Wednesday, May 30, 2012

FREE on Friday

Normally I give a list of books that are currently marked free, and I will no doubt continue that next week, but this week, I decided to highlight something different.  Galleycat recently listed free places to advertise e-books, so I thought I'd re-post some of that list here.  For the full list (cross your fingers this link works) go here:

Free Sites for eBook Promotion
Addicted to eBooks: “This website is perfect for readers like me, who want to watch their book budget. This website also allows the author to rate some of the content of their book. I want to know before I buy if a book the level of profanity, violence or sex in a book. I’m excited that authors can now rate their books for the readers.”
AppNewser Free eBooks of the Week: Our editors pick a few free eBooks every week. To submit email your pitch to appnewser [at] mediabistro [dot] com.
Author Marketing Club: “No longer do you have to dig up your links to the best places to submit your books. We’ve put them all together here for you in one spot. Just click on the logos below to load each site’s form, fill in your details, and you’re done.”
Bargain eBook Hunter: “If your title is currently FREE on Amazon, we want to know about it! Simply use the Contact Form to let us know about your free title and we will consider listing it on our site. There is NO COST to you if you contact us and we choose to post your free book.  We accept all genres except erotica.”
Books on The Knob: “Bargain reads, free ebooks and book reviews for the Amazon Kindle, nook, Kobo, Sony and other ereaders, Kindle Fire, nookColor, Kobo Vox, and other tablets, along with some games, music, technology and computers tossed in now and then.”
The Cheap: “This website was created in an attempt to let other Barnes and Noble NOOK users know that there really are plenty of deal priced books for NOOK readers. Here at the Cheap we, a group of deal scouting women, inform you of free and low-cost books. These change frequently so please be sure to check in often. We do our best to share only legitimate offers.”
Digital Book Today: Includes both free and paid options for writers looking to promote.
eReader News Today: Features bargain Kindle books and free Kindle books.
Flurries of Words: “we have both FREE and PAID advertising options (apologies but we do notaccept porn or erotica books). There are currently five FREE advertising options available: 1) Free Book Find (for permanently or temporarily free books) 2) 99 Cent Book (for permanently or temporarily 99 cent books) 3) Bargain Deal (for books over $0.99 but under $4.99–either permanently or temporarily) 4) Indie New Releases (for books newly released within the past 30 days) … 5) BOOK OF THE DAY”
FreeBooksy: If you find an ebook you think our Freebooksy readers should know about please let us know in the form below. And if you are an author and you want to tell the world about your free ebook fill out the form in the Authors section and we’ll take a look at your book.
Frugal Reader: “Please use the form below to submit your FREE books to be considered for a featured FREEBIE post. Submitting your novel does not guarantee that your book will be featured. Please allow as much lead time as possible as I know these are limited time offers. Please note that I feature most genres, and while I may feature romance titles that include sexual scenes, I don’t feature titles that strictly fall under the erotica genre.”
Kindle Daily Deal: “Let’s get the word out about your wonderful books on Kindle to my13,000+ followers. I am a fellow author and I’d love to help promote your books. I enjoy reading as much as writing, and feel it’s important to support my friends. Currently, this service is FREE to you, but in return for adding your book(s), I’m hoping you reciprocate by buying my latest book containing funny essays about relationships…”
Free Kindle Books & Tips: “If you are an author and would like to have your book promoted (for free) on our site, please fill out the form below: your book must be free in the Amazon Kindle Store and must have an average user rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars for consideration.  Please note each book submitted cannot be promoted due to space limitations on a particular day, but if your book is selected we will contact you at the email address you provide below.”
Free eBooks Daily: “I love to hear from authors and readers! If you have a comment, suggestion, or free ebook you would like listed or if you just want to say hello, feel free to send me an email.”

Although this is a comprehensive list, it is not all.  If you're interested, you can find the complete list at

Happy Reading and Writing,

Cherie Marks

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Mercy Gets a Review

I'm excited to say, my little flash fiction piece, "Mercy," got a review.  Not just any review, but a review where the reviewer actually admits to enjoying the read.  You can find the review at The Avid Reader.  I hope you'll check it out then come back here for a little more.

