Friday, April 18, 2014

Louise Hathaway

Hello dear readers:

As most of our followers know, we write under a pen name.  My husband came up with the name because he's a fan of of PBS series, "Inspector Lewis " who has a sidekick named Hathaway: so, we combined their two names for our "nom de plume".  Last week, I read a blog post by our publisher and he said that most of the authors on The Publisher's Weekly best seller list for indie writers are women.  Is it because women are buying the most books and want to read about women characters? Who can really say. I like reading about women characters; why wouldn't my readers have the same feelings?  Duh?   After telling my husband this, we agreed that, because I am the primary writer and a lot of our books have been written solely by me, we should be going by a female pen name and we were doing ourselves a disservice by having a male name. Therefore, we have decided that "Lewis" needs to have a sex-change operation to become "Louise".

What's in a name?  Plenty.  My husband said, "Why didn't we think of this a long time ago?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Nancy Keene Mysteries

Hello dear readers,

Our publisher, Smashwords, has been encouraging its writers to take advantage of a tool called "Series Manager".  We've been a little hesitant to use this feature; mainly because of our fear that, by organizing our books in this fashion, it may turn off potential readers who don't want to "make the commitment" to buy 3 or 4 books in a series and read them in chronological order.  We've written each of our books in the "Nancy Keene Mysteries" and "Detective Santy Mysteries" as being contained unto themselves; but they do follow a chronological order.  So we're going to do a little experiment with our "Nancy Keene Mysteries" and label them Book 1, 2, and 3 and see if it results in "more discoverability" and therefore increased sales, as Smashwords predicts.  We'll let you know how it goes.  All of these titles are available at your favorite online bookstores.

Here is the Chronological Order of our Nancy Keene Mysteries:

Book 1: The Missing Bachelor Farmer (Nancy is 15)
Book 2: The Ghost in the Plantation (Nancy is 16)
Book 3: The Buried Treasure on Route 66 (Nancy is 18)