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I just got what I consider an amazing compliment. A lot of the details in The CEO Can Drop Dead were influenced by a conversation I had with a mental health professional about workplace sexual harassment. I gave her a paperback copy to thank her and we didn't talk about it again. She just told me that she had read it over her December holidays and really enjoyed it, finding it quick-paced with the tension building throughout the story. But the best part is that she said it was very believable. That might not seem like much, but to me? Coming from an expert? That's amazing.
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To enter, all you have to do is send me an email at Please don't leave a request for an entry in the comments. The deadline to enter is midnight on August 28, 2015, EST. I'll pick the names out of a hat.

There are no geographical limits to the contest.
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This is a response to some critiques I've gotten about a particular chapter in The CEO Can Drop Dead. Largely, that it doesn't advance the plot at all and could be easily cut out. While I would dispute the at all part of the critique, I could probably have done it in a different and shorter way.

I'm not mad at anyone, I just thought I'd address it where anyone can read it.

The rest of this post involves spoilers.

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I broke my own vow and decided to buy more paper copies of The CEO Can Drop Dead from CreateSpace. There are some people close to me who would like hard copies, and I'll use some as attempts at advertising.

What I've done so far is send copies to university professors who focus on gender in the media. There are surprisingly few. There are many professors who research gender and women's issues in a whole lot of areas, but very few on the media, and I think that's odd. We are shaped by media every single day; I would think that worthy of more attention.

So far, I've limited myself to Ontario, but I'll start sending them farther afield. I have no idea if that will bear any fruit. It hasn't gotten any response yet.

I wonder how much CreateSpace will gouge me for this time. I'll tell ya, while writing books isn't nearly as expensive as some of the hobbies out there, it ain't free.
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This one in Spanish. It's always a special treat when someone reads one of my books when their first language isn't English. And I'm always impressed by people who are bilingual.

Maravilloso y refrescante. Moira toma varios tropes comunes del romance actual como los regalos no pedidos, el stalkear a la heroína, presentarte en su casa si anunciarte y otros tanto y los inserta en el mundo real haciendo ver lo poco románticos que realmente son.
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This one on Goodreads. The best part is that she really likes the main character. She also introduced me to a new term: alphaholes

First, I love Moore. Her Hero books are delightful and her blog is very informative. This book, which takes on certain recent trends (or not so recent for anyone who read old Harlequin romances) with an eye for realistic response from a purportedly intelligent, hard working young woman.

Second Catherine is seriously my kind of gal. I'd hang with her in a hot second.

Third this is a cure for anyone sick of alphaholes. While Moore takes many of the worst traits with little to no redeeming anything in Call-Me-Lance, its a bit of a wake up call to see those traits used in a negative light
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Finally got the proof for The CEO Can Drop Dead. After I complained the last time, they expedited the copy and I got it in two days. The book looks pretty good, but I won't be recommending anyone buy it through createspace. My plan is to buy a bunch of copies and then try to sell them through the café and wherever else I can think of. Maybe I'll hold a contest for a copy.

Here are photos to show the size. I have no idea why one is sideways and I'm not in the mood to fight with it.

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Also finally, I got the edits back for the team book. One thing I realised already: always plot out the exact miles travelled, not just time. My first editor called me on it with Heroes' Reward, but it wasn't necessary for the scribe book, and I didn't think it would be necessary for this one. I was wrong. Having done that, I caught a glaring flaw. Yay! Also caught another flaw while listening to a boring presentation tonight. Anyway, I'm so glad to put the team book back on the front burner.
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Woo-hoo! Second five-star review on the CEO book. (So much for never reading reviews.)

A realistic book about sexual harassment. For such a serious topic, this book wasn't depressing. The book wasn't preachy either. While I wish the book had a "revenge fantasy" ending, the ending it did have was realistic. I highly recommend reading this book.
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I've been looking, a little bit, into the possibility of selling the CEO in bookstores. Long shot, I know, but some independent bookstores are willing to sell self-published books. Unfortunately, the cost for that is too high. The bookstores I've investigated want both a set-up or maintenance fee and a large portion of the price of the book for commission. I agree that the bookstores should get something out of selling the book, but I have to buy the books from createspace and pay for shipping and handling, and the only way I could meet the demands of the stores is to a)put a horrifically high price on the book or b)lose money with each book sold.

