Sisters in Crime event from 10am-4pm. September 19 is the St. John United Church of Christ Annual Flea Market from 9am-4pm
October 24 is a blog talk radio interview at A Book and A Chat by my host Barry Eva at 10am Central Time (Illinois) time.
By that time, I hope to resume my regular blog talk radio shows as well, at http://blogtalkradio.com/booksandblogs . I've got many offers of guests, just no time at the moment to host them.
I'll be posting the event schedule soon, as well as the entire set of permalinks from my blog book tour.
What about you? Do you enjoy doing book signings? Do you prefer online marketing? Do you like both?
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Come on over to The Blood-Red Pencil, and give your take on the subject.
Would you try it yourself? Do you have a favorite cover artist you prefer to use?
Are you a cover artist?
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Today's topic at my blog book tour series on The Blood-Red Pencil is about Choosing a printing house and getting familiar with it.
Come on over and add your two cents. You may have takes on other printing houses than mine. You may agree or disagree with what I say. Please chime in.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I might add, I'm glad I did. Helen Ginger did a fantastic job of leading me in the right direction, while not taking over my book.
If you're doubtful about whether or not you need an editor, come on over and check out my post.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Come on over to http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com for Day 2 of Morgan Mandel's Basic Guide to Self-Publishing where the topic is How to Get Started: Legalities, Technicalities, References.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Day One of Morgan Mandel's Basic Guide to Self-Publishing - all week look at the aspects of self-publishing at http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com
What about you? Are you up to the challenge?
Sunday, August 23, 2009
You'll find the permalinks for all of my tour stops in a post below this one. Later, it will also be available through a click on the left column of this blogspot. I'm offering them in case you missed one, or if you'd just like to come back and check one for reference.
To let you know what I've learned from my Killer Career Blog Book Tour so far -
Everyone said it would be tiring. I usually blog here everyday, so I didn't think blogging somewhere else would make much difference. I was wrong. It did. For one thing, I wanted the posts to be super-good, instructive, entertaining, with as few mistakes as possible. Because of that, it took longer to compose them.
I not only owed my best efforts to my hosts, but also to myself. I spent lots of time getting Killer Career together just right and I wanted my posts to reflect that fact.
Getting the posts ready wasn't enough. Before I left for work, I spread the word to Twitter, Facebook, Live Journal, MySpace and Hi5. On the train, I spread more word to my e-groups, and believe me, I belong to many. I also plugged the tour at Book Place, my ning network. With Twitter once wasn't enough. During the day, I'd quickly do a tweet about the blog when I could.
After I'd spread the word, I checked the blog-of-the-day numerous times on my work breaks and on the train going home and at home so I could answer comments. I'll carry on in the same manner next week for the rest of my tour at The Blood-Red Pencil.
Another thing - I didn't realize my hosts would be so generous. My blog remained up for days on many of the blogspots, which meant extra exposure. For that I'm extremely grateful. I'll keep checking for comments on all the stops off and on in case more appear.
And now, I'm turning the spotlight on my next tour stop of the tour, one that will last seven days. I've got to say The Blood-Red is a special blog. It's comprised mainly of editors who generously dispense wonderful writing tips. I'm honored to belong to such a group.
Here's the Schedule for what I'm calling Morgan Mandel's Basic Guide to Self-Publishing, at
The Blood-Red Pencil :
Monday, August 24 - Why Self-Publish
Tuesday, August 25 - How to Get Started - Legalities, Technicalities, References
Wednesday, August 26 - Why Use an Editor
Thursday, August 27 - Choosing a Printing House & Getting Familiar With It
Friday, August 28 - Setting Up Cover Art & Logo
Saturday, August 29 - Promo
Sunday - August 30 - Downloading, Proof, Acceptance, Publication
Thanks. I hope you continue on for the rest of the tour!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
See how at my 8th tour stop today at:
If you missed it, I showed ways to add description to novel yesterday at Helen Ginger's blogspot. Here's the link:
Tomorrow's a recap and the schedule for my upcoming week's posts at http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com where the week will be devoted to
Friday, August 21, 2009
Come on over and learn some ways to add description to your novel.
