We got audiobook codes over here!

Hello all!
First, the good free stuff: The Wild Rose Press has recently acquired a whole bunch of download codes for their Audible audiobooks and has given them to us authors to give away. This is for my Wild Rose Press audiobooks only: The Ghost Downstairs, Summer Term, and Of Ghosts and Geeks. I have a few codes for US and a few for UK. Simply be among the first to email me for whichever ones you want, and you can have them! (Please specify whether US or UK codes work best for you.) The idea is that this will inspire you to leave a flattering review on Audible/Amazon/etc., as good reviews help drive sales (so they claim), so I hope you'll consider doing that when you're done listening.

A new type of publication news: I have an essay in this quarter's issue of The First Line, a magazine with a really cool premise: they post a "first line" for the next issue that writers are then supposed to begin a short story with. (E.g., "The window was open just enough to let in the cool night air.") The stories can go any direction after that line. HOWEVER, a short story isn't what I wrote. They also include an essay in which someone writes about a first line of a book they love, and I wrote about the first line of E.M. Forster's delightful A Room with a View, which is, if you wondered:

“The Signora had no business to do it,” said Miss Bartlett, “no business at all.”

(Aren't you intrigued already?)

As for All the Better Part of Me, now that it's circulating in the wider world, I Skyped in to a book club meeting at Books Around the Corner in Gresham, Oregon, this Wednesday night. They had read the book and had lovely discussion questions and feedback for me. We also took a "group" photo, in which I'm slightly reminiscent of Max Headroom. (Only my fellow Gen X'ers will remember him...)
It was a lot of fun, and I'd enjoy doing more of these informal drop-ins, so let me know if you have a book club who's reading one of my books and you want to have me join in!

Now for a more sobering topic, but I think you should read it: the price of ebook piracy and why we shouldn't engage in it. I'll never know the total cost of the royalties I've lost by people making free copies of my ebooks for each other, but I know it's not a small number. People tend to assume that writers are making ginormous amounts of money by getting published, so it doesn't make a difference if readers share the ebooks around for free, but I can promise you that unless the writer is a household name, that's not true. Most of us make very modest amounts and rely heavily on those royalties on honestly-bought books. So please let your lawless piratical friends know about this article! (Not that you associate with such people, of course.) 

That's all for now. I'll see a handful of you at the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Association trade show in Portland in early October, and will likely share photos of it for the next update!


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