Of course, it's not the first time, I've heard from someone that it's too short.  One of the first things my own sister said to me was, "It's too short.  Write the rest NOW!"  Yes, let me make it clear, it's a very short, but powerful piece, and it's a part of a full manuscript that is currently in the throes of editing.  My goal is to have it published by the end of July.

This still seems rather daunting, but two things bolster me up and make me believe I can do it.

1.  I have mentors who've done it already.  Some pretty amazing ones at that.  Single and multiple indie-pubbed authors like Donna McDonald, Kallypso Masters, Hallee Bridgeman, Amy Durham, Sondra Allan Carr, Hayden Braeburn, Katherine Logan, JM Madden, Teresa Reasor, and Jesse Coffey and others in the Kentucky Indie Writers group.

2.  "Mercy" was an experiment to see if I really could edit, format, publish and reach an audience.  Even though it was a length I found manageable for my first attempt, I'd say, the experiment was a success.  I feel ready to take on the larger project.

So, thank you to The Avid Reader for the extra motivation I needed to actually set a publication date.  Also, thank you in advance to my fellow indies who have already been such an inspiration.  I hope I can call on your expertise through this process.

Stay tuned to the blog as I update my progress over the next two months.  I need all the accountability I can muster.

Happy Reading and Writing!

Cherie Marks

Friday, May 25, 2012


Though I missed a Friday or two, here are some free bargains that I found for Friday.  Enjoy!

Jump Cut by Lise McClendon

The Beauty Bride (The Jewels of Kinfairlie) by Claire Delacroix

Sweet Release (Kenleigh/Blakewell Family Saga) by Pamela Clare

Happy Reading and Writing!

Cherie Marks

Monday, May 21, 2012

Top Ten Reasons They Can Eat Pizza Every Night

Well, I've been working hard to finish up a couple things, not the least of which is a short story I've set a self-imposed deadline of May 31st to finish.  So, my poor family is dealing with the familiar state of, "Mommy just needs to finish this page, paragraph, sentence, word..." before I meet any of their many needs.

So, to convince hubby, kids, and myself that it's okay they haven't had more than one home-cooked meal this week and probably won't get many more than that over the next week, here is the Top Ten Reasons They Can Eat Pizza Every Night.

10.  Let's face it, who wouldn't rather eat greasy, cheesy, crusty pizza over broccoli casserole any day?

9.    Tomatoes are healthy.  Pepperoni and cheese are full of protein.  It's a nutritious meal for all.

8.    Honestly, I haven't done dishes today yet either, so no pots and pans=no chance anything's getting cooked around here.

7.    Pizza man has really begun to wear some shiny bling, and he needs our tips to add to his collection.

6.    Mommy needs a dinner she can hold in one hand and type with the other.

5.    Tired of Little Caesar's?  There's always Domino's, Papa John's, Smashing Tomato, Ci Ci's, Puccini's, Old Chicago, and fifty other pizza places we haven't tried yet.

4.    Pizza sends your taste buds on a thrill ride comparable to any wild roller coaster run.  It's harmony in your mouth.  Okay, maybe I'm still in writer mode.

3.    There's usually a couple pieces leftover for tomorrow's lunch, which we all know, mom will have to un-glue her fingers from the keyboard to nuke for a minute.  Hey, that's cooking.

2.     Speed dial and our usual order stored in the pizza places around town's computers make for a super-quick supper fix. (Yes, they know us by name.)


There you have it!  Top Ten Reasons They Can Eat Pizza Every Night.  Now, if you can trick...uh...convince your family into thinking this is good for everyone, you'll be well on your way to selling your next book, so you can buy more PIZZA!

Happy Reading and Writing,

Cherie Marks

Monday, May 14, 2012

Things That Make You Go Hmmmm...

If you happen to live in a cave or a hole or something (of course, how would you have internet access, but that's beside the point), you might have missed the latest uproar in the indie publishing realm.  Turns out, a literary agent, who I just happen to have attended a conference where he was the speaker, has stuck the old proverbial foot in the mouth.

It seems Scott Eagan has certainly woken the bear.  If you haven't seen or heard the controversy you might want to check out a few websites.

It all started when Ann Voss Peterson guest posted a blog on J.A. Konrath's (who has now written a post of his own about the situation) about  a certain publishing house's fail with the contract clauses for authors.