If you missed it, yesterday an excerpt from the 12th chapter of Killer Career appeared at L. Diane Wolfe's blogspot. Here's the permalink which will take you straight to the excerpt post:
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Yesterday, Lillie Ammann set up a beautiful spot for my fourth stop. Unfortunately, her server played tricks for some hours in the afternoon. If any of you missed the interview, you can find it at http://www.lillieammann.com/blog . She asked some great questions. It's worth checking out.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
http://www.lillieammann.com/blog . I invite you to come on over. She posed some
great questions, plus her setup over there is beautiful.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
She offered some great questions. You're bound to learn things about me you didn't already know. Remember, to be eligible for a prize, you need to comment on at least one stop and report here to me before or after that you did, providing your email here.
As a bonus, if you didn't get to see it yet, the post is up at http://booklandheights.blogspot.com/2009/08/morgan-mandel-and-her-killer-career.html
about How I Named My Baby. Find out how I chose the Killer Career name.
Monday, August 17, 2009
The topic is Libraries - Do They Help or Hinder Sales?
Come on over, see what I have to say, and offer your opinion.
My prior two stops are also still on display by my hosts, if you'd care to check them out -
http://www.marywelk.com/ - Villains and Heroes - Gotta Love 'Em - host Mary Welk
http://booklandheights.blogspot.com/ - Interview, plus a later post coming - How I Named My Baby - host Mary Cunningham
PS Remember the prizes - Comment there and let me know here before or after with your email address here and you could win - gray tee shirt for a guy without the cover art on it, cap or tote bag for a girl with the cover art on it.
PPS Tuesday, tomorrow's stop, is at Unbound, http://hagelrat.blogspot.com where Hagelrat will interview me.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
It's a busy time over here. Saturday marks the official release date for Killer Career.
Sunday, the Killer Career Blog Book Tour continues onto its second stop at http://booklandheights.blogspot.com If you miss the tour stop on Sunday, you can catch up to it on Monday, as Mary Cunningham, my host, has promised to leave it up for the week. Each day until the end of the month I'll be posting reminders here about other tour stops.
Remember, if you comment at a tour stop, mention it here with your email address, you'll be eligible to win a prize - Grey tee shirt for the guys without the cover art, Killer Career cap or tote bag for the ladies with the cover art.
Also on Sunday is the Killer Career Book Launch Party. If you're anywhere near Arlington Heights between 1-4pm, you're invited to stop in at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 West Fremont, 1st floor, Arlington Room, Arlington Heights, IL (Across from the library)
Light Refreshments, Raffle, and http://www.amazon.com/KILLER-CAREER-Morgan-Mandel/dp/0981991602/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250252850&sr=8-1'>Killer Career autographing happening. I'll also have copies of Two Wrongs and Girl of My Dreams available for anyone who missed the first time around.
Hope to see you online and/or in person today.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Also, it's a reminder to everyone to take advantage of free publicity. How this got in was by my submitting the information over the Internet one night. Actually, I hit a button before putting my name in, so I didn't think it would appear. I'm happy it made it anyway.
A Brief Respite - I've got only a few days rest before the next stop on my blog book tour which will happen on August 16 at http://booklandheights.blogspot.com.
That will be a fun filled day for me, since my book launch party is also that day.
Hope to see some of you at both spots.
I'd appreciate it if you'd hop on over to Mark Welk's blogspot, Cicero's Children, and read about Villains and Heroes - Gotta Love 'Em.
Don't forgot, to be eligible for a prize after the entire tour is over at the end of the month, you'll need to leave a comment here with your email address, plus a comment at one of the blogspots of the tour.
Next stop after today is on August 16 at http://booklandheights.blogspot.com.
