Posted By John Poindexter

A good friend of mine recently gave me a copy of Lee Child's Gone Tomorrow, a Reacher novel.
It was the first one I have read and I just couldn't put it down.

It starts in the wee hours of the morning, Reacher finds himself on a New York Subway with five other people.
Only one peaks his curiosity. His encounter with her starts the action that will keep you reading like it did me.

My friend is so into Reacher that he recently gave me Child's Killing Floor. I am very happy that he likes to read Thrillers, as I have asked him to be a Beta reader for me.
He did read Hawks' Dilemma and pointed out some things that he thought I might want to fix.

I was very appreciative of his suggestions.

Here is a Guest Post I hope you enjoy.

Please leave your Comments down below. Just click on the word Comments.

Is this gaming the system? If so, is it worth it?
Beth Ann Erickson

Last night an acquaintance of mine hit a bestseller chart. That’s generally good news. Except this time, I was left scratching my head. Allow me to explain:

When I launched Filbert Publishing back in ‘01, I generally followed basic publishing rules, one of which was this: Always place your book in the appropriate category so potential readers can find it.

Not complicated, eh? It apparently is now.

Seems there’s a publishing strategy that maintains that customer discoverability is less important than bestseller status.

In this case, the author just released a thriller. Fiction. She apparently placed her book in the “Health, fitness, and Dieting” category. Uhhh… that’s nonfiction.

Turns out, the author found a category that wouldn’t be difficult to rise through the ranks. She placed her book in that category, sold a few copies, and boom… Amazon bestseller, in that particular category.

But… what about the reader? If you were perusing Health, Fitness, and Dieting to find a new book and you ran into a thriller… would that matter?

If you wrote a legit book in that category, would you appreciate your area being inundated with fiction, something not remotely related to your topic?

If you were a legit thriller author and were selling more books than this author, would you appreciate her bestselling status?

I don’t have any answers for this. In fact, I was pretty surprised to find fiction creeping into hard core nonfiction areas.

So here’s my question: Does this matter? Am I wondering out loud over nothing? Does best selling status matter?

I can’t wait to hear what you think… :)


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Posted By John Poindexter

Can you believe it is February already? Sorry it has been a month since I updated.

I started the year off giving myself a concussion from falling off a ledge in the basement and hitting a steel toolbox.  No, I was not drinking. I was checking a water line that was frozen. Still suffering headaches from it, but the CT scan was normal.

For those authors out there, who might read this, do you think it wise to try and get a main stream publisher to buy your book or just go the self-publishing route? Please answer below where it says Comments. Thanks!

One of the latest novel I am working on is called Deadly Revenge.

Between Book 1 and this one, they have a child. Some tension builds when she decides to go back to work.

“Steve, I've been thinking about coming back to work.  Do you think it's too soon?” she asked, glancing over the paper at me.

“You don't have to come back yet,” I said.  “Your leave of absence is not due for review for another two months and I think Patricia needs you here.”

“We can always get someone to watch her.”

We had discussed this before, but I still wasn't sure how I felt about it.  “Yes, but she's only six months old and I think her mother should be the one she is with for a little longer.”

“Well, we can discuss it more tonight.  With the change in mission, I may be needed,” she said.

“If I need a female agent, I can always use someone else.  That way I won't have to worry about you,” I said and knew instantly I had said the wrong thing.

“If that’s the way you think, then good-bye.  I'm going to check on the baby,” she said, shoving her chair into the table.

A lot of fast-paced action in this one keeps the reader wondering what is going to happen next.

I will be looking for Beta Readers when it is all finished.

Another one I am working on it called Dirty Bomb.

Mike came back and said, "Steve, she was on the phone telling somebody that she had hooked up with us just by chance and had placed a homing device inside the left rear fender."

"I do know that we have to lose that device." I said.

"Why are we stopping here?" Jenny asked. "We just got going again."

I said. "I want to know who you're working for?"

"I don't know what you mean," she said, her eyes opening wide.

"Yes, you do," I said, taking a step closer to her. "Mike heard you tell someone that you planted a homing device on our car. Now either talk or we leave you here."

"He must be mistaken," she said bitterly. "I'm not working for anyone."

"Take off your shoes, socks, and coat," I said as I pulled my gun.

"You're crazy!" she said and backed up.

"Do it or we will," I said.

As she pulled off the items, I said, "Jim, search her bag."

"There's nothing in the bag except clothes," Jim said.

"Put these in there," I said as I tossed him her shoes, socks, and coat. "You're on your own now lady. By the way, your device is on another vehicle," I said as I climbed back into the car.

"You can't leave me here like this," she said frantically. "I'll freeze."

"It’s not that cold," I said as Mike pulled away.

This is going to be a cold snowy week for us.  Have a great week and let me hear from you down below in the Comments.

Until next time,



Posted By John Poindexter

I found this first part while cleaning off a thumb drive. It is from 2014.

Hi all,
After a year my muse has come back and I am starting out on that road of publication again.
Yes, it’s been a year since I have written anything, but that doesn’t mean that the well is dry.
I have been plotting in my mind different stories and revisions of two novels. Oh, so much so that I find it hard to get to sleep as the muse was getting closer to returning every day, and she has landed back in my life.
She hit with a vengeance, and the trouble now is to do it all at once, plus hold down a full day of teaching.
She has me re-writing two novels and starting a new one at the same time and IT FEELS GREAT!
She came back with plans for a whole new approach to my writing, a new genre other than the thrillers that I write.
It has been so long that I didn’t think she would ever return, even though I was plotting I couldn’t sit down and type or write. The muddy thoughts were getting to thick and then early Sunday morning before the sun rose over the east wall she landed right in my lap and said, “Let’s go. Get off your ass and write this shit down.”
So, as I sit here telling you about this and listen to Jim Croce sing away, she is hitting me with more plots and telling me to get the hell off of here.

2017 wasn’t much different, except most of the writing this year has been editing.

As those you who read this know, I am an Amateur Radio Operator.  Recently, I have been enjoying the new digital mode called FT8. Out of the last 120 contacts I have made on the radio, all but 2 were with this new mode. The other two were Morse Code and Single Side-band (or voice).

I just completed an Award called Triple Play. This is where you use voice, Morse Code and digital to work all 50 States. You must work the 50 States on each of these modes, giving you a total of 150 contacts. This is not an easy task as only 1,964 Amateur Operators have completed it.

But, I must try to concentrate more on the writing than the radio and playing on the Internet.

Several thousand-people read this Blog when I post a new one. It would be nice if you left a message down in the Comments Section telling us what is going on in your life.

I, and those people, really would like to know how you are doing.

See you later,

Hollywood Dream

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Ah Facebook, what a font of interesting developments. Case in point: I ran across this post written by an aspiring author (identifying information has been removed):

Very much feel like giving up today. Up to now, I’ve written 1 x 115kword novel about two blokes on a road trip, 1 x 25kword romance/erotica, 2 short erotica and 2 short erotica reader magnets, I also have a 2 chapter free sample available of the longer novel. I’ve spent all my savings (15k sterling) sold my beloved classic motorcycle and now am putting my home up for sale. I have 4500 email subscribers and good open and click rates (40-50% open, 15-25%click) but since January this year when I decided to give it my all, I’ve made less than £100. I’ve used professional editors and had my covers designed properly to give a branding theme. nothing seems to work for me. I have 2 days left now to decide whether or not to risk going into debt for [A VERY POPULAR WRITING] course, any ideas/help/advice would be greatly appreciated !! and they may stop the tears!!

(Beth again):

OK. We have a bit to untangle here.

1. It’s great that this person is putting feet under his dream. KUDOS for writing. However…

2. The author has four books (apparently) in Amazon. You should note that they’re in two different categories. If I were coaching them, I’d get him to pick one genre and then build a strong author platform. It’s way easier to promote one genre than two.

3. I’d tell him to write works of varying length, various price points, and engage in copious guerrilla (low cost and no cost) marketing tactics to build organic traffic to his website. He can go on Podcasts. He can write articles (with fat bylines). He can participate in forums. He needs organic traffic to his website where visitors can sign up for his email list if they desire to do so.

4. Once he grows his list with fantastic subscribers, he needs to offer valuable information, entertainment, insights, and keep in touch with his audience.

5. After that, he could start growing his Amazon readership slow, attracting purchasers in his genre so Amazon’s magic algorithms can work their magic.

6. Under no circumstances, would I advise he go into debt. It’s one thing to plow your profits back into your business, it’s another to throw good money after bad and dig yourself deeper into a business strategy that clearly isn’t working.

7. I’d get off Facebook (or get in better groups) where I’ve often found it’s a “blind leading the blind” situation or (worse yet) a “guru” who offers advice for copious amount of cash, then somehow finds a reason to blame you when his/her techniques fail and/or their techniques no longer work because they’ve already milked them for all they’re worth. (Uff, that was a mouthful, eh?)

8. I’d tell him to write his next book. Invest time in building an authorship right, don’t fork out tons of dough trying to replicate someone else’s success, but (and this is super important) enjoy the ride!

Writing is a great profession. However, it’s got a few pit falls. Luckily there are many solid, seasoned writers more than willing to share their experiences for way less than the big bucks many gurus charge.

Finally, I’d suggest he freelance like a farmer. It’s the only way I’ve found to provide a consistent wage in this topsy turvy profession.

(Don’t know what “freelance like a farmer” means? I’ll talk about that next time.)

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While waiting for Honda to change the oil and do a computer evaluation of our CRV, I decided to change the tense in an old work that preceded the novel that I am finishing.

I guess my vacation from writing is coming to an end since it is no longer summer. I miss going outside and working in the yard or for a walk around the big outlet mall in Michigan City. What I hate most is winter and cold weather.

Here is what I am working on to re-write into third person.

    "Good evening Mr. Taylor.  How is everything tonight?" said our friend.
    "Everything will be better when we get this over with. Did you bring what I want?" Taylor asked.
    "Yes, I have your money.  That's always what you Americans want to know," said our friend, "You know Mr. Taylor, there are more important things than money.  If you Americans would realize this, then we would not have to worry about your country."
    "That's according to you, but to me the money is only an added advantage," Taylor said, "I have my own reasons for what I'm doing and this is a one-time deal.  I want to make enough money to give my wife the things she wants.  Uncle Sam doesn't pay enough for all the work and long hours we put in doing the same thing every night.  I don't know about your country, but in America stuff is expensive.  I also want to pay them back for how they have treated me and lied to me about having a great way of life in the Air Force."
    "If the material is good then I can make you a rich man," said our friend, "Now can we get down to business?"
    "Steve, the briefcase is moving," Mike said.
    "Okay let's go, Jerry remember, you stay put here in the room."
    We walked down the hall and as we got to Taylor's door, I called Jim on the radio and told him two minutes until show time.
    It was two-ten in the morning and it had finally arrived.  The time, Taylor's last free minute on earth.  I kicked the door in just as Taylor was handing his friend the classified documents.  My .45 caliber was pointing right at Taylor's head and Mike had his friend covered.  While at the same time, Jim came crashing in through the window.  They never knew what hit them.
    I told Mike, "I couldn't have timed that better if I tried."
    "Hell, you did have it timed," Mike said.
    "What the hell!" cried Taylor.
    "You’re under arrest, both of you.  Hands on top of your head.  Taylor, I'll take those documents. 
    Until Next Time


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