There is a café I go to every time I go to a particular city, which is at least twice a month. The staff are incredibly friendly and they remember me even though I am an irregular customer. The café sells paintings and books, and yesterday I asked the owner if that was something she did only for friends. She said no, it depended on the project. Great, so I asked what she required as a commission. Nothing. I was shocked. She displays the works, she collects the money, and she wants nothing in exchange. She seemed surprised at my surprise.

I didn't want to take too much of her time right then, so I asked her if I could contact her through her Facebook page to tell her more about the book. I did so, and she says she loves the idea of it. It's only a small café, and it will be only a couple of copies, but I'm enthusiastic about it.

Now if I can just get the copies made. I'm still waiting for the proof to be delivered to me, so I can make sure the book looks decent before putting it up for sale.
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Grrr. Working on creating the trade paper version of the book. In an early stage of reviewing the interior, to make sure everything looks fine, it all looks good, but at the final review before actually printing, there are screw ups. How can I fix it if I don't see it in the earlier version?
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I have the final e-version covers, and if everything goes as it should - it's been a couple of years since I've done this - the e-book will be available through smashwords and amazon this Thursday, April 23. I should probably have at least a one-week build up of some kind for marketing reasons but I don't feel like it.

I'm planning on charging $2.99 US and I will be donating 25% of my royalties to the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres. I'm still waiting on the final print wrap for the trade paper version, which will be offered through CreateSpace. I don't have the final price for that yet because they don't let you finalise that until you actually upload it - imagine me rolling my eyes - but I will be donating 25% of my royalties from that as well.

Payments for self-publishing are fun! Amazon sends me my royalties for e-books within 90 days of their acquisition. I get money deposited directly into my account every month, but it's from royalties three months earlier. Payments from smashwords are sent to me via paypal every three months, January, April, July, and October. CreateSpace sends payments via cheque - owned by Amazon, but for some reason, doesn't have direct deposit in Canada like kindle does - the month after the royalties are accumulated, but only if the royalties are at least $100 US. It's all pretty messy.

My plan is to send the donations on the months I get royalties from smashwords. It's a reliable schedule and I get a nice reminder email. I will send to the Ontario Coalition 25% of whatever royalties from whatever source has sent money, unless the amount is less than $25. It's too sad to send them less than $25 at a time. If the amount is less than $25, the amount I have gotten will be held over until the next smashwords payment. If I hit the end of the year and haven't acquired $25 through royalties, I'll round the amount up to $25 and send that, and start over again in 2016.

I'm going to be doing this forever.
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As I have decided to offer The CEO Can Drop Dead through CreateSpace, and the price of those books won't be quite as horrific as I thought, I ran Scribe in Shadows through the royalties calculation just to see what the price would be like. Now, the scribe book is almost three times as long as the CEO book, but the weird thing is that when I enter the CEO in the CreateSpace template, it ends up with fewer pages, while when I enter the scribe book, it's considerably longer. I have no idea why there's such a huge difference. CreateSpace won't print books at a price that puts the royalties I get in negative digits. Just in order to end up in the positive in the sales channel I can't avoid, I have to put the price for the book at $19.99. Is that freaking crazy or what? So, when I put the scribe book out, it will be only through e-books.
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Still in a holding pattern, really, waiting for others to get back to me on stuff.

Got some feedback from someone who really didn't like the book. This wasn't explicitly said, but the tone and word choice made it clear. Some of the critique was useful, but most was, well, kind of funny. Still, I really appreciate that they slogged all the way through to the end. People are busy and even a short book is hard to read when you don't like it.

Having fun dealing with Create Space. Oy. I think I managed to format the book according to their standards, which is a major accomplishment for me. When I use their template, the number of pages is less than Word, which means I can make the book a little cheaper, which is great. Right now, I'm caught up on getting my tax info to them - damn IRS - and arranging for how I receive payments. I want direct deposit, but while direct deposit is available in places like the Netherlands and Spain, according to the website it's not available in Canada. I sent an email asking them to confirm that direct deposit isn't an option, because I think that's crazy. The other option is to be paid by cheque, which I hate. Not only is that process more subject to error or delay, but cheques aren't sent for anything less than $100. I want to be able to turn over the proceeds for the charity on a fairly regular basis, but who knows how long it would take to rack up $100 worth of royalties through Create Space? If ever?

Also, calculating the dimensions for the cover - which I then have to hand over to the cover artist - involves math. Ugh.


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