Read an Ebook Week – March 3-9

This is Read An Ebook Week March 3-9, 2019. If you’ve never read an ebook before, this is an awesome time to start. If you love to read ebooks, you can get some AMAZING deals this week at Smashwords. Discount books, free books, series, any genre, and more!!

Just click the picture and check out all the great books available for great prices this week at Smashwords.

Jill James, romance writer

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

You’ve heard that saying, right?! The few ruin things for the many. Someone tries to do something nice and someone takes advantage of it. 😦 Now it has hit the Little Free Libraries.

The Tragedy of the Commons Has Now Come to Little Free Libraries


Do you have a Little Free Library by you? Do you use it?

I searched my town but the nearest one is a couple of cities away.

Jill James, romance reader and writer

Another day, another worry

Being an Indie author is the same as running a small business. New laws, old laws, business laws, literary laws. All concerns to today’s self publisher. Like this new one…

What does it mean for autographed books? We shall have to wait and see.

Jill James, author and entrepreneur

Parlay Your Author Power

Self-publishing has changed the publishing world but there are still authors who have no power to change covers, titles, or clauses in their contracts. And then there is Philippa Gregory…

I love Gregory’s books and I find it amazing in a good way that she wants her stories to retain their historical integrity, even when made into films.

Do you think historical novels should be historically correct or do you believe artistic changes are allowable, or even preferred, to make the story more interesting to a modern audience?

Jill James, romance author
Time of Zombies series coming soon in audiobook!

Prepare for the Unexpected

This is why you need more than one book when you dig into promoting yourself and your books.

Scheduled for a TV Appearance … and then the Dreaded Unexpected Happens

The same holds true for pitch appointments with agents and editors. If they don’t like your first or current manuscript, be prepared to pitch numbers 2, 3, and 4. They want to buy books. Give them several options to choose from.

Nothing sells book #1 like book #2…and so on.

Jill James, off to write now!

A Time to Kill Zombies, Time of Zombies, Book 3 coming soon!

It’s Dangerous Out There

gumdropsNever has there been a better time to be a writer. You can go traditional with a publisher, find a nice independent publisher, or try your hand at self-publishing.  But dangerous waters still exist. Be aware of who you are doing business with. A friendly face doesn’t always equal a friendly business. And it IS a business. Great blog post about it…

Jill James, romance author and self-publisher

Book Publishing Isn’t Supposed To Be Dangerous

calligraphy penIn the scheme of things, book publishing isn’t supposed to be a dangerous job. Police officer, firefighter, soldier, electrician–all of these come to mind when I think there might be danger in the job description. But the saying ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’ had to come from somewhere.

Hong Kong publisher cancels book after employees go missing

Jill James, romance writer

Grab the Popcorn


Have you heard this saying on the Internet? It can be dueling blogs with he said/she said or it can be venom unleashed in the comments of a blog or it can be clickbait that starts a word war. All you can do is sit back, grab the popcorn, and enjoy the show.

I can definitely see both sides in this one, but I’m not taking sides. I like to watch drama, not be the drama! LOL

Kristen Lamb’s Blog

JA Konrath’s rebuttal to Kristen’s Blog

and also some more from Kristen on her blog if you follow along.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

But, like me, you aren’t standing in line in the cold for the first showing. What to do? You know that the Internet will be buzzing with details that you don’t want to see yet. Get Force Blocker!!

It will put up a splash page to warn you away from any site that has Star Wars news until you get yourself to the theater.

May the Force be with you!! Jill James, geeky writer who stood in line in 1977 through a whole showing to wait for the next one.


The Coloring Craze: Adult Coloring Books

crayonsThe publishing world has its funny moments. Like coloring books hitting the Top Ten lists. I enjoy the idea of coloring as relaxation and have been known to color with nephews or grandson. It takes your mind away and nothing brings back thoughts of childhood like a coloring book and a new box of crayons.

Check out this Publishers Weekly article to read more.

Do you like to color?

Jill James, author of romance


a cup is just a cup.

coffee cup

I was trying to decide which Internet hubbabaloo would be the least controversial. Nope, couldn’t find one. So I settled for the Starbucks red cup. I do not see it as a war on Christmas. I do not see it as nothing either. What I do see, is that someone will be upset by something daily. That is the society we have become–a society that must invent indignation, as if there isn’t enough wrong in the world to find something to really be mad and passionate about. So Starbucks chose a plain, red cup so as to not upset anyone and instead managed to upset everyone. LOL

As Joanne Nosuchinsky said on Red Eye: (paraphrasing) “I choose to see it as a blank canvas to draw whatever holiday or Christmas thing I want on it.” So, I’m off to Starbucks for my ridiculously expensive coffee (which is a rant for another day) in a plain red cup with Sharpie in hand to decorate it however I want.

(Starbucks actual red cup not shown due to copyright issues which I as an author truly believe in.)

Do You Feel Lucky?


Beginner’s luck, luck of the draw, bad luck, good luck, I feel lucky, luck of the Irish.

Recently, JA Konrath wrote a blog post called Maybe You Suck. A post about the role luck plays in publishing and by extension; life. The arguments have gone back and forth on whether it is luck or they don’t believe in luck. You should read it. The comments are as good as the post.

You can work your butt off, write the best book in the world, but if no one sees it does that make it bad? Like the old shampoo commercials, you can publish a book, someone sees it and tells two friends, and they tell two friends, and so on and so on. To me, that is luck; either good or bad.

Do you believe in luck in your successes and failures?

Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies series