Do I Need a New Book? Yes, you do…

June 24, 2013

need a new bookAnd since we have established this fact, may I suggest our newest release:

Testicles-smLEARNING TO PLAY WITH A LION’S TESTICLES is excellent reaching for the beach/vacation/avoiding work/general malaise. We’ve rated this as a 3 on the Boxes of Kleenex Scale, and a 5 on the Laugh ‘Til Your Abs Hurt Scale, as author Melissa Haynes travels to South Africa to volunteer on a game reserve, blithely believing she’s helping save the animals when, in fact, they end up saving her.

So yes, you need to buy a new book. This book.


Free E-book – HEART WARRIORS

April 24, 2013

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I met Amanda Adams under the craziest of circumstances, but the end result is that I loved her book, HEART WARRIORS, and couldn’t wait to sign her. Amanda is a bright and articulate author who truly is a warrior for congenital heart disease. She had no choice, since her adorable son, Liam, was born with it. She has spent every day of his young life fighting, and Liam couldn’t have a better mom.

But HEART WARRIORS isn’t just another disease of the week – it’s a bible/survival guide for anyone who has a loved one suffering from CHD. In fact, her Survival Guide at the back of the book is a fabulous reference for all things congenital heart disease.

Amanda artfully writes about the battles, the pain, the immense joy, and everything in between. She gives permission to parents to have the thoughts and feelings they try so hard to sweep under the carpet…and that’s vital to mental health. CHD isn’t like a cold, so parents have to be physically, mentally, and financially prepared for the long haul.

I admire Amanda immensely, and I’d like for readers to see what an amazing woman she is, and how her book can help anyone touched by CHD. So for starting today – Wednesday – and ending Thursday at 3 p.m. EST, anyone may email me (lynn_at_behlerpublications.com) for their free e-book version of HEART WARRIORS. Please put HEART WARRIORS e-book in the Subject line.

Here is an article Amanda wrote for Scrubs magazine which I thought was fabulous; “What Nurses Taught This Mother.” Also, here’s a very cool review of HEART WARRIORS.

Amanda, you rock.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FREE OFFER ENDED THURSDAY 4-25. YOU MAY BUY AMANDA’S BOOK AT YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORE, OR AT ANY ONLINE STORE, SUCH AS AMAZON, B&N.COM, iBook, ETC.

WE HAD AN AMAZING RESPONSE, AND I’M HONORED TO HAVE BEEN A PART OF THIS GIVEAWAY. HEART FAMILIES ARE WONDERFUL.


About your e-book…

February 15, 2013

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For the love of all that’s holy, CHECK YOUR E-BOOK FILES before you take them live. I’ve read quite a few e-books from authors whose publishers are giants, yet their e-books are a hot mess. I’m talking about major conversion blunders that arbitrarily cut dialog, mid-sentence, into several carriage returns, so you’re not sure who’s talking. It looks
something like
this.

Then there are the quote marks around narrative instead of dialog, missing scene breaks, and a whole host of other problems.

From all appearances, publishers aren’t taking the time to test the e-book files before uploading them to online databases like Amazon and BN.com, so lots of authors have embarrassingly horrible-looking e-books. If you see your e-book is filled with a shop of horrors, scream at your publisher to fix them. I’m in the middle of reading an e-book, and I’d give my left ear lobe to tell the author – because I do know her – but I don’t want to offend her. What’s worse is I’m not sure her publisher would fix it – and it dearly needs fixing. I’ve never struggled so hard to read an e-book.

There is a well-known author whose e-books are horribly converted. I’m in the process of reading every one of his gazillions of books, and I have yet to find a clean conversion.

I know exactly squat about e-book conversion, but my very dear buddies in India know a bucket-load. I test the little blighters before I hand them over to Consortium for distribution because I really want our readers to enjoy their books – not wish they could rip their eyes out with a toothpick.

Meh.


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