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Browsing Archive: July, 2011

Buy the ebook, get the music as my gift

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Wednesday, July 27, 2011,
My first book was published in June 2004.  In November of that same year, I began blogging on xanga.  Other writers find it odd that I blog on xanga, that I still blog on xanga, rather than someplace more writerly.  But the simple truth is I like blogging here. 

Folks on xanga have been extraordinarily supportive of my writing.  So now, with the recent release of a new ebook edition of A Minor Case of Murder, I want to offer something extra to the people who read my blog.   If you purchase th...
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New Cover Art!

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Tuesday, July 19, 2011,
There are few things more enjoyable for an author than the moment you first see your cover art.  Apparently that's true even when the book is nearly five years old.

Like most authors, I'm busy trying to catch up with changes in the publishing industry.  Today, it would be almost unimaginable for a traditional publisher to purchase book rights without including ebook rights in the contract.  But that's a very recent change.  Publishing contracts  for books that were published in hardcove...
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In Praise of Amateur Sleuths

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Friday, July 15, 2011,
So by now, most of you know that I write an amateur sleuth mystery series.  Amateur sleuth mysteries are a popular subgenre, fun for both the author and the reader, but they hinge on a remarkable bit of "suspension of disbelief".  Because the crime solver is neither a police officer nor a private detective.  Recently, I did an interview with my amateur sleuth, Cassie O'Malley.  Cassie remarked:

"You know, I used to watch that TV show, I forget the title, you know, the one with Angela La...
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So you want to be a famous author?

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Monday, July 11, 2011,
I've done my share of book signings, with modest success, which is to say, I've sold some books and met some readers.  I've had events when I sat alone at a table, wondering if I had inadvertently swallowed an invisibility potion, but I've also had lively events, at venues like Book Expo America and the American Library Association, with long lines of appreciative readers. 

    
   
But I've never had a book signing where "nervous bookstore employees pleaded with eager female fans n...
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