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The Best Picture Project — Cimarron (1931)

Cimarron (1931 film) poster.jpgDirected by Wesley Ruggles

Screenplay by Howard Estabrook, based upon the novel by Edna Ferber

Starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne

Here we are friends – after these many, long years together, with you diligently consuming every entry of The Best Picture Project, and me, less-diligently, producing them, we’ve reached the end of the road, where it all comes to an end.  And coming here almost feels bittersweet, like somebody should cue Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, or Boyz II Men’s End of the Road, to play us out.  And don’t worry about neither being appropriate for this occasion, because they’re hardly appropriate for the other occasion for which they are most associated – high school graduations.   If they work there, why not here?

But I digress. Continue reading

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New Book — One Night In The Murder Bed

Murder Bed CoverHey all, sorry for the lengthy time away — I’ve been writing and working on various projects.  And, you know, working my day job.

Anyway, just so you know my time away has been for naught and I haven’t just been sitting around on my hands, here is a link to my newest book, out just over a week.  Don’t hesitate to buy — it’s a steal at $2.99.

And I promise, I will have a new post in the Best Picture Project soon — maybe within the week.

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Kindle Dierct Publishing Results 4.0

So, I decided to do another free promo period through the Amazon Kindle Direct Program for my young adult novel, Girl Band.  It’d previously been free several months ago and did all right, with my main advertising being through my friends Facebook.    Because it’d already been through the promo period once before, I had no real intentions of getting a big boost out of another one, or of generating any sales for my other books.  Instead, I planned to use this promo period to do a multi-stage advertising process, to gauge where the sales were coming from.  Of course, any results I got would obviously be tempered by the fact that Girl Band was already free once before and so a number of potential buyers would already be out.  On the other hand, there were lessons to still be learned, and I was not afraid to learn them. Continue reading

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Kindle Direct Publishing Results (Updated)

So, not that long ago I made one of my books – While You Were Here – free for the Kindle for a limited time and wrote a post about it here.   In that post I totled up 369 freebies given away through Amazon US, and 15 given away through Amazon UK.

Imagine my surprise, then, to pop over to check out my reports and I find I’ve now given away 384 through Amazon US and 17 through Amazon UK.  Just curious how it’s possible to sell more of something outside of it’s time period.

Oh well, don’t be afraid to jump on board and get your copy now – it’s not free anymore, but at $0.99 it might as well be.

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Kindle Direct Publishing Results

So, you all should know that last week I gave away Kindle copies of my book, While You Were Here, for free.  I had previously done the same thing a little over a month ago for my YA novel, Girl Band – this was before the cover changed.  Anyway, thought everybody would like to know that during that time I managed to give away a total of 386 copies through the following stores:

Amazon US – 369

Amazon UK – 15

Amazon DE – 2 Continue reading

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Another New Cover

Well, three of four covers are complete, the newest is at left for my novel While You Were Here.

It’s hard to summarize what the book is about but basically it’s about a couple in an already-bad marriage that is made worse when tragedy strikes.  The book follows their lives for 25 yeas after the tragedy, showing how each deals with it and how there are two ways you can go when presented with death: you can either give in and let it be a weight on you that drags you down, or you can realize life is fragile and use your time wisely.  On the one hand, I know the book sounds depressing, but on the other, I know it’s really not.

Anyway, you can get it on Amazon here for the Kindle or in paperback, but if you’re going to get it in paperback, buy it through Createspace, because I make more money from those, even though they are the exact same book.  In any event, don’t be afraid to get th ebook, it’s less than a $1, which isn’t all bad.

Also, I promise that a real post is forthcoming.

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Hey, Buy This Book

Hey there, if any of you regular readers get tired of reading what I write without paying for it, don’t hesitate jumping over here and choosing from a selection of my books.  They’re all available for purchase, including my brand new novel, Fish Out Of Water, available in both paperback and ebook form.

BTW, how about this post being my 100th on this site and it being for shameless self-promotion.  I’m wondering what 200 can be.

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More Shameless Shilling For ‘Girl Band’


In case you haven’t yet figured it out, I wrote a little book called Girl Band – you might have seen the little spiel on it in the column on the right side of the front page.  You might have also seen posts on it regularly.  And since this is my blog and I don’t mind a little shameless shilling, so here’s some more…

For a while now Girl Band has been available through Amazon.com , at a bargain price of $10.  In spite of this it’s only finally just been formatted for reading on the Kindle, so, if you aren’t into spending $10 for a book by some bozo who runs a blog, how does $0.99 sound?  Because if you buy it for the Kindle, that’s all it’ll be.

Now, come on, you know you want to buy it, so go do it already.

Also, back later today, or maybe tomorrow with a fresh post.

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Coming Soon…this is not a chick flick

A new, proper, post is on its way shortly – I just finished watching Grand Hotel for the Best Picture Project – but until then I thought I’d share one of the things that’s distracted me a little bit.

As any loyal reader knows from the advertisement along the right side of the front page of this blog, I wrote a novel called Girl Band, which is currently available for purchase at Amazon.com and Createspace.com.

Recently I’ve neared completion on the followup to this novel, a quasi-sequel called this is not a chick flick.  You can watch the trailer for this novel below and I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the release of this novel as well.

If the video below doesn’t want to work just follow this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bll9Obqw4Q.


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