This post alone created a hailstorm of controversy.  As an author, I'm still trying to navigate my way through this new publishing world, and my interest was piqued to say the least.

Next thing I know, I get an e-mail telling me to check out The Passive Guy's blog and the craziness Scott Eagan unleashed with his own blogpost.  Seems he couldn't help commenting on a blog that was anti-trad publishing and concerned an author who was dissatisfied by contracts at a certain publishing house.  He personally had no problem with this publishing house.  Unfortunately, he had many, many opinions about the situation that he would have been better off just thinking in his noggin and not committing to screen, as it were.  I would link to that post, but at any rate, after the commenting began, he removed the incendiary blogpost, only firing up more critcism.

Now, I don't have a dog in this fight, but once again, I'm amazed at how the world turns.  Not too long ago, authors wouldn't have thought of criticizing an agent, even if said agent didn't seem to have an author's best interest at heart, but authors are finding a certain freedom in this uncertain age, and many not only feel comfortable telling agents they're not needed, but doing so in a way that burns bridges in a blaze of glory.

I don't yet know what to think, but I'm watching with intense interest from the sidelines.  Things are just heating up, I'm sure.

Happy reading and writing,


Friday, May 11, 2012

Free on Friday

Here are a few goodies that are FREE for Kindle on Friday.  Check them out:

Unbreak My Heart (Childhood Sweethearts Reunited) Hellen Scott Taylor

(Free to Prime Members, but only .99 if you buy it.)

Pushed Too Far   Ann Voss Peterson

And if you didn't catch Ann's blogpost on JA Konrath's blog Newbie's Guide to Publishing.  It's a good one.  Click on the blog title to read it.

Happy Reading and Writing!

Cherie Marks

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Six Sunday--Always a Chance

Welcome back to another Six Sentence Sunday installment from Always a Chance, a story about Cara Reynolds and Will Jones. She's in PR and he's working with her to promote the Ultimate Sparring League. During a long weekend, Will suggests they pretend they're dating to fool his sister, who is also Cara's best friend.  Though she knows so many reasons she shouldn't...she's still debating the insanity of possibly saying yes.  We pick up with the beginning of Will's explanation for such a crazy suggestion.

“What did you have in mind?”

“Maley keeps going on and on about how closely you and I are working on this project? She keeps suggesting that we’re, you know, getting horizontal with each other.”
A heavy tension flooded her shoulders. She gave a tight nod, but she didn’t think he noticed her discomfort with the subject. Did he have to make it sound so far-fetched?
Read more Six Sentence Sundays here, or sign up to participate next week. Hope you have an enjoyable Sunday.

Happy Writing and Reading,Cherie

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What's the Appeal of the $.99 or FREE Book?

I love a deal! Seems like almost everyone does. All this recent talk about book pricing, has me thinking.  On many of my loops lately, it's all anyone can post about, and everyone's out to find the best deals. The good news, apparently, rather than randomly searching for these deals, there are websites devoted specifically to identifying the latest cheap e-book reads.  Sites like and     advertise low cost or free e-books.

But why are readers drawn to these kind of deals?

The reality is, with the exception of a used book store, there really aren't any brick and mortar bookstores that offer this kind of deal.  I've never walked into the Barnes and Noble in my nearby shopping center and been directed toward a section of free books.  Why?  Because it took money to print those puppies, and BN isn't going to display anything they aren't going to get a cut of, so they sure aren't giving books away for free.  Besides, they'll tell you they do discount, but looking at the cheapest prices at BN, most discounted books are at a rough estimate of $7.99 on average.

Another reason is that, as readers, we've been burned before.  We've bought a book at full price and a third of the way in, found we just couldn't go on.  Yes, even purchasing a "traditionally published" book from a brick and mortar is risky.  So, of  course, it stands to reason, the less we spend on a purchase, the less likely we will be unsatisfied at the end of the read.  The hope is, we'll be pleasantly surprised and willingly pay a little more for the next book to continue reading a new author we like and didn't have to risk an uncomfortable amount of money to find.

Now it's your turn, why do you think readers flock to the deals?  What is the draw of the $.99 or FREE book?

Oh, and I'm being spotlighted at  Stop by if you get a chance.  
Happy reading and writing,


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