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This week, Jane Friedman encourages writers to use their unique personalities as a marketing tool. Amy Durham provides tips on finding time to write. Jami Gold wants to know if you, writer, are in this for the long haul?  Jody Hedlund discusses writer-reader interaction.  Dean Wesley Smith offers another chapter from his "Think Like a Publisher" series.   Konrath writes a letter to the DoJ and delves into the details of publishing contracts, royalty rates, and more.  Nathan Bransford sees no reason why self and traditional publishing can't get along.  Bob Mayer declares that "niche is the future" for bookstores.

And we have a few recaps from this past weekend's Balticon 46 SF/Fantasy con in Maryland.


What Authors Seem to Forget About Marketing--Especially Those Who Dislike It by Jane Friedman

Making Time to Write by Amy Durham

Unconscionability and Joe's Letter to the DoJ by JA Konrath

Are You In This for the Long Haul? by Jami Gold

Think Like a Publisher: Chapter Four - Production and Scheduling by Dean Wesley Smith

Traditional vs. Self-Publishing is a False Dichotomy by Nathan Bransford

How Much Interaction Should Authors Have With Readers? by Jody Hedlund

The Future of Bookstores by Bob Mayer

Recaps of Balticon 46 by Steven H. Wilson, Laura Inglis, and Yours Truly.




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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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