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.
@MaryEllenK Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment. Yes, I suppose compared to Nelson Mandela, it is a really small thing.I had a grand father pass two summers ago at age 96. It was hard to be sad because he lived such a long wonderful life. When my grandfather was born the life expectancy in Iowa was 57 for a male. I suspect it was similar for Mr. Mandela, or worse when you factor in 27 years of prison.
I guess I sort of think of Mr. Mandela in the same way I did my grandfather. I'm more thrilled that he had 39 extra years, than saddened that it came to an end.
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your thoughts. It really does mean a lot to me.
3 days, 4 hours ago on I'm Just Heartbroken
@Randy Milanovic Thanks for taking the time to comment. I've gotten 58 respondents thus far and well over 50% have said they have avoided clicking in favor of looking up the product on their own.It seems there is a belief among some portion of those people that the links on the Facebook ads are not to be trusted.I find that interesting.
3 days, 13 hours ago on Are There Ghost...sales?
Hello...It is nice to meet you. If you're good enough for Gini's Follow Friday, then you're good enough for me. I'm off to check out your blog and follow you on Twitter.
3 days, 14 hours ago on #FollowFriday: James Halloran
@ginidietrich @ExtremelyAvg I didn't know that. Yippee...I'm going to be a cabinet member someday!
4 days, 9 hours ago on Journalistic Ethics: What Every PR Pro Needs to Know
This was a fantastic post.There is an old saying in sports, "If you're not cheating, you're not trying." I hate it.I like playing by the rules, it makes the win satisfying. If one cheats to get media coverage to achieve an end, then how can it be satisfying? I've heard of people who used to be able to buy their way onto the NY Times list by simply purchasing 10,000 copies themselves. (I don't think it's possible, now...which is good!)I didn't know about Mark Allen's payola scam, but it disgusts me. I'm glad you called him out.I do have one question, though. I didn't understand what you meant by the article you have read have been one sided from the Washington Post, ect. Were they condoning him or condemning him?
4 days, 12 hours ago on Journalistic Ethics: What Every PR Pro Needs to Know
@ginidietrich @bdorman264 Wait a minute...is that real? Cabinet positions are for sale?I can't afford it, yet, but I'm adding that to my life wish list. Awesome!
@Word Ninja @ExtremelyAvg Awesome, thanks. I also have a YA and a Thriller at that price point, so I wasn't sure.I hope you enjoy meeting Henry and his friends.
5 days, 10 hours ago on Truth, Lies, and Facebook Memes
@belllindsay @ExtremelyAvg When I was little, I wore my blankie out, it was nothing but a pile of threads when I finally out grew it. My mom put it into a bag and saved it. There was probably two square inches of the wonderful soft material, the rest was just threads.I don't care if I'm 46...a good blankie makes life better.
5 days, 11 hours ago on Truth, Lies, and Facebook Memes
@Word Ninja @ExtremelyAvg Wow, thanks! May I ask which book you bought?
@BetsyKCross Thanks for the vote Betsy. I'll add your response to the data I'm collecting. Every data point is important. I'm not rooting for one side or the other, just a clear picture of how the population behaves.
5 days, 12 hours ago on Are There Ghost...sales?
@tomstronach242 When one is studying the behavior of the entire social media population every answer is helpful because it represents how people really behave.I've been asking people on FB and G+ "have you ever seen an advertisement on Facebook, been curious, but instead of clicking on it, chose to use Google or some other means to learn more?" and gotten 19 responses thus far.The results have been surprising. There are FAR more people that will check out a product they seen in an ad without clicking on it than I would have imagined. Of course, it is still early, so I'll have to wait until I get a better sample size before I draw any conclusions.The point is, it doesn't matter if most people ignore ads completely, as there are over 1 billion people on Facebook. If a fraction of them take an action based on an ad, then that can mean more sales.Thanks again for adding your vote. Every response is helpful because the more I get the better understanding I have.
I have a blankie, too.I was at work about a month ago (I still work two days per week as the book sales aren't quite there yet for me to quit entirely...but they're close) and there was this blanket in the pile of shop towels that was made out of the same material as the blankie I had when I was a toddler.I rescued it from a greasy fate!
5 days, 13 hours ago on Truth, Lies, and Facebook Memes
@geoffliving That is great news. They have worked for me and I'm glad to hear your promotion went so well. Keep it up!
1 week ago on The 5 Stages of Indie Author Marketing
@BetsyKCross It seems there is a direct correlation between how much time and effort I put into the post and the quality. Who knew? :-)
@tomstronach242 I just got home from work and it made my day to see you had left a comment. As for sleeping, I've been doing better.
1 week, 2 days ago on Another Advertisement for Facebook...It's Pretty!
I agree, life is pretty damn good.You made a good point about slowing down, though. I took the last week and went to Branson, MO with my parents. It was nice to get out of the house. We went to a tiger sanctuary and saw Yakov Smirnoff. There was a lot of good food, too.I didn't stop working, but I did allow myself to NOT work whenever I felt like it. It was amazing how much I got done because it was all guilt free. Sometimes I'd take a nap, other times I'd watch a movie, but more often then not I just sat at the kitchen table and cataloged the reviews I've received so that I might analyze the demographics of the people who like (or didn't like) my writing. I had been meaning to do it for months, but being on vacation and NOT having to do it, made me get it done.I came home and feel completely refreshed and invigorated.I hope you find a way to slow down, even if you don't move back to Texas.
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://www.thejackb.com/2013/11/29/blame-food-coma/
@conb1977 I'm excited to see what happens, too. It may be Thanksgiving, but I'm busily working on getting the campaigns set up. As soon as I have something to report, you can bet I'll be sharing the results.
1 week, 4 days ago on Getting Ready for December
This is a great idea for a blog post. I'm going to give it a try...Wait? Is it wrong to simply type Bacon 99 times? If it is then I'm not sure I want to play.
1 week, 6 days ago on The 82 Things I Love
@BetsyKCross That is my goal. :-)
2 weeks, 4 days ago on I Went for a Walk
@conb1977 I'm well into season 2 now and it continues to be a fine show. Thanks for stopping in. :-)
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Check Out the Show Doc Martin...It's Wonderful