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FORBIDDEN, a Novella - Chapter 3

By Marta Tandori, published on Nov 24, 2013

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

Chapter Three

The huge property had been an all-but-forgotten parcel of land in Benedict Canyon when Leo’s father, Karl Bauer, had purchased it for next to nothing from a California land baron who’d lost most of his fortune when the market crashed in the late twenties.Leo suspected that the selling feature for his father had been the huge underground bunker under the canyon; the previous owner’s brainchild, who had been a paranoid recluse and had it built after the Japanese bombed Pearl... (more)

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Book Sales Helpline: 1-800-OPRAH?

By Marta Tandori, published on Nov 20, 2013

If you’ve read any of the recent articles that have been published on various websites, then it appears that publishing houses and booksellers are in crisis mode with non-digital book sales sinking faster than the Titanic.

On November 13, 2013, in an article published by Jim Milliot on www.publishersweekly.com, he characterized the recent slowing of e-book sales as a “mixed blessing”. Why - because e-book sales have drastically hurt non-digital book sales. No surprise there. He quoted an executive at a large bookseller who adopted the following rationale: “E-book pricing and online... (more)

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FORBIDDEN, a Novella - Chapter 2

By Marta Tandori, published on Nov 19, 2013

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

Two

Today Leo had finally hit pay dirt when he caught sight of Maria during a quick errand to the Hollywood & Highland Center. Forgetting about his errand, he immediately fell in step behind her, following at an unobtrusive distance. Not that it really mattered. She took no notice of anything or anyone around her. He’d popped into one of the stores and bought the first thing he came across while she stood outside Johnny Rockets, cackling like a lunatic as the disco ball was lowered... (more)

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FORBIDDEN, a Novella - Chapter 1

By Marta Tandori, published on Nov 17, 2013

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

One

There had been no clap of thunder over the Hollywood Hills or other ominous sign to forewarn him of her sudden arrival on his doorstep, spouting little more than a litany of barely coherent gibberish.

“Trade for tit’s milk!Tit’s milk for April.”

“What is she saying, Señor?” his housekeeper asked, cowering just inside the doorway.

“How the bloody hell should I know?”Leo Bauer made no effort to mask his irritation at being called away from his dinner guests to deal... (more)

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The Novella: An Indie Author's Valuable Marketing Tool

By Marta Tandori, published on Nov 16, 2013

“Novella” – the word has a lilting quality to it and rolls nicely off the tongue, don’t you think? Regardless of the reaction the word invokes, make no mistake. The novella is a valuable marketing tool for today’s indie author “thinking outside the box”.

The word “novella” is derived from the feminine derivative of the Italian word “new” and the reference source, wikipedia.org, defines “novella” as “a written fictional prose narrative normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel”. To put that definition into context, the generally-accepted length of a novella is 20,000... (more)

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Indie Publishing: A Veritable Cash Cow, Right?

By Marta Tandori, published on Nov 12, 2013

Back in the old days, circa 2009 when Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing was in its infancy, authors were publishing books left, right and center, barely able to keep up with the sudden demand for ebooks, which quickly led to the initial Tsunami of Crap populating Amazon’s earlier online offerings. Those authors with a bit of tech-savvy could make their own covers, format their own books and, thanks to the Great Zon’s publishing platform wizardry, have that sucker published within 24 hours. Readers didn’t care as much whether the covers were top notch nor did they care whether the books were... (more)

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J.K. Rowling: Author Typecasting

By Marta Tandori, published on Nov 6, 2013

The online reference source, wikipedia.org defines the term “typecasting” as “the process by which a particular actor becomes strongly identified with a specific character” in television, film and the theater. Although this definition is in context to actors and the roles they play, it may equally be applied to authors and the books they write. And while typecasting and the “big bang” status otherwise known as “fame” are probably the last things an author is likely to think about when conceptualizing a series of books, the risk is nevertheless there and should not be overlooked – just ask... (more)

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Indie Authors: What's in a Title?

By Marta Tandori, published on Oct 31, 2013

What’s in a title? Plenty, it seems. “A good title is the title of a successful book,” so said American novelist and screenwriter, Raymond Chandler. The title of a book has the power to make a reader stop and give the book more than a passing glance. A good title will immediately stimulate by creating initial curiosity, interest or elicit an emotional response. In the case of non-fiction, good titles convey information – who the book is for and what it will do for them – and will also inspire action (or at least convey the impression of being “non-passive”).

The following are examples... (more)

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If These Walls Could Talk

By Marta Tandori, published on Oct 28, 2013

If these walls could talk, I bet they’d have plenty to say – things like “There she is, there’s Annie O’Leary’s killer.” Not because I’d actually killed Mom but it’s because of me she’s dead, which is practically the same thing.

I should’ve just slipped out my bedroom window when I heard him fiddling with the lock but I honestly never thought he’d have the balls to break in. Come to think of it, the half-dozen empty beer cans strewn all over the kitchen table should’ve gotten my Spidey senses tingling but my mind was on a million other things more important than my mother’s horn-dog... (more)

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Indie Authors Become “Unbound”

By Marta Tandori, published on Oct 25, 2013

Much has been said about indie authors self-publishing ebooks through platforms like Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, Smashwords, Untreed Reads and a multitude of others. There’s also been much talk about companies like CreateSpace that facilitate the publication of manuscripts into actual book form. However, not much has been said about indie publishing and crowd-funding platforms.

“Crowd-funding” is a relatively new term in our lexicon of everyday jargon, born via the advent of e-commerce and the Internet. Specifically, “crowd-funding” is defined as the collective efforts of individuals... (more)

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