Writing Up A Storm – February 2010

Posted on Feb 15 2010
This newsletter was originally sent to subscribers on January 31, 2010.


January has been an exciting month for me, but you’ll read more about that below. February is shaping up to be a pretty exciting month, too. Are there any Lost fans out there? If so, you, too, are looking forward to the big premiere on Feb. 2. Also, don’t forget about Valentine’s Day! And please be sure to share your successes.
Take care & have a terrific month.


In This Issue






Question of the Month: Why have I been dubbed ”Kinderella”?

I don’t know if you’ve seen these articles or not. If not, you may check them out:

However, they all basically say that after Bell Bridge Books featured Murder Takes the Cake among the free books it gave away in a Kindle promotion, the book reached the Kindle bestseller list and has remained there even though the book is no longer free. The Kindle success not only propelled sales of the paperback book and of both the paperback and Kindle versions of its sequel, Dead Pan, but it brought me to the attention of major agent Robert Gottlieb. Mr. Gottlieb now represents me.


So, what does all this mean? I know if you’re a writer, you’re wondering how you can have this happen for you. Basically, pray. Pray hard. I know that sounds tongue-in-cheek, but I’m serious. Those of you who know me or have followed my work over the years know I’ve worked hard. I’ve worked for small presses. I even had my own small publishing company for a few years. If Mr. Gottlieb is able to get me a choice book deal, people will call me an overnight success. But, trust me, there’s no such thing.


Some of the above articles bemoan the fact that Bell Bridge Books is losing the writer it propelled to Gottlieb status. Deborah Smith, vice president and the best editor ever, disagrees. Says Deb, “Our mission is to find and develop people like Gayle, and to give good authors a platform after NY turns away. The reality for new and midlist authors is that opportunities are shrinking fast in New York. We find niche audiences for great authors and prove those books can make a profit. Then, guess what? New York comes calling again…. As for the irony of ‘losing’ our author, we’re thrilled about that, too. We realize a big publishing house can do wonders for her that we can’t do, and, after all, we will benefit from continuing to own and sell her backlist.   So . . . the Kindle promotion was successful beyond our fondest hopes. Gayle got a huge career boost, print sales on all five promo books soared (ten-fold on some titles), we got national publicity, foreign agents are querying us, and Slate mentioned us in an article. We’re publishing 30 new books this year, all in ebook and print.”




Link of the Month: Freelance Folder  


Freelance Folder provides information on marketing your writing, writing mechanics, inspiration and productivity. Check it out!



Market Spotlight: Clarkesworld Magazine    


“Clarkesworld is a monthly science fiction and fantasy magazine first published in October 2006. Each issue contains at least two pieces of original fiction from new and established authors. Our fiction is also collected by issue in signed chapbooks and annually in our print anthology, Realms.” Clarkesworld Magazine was nominated for a Hugo & World Fantasy Award in 2009.




S H A M E L E S S Self-Promotion 


Gayle Trent: The audio book version of my out-of-print book Between A Clutch and A Hard Place is due to be released from Always Keepers Press on February 20, 2010.


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