I am the author of the Henry Wood Detective series. The first book is available on Kindle, Nook, and in Print. Book two is in the editing phase, book 3 is waiting patiently, and book for is being written with reckless abandon.
@belllindsay @ginidietrich @Howie Goldfarb What about an eleven foot pole?
1 month ago on The NFL is Missing the Cardinal Rule of Crisis Management
They need to hire your firm.I love football, but the recent events, and the not so recent ones cause me such pain deep down in my football soul.
It isn't just the terrible abuse stories of the last week, but the horrific tales of what life is like after the NFL for our heroes that has sucked much of the joy out of the game for me.I still watch, for now, but the day may come that I won't.
Tennis is fun, so maybe I'll stick to watching that.
You've created a wonderful place for people to hang out and discuss important topics. It's much more than a blog, it's a community. I'm proud to be a part.Happy Birthday Spin Sucks.
1 month, 1 week ago on Happy Birthday, Spin Sucks!
1) Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (All 5 books in the Trilogy) - Douglas Adams
2) Fathers and Sons - Turgnev
3) A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
4) Candide - Voltaire
5) The Beam - Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt 6) Snowcrash - Neal Stephenson (From Ames High School...go Little Cyclones!)
7) Harry Potter series
8) To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
9) The Goal - Eli Goldratt
10) In Search of Excellence - Tom Peters
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Read a Book Day is September 6
@Danny Brown @ExtremelyAvg I was thinking more in terms of Underwood, Scotch, and Wry, because its subject matter is social media, but you're probably right.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why We Shouldn’t Confuse Real Time Marketing with Data Driven Marketing
I really enjoyed your bakery story. I would imagine that to do real-time marketing well, one needs to be completely immersed in what is being done well (and poorly) to truly have a feel for when to pull the trigger.
I'm sure it could be done with a novel, but I'm equally sure that I don't have the experience to do it for one of mine.
That being said, I bet if I made an effort to follow stories like the Oreo one more closely, I might develop the sense needed to come up with something clever.
Regardless, it was a fun post to read. I love clever marketing.
@ColyMoore I'm pleased you've taken the time to write a review for Amazon (and here!).
Before yesterday I hadn't thought about a sequel, but someone else posed the same question. I think a good title for the follow-up might be Underwood, Scotch, and Cry.I've already begun to sort out some of the details in my head. If people continue to enjoy US&W, then I will definitely give Arthur another adventure.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Worst Day Ever
@jeannettepaladino I'll take em!
1 month, 4 weeks ago on One Day At A Time
@Linda Weyand Thanks for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed Underwood, Scotch, and Wry. I still feel terrible about the mix-up, but it's nice to know you enjoyed the book. Would you mind leaving a review on Amazon on Underwood, Scotch, and Wry? I've been getting a bunch of nice reviews, but unfortunately people have been leaving them on Henry Wood: Edge of Understanding (About US&W), which doesn't help and I'm sure will cause future confusion.Regardless, I appreciate you leaving a comment on the blog.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Worst Day Ever
@Cindy Cockerham I'm so pleased you enjoyed the book. Amazon has assured me they will be pushing the correct book out so you can also read Henry Wood: Edge of Understanding.Would you mind leaving a review on Amazon for Underwood, Scotch, and Wry? It would be nice to salvage something out of this debacle.
2 months ago on Worst Day Ever
@KayMartinSchott That's very kind of you to say. I still feel terrible about the mix-up, but if you send me an email I'll be able to send you Edge of Understanding.Thanks,Brian
@jeannettepaladino That's what I thought. I'm sure people will like the book once they read it, so it doesn't matter how I get them to take a look. :-)
2 months ago on Underwood, Scotch, and Wry…Now Available for Kindle
@Jeppedy I'm so very sorry. I'm afraid I don't remember. It's been years since I did this project and I've been away from woodworking for a while.The blog about woodworking led to me writing a few mystery novels, then I added some other books, and yesterday I just released my 7th novel.I've been all about writing and not woodworking for a couple of years.I'm sorry I don't remember.
2 months ago on Introducing My Router Table
Those are some great lessons for newsjacking and life in general. One should avoid many pitfalls in life if they practice the first two on your list.
