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Posted by Amanda Brenner on May 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I have listed my works with a new distributor who works on commission, and they are already earning their money.  My books are selling well, especially one of my westerns.  I look forward to good things from this new association.

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Update

Posted by Amanda Brenner on April 18, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Very busy right now.  My writing group's conference is in two weeks and, as registrar, things are getting hectic for me.  However, I am looking forward to the event as we are trying a new format this year and it will be interesting to see how it goes over.


Bad news from a recent eye exam.  I can no longer delay surgery for my cataracts.  I am dreading this, but have no choice.  It is scheduled for June, and I'm afraid I will be pretty much out of commission the entire month.  But my doctor thinks it is very possible that, after the operation, I will no longer need the glasses I have worn all my life.  I'm scared, but tell myself that many other people have gone through this with positive results and there's no reason I should be any different.  Between now and then, and the conference, I hope to get as much as possible done on my current western.


As usual, as much as I can in the snatches of time I have available, I am busy promoting my books and am getting very positive feedback in that area.  Busy, busy, busy.


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Update

Posted by Amanda Brenner on March 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

March begins on an exciting note.  Last month I received my first royalty check and, believe me, I was thrilled.  Today a new site, which I recently joined, notified me that they have sold two of my novels.  Tomorrow Smashwords will start Read an Ebook Week, and I am participating with discounted novels and free short stories.


I am also hard at work on my next western novel.  It involves characters from Shadow of the Rope, and I'm debating whether or not to consider the two a series.  Can't decide, but I like the characters and see a possible future for them.  Will have to think on it.  Anyway, the storyline is more involved than I expected, and I really have to think about fitting everything in so that it all comes together at the end just like flowing through the neck of a sieve.


The other day, I was talking about breakfast and could not for the life of me form the words "English muffin."  Aware that such memory lapses have dire implications, it concerned me, until I realized that perhaps the reason I could not think of the name of the little round bready thingy is because my mind was on causes, symptoms and treatment of consumption in the latter part of the nineteenth century; or perhaps because I needed to find out just when paper dollar bills came into general use in this country (1862), so that if I was to have my hero pay his board bill, I would know if he needed coins or paper money.  Considering what was occupying my mind, it didn't bother me so much that I was unable to come up with "English muffin."  So there.


See you later; probably next month. 

                                                                             --     Amanda


Again, here's my brand new universal link

to my author's page at Amazon:  Author.to/B00585DXTM



Update

Posted by Amanda Brenner on February 12, 2014 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

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I have made a good start on my new western novel but am constantly being sidetracked with the dreary need to check my facts.  Also, I have a character going from Point A to Point B in a roundabout way and am dealing with the need to avoid mentioning towns that didn't exist when my story takes place.  Bummer.

A new feature here is a universal link to my Amazon author page for your convenience:)

Author.to/B00585DXTM

Thank you for stopping by.

Amanda B.


Update

Posted by Amanda Brenner on February 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Update

Posted by Amanda Brenner on February 2, 2014 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I have a good start on my new western novel.  Research is just about complete and I have written most of the first chapter.  Good news this morning:  a site I recently joined has just sold one of my westerns, Trail of Vengeance.  This was a kick-off sale for them and I'm glad they started with a beautiful story such as Trail.  Speaking of Trail, I developed a new cover, lighter than the original, and showcasing the area where the story is set.  Well, back to work.

Update

Posted by Amanda Brenner on December 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I am excited about the Christmas offering of my first series novel, Tainted Legacy, and my latest short story, The Case of the Pilfered Painting.  Both will be discounted the week before Christmas, Tainted Legacy as part of Amazon's Countdown program, and The Case of the Pilfered Painting with a Smashwords coupon.  The short story is a cozy, the same genre as another short story, Temporarily Away, that is selling well.  If you find yourself at odds over the holiday season, stop in and check out either of these offerings.  Happy Holidays to all.

Smashwords' Interview

Posted by Amanda Brenner on August 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)



Here is the link to my interview on Smashwords.  I think it went rather well and they have done a good job showcasing my work:  https://www.smashwords.com/interview/amandabrenner


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Exciting time...

Posted by Amanda Brenner on August 14, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)


The August 6 interview feature on Sharon Stevenson's blog was very well done.  Thank you, Sharon.


This month has two exciting events occurring.  I have joined AskDavid, a super promotion site I learned about through my reading group.  I just reviewed my listings; everything looks great and launches today.


Another site, Uncovered Books, which is brand new and launches on August 26, will also showcase my works.


I am excited about having my work represented on these sites and gaining access to the many markets in which they participate.


Looking forward to good things happening soon.


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Update

Posted by Amanda Brenner on August 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Pleasantly surprised with Smashwords' July summer sale.  My short stories got a lot of traffic and sales of my novels jumped.  Very gratifying.


Writers' conference coming up next month; lots of attractions scheduled; looking forward to it.


Right now am concentrating on promoting my work.  On August 6, I have an interview scheduled on Sharon Stevenson's blogsite, Moonfruit.  Anxious to see how it goes.


After the conference, I plan to start my next project, a western (unless I change my mind and get involved in another Sid Langdon mystery).  Decisions, decisions.


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