Maggie Pill

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Release Day...What Did I Forget?

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Of course you know by now that the 4th Sleuth Sisters Mystery releases today.
If you don't, I'm not sure what I could have done differently.
I'm on two blogs.
I'm featured on a book lover's site.
I sent out newsletters.
I delivered early copies to Tom's so the locals can have first looks.
I tweeted.
I Facebooked.
I sent out postcards to libraries and bookstores.

All you have to do is enjoy the book...unless you're willing to write a review somewhere.
That would be great.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Forgotten by Facebook

Yesterday I discovered Facebook has forgotten who I am.
It's some mix-up with passwords, but I got so frustrated I had to walk away from that circle world one gets into with internet sites: That's not the right email. Fix that. That's not the right password. Fix that. We're sending a code to your phone. Get it, plug it in.  Is this you? Yes. Congratulations. You're logged in. Hit 'enter.' Your email and/or password don't match our records.

Can you get workman's comp for banging your head against your desk?

What makes all this worse is that SLEUTHING AT SWEET SPRINGS is one week from its official release today, so there is LOTS I should be doing other than fighting with internet gremlins. Amazon print and e-book versions are ready. Order HERE  Audio takes much longer (sorry listeners).

I hope my fans enjoy Book #4--and most of all, I hope they hear about it SOMEwhere!


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Mailman, Mailman, Do Your Duty...

I should be receiving ARCs (Advance Review Copies, also known as Proofs) in the mail next week. I'll deliver them to some beta readers with sharp eyes who enjoy being the first to read a book.
Covers are done by yeocladesigns--amazing!
This stage is our last chance to clear up the pesky little errors that creep into books despite hard-working editors and despite the fact I've probably read the dumb thing a hundred times!

I listened to my computer read the book aloud before sending it in for the final setup. As long as I don't let my mind wander, I can hear the tiniest errors, like a pause where I left an extra space or when it reads sat instead of sad.

The fact remains that an author can't step back far enough to see places where the reader goes "What?" I'm grateful to have faithful friends who are willing to read and point those spots out to me. For example, a friend who read SLEUTHING AT SWEET SPRINGS noted that in one conversation I'd given away the killer from the first book, THE SLEUTH SISTERS. She was right to suggest I remove that paragraph, since people don't necessarily read a series in order. I've often stumbled into the middle and then gone back to read the earlier books, so it doesn't do for an author to put spoilers in later.

It's always hard to decide how much backstory to include with each new book. I can't leave out how Barb and Faye formed their detective agency with the intention that Retta would not be part of it. Much of the humor of the series hinges on the fact that Retta butts in yet usually ends up providing valuable help. I try to salt bits and pieces of the sisters' past and personalities into the storyline without bogging it down with repetition from the previous books' events.

Anyway, the books are in the mail, I'm told, so we're a step closer to another installment. I did have a librarian tell me last week that she loved THE SLEUTH SISTERS. Then she asked, "Are there any more of those around?"

Number 4: June 30th!
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Countdown Begins: Sleuth Sisters #4

If you've ever wondered
     *Can chickens take part in crime-solving?
     *Does the Oxford comma divide families?
     *Can Barb's heart be captured by a stray?
     *Will Faye ever see the value of dressing for success?
     *Has Retta figured out what she wants in a man?

Answers are coming.

I just received final edits for SLEUTHING AT SWEET SPRINGS, so the next week should get me over the top. I'll be looking for beta readers, so let me know ( if you'd like to get an early look!

Here's the pre-order link for Kindle: