Writing-life

Greater Than Gatsby and Thank You!

In Broad Daylight rocks the charts!

And my author rank leaps into the top 20!

Last week, June 19th specifically, IN BROAD DAYLIGHT was Amazon's Kindle Daily Deal. That means that they marked the price down to $1.99 promoted the living *Daylights* out of it (yes, I did), and it sold a crap ton of  copies!

How many copies? Well, more than Jack Wakes Up has sold EVER!! In one day. How about those Daylights! (again.)

At its apex, IBD peaked in Kindle bestsellers at #5! Those of you who've been with me since the first Palms Sunday will recall that my previous high was #45 overall! So I say, "Woot!" to that. A woot and a holla!

It also hit #1 in Crime, Mystery and Women Sleuths! That's right! NUMBER ONE! 

And me? As you can see below, I made it above our man J.R.R. when I was #76 in Authors on the site. But guess what: it didn't stop there!

You can see that I hit #22 and topped even The Great Fitzgerald. Did it stop there?

NO! I climbed as high as #16 in all authors on Amazon. Can you believe that!?!? That's some elite company.

It was a very exciting ride, as you can imagine. And I want to thank you all for your support. You helped me get here and we did it together. Lots of hard work and elbow grease, but it is and has been worth it! 

Rest assured that I'll keep rocking it, bringing you more awesome content and further FREE podcasts. If you have the gumption, please share the link to In Broad Daylight with your friends on the social medias and tell them about the book. I'm hoping we can keep the chart ride going and make this THE beach reading mystery of the summer!

New Editions AND the NEW ADDITION!

That's Willa Evelyn Harwood in the middle.

Lately I've been spending a fair amount of time pondering the difference between the words "edition" and "addition." Today they come into play like never before as Thomas & Mercer publishing releases new editions of both THIS IS LIFE and YOUNG JUNIUS. In no small part this is due to your support! I thank you once again for all your patronage and assistance in making my writing career a reality. I'm super excited about working together and the new opportunities this partnership involves--basically, Thomas & Mercer is a publishing wing of Amazon and they'll be using powers of the mighty sales site to promot and merchandize the book.

On the other hand, there's an addition that I'm even more proud of: that's my little girl, Willa Evelyn Harwood, who was three weeks old yesterday! (Her birthday is 1/28.) She's gaining weight, healthy as any parent could ask for and seems *very* advanced for her age (not my words)! I'm pretty sure she'll be reading within the month. (Kidding.)

If I may be so bold as to ask you for another favor, please help me to spread the word about This Is LIfe and Young Junius. You've likely bought them before. Now a good review, a Fb "Like" or a word to your friends can do so much! I'll be announcing new giveaways in the days and weeks to come. I look forward to your participation. As always, I'm also happy to sign your copies. Just drop a line and ask me. 

More audio, CrimeWAV stories and dispatches from Palms Nation to come. As always, I'm yer boy.

Bouchercon Bound!

Hey there! Tomorrow night, 10/4/12 I'm flying out of SFO bound for CLEVELAND and this year's Bouchercon Conference The World Crime and Mystery Convention.

On Friday afternoon, I'll be appearing on the panel "Morality in Crime Fiction" (Fri 2:45-3:35) led by Ali Karim and featuring some great authors! More on that here at Ali's blog.  The complete listing of scheduled events and panels is here. Enjoy the con!

If you'll be there, I hope you'll come find me and say hi. If you want to meet up, email me or hit me on Twitter/Facebook.  -- Yer Boy!!

20-Minute Discussion on Writing and Craft

Couple of weeks back I had this conversation with Brion and Dave of the Roundtable Writers Podcast. We covered a lot of ground (see minutes below) and really got into some interesting stuff. I hope you'll enjoy it and maybe even get something out of the listen. Let me know what you think when you're through. Comments here are much appreciated.

Click here to download/listen to Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Seth Harwood

In case you're interested, see the episode's full breakdown after the break.

The Tech-Empowered Writer- AWP Panel Resources

AWP Conference in ChicagoAWP Conference in ChicagoAt AWP this year, I'm presenting as part of a panel on "The Tech-Empowered Writer: Embrace New Media, Experiment, and Earn" along with awesome writers Christina Katz, Robert Lee Brewer and Jane Friedman. Check them out, really! These three are ones to watch! The panel is on Thursday of the conference (3/1) from 1:30 to 2:45 in Boulevard Room A,B,C, at the Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor. More info is here: AWP Conference Schedule.

I'll say the names of these three again: Christina Katz, Robert Lee Brewer and Jane Friedman. Outstanding, all! And go here for where I mention Christina's awesome book, The Writer's Workout!

But what I'm really here for is to add more content to the panel presentation so folks can find more links to others I think are doing a great job. I'll be talking about how I raised significant capital for my last two novels This Is Life and Young Junius by doing a highly successful (if I do say so myself) Kickstarter Campaign and a Special Edition Pre-Order event that I ran through PayPal. Both of these really put me in good shape to work with a publisher and to do a lot of the freelancer-comissioning myself! Totally awesome! Of course, none of this would've been possible without the support of my awesome group of fans, the Palms Mommas and Palms Daddies, who I connected with through producing my novels as free, serialized audiobooks (podcasts) that I distributed here and at iTunes. For more on how I did that, see this link and the upcoming online Author Boot Camp class I'll be teaching in April and May. Hurry, just a few spots remain!

So, what other writers are doing awesome stuff?

First, I'll start off with Jeff Shelby, who blogs here about how he set up his eBook Thread of Hope on Amazon's Kindle store and planned a release all on his own. And then guess what? Thread of Hope hit #1 on Amazon!! Yes, it did! Slid right past Stieg Larsson and everything! Jeff tells all in this easy to read and understand blog post about how he listed the book, made it free on Amazon to jumpstart sales, then contacted biggie blogs like Pixel of Ink and eReader News Today to let them know when it'd be free. Next up... well, read it all here. How Thread of Hope Hit #1 on Amazon

Second, let me tell you about Neal Pollack, whose piece in the New York Times Book Review here tells about how and why he decided to leave traditional publishing to put out his book Jewball himself. Neal used Kickstarter to build a source of funding and Createspace to publish the book in Print On Demand format. Know what? Both of these are totally easy to do. Read more about Neal in my post at AuthorBootCamp here.

Mur Lafferty, a fellow podcasting author, really rocked the Kickstarter world and broke the mold when she did this wildly successful campaign. Just look at the funding: 969% funded! Wow!

Want more? Check out podcasts by students of my recent Author Boot Camps and how they're connecting with an audience using just their voice, their words, and a little technology! That, plus more info and lessons from J.A. Konrath, Barry Eisler and Paolo Coehlo are at the site AuthorBootCamp.com. If you're interested in learning how to podcast and release your own eBooks, consider joining me for the online installment of Author Boot Camp in April and May. Filling fast!

Raising a Racket over IBD!

The ladies of the racket have spoken! That's right, Rhonda Carpenter and Heather Roulo have been nice enough to have me on their PodioRacket Podcast once again to talk about all things going on over here, including In Broad Daylight, THIS IS LIFE coming out in print and eBook, Czechmate, Kickstarter, and much more. Visit the blog post about our interview here.

OR... Click here to listen or download our interview.

Hope you enjoy it! I'll be back soon with more of IN BROAD DAYLIGHT... stay tuned.

Interview for Your Ear-Piece!

D*Con Sigler PartyD*Con Sigler PartyHey guys, I'm here today with a fresh interview for you, conducted by my fellow podcaster John Mierau. You can find all of John's work here at johnmierau.wordpress.com He's the author of the Serving Worlds Anthology, Last Man Home, Harlan's Wake and Marked Men, among others. Check out his podcast Enemy Lines if you're looking for a hot place to start!

In this interview, we discuss the Kickstarter campaign, the changing face of publishing, podcasting as a means of raising fan interest, eBooks, and much more, including answering fan questions from Twitter! Click here to listen now or download this episode! Rock it, pump it, dig it, and I hope you enjoy!

True fans, you'll love how we crush publishing in this one!

More on Writing

I've been starting back to the desk at regular intervals and am pushing my word counts again, which means more new content on the way. Hope you're pumped! I'm looking to have some goods for you by Fall (sept).

As I got going with the process of putting pen to paper (fingers to keys), I wrote a few pieces on the act of writing. In addition to my last post, here are a few short pieces I posted on Scribd

First is Why I Write, which was covered in my last blog post. To follow up on that, I posted "More on Writing" or Why Write (Part II) and then this very short pieces on starting up the mind muscle exercise of regularly writing, "Like Running."

More to come in this vein soon, perhaps, but mostly I'm working on a new novel that you'll have to hear to believe. It's gonna be a rocking fall for you to listen. Stay tuned around here!

Why I Write

Yes, it's high time I started posting here again. Never fear, I'm back. I have a new short crime story that I plan to share soon as audio and for today, I have this piece on writing that I recently posted here on Scribd.com.

I plan to give you more audio soon. For now, enjoy the read.

          Why We Write

Of course you could go outside. Take the dog and do what any normal person would do on a nice afternoon: go sit in the sun. But there’s something different about a writer. Something else that makes a person sit inside on a beautiful day, wake up and do work on one project or another without any sign of payment.

There are always other things you could do, even ways to earn money. Instead, you sacrifice relationships, push away loved ones and demand time to yourself. You leave friends at the bar, make your life boring in the name of ritual, trying to stay clean.

Others will earn more money doing anything you can think of—hawking cars, making sales, sitting in offices, betting on stocks—and spend free time in excitement, travel, getting drunk, doing wild stunts.

Maybe it’s foolishness. No one says writers are saints, not by a long shot. But you try to survive and carry on, do your level best to make it through another day and come back to the desk again tomorrow.

Who knows if this road is wise? Once taken, there are places to get off. Perhaps you think of them, sitting at the desk on a cold, damp morning. Maybe you even regret. But you won’t think about this when you’re writing.

JPII in Da House!!

click to enlarge, son!click to enlarge, son!Eat your heart out, youngsters! Here it is and coming to YOU soon...

As they say in France, "Ooh la la la la..."

You've seen this picture before, TWICE now, and both times it's meant awesome literary goodness coming to you for your reading pleasure. And THIS IS LIFE will NOT disappoint! This edition features the original stories from both JP2 and JP3 (podcasts) and is edited, boiled down, bettered, all the good stuff!

So never fear and be ready to pony up them bennies later on in the summer as the release rolls out in early fall. More to come and much more exciting info on the way to you soon. The kid is back. --Yer boy.

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