MEET RANDY HAM
Yes, direct from the Distribution Department at Hastings Entertainment
Centers home office in Amarillo, TX, on Monday, Oct. 9 at 9:30 ET, Randy Ham will be the very special guest on "Marketing
for Fun and Profit," Janet Elaine Smith's internet radio talk show. You can listen to it at http://internetvoicesradio.com and it is archived the following day, so if your schedule is full when it airs live, you are still in luck.
Hastings is probably the friendliest bunch of people this industry we
commonly call "publishing" that has ever been. Janet has called and spoken to literally every single manager of their 152
bookstores, and she says "I have never met one of them who was not extremely polite, friendly, and supportive to authors."
If you want a chance to see how this business works on the other side
of the fence, this is your chance. Call-in questions welcomed at 1-888-379-5442.
("Marketing for Fun and Profit!" is sponsored each week by Star* Publish.)
REMEMBER THE ALAMO!
Okay, so the second Patrick and Grace Mystery, Recipe for
Murder, featuring popular senior sleuths by Janet Elaine Smith, has nothing to do with the Alamo, it does
take place at Halloween. Why is it that so few authors take advantage of the "lesser-celebrated" holidays? There are lots
of books about Christmas, quite a few (romances) about Valentine's Day, but bookstore managers often make comments like "A
mystery for Halloween? The only thing we get for Halloween is kids' books." Or they say things like "The only thing we have
to put out on Thanksgiving is an Ideals book of poetry and pictures or turkey cookbooks."
As a result, Janet chose Halloween for the time of year when poor Walter
Schmidt would be found hanging in the apple shed at his mother's home in Albany, Nebraska. When Patrick and Grace heard about
the terrible tragedy, it sent them flying (for Grace's first airplane ride) to prove that Walter would never have taken his
With too many suspects, Patrick and Grace being the typical "outsiders"
that nobody trusts, and a cookie recipe that was literally "to die for," Recipe for Murder
will make you appreciate the little-remembered days of the year, even if it isn't at the Alamo.
Check out Patrick and Grace's latest mystery, Old Habits
Die Hard, which ends with a Thanksgiving feast that will make your own dysfunctional family seem almost normal.