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    News and Events

    Welcome to the May edition of the newsletter.

    In February, 2011, for the first time, eBooks outsold both hardback and paperback books for the first time ever. In five years, I think we'll look back and wonder why it took so long. In the meantime, enjoy your eBooks.

    As a micro-publisher and a reader, I've loved eBooks for their portability, the ability to change font sizes to adjust for my aging eyes, and for the sheer variety--the ability to browse tens or hundreds of thousands of books versus the small number actually carried in the standard bookstore. The key is to be able to find them. I hope everyone, when they find a book they love, especially one written by a less known author or published by a small publisher, will help spread the word. Post reviews on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Tweet. Tell your friends. Reading, like writing, is often a solitary activity, but that doesn't mean it can't have its social aspects.

    Rob Preece, Publisher

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    • You can buy stuff from our Cafe Press Store (no markup). (Authors, please let me know if you're interested in your own Cafe Press Store. It's free and I'll be happy to help with artwork and to link to it.)
    • If you haven't already done so, check out our videos page. Trailers, video versions, author rants, and just-for-fun entertainment.
    • Available in bookstores? Thanks to an agreement between printers, many of our books (the paperback versions) are now orderable through your local bookstore. Of course, they're also available through Amazon. Authors, you may be able to work with your local bookstore for signings. e-mail me if you have questions.

    Coming in May:

    A DATE WITH DARKNESS. Author Vanessa Knipe (author of WITCH-FINDER and HARD LESSONS from her St. Van Helsing series) has a new novel in this universe. A young widow comes up with a plan to entertain her son and get herself back on the dating track. What she doesn't know is that her Internet singles ad will send every vampire, shapeshifter, and elemental in England into high alert--or call for attention from her one-time boyfriend and now top enforcer for the St. Van Helsing Seminary. DARKNESS will be priced at $3.99, but it'll be on sale for $1.00 for its first month of availability. Look for A DATE WITH DARKNESS in the week of May 8.

    Our April Release

    Who Killed the Killer by Kenneth E. IngleWHO KILLED THE KILLER by Kenneth E. Ingle. R.P. Gavin minds his own busines driving people where they want to go. He reports his income to the IRS but otherwise doesn't ask questions--until one of his clients knocks him unconcious and, when R.P. regains consciousness, is dead in R.P.'s back seat. Looking into the murder seems risky. Not knowing who set him up seems even riskier and R.P. soon finds himself flirting with a sexy cop, looking for an assassin, and on the trail of neo-Nazis with weird plans of world conquest. WHO KILLED THE KILLER will be available in early April. The price is $3.99 but it's still on sale for $1.00 only until May 9, 2011)

    What our authors are up to

    • Kenneth E. Ingle has won the Editor's Award for Creative Non-Fiction from the 6th Annual Canis Latran Writing Contest. Congratulations, Ken.
    • Karen Leabo (writing as Kara Lennox) has a new book from Harlequin SuperRomance--NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH (see my review) or check it out at here
    • Karen Leabo (also writing as Kara Lennox) is conducting an all-day workshop for the Colorado Romance Writers on May 21. (You don't have to be a member). Check it out here:
    • Karen Leabo will be conducting an online workshop called The Romance Novel Gestalt, June 6-19. Check it out here:
    • Teel James Glenn had some great reviews for QUIET ANCHORAGE. Congratulations, authors.
    • Rob Preece will be speaking on small publishing at the Orange County Romance Writers June 2011 meeting. (Note: Authors--please send updates on your activities and I'll include them in next month's newsletter)

    New Reviews

    We added reviews of the following books during April:


    Many of our authors are on Facebook. Be sure to friend them, too. Included are Rob Preece, Teel James Glenm. Kate Rothwell, Paul Nelson, Victoria Chancellor, Kenneth E. Ingle, Joshua Calkins-Treworgy, Mike Markel, George Snyder and Kara Lennox. If your'e a Facebook member, search them out. (If you're a author and your name isn't on the list, e-mail me).

    I've added a 'Fan' page for at Facebook. Be sure to 'Like' it and keep up with the latest from BFAB and the life of a micro-publisher. Check it out here.

    The Blog

    I confess that I've been remiss on the Blog. Let me know if you're interested in hearing about the sometimes-exciting life of a micro-publisher. Otherwise, I'm gradually migrating to Facebook.

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