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Indie Publishing: The Unvarnished Truth from the Trenches

By Marta Tandori, published on May 29, 2014

I indie published my first book TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE, a Kate Stanton Mystery, through Amazon in October, 2012 and let me tell you, it’s been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. Truth be told, though, I wouldn’t change a damn thing.

By the time I tried my hand at indie publishing, the business was past its infancy and had exploded out of the starting block, spawning a slew of indie publishing superstars like Amanda Hocking and Hugh Howey, with practically each new day heralding yet another superstar within the indie ranks. But with any phenomenon came the naysayers; those... (more)

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Are You There, God? It’s Me, Judy Blume

By Marta Tandori, published on May 20, 2014

Long before the advent of the Internet, which made every taboo subject accessible with the click of a mouse, subjects like the human body and how it worked weren’t the stuff of everyday conversation, let alone mainstream discussion. Enter Judy Blume in 1970 with her breakthrough book, Are You There, God?It’s Me, Margaret. and it revolutionized not only the landscape of publishing but also made it okay for young girls to talk about their bodies – something which simply wasn’t done back then. The book was considered shocking in its day because it dealt with several sensitive topics in which... (more)

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The Potential for New Readership – Priceless...

By Marta Tandori, published on Apr 27, 2014

The journey to recognized authorhood is a long and winding road of lessons learned, hardships overcome and hurdles cleared. This is especially true for an indie author who is still new to the game and is trying to learn the ropes about the mechanics of indie publishing while blindly navigating through the giant behemoth known as Marketing Mountain. As any indie author will tell you, publishing a book, while certainly a huge ego-stroke, will mean absolutely nothing unless that author is able to effectively market that book and future books in order to build a lasting – and hopefully growing... (more)

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Fictional Detectives: Murder, J.B. Fletcher Wrote

By Marta Tandori, published on Apr 20, 2014

Many of her adversaries have accused her of “meddling” and being “nosey to a fault”, while her admirers have praised her as “intuitive”. However, few can argue that the character of Jessica Beatrice MacGill Fletcher a.k.a. J.B. Fletcher is one of the world’s most famous fictional amateur sleuths. She’s been touted by AOL as among “TV’s Smartest Detectives” and ranked a lofty number 6 on Sleuth Channel’s poll of “America’s Top Sleuths”. What makes her character even more unique is that Jessica Fletcher wasn’t your “every man” P.I. like the personable Jim Rockford of The Rockford Files... (more)

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Fictional Detectives: Elementary, My Dear Watson

By Marta Tandori, published on Apr 10, 2014

Famous fictional detectives have long been a staple of detective stories, mysteries and crime fiction. They are both professionals and amateurs who have quirky, prickly and sometimes even “defective” personality traits which set them apart from their peers and make them such unique and entertaining characters, masterfully drawing their readers into their complex fictional world in their quest to solve the elusive “whodunit”.

Arguably, one of the most famous fictional detectives was Sherlock Holmes, created by Scottish author and physician, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes was... (more)

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Fictional Detectives: the World’s Most Famous Girl Detective

By Marta Tandori, published on Apr 6, 2014

Famous fictional detectives rely on their powers of deduction, reasoning and educated thought to solve strange and oftentimes grisly crimes. These characters have long been a staple of detective stories, mysteries and crime fiction and are both professionals and amateurs who have quirky, prickly and sometimes even “defective” personality traits which set them apart from their peers and make them such unique and entertaining characters, masterfully drawing their readers into their complex fictional world in their quest to solve the elusive “whodunit”. Fictional detectives are generally placed... (more)

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Fifty Shades of Naughty: The Explosion of Erotica

By Marta Tandori, published on Mar 18, 2014

Erotica. The word has been around for a long time and conjures up naughty, lustful images of debasement, debauchery and a whole lotta sex. Until recently, the term was used only in hushed undertones, whispered among women. Books on the subject were usually found hidden away in the back of indie bookstores whereas their kissing cousins, the “bodice-ripper” romance novels, featuring covers showing scantily-clad, nubile young heroines gazing lovingly into the eyes of their conquering, well-endowed Fabios, were taking up entire walls at the local Barnes & Noble.

So, what’s the big... (more)

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Can Legacy Publishing Still Afford Its “Top Guns”?

By Marta Tandori, published on Mar 5, 2014

Joe Konrath recently described legacy publishing as a “carny game” or, at the very least, a lottery where hundreds of thousands of authors play the game and only a select few of them “win” at it. He then rationalized his statement by saying that hard work (and a variety of other factors) could influence an author’s odds of success in legacy publishing which is why it paid to work hard but even then, there were no guarantees.

Those authors who “win” the legacy publishing lottery can go on to win what Konrath describes as a “fat legacy publishing purse”. He cites J.K. Rowling as a legacy... (more)

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Danielle Steel – In a League All Her Own

By Marta Tandori, published on Feb 24, 2014

She was born into privilege, her father a descendant of the owners of the Lowenbrau beer dynasty while her mother was the daughter of a diplomat. Having spent much of her childhood in France, she was said to have been included in her parents’ many dinner parties which gave her the ideal opportunity to observe the habits of the rich and famous. She’s been married five times, twice to convicts, and with her incredible success as one of America’s most beloved writers, she’s had the good fortune to call home the historic Spreckels mansion, a San Francisco landmark, where she’s entertained the... (more)

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FORBIDDEN, a Novella - Chapter 16

By Marta Tandori, published on Feb 11, 2014

Warning: Contains explicit scenes and/or language which may be offensive to some readers.

CHAPTER SIXTEEN

Irving Johnson’s car was spotted by a motorist on the San Diego Freeway. The motorist contacted a local news station who in turn contacted the authorities. Soon, there were several choppers in the air, faithfully videotaping Irving’s attempted exodus from the United States. The story of his brother’s death and Irving’s flight from L.A. were documented by news stations around the world and CNN’s coverage of the story was ongoing. By the time Irving Johnson was finally... (more)

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