Pricing Your Print Book

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“My cover designer wants to know my list price for the bar code. Where the heck do I get that price from?”

The Cast

Before we begin, there’s a cast of characters for you to meet.

The Author/Publisher: that’s you.

The Printer/Distributor: companies like CreateSpace, IngramSpark and many others.

The Retailer: bookstore and libraries.

The Reader: the end consumer of your books.

The List Price


This is the price the reader will pay to get her hands on one copy of your beautiful print book. It’s usually added to the barcode on the back cover. Above is the barcode from Above Scandal by my alter ego Joan Leacott. The list price is $17.95 US. The price is coded into the shorter set of bars. Because I’m Canadian, I include a price in Canadian dollars.

The Retailer sometimes gets a portion of the LIST…

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What did you read in 2016?

I read 65 books in 2016. Below are listed 62 of them. I re-read quite a bit this year, including a number of Janet Evanovich and some Sir Terry Pratchett. I think my favourite books this year were a couple of witty/serious middle grades: “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” “Husky,” and “Wonder.” I hear “Wonder” is being made into a movie this year.

In writing news, I wrote one book and published one book, RE-INVENTING LOVE. I have another underway.

I look forward to reading a bunch more in 2017. And also some writing and publishing.

What did you read in 2016?

1 Alexie Sherman The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian YA
2 Andrews Jesse Haters YA contemp
3 Archer Jodie Archer & Matthew Jockers The Bestseller Code non-fiction
4 Barkley Linwood Never Saw it Coming Thriller
5 Barton Fiona The Widow psychological thriller
6 Blake-Hall Karen (ed.) Villainous Vacations crime antho
7 Blume Judy Are you there, God? It’s Me, Margaret YA
1 Byrne Arthur Killing Hemmingway YA
2 Campbell Colin Free Days with George Memoir
3 Chilton David The Wealthy Barber Returns non-fiction
4 Delany Vicki Valley of the Lost, Const Molly Smith #2 Mystery
5 Delany Vicki Winter of Secrets, Const Molly Smith #3 Mystery
6 Delany Vicki Negative Image, Const Molly Smith #4 Mystery
7 Delany Vicki Among the Departed, Const Molly Smith #5 Mystery
8 Delany Vicki A Cold White Sun , Const Molly Smith #6 Mystery
9 Delany Vicki Under Cold Stone, Const Molly Smith #7 Mystery
10 Delany Vicki Unreasonable Doubt, Const Molly Smith #8 Mystery
11 Ernest Cline Armada sci-fi
12 Evanovich Janet Visions of Sugar Plums Parnormal Mystery
13 Evanovich Janet Plum Lovin’ Parnormal Mystery
14 Evanovich Janet Plum Lucky Parnormal Mystery
15 Evanovich Janet Plum Spooky Parnormal Mystery
16 Evanovich Janet Lean Mean Thirteen funny mystery
17 Evanovich Janet Fearless Fourteen funny mystery
18 Evanovich Janet Wicked Charm Parnormal Mystery
19 Evanovich Janet Tricky Twenty-Two Mystery
20 Evanovich janet Top Secret 21 Mystery/comedy
21 Evanovich janet The Chase,  Fox and O’Hare Series 3 Funny Thriller
22 Evanovich janet The Shell Game (E-Short),  Fox&O’Hare Series 4 Funny Thriller
23 Evanovich janet The Job, Fox&O’Hare Series 5 Funny Thriller
24 Evanovich janet The Scam, Fox&O’Hare Series 6 Funny Thriller
25 Evanovich janet The Pursuit, Fox&O’Hare Series 7 Funny Thriller
26 Evanovich janet The Caper Funny Thriller-short
27 Evanovich janet The Heist,  Fox and O’Hare Series 2 Funny Thriller
28 Evanovich Janet Curious Minds Knight & Moon 1
29 Fallis Terry Poles Apart Literary humor
30 Ford Deborah The Dark Side of the Light Chasers non-fiction
31 Gilbert Elizabeth Eat, Pray, Love Memoir
32 Gino Alex George YA
33 Hawkins Paula The Girl on the Train literary thriller
34 Hiaasen Carl Flush light YA
35 Hiaasen Carl Bad Monkey Absuridist mystery
36 Hiaasen Carl Basket Case Mystery
37 Hiaasen Carl Chomp Mystery
38 Hiaasen Carl Lucky You Mystery
39 Hiaasen Carl Sick Puppy Mystery
40 Hiaasen Carl Star Island–Skink 6 Abusurdist Thriller
41 Howell Simmone Girl Defective YA
42 Leib Josh I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President funny MG
43 Lemon Lisa The Big Stiff funny mystery
44 Leonard Elmore Cat Chaser Mystery / Thriller
45 Levitan + Cohen David + Rachel Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares YA conemp
46 Lynch Margaret Tapping Into Wealth non-fiction
47 Moore Christopher Secondhand Souls Absurdist UF
48 Murphy Derek Shearwater YA UF
49 Palacio R.J. Wonder MG contemp
50 Patterson James Honeymoon Thriller
51 Patterson James First to Die (#1 Ladies Murder Club) Mystery
52 Patterson James Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross #1) Mystery / Thriller
53 Pratchett Terry The Colour of Magic humourous scifi
54 Pratchett Terry The Light Fantastic humourous scifi
55 Pratchett Terry Guards! Guards! humourous scifi
56 Robertson Robbie Testify autobiography
57 Sayre Justin Husky MG contemp
58 Sincero Jennifer You are a badass self-help
59 St. James Simone Lost Among the Living Paranormal Thriller
60 Wendig Chuck Zeroes contemp sci-fi thriller
61 Wolfe Inger Ash The Door in the River Mystery
62 ? The idiots guide to money management non-fiction



Re-Inventing Love is ON SALE!