Thanks to everyone who comes with me on my tour.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I've also got a choice of a tote bag or a white cap, which have the cover art from the book on them. This can be a ladies choice, unless a guy winner wants it for his girl.
Anyway, to be eligible for the drawing what you need to do is comment on one or more stops of the tour. There's more. Either before or after doing so, stop here and say you will or have already commented at the blog stop. Leave your email address with your name and whatever else you usually leave for the signature here. Don't send the entries there, but by all means make sure you comment on one or more stops to be eligible.
I'll do a drawing at the end from those who said they commented and did. I'll have the DH or Rascal pick the winner.
No cheating - I'm obsessive about checking for comments on my blogs, so I'll know if you really weren't there. (g)
You've probably figured out this is my not-so-devious way of getting you to comment here as well during the tour.
Hosts are eligible if they comment on a different stop than their own and mention it here, plus include their email addresses. This pertains to the entire tour, which also includes the week at The Blood Red Pencil.
KILLER CAREER IS HERE!
Good Luck to everyone! FIRST STOP IS AUG 12 AT:
Cicero's Children - http://www.marywelk.com
Host: Mary Welk
Monday, August 10, 2009
Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for the Toronto Star. He is the author of several critically acclaimed novels, including Too Close to Home and No Time for Goodbye, a #1 bestseller in Britain. He lives near Toronto with his wife and has two grown children. His website is http://www.linwoodbarclay.com/
Your daughter doesn’t come home one night from her summer job.
You go there looking for her. No one’s seen her. But it’s worse than that.
No one’s ever seen her. So where has she been going every day? And where is she now?
In Linwood Barclay’s riveting new thriller, an ordinary man’s desperate search for his daughter leads him into a dark world of corruption, exploitation, and murder. Tim Blake is about to learn that the people you think you know best are the ones harboring the biggest secrets.
Tim is an average guy. He sells cars. He has an ex-wife. She’s moved in with a man whose moody son spends more time online than he should. His girlfriend is turning out to be a bit of a flake. It’s not a life without hassles, but nothing will prepare Tim for the nightmare that’s about to begin.
Sydney vanishes into thin air. At the hotel where she supposedly worked, no one has ever heard of her. Even her closest friends seem to be at a loss. Now, as the days pass without word, Tim must face the fact that not only is Sydney missing, but that the daughter he’s loved and thought he knew is a virtual stranger.
As he retraces Sydney’s steps, Tim discovers that the suburban Connecticut town he always thought of as idyllic is anything but. What he doesn’t know is that his every move is being watched. There are others who want to find Syd as much as Tim does.
But they’re not planning a Welcome Home party.
The closer Tim comes to the truth, the closer he comes to every parent’s worst nightmare—and the kind of evil only a parent’s love has a chance in hell of stopping.
Some Words From Linwood:
Fear the Worst hits bookstores tomorrow, and many readers are already calling it the best of my thrillers so far. Fast-moving, loads of suspense, a real page-turner. But something no one seems to have zeroed in on is the thing that makes this thriller very different.
The hero is a car salesman.
In most thrillers, our protagonist is, to varying degrees, familiar with crime and those who practice it. Maybe he or she's a spy, or ex-military. A cop or a private detective. An FBI agent. A profiler, maybe.
But the hero is not, generally, someone who sells Honda Accords.
People who sell Hondas are not typically acquainted with the bad guy element. (I'd like to go out on a limb here and say this is also true of people who sell Fords, Toyotas, Nissans, and most other makes.) Tim Blake, who tells the story and sells Hondas for a living, has had his share of troubles over the years, but none that brought him face to
face with fraud artists, human traffickers and killers. But when his daughter Sydney goes missing, he finds himself getting introduced to a whole new class of people.
When I was thinking about what the hero in this book would do for a living, I knew I didn't want it to be police work. I had no interest in having him work for a secret government agency. I didn't want him to be a reporter. (That's my next book.) I wanted him to have a normal, everyday job. And that's when "car salesman" popped into my head.
