Friday & Saturday NINJA’S DAUGHTER Events!

TODAY – FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 (6:30pm): EL DORADO HILLS (SACRAMENTO) CALIFORNIA If you’re in the Sacramento area, I hope you’ll join me tonight (Friday, August 26) at 6:30pm at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills (4359 Town Center Boulevard: more information here!) for a reading and signing of my newest Hiro Hattori mystery, The Ninja’s Daughter!  I’m bringing some special Japanese treats to share, and a katana for a special weapons demonstration. I hope to see you there! TOMORROW – SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 (12pm): SEATTLE, WASHINGTON On Saturday at 12pm, I’ll be at Seattle Mystery Bookshop (117 Cherry Street, Seattle-more information here!) for a

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Negotiate Like a Pro (Part 2) – Preparing to Negotiate

Welcome back to the negotiation mini-series, here on the blog and on the Twitter #PubLaw feed. Last week’s post examined the difference between Zero-Sum and Mutual Benefit negotiation, and explained why it’s better to approach publishing contract negotiations (any negotiations, really) from a mutual-benefit point of view. Today we move on to preparation for a successful negotiation. SUCCESSFUL NEGOTIATIONS REQUIRE PLANNING Preparing to negotiate a publishing contract requires more than making a list of the terms you want (or hope to change). Approaching negotiations with a solid plan increases the likelihood of a successful outcome. Here are the steps to creating that solid plan: STEP 1: Read the

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The Reconstructed Pagodas of Tōdaiji

The original structures at Nara’s Tōdaiji dated to the eighth century and included a pair of 300-foot pagodas which were subsequently destroyed in an earthquake. A wooden model inside the Great Buddha Hall shows the original temple structures, including the pagodas, all built to scale: Although not as impressive as the original pagodas, the golden reconstructions hearken back to the Indian Buddhist stupas from which pagoda architecture evolved upon its arrival in China and then Japan.

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How to Negotiate Like a Pro (Part 1)

I talk a lot about contracts, here and in my Twitter #PubLaw feed, but the publishing conversation doesn’t include nearly enough talk about how to negotiate changes to a publishing contract. Negotiation isn’t a topic most people learn in school, and many authors feel adrift when it comes to the negotiation process. In light of that, my next few Wednesday posts will offer some tips on negotiation strategies and tactics. Good negotiation doesn’t happen “by chance.” Successful negotiation requires proper planning, preparation, and execution. This week, we’ll look at how to prepare a negotiation strategy. Next week, I’ll detail strategies on how to prepare for negotiation, and the following

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My Journey to Becoming a Writer – a Guest Post from Gina Venturini

Please welcome talented poet and author (and my friend), Gina Venturini, author of Calling Love Home (2015) and the newly-released The Color of My Heart is You. Gina grew up in Nebraska, where she studied opera. After college Gina moved to the hotbed of Minneapolis and ended up singing backup vocals for an Elvis / Neil Diamond Impersonator. Wanting more she left with a suit case and took a train to Memphis, where she connected with a Marriott circuit band that toured all over the east coast and Wisconsin. Then, she was drawn to California for personal reasons and continued to pursue music. In

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Book Signings for The Ninja’s Daughter: 8/13 & 8/14!

This weekend marks the start of the NINJA’S DAUGHTER book tour – and I couldn’t be more excited! Here are this weekend’s appearances, with links for directions: Saturday, August 13, 2016: 2:00 PM – Sacramento, CA Reading & Signing: Avid Reader at Tower 1600 Broadway Sacramento, CA 95818 Map Link Sunday, August 14, 2016: 2:00 PM – San Diego, CA Reading & Signing: Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore (Joint Signing with Jeri Westerson, author of A Maiden Weeping) 5843 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100 San Diego, CA 92111 Map Link

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Do You Understand Your Ebook Rights?

Authors need to understand the rights they own before they can make intelligent decisions about which rights to license to a publisher — or even whether to seek traditional publishing or to choose the author-publisher route. Whether you publish traditionally or self-publish, it’s important to understand ebook rights, how they factor into the bundle of copyright-related rights, and what you should–and shouldn’t–give away. Today, I’m guest-blogging at Writers in the Storm about ebook rights and how to manage them properly. Click here to take a look! For those whose tastes run more to the Japanese side of the equation, here’s a photograph

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A Warning For Authors About Signing Books

Apologies in advance for the click-bait title–I didn’t intend it that way, but I couldn’t find a better one that accurately expressed the content of the post. Most authors look forward to signing books. It’s one of the greatest moments in an author’s career, and for many of us it never gets old, no matter how many books we’re asked to sign. Autographed books make wonderful keepsakes, and many readers treasure them for years (if not for a lifetime). However, autographed books can also provide a dangerous opportunity for scammers and identity thieves . . . wherein lies today’s warning. When signing

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