Tuesday, January 9, 2018


As an author advocate and a fellow author, I have reached one of my personal milestones. My blog posts have just reached One Million views. Thank you so much.

I started this journey seven years ago with the primary goal of helping other authors gain exposure in the ever-changing book publishing industry. As the marketing task moved from brick and mortar stores to ebooks and on-line sales, the indie author became an important part of the landscape. But with that, the tasks of the author expanded to include more than writing a good novel. Editing, cover design, publishing, marketing, and exposure became equally important.

eBook Author’s Corner

In 2010, I started my campaign to give a helping hand to new authors. I posted my first articles at the eBook Authors Corner Blog http://bit.ly/TauYkJ.

Here are several of my first posts.

11/12/2010 eBook Author: Wearing Two Hats - http://bit.ly/2zPEjsB

This is the eBook Author’s initial post. I have created this blog to assist eBook authors in writing and developing eBooks. My blog will discuss how the eBook author fits into the evolving eBook Industry and the many opportunities that exist.

11/22/2010 eBook Author: The New Breed of Author - http://bit.ly/2DC1UyT

With the advent of the Kindle and the Nook, the readers of the world are endorsing the eBook in very large numbers. One of the next phases of the industry development will be the transition of the author from the traditional writer to an eBook author. They will write directly to the eBook platform and take advantage of the features and opportunities provided by the eBook experience.

Currently, the industry is in a copy mode, taking a version of the printed document and converting it to an electronic form. To preserve the written work and make books more accessible is a valid endeavor but there must be much more to the eBook industry than to just make a copy of the paper book. The eBook author is the key.

11/30/2010 eBook Authors: You Must RENDER Your eBooks - http://bit.ly/2zSoC3z

Rendered eBooks
The eBook Author has the opportunity to add to the reading experience. The eBook conversion process must be much more than converting a paper book to a digital format. It must take advantage of the power of the electronic reader.

The eBook author is defined as an author who is writing directly to the eBook platform. You can read more about this concept on my blog: 
eBook Author: New Breed of Author.

As an author, you must think about the reader and what he can do with the added features the eBook allows him to use. You must add to your content something of value for your readers.

You should include in-book links to help the reader enjoy the content. The eBook’s advanced features should be exploited. And you should think about the future of the eBook and the software and devices and plan for the changes in your research and writing.

Your eBook must be more than just a copy of a paper book. You must render your eBook to set the content apart from the paper version.

04/05/2011 eBook Authors: The Kids Are Coming - http://bit.ly/2spZ1vZ

One of the great opportunities ahead for ebook authors is the wave of new readers entering the digital book world. These gadget centric-readers are kids and young adults. You know the ones that don’t shy away from a computer screen or the digital world. With their cell phone or iPad in hand, they are going to drive the ebook industry to new heights in the near future.

This wave of new readers is going to create a new wave of authors. These writers are going to write directly to the ebook platform, bypassing the current paper to the digital conversion process. This new author will take advantage of the ebook software; adding links, sound, video, and multimedia.

HBS Author’s Spotlight

Then in 2012, I added HBS Author's Spotlight blog http://bit.ly/QVEMix. I could see the problems authors were having getting in front of the new reading audience. So I started interviewing authors. The posts included a Q/A session, an author picture, contact information and a book list with buy links. My first three interviews were:

9/14/2012 Ron Fritsch - Author Spotlight http://bit.ly/PG0eXt
Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Author Ron Fritsch. He is a self-published Historical Fiction Writer.

Author Genre: prehistoric fiction, historical fiction - LGBTQ fiction

Promised Valley
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9/17/2012 Henry Baum - Author Spotlight http://bit.ly/SPUuZC
Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Author Henry Baum. He is a self-published author, musician, a blogger and a webmaster.

Author Genre: Thrillers & Suspense Author

Author's Blog: 
Self-Publishing Review
Henry Baum
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9/24/2012 M.R. Mathias - Author Spotlight http://bit.ly/SqcL4Z
Today our blog puts the Spotlight on Author M.R. Mathias. He is an award-winning self-published Fantasy Writer. He is noted for his epic fantasy novels and his prolific social network marketing activity.

Author Genre: Fantasy - Magic & Wizards

Website: M.R. Mathias Fantasy Author
Author's Blog: 
M. R. Mathias Connection Hub
Check Out Goodreads
Check Out Facebook

Author's Spotlight Showcases

Early in 2013, I added a new feature to the Spotlight. I started showcasing individual books with author information, books blurbs, covers, excerpts and buy links to help readers get a full snapshot of the novel and a place to buy it. Here are a few posts from the early days.