Let's face it, car salesmen get kind of a bad rap. And that's too bad.
I have a couple of good friends who have sold cars their entire working lives. I've bought cars from them, and I've been happy with the deals they gave me. And they both helped me with this book.
But our relationship with car salesmen (and saleswomen) tends to be somewhat adversarial. We want to get the car for as little as possible. They want to make the deal, getting as much profit as possible. We need wheels and they need the commission. We say we can't spend that much, they say they can't do it for that. Finally, they say, "Let me talk to my manager and see what we can do."
That, we figure, is when they wander out back of the dealership and have a smoke.
Anyway, once I'd made up my mind what Tim was going to do for a living, I invited my retired car salesmen friends Carl and Mike out for lunch and asked them to tell me their best stories. Like the one where the guy took a pickup truck for a test drive and used it to deliver manure. (That story finds its way into Fear the Worst.) Or that other test-drive when a new Toyota Celica ended up sitting atop a
fireplug, and the prospective buyer was nowhere to be found. They had great tales, and what came out was that they'd really enjoyed their careers. Why? "Because of the people," they both said.
I like writing about people -- regular people. I like writing about what happens to ordinary folks when extraordinary things happen to them. Tim Blake is a regular guy about to be plunged into a parent's worst nightmare. Nothing in his life has prepared him for what's about to happen.
I like that.
As this blog is posted, I’ll just be getting back from promoting Fear the Worst in New Zealand, having already spent a few days in Hong Kong and two weeks in Australia. Everyone down there is pumped about Fear the Worst, and I'm hoping North American readers will feel the same way.
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Fear-Worst-Novel-Linwood-Barclay/dp/0553807161
Sunday, August 09, 2009
What I find fascinating about reviews is that you never know what might strike a chord with the reviewer. That happens with our readers also. Nobody thinks exactly alike and that's a good thing.
Snippet: "Morgan Mandel writes an intriguing tale which will keep you turning pages"
For more, go to:
KILLER CAREER ON SALE AT AMAZON.COM, BN.COM, ALSO AVAILABLE FOR ORDER AT BOOKSTORES, LIBRARIES, MOBIPOCKET.COM
Thursday, August 06, 2009
This topic should be of interest to a great many of you out there. Who hasn't had to deal with a difficult boss at some time or another? Let's see what Tony's advice is.
Do you dread going to work because of your boss? Quitting is not always an option and feeling like a victim of a bad boss only robs you of productivity, job satisfaction, and power. Career strategist and workplace expert Tony Deblauwe has spent years coaching weary employees how to be more effective with difficult bosses, and he has compiled his experiences into this indispensable guide.
Tangling with Tyrants®: Managing the Balance of Power at Work offers practical techniques that show you how to build a communication process that will turn things around to help you build successful outcomes. You’ll get guidance on addressing direct and indirect bad boss behaviors, developing the right approach, and achieving mutually beneficial outcomes. By applying the techniques in this book, you will be equipped with the right tools to handle your boss and create the results you want.
What Inspired Me to Write My Book
I reported to a bad boss early in my career. I didn’t know what to do at the time and spent more energy agonizing over how unfair it was to report to a difficult boss rather than try and fix the relationship. I didn’t want to throw up my hands and quit so my alternative was to figure out a way I could work with him. After much trial and error I started seeing a pattern of communication that was effective whether the boss was a bully (like I had) or a more ineffective and detached style. I started coached others on my methods and refined several techniques that could be duplicated in the field. When I saw I was adding value, I knew I wanted to write a book and share my advice with others.
The inspiration for the title stemmed from the angst I saw in people over their bad boss troubles. It felt like a struggle—a tightness that needed relief. I tried to qualify that feeling with the idea of being tied up in knots. I took it a step further and eventually came to the tangling concept. Someone is so frustrated by their boss they get entangled in emotions and they cannot communicate effectively anymore. The “Tyrants” piece was a little easier. Since I wasn’t writing a book about several boss types or just the bully boss, I wanted one concept, one profile that captured a mixture of traits that magnify some kind of stress and irritation in employees. A “Tyrant” as one distinct profile of disruptive behaviors stuck with people I polled regardless if their boss was a bully or not.