2 months ago on Newsjacking Gone Wrong: Four Simple Rules to Heed
It's been a long time since we've had a good old fashioned Blog Jacking. :-) How has everyone been? I've missed you.
2 months ago on Team Blog Jack #TBJ: Vote on the new LOGO design!
@KDillabough Could you email me your rate per finished hour to EcocandleRiel@gmail.com, please. I have lots of books and I've been thinking a woman's voice for Secret Doors: The Challenge would be perfect.
2 months, 1 week ago on Seeking Your Opinion
I knew about the eight songs in eight days from Twitter. I saw everyone talking about it and I even shared "Word Crimes" a few times, but I had no idea the marketing genius behind all of this.I do have a question about the second part of the post. You wrote, "He partnered with a high-authority site to write interesting and educational content that provided the very valuable linkback to his site."I thought most sites used "No Follow" on their links so as not to give SEO credit to other sites. Did he negotiate that they wouldn't do this?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Weird Al Teaches PR Pros a Thing or Two
I've never heard of Gumroads before this post. I'm definitely going to check it out.
2 months, 1 week ago on MORE ON DIRECT SALES
@ginidietrich @ExtremelyAvg @annelizhannan Whenever I hear the name Tiffany I think of the one hit wonder by the same name.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Babies Singing and Puppies Snuggling
I like how the baby just flashes a smile and makes it so much worse for the little girl.
@ginidietrich @annelizhannan The unicorn part and the tranny part were my favorites.
@jeannettepaladino Darn, sure, I'll send it to you as a PDF
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Uploading to Kindle Devices and Apps
@ginidietrich @ExtremelyAvg Yep. :-) I love my life. I just signed my first Spanish translation deal yesterday for Henry Wood Detective Agency.
@Josh Williams @ClayMorgan Josh you make a great point. I think the establishment in Movies, Music, and Books, are in trouble because they can't see the forest for the trees.Hulu is producing some of my favorite shows. Traditional publishing is becoming the new "Vanity Publishing".Weird Al can afford to do everything himself, so why not keep all the profits?
@JoeFromHIO Joe, just send me an email at EcocandleRiel@gmail.com and I'll put you on the team.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Ready for Team Beta Readers
@kweinert Awesome! Thanks. I'm adding you to the list.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Beta Readers Wanted…
An excellent post.I've always been a fan of positive self-talk. For as long as I can remember I've been telling myself I can do anything and it helps me do things I previously thought were impossible. I can't imagine writing a novel. I've written seven, but I've never thought in terms of banging out 50 - 100K words. I tell myself I can write the next 1000 words and I know I can, so I do!About this time last year I stopped using soft words when I described where I plan on going with my books. I put away the comment "If I ever make the New York Times list" and took out, "When I make the New York Times list," because I realized the writing is well liked and achieving that list is only about perseverance and patience. It's a numbers game so as long as I keep working and building my readership, I can't fail. At some point there are just too many people who want the next Brian D. Meeks novel to keep me from my goal.I've been following your new passion for comedy, acting, and voice work (well, it seems new, but maybe you've always wanted to do it), but the point is you're doing it now! You're having success. You wanted it and are making comedy, acting and voice work happen. No hedging no maybes...that's inspiring. (not a complete sentence, I don't care)I think hedgehogs are a giant plate of awesomeness with a side of adorable. This post definitely needed more hedgehog pictures (zero is just too darn few).Keep up the good work. Success for one makes it seem more attainable for all.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on I Don’t Think You Should Click This Post. At Least, I’m Pretty Sure. Kinda.
@kweinert I thought I was being clever. :-)
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Healing For A Couple Days
@StephanieBerget You asked this question back on April 27, 2013. At the time I had no idea. I've just reread it and decided that it will be a new serial. I'll be switching from first to third person, because, well, nobody wants to read first person. Other than that this will be how the story opens.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on The Happy Friday Series: Five Seconds And Happy
I really enjoyed this post, but the awesomeness that is the Arment Dietrich culture doesn't surprise me at all. Well done, all.
3 months ago on Gini Dietrich’s Staff Call Her Baby Ugly
@KimberlyLokke I'm pretty sure bumper stickers can solve most problems.