1/25/2013 Laura DeLuca - The Forgotten Pharaoh is featured in the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase http://bit.ly/1l7sxOb

2/27/2013 Elise Stokes - HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase - Cassidy Jones and the Seventh Attendant   http://bit.ly/YEfI3k

3/6/2013 Claude Bouchard - HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase: Femme Fatale http://bit.ly/13GyueK

3/10/2013 Jade Kerrion - HBS Author's Spotlight is on EARTH-SIM http://bit.ly/YljtqI

3/21/2013 Catherine Bybee - HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase: Married by Monday http://bit.ly/102udMX

3/28/2013 M. R. Cornelius - HBS Author's Spotlight is on Losing It All http://bit.ly/13BhBCV

5/3/2013 Melissa Foster - Have No Shame is in the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase http://bit.ly/109btL8

5/6/2013 Ellen Mansoor Collier - BATHING BEAUTIES, BOOZE AND BULLETS

5/22/2013 Dave Folsom - Big Sky Dead is featured on the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

6/1/2013 Katherine Logan - The Ruby Brooch is SHOWCASED on the HBS Author's Spotlight http://bit.ly/18G2Ld2

6/11/2013 Jake Needham - LAUNDRY MAN is featured on the HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASE  http://bit.ly/14tCm1f

Author's Spotlight Sets and Bundles

Later on, in 2013, I added book sets and bundles to the Spotlight. Here are a few posts from the early days.

Mystery Reader's Circle - 9 Killer Thrillers is the bundle deal of the day  http://bit.ly/1j1XtvM

Mystery Reader's Circle - Desperate Acts - 7 Bestselling Authors - 7 Thrilling Full-Length Novels http://bit.ly/18vYI1u

Author’s Spotlight features - Holiday Heat  http://bit.ly/Iu1lL5

HBS Author's Spotlight features Working Girls ... Do It For Thrills: 6-Book Bundle http://bit.ly/1gW1xP7

Author's Spotlight Series and Collections

In 2015, I added author collections to the Spotlight. Here are a few posts from the series posts. I am starting to create more of these types of posts.

11/3/2015 M.R. Mathias - Crimzon and Clover Collection is featured in the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase  http://bit.ly/1koXIZr

12/7/2015 Cheryl Bradshaw – Sloane Monroe Series Boxed Set: Books 1-6 featured at the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase  http://bit.ly/1XP5j5Q

11/16/2017 Cathy Perkins – The Holly Price Mystery Series is featured at the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase  http://bit.ly/2zMpisU

12/26/2017 Stacy Eaton – The Celebration Series is featured at the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

Author's Spotlight Series and Collections – Charities Support

In 2012, I started to highlight novel collections and anthologies that support charities. My first group was the Indie Chicks. They published Indie Chicks: 25 Women 25 Personal Stories available at Amazon and other retailers. (B0060ZTM62 – 1470023520) I have interviewed and showcased 15 of the authors from this group.

All proceeds from this book will go a charitable organization that fights breast cancer - a disease all too close to home for many of us. Our prayers and best wishes are with those who are struggling with this terrible and devastating disease. All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to charitable organizations.

Recently, I added The C.A.M. Charity Anthologies coordinated by M. R. Mathias to the spotlight. The CAM Charity Anthologies are made up of donated short fiction stories. 100% of the profits from the anthology will go to charity.

6/9/2017 M. R. Mathias - The C.A.M. Charity Anthology - Fantasy Fiction Book 1 is featured on the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase  http://bit.ly/2rICrkk

6/10/2017 M. R. Mathias - Horror and Science Fiction Book 1 - The C.A.M. Charity Anthology is featured on the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase http://bit.ly/2t6gj1b

HBS Mystery Reader's Circle  

August 2013, I added a new blog: HBS Mystery Reader's Circle blog http://bit.ly/19Nfrx8. The Mystery Reader's Circle provides information about the latest Mystery, Thriller and Suspense novels from bestselling and outstanding authors at great prices. Here is a list of the first four Reader's Circle and the authors included in the posts.

Mystery Picks of the Day - August 18, 2013  http://bit.ly/14Y2NN6

Garda - Welcome to the Realm  - Stacy Eaton - @StacySEaton
It's Just a Little Crush - Caroline Fardig - @carolinefardig Widow's Row
Murder Has Consequences - Giacomo Giammatteo - @murdertakestime
Just Add Water - Jinx Schwartz - @jinxschwartz
Scorpion Betrayal  - ANDREW KAPLAN

Mystery Picks of the Day - August 20, 2013  http://bit.ly/17HjlYT

Big Sky Dead - Dave Folsom @davefolsombooks
Gingerbread Man - Maggie Shayne @MaggieShayne
Money Land - R.S. Guthrie @rsguthrie
Out of the Shadow - J. K. Winn  @authorjswinn
The Beekeeper  by Juliet Moore @Juliet_Moore

Mystery Picks of the Day - August 22, 2013  http://bit.ly/16QXeCN

Rogues And Rascals In Goose Pimple Junction - Amy Metz @authoramymetz
Murder Takes The Cake - Gayle Trent @GayleTrent
Triple Threat - Joel Goldman @JoelGoldman1
Wasted Justice - Diane Capri @DianeCapri
Time Killer - Todd M. Thiede @toddthiede

Mystery Picks of the Day - August 26, 2013  http://bit.ly/17gLGVY

THE UMBRELLA MAN - Jake Needham @jakeneedham
Torch Ginger - Toby Neal @tobywneal
Strung Out to Die - Tonya Kappes @tonyakappes11
Bitter End - Christine Kling @christinekling 
Double Blind - Seb Kirby @Seb_Kirby 

Again, thank you for your support.

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