During his career in Human Resources, Tony has worked through many complex people and business challenges to yield lasting results for customers. His interest in high-tech and how technology impacts people has given him insight into what it takes for people to succeed in a virtual economy.
Tony grew up in an eclectic family just a few blocks from Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. The son of Belgian immigrants, his father is a former college professor of art, language and history. His mother is an entrepreneur having worked in haute couture fashion design. Tony's exposure to several world perspectives fuel his cultural awareness and understanding.
Tony believes in collaboration of perspectives and ideas to yield successful results. He applies his expertise in human resources, organization development, and coaching to provide solutions that strengthen ways of working and achieve beneficial outcomes.
For more information visit: http://www.tanglingwithtyrants.com/
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Have you gone on a tour yet? What did you do? If you haven't gone on one, what would you do? Use the same one each time, or think up a new one?
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
8/12/09 - Cicero’s Children – http://www.marywelk.com/ Host: Mary Welk – Villains & Heroes – Gotta Love ‘em.
8/16/09 – Bookland Heights – http://booklandheights.blogspot.com/ – Host: Mary Cunningham - Interview and How I named my baby
8/17/09 – The Little Blog of Murder – http://thelittleblogofmurder.com/ - Host: Jeffrey Marks Libraries and library events – Do they help or hinder book sales?
8/18/09 – Unbound – http://hagelrat.blogspot.com/ – Host: Hagelrat – You’ll have to ask her for her real name. I’m sworn to secrecy. - Interview
8/19/09 - A Writer’s Words, An Editor’s Eye – http://www.lillieammann.com/blog
Host: Lillie Ammann - Interview
8/20/09 - Spunk on a Stick – http://www.circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com/ – Host: L. Diane Wolfe – Thursday Excerpt
8/21/09 - Straight From Hel – http://straightfromhel.blogspot.com/ – Host: Helen Ginger –
How to add description to your novel.
8/22/09 – Murder by 4 – http://www.murderby4.blogspot.com/ – Host: Marta Stephens –
Need to move your plot forward? Consider a secondary character.
8/23/09 – Recap of Previous Week & Schedule of The Next Week’s Guide to Self-Publishing – How I Did It - Weeklong Feature at The Blood Red Pencil – Host: Dani Greer http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/
8/24 through 8/30 Guide to Self-Publishing – How I Did It by Morgan Mandel
Monday, August 03, 2009
I had to smile at that one. Sure, I like sleeping a little later than usual, but sleeping really long makes me groggy. I'm also not a fan of video games. I must confess that I do like to watch TV, but not as much as I used to. Cable was supposed to improve the selection, but maybe I'm getting jaded. I usually can't find much I like to watch.
If I were living a dream, it would probably be eating whatever I wanted without gaining weight or cholesterol, living in a perfect home and doing what I like best - writing, instead of commuting and working at a day job. If it were rotten weather, I wouldn't have to fight the elements to get to work on time. Of course, the DH and Rascal would also be in the picture and we'd all be healthy and happy.
What about you? What's your dream? Does it involve travel? Raising a family? Writing? Are you already living it?
It's August, which means Killer Career has been released at Amazon.com. Here's the link for anyone who wants to get a copy.
If you haven't heard, Killer Career is about a lawyer whose career change could be a killer when her mentor, a NY Times Bestselling Author, does more than write about murders. As for her bestfriend, who is also her law partner, does he mean more to her than she thought? Will he let her go without a fight? To save herself and him, she must face her worst fear: claustrophobia.
Getting back to my Sunday post about the dog days of August, that shot of Rascal appears on every cover of Killer Career, only not as large, since she's the mascot of Choice One Publishing Co.