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Appropriately, both involve intelligent, mysterious animals
True Horror, True Crime: Bestselling Author Ann Rule
Dear Readers and Authors:
I hope you are all doing well. There have been many developments since I last wrote; a few are listed below. The biggest change is that the Sirius Publications (tm) web site now has a permanent address! In this issue we introduce the first two authors to go online with Sirius Publications ™. We have just joined the Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN) and added the information and logo to our front page.
We are also developing web hosting and contests. If youre interested in any of these developments, feel free to email me. As newsletter subscribers, you will have priority access and you are welcome to try out the beta versions (still in testing) after contacting us. Authors who have signed the contract are particularly encouraged to set up a web page by contacting us (more info on author pages below.)
- New address http://www.