It’s Boxing Day and All Romance Ebooks has certain titles on sale. Check out Re-Inventing Love.rilcold

RE-INVENTING LOVEThe road to love is paved with good inventions.

Re-Inventing Love was judged a FINALIST* in the prestigious Rainbow Awards: (*Books receiving an average rate of 30 or more out of 40.) “Re-Inventing Love was an entertaining and engaging read. The characters were very endearing and I loved Max’s distinctive voice. Storm created a very credible world and I was transported there every time I picked the book up. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.” It also won an HONORABLE MENTION.


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Engineer and assistant inventor Maximilian Grün is in love with his employer, but he daren’t reveal the truth. It’s 1910 and if Canadian authorities learned of his homosexuality, they’d deport him back to Germany where the country of his birth would become the country of his death.

When promising young inventor and mathematician Dr. Jasper Hamilton expresses his own feelings for Max, the young German regretfully declines. He cannot risk their partnership, their reputations—their very lives!

Then a rival inventor sabotages their inventions. Jasper is caught between the physical and the metaphysical, reduced to atoms, and transported to the spirit plane! Max is devastated, deeply regretting his lost chances.

But Jasper manages to communicate across the aether, telling Max he must reverse the machine’s polarity. But without Jasper’s talent for mathematics, the calculations defeat him.

Can the would-be lovers bridge the gap between life and death to finally be together?


Ah, writing. How I have missed you.

I was 27,000 words–about halfway through–the first draft of my YA psychological thriller, Untrue Crime, when my friend Kay Lynne Simpson (aka The Nightowl) passed away suddenly. I called it a half-Nanowrimo (like a half marathon) and stopped writing to help the other local fen with Kay’s needs, and then to grieve.

Now it’s six weeks later and I’ve only just re-opened the document.

I started writing back in 1997, when Kay Lynne told me I had to. I’m ashamed to say my first fanfic is still on the net if you know where to look. Then in 2007, I decided to go pro, quickly contracting my first novel, Gym Dandy.

Now it’s 2017 and this is the longest I’ve ever gone without working on a book, either writing or editing. I’ve been doing a wee bit of marketing, but not a heck of a lot of that, either.

So just in time for the holidays, I’m back at it. I’m re-writing the opening. Instead of taking chapter after chapter to get to the main story action as I usually do, it’s now in the very first scene. I’m pretty pleased with it.

Of course that means deleting a bunch of stuff, but tighter writing trumps word count.

So we carry on…


My #1 Favourite DIY Editing Tool: Word Proofing Options

A very informative article. Well worth the lcick. (If only there was some way to catch those typos and mistkes. 😉 )

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Image courtesy of ningmilo at FreeDigitalPhotos.netFor pointing out gaping plot holes, sagging middles and uneven character development, nothing beats the eagle eyes of a good editor. I wouldn’t publish without one.

But for spell checking, grammar checking and copy editing, I rely on three electronic tools to help me polish my manuscript.

This post takes a closer look at what Word has to offer.

Word Proofing Options

Word has a wide array of proofing options grouped under AutoCorrect, spelling and grammar checking, and writing style options.


You’re familiar with autocorrect on your phone and the inadvertent, and sometimes hilarious, assumptions that apps make. Word does the same. Those funny substitutions don’t mean you turn off Word’s AutoCorrect; it’s far too valuable to ignore.

On Word’s AutoCorrect tabs you’ll find:
  • seven AutoCorrect options
  • ten AutoFormat options
  • fourteen AutoFormat As You Type options.
Among those options, you can set up punctuation AutoCorrects like:
  • replace straight quotes with curly quotes

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Baby, it’s cold outside and in…

Today is #bookqw (book quote Wednesday). This week’s work is COLD. This quote comes from Edwardian Steampunk, Re-inventing Love.


The Reluctant Reaper series now available at the library

The Reluctant Reaper trilogy is now available at the Toronto Public Library and the Washington/Virginia libraries. But since it’s through Overdrive, you can request it be added. Takes a day or two.

Kirsty d’Arc is enjoying life, until someone she trusts hijacks her soul. To escape Hell’s inferno and gain revenge, Kirsty must partner with the very Reaper who scythed her—the hunky dead poet Dante Alighieri. Click for more…




Last chance at a lot of fun books for free

Sexy, swashbuckling, serious or silly. Have we got a bunch of books for YOU!

NOT A CONTEST. You get every book you want. #PrettyWittyGritty

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Sexy, swashbuckling, serious or silly. Have we got a bunch of books for YOU!

NOT A CONTEST. You get every book you want. #PrettyWittyGritty

Free! #Instafreebie Bundle of fun FREE books for you!


Are you FAMILIAR with Lost Boys 2.0?

It’s Book Quote Wednesday () and today’s word is FAMILIAR. Here’s mine from LOST BOYS 2.0, B.O.O.#2.lbfamiliar

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