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April 5, 2015

RISKY BUSINESS – the Kovak & Quaid Mystery Series Continues

I'm always thrilled to announce that I've finished a book, but I'm particularly happy with the release of RISKY BUSINESS. Why? Because writing a series is not for the faint of heart!

I never dreamed when I started that something that seemed so simple could be so challenging. I mean, how hard is it to write stories in the same setting with the same people? I discovered that keeping everything straight for myself and my readers, as well as keeping my readers engaged with the characters for the long-term was not that easy.

So, I offer you Book 4 of the series and hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Kovak & Quaid thank you!

~ Toni Leland

Risky Business releases April 20, 2015

October 6, 2014

Authors, Readers, and Book Reviews, Oh My!

by Toni Leland

All the experts tell me that I should blog frequently, tell the world what I know or think, or at least stay on the radar screen.

Frankly, I believe that if someone else can say it better, I'd rather share than try to reinvent the wheel!

So, my latest excitement is Anne R. Allen's blog post about the value of reviews and how they affect authors. Her insights are valuable and should be absorbed by anyone who writes for the public.

Additionally, the "review of the future" will be as it always has been: discoverability through word-of-mouth. I plan to keep this image where I can see it frequently, to remind me to share the wealth of wonderful reading I've experienced. Feel free to do the same for yourself. 

September 15, 2014

What Happens to a Book When an Author Dies?

by Toni Leland

Death and taxes – inevitable, but how many authors think about what will happen to their work after they’re gone? 

As authors, we control our characters’ lives: when they grow, when they fail, when they fall in love, or when they die. But most of us need a reminder that the future will come, whether we like it or not, sooner or later (hopefully, later).

Estate Planning for Authors provides just the guidebook we need to prepare for and face up to those inevitabilities. Written by attorney and author Gin Jones, I found this book to be just what I needed to help me make decisions about things like my copyrights, what to do with unfinished work when I pass, and how and when to consult with a professional. 

The book contains more than simple advice to seek an attorney and draw up a will – Jones discusses the ramifications of dying without a will, and includes examples that are, quite frankly, frightening. She interviews and quotes well-known authors, and cites actual cases where an author’s will didn’t measure up when the time came to disperse assets.

I strongly recommend that ANY writer read Estate Planning for Authors and make a plan accordingly. We work too hard on our stories and articles and poetry and research to have those vestiges of ourselves discarded, or worse – abused.