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We have many questions this week ranging from platform building to deadlines, from feedback to self-publishing. To help answer those, we have Jane Friedman, Jody Hedlund, Jami Gold, and David Gaughran, respectively.   Lawrence Block discusses eBooks and self publishing and we get new installments from Dean Wesley Smith in his Think Like a Publisher and New World of Publishing series.  Roz Morris offers advice on writing jacket blurb while Matt Paust announces a decision by the Authors Guild to offer membership to self pubbed authors.


Should You Focus on Your Writing or Your Platform?  by Jane Friedman

Do Deadlines Help Us or Hurt Us? by Jody Hedlund

Why Does Feedback Hurt So Much? by Jami Gold

Tips for Writing Back Cover Copy by Roz Morris via Jami Gold

All Changed, Changed Utterly by Lawrence Block

Was Self Publishing the Right Decision? by David Gaughran

Authors Guild Opens Door to Self Published Writers by Matt Paust

'These Are Your Kids On Books' Poster Goes Viral by Jason Boog


Three from Dean Wesley Smith

Think Like a Publisher 2012: Expected Costs

Think Like a Publisher 2012: Projected Income

The New World of Publishing: Respect





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Novels by Phil Giunta

BY YOUR SIDE (March 2013)
You're all alone here, alone among the dead.

While haunted by visions of her brother's suicide,
psychic-medium Miranda Lorensen is called to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to investigate a series of bizarre deaths—some of which are also suicides. Miranda and her team of paranormal investigators quickly find themselves confronted by a vengeful spirit awakened thirty-three years after a bloody family tragedy. Miranda realizes that only she can stop the entity before it claims its final victims, but will her obsession for saving lives redeem her for the brother she failed?


TESTING THE PRISONER(March 2010)
A paranormal tale of child abuse and redemption.

Daniel Masenda thought he had made peace with his dark past when he left his home for a better life fourteen years ago. As the mayor of a small, tranquil town along Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Daniel has everything he ever wanted - until a series of haunting visions, coupled with the death of his estranged mother, pits him against two ghostly entities at war with one another. Each has its own agenda as they force Daniel to relive moments from his violent youth and push him to the edge of insanity. As his idyllic life begins to unravel, will he be able to decipher the message behind the hauntings before they destroy, not only him, but the soul of someone he left behind?

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