3 months ago on An Open Letter To Ricky Gervais
@kweinert I honestly don't know, but I like the picture it paints, too. :-)
3 months ago on Back to Work on Editing
@tomstronach Have you seen his video where he's doing the voice for a talking guinea pig though?
@gilgrass Could you send me an email at EcocandleRiel@gmail.com, please? I'd love to have Spanish versions.
3 months, 1 week ago on Looking for Translators
What a great piece. You'll definitely be able to use that in your next book.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on PR Metrics: What to Measure in the PESO Model
@kweinert Thanks! I hope you enjoy them. :-)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on New Release!!! Henry Wood: Edge of Understanding
@kweinert That was one of the episodes I watched last night. It was better than I remembered (And I remembered it being awesome).It's great to see you. Thanks for the comment. :-)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Editing Groove
@TerriReads I'm glad you found the post helpful.The wonderful think about learning how to publish a book on one's own is that it is a helpful skill to have. If you and your son go through the process together, you will both be able to publish for the rest of your lives.Starting out now with your son's short stories is a great idea. If people like his writing it could be the start of a lifelong career doing something that is quite fun.Thanks for the review on Time & Again. I appreciate every single review and the more one gets, the more it helps to convince other people to give a book a try. (They're also important in convincing advertising venues to accept one's ads.)
If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask, as I'm always happy to help.
4 months ago on Publishing Isn’t So Hard
@TheGeekyPress @ExtremelyAvg I just saw your email a little while ago. I've been engrossed in the World Cup, U.S. Open and The NBA Finals. I'd love to be interviewed.
I'm a big fan of G+. I started using them the second day they came out of beta and have thought it was a superior platform to some of the others. I'm fairly active in the Writers Discussion Group on G+.
I better get back to the NBA. The second half will be starting shortly. I love sports!
4 months, 1 week ago on The Race For the New York Times List
@TheGeekyPress I'm glad you enjoyed my adventure.
I'm curious, how did you run across the post?
Oh and to answer your question, I'm not familiar with Scratch Magazine or Jane Friedman, but I'll look it up.
@MrsPickle_ Thanks. I appreciate the good vibes you're sending my way.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on I Was Wrong
Congrats on the exciting new position. It sounds like a fun new job.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Change is in the Air at Inkling Media
@ShawnInmon Thanks. It may not have been what I had hoped for, but one can't complain about 1100 new readers in one day.It looks like you did well, too. Congrats on your unadvertised free day.
5 months, 1 week ago on The Race For the New York Times List
@ShawnInmon Yes, I'm surprised by Nook. It will be interesting to see what happens from here with HWDA being ranked on the first page of the Top 100. How much value is there in that?
@Anthony Russo Stupid mid-town grain elevator!
@Anthony Russo I do appreciate it. I was just noticing that I may achieve a personal best in an area I hadn't thought about before, words in a day. I once managed 5,000 and I'm already up to 2648 with this blog post.I learned something which I'll be covering in the next update. It seems that the sales dashboard report (the one with the graph) is more current than the Month-To-Date.I've read of people saying they didn't match and it took a while for the MTD to catch up. Currently, there is about a 300 sales gap between the two.
@ShawnInmon In all of my promotions I've noticed those hours are about twice as good as during the day.I'm hoping some Moms have been out celebrating their day and will want to curl up with a good mystery this evening.
@Anthony Russo It's really boggling my mind. Again, I'm thinking that it's a reporting issue with Amazon and they'll pass Nook up between now and 5:00, but maybe there were a lot of Moms who got Nooks for Mother's day.Or it may be the added speed with which B&N ranked HWDA that has gotten it extra exposure. Amazon just updated it's ranking and finally HWDA is 1570. I expect the next ranking (In three hours or so) to be much better.
Oh, and thanks for leaving a comment. It's nice to know some people are reading along with me.
@ShawnInmon If I did that would get me really close to my goal. Thanks for the support and leaving a comment. It made me really happy.
@kweinert Thanks for taking the time to vote. I appreciate all feedback, though I think we're done tweaking. Eventually one needs to consider the project finished.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on New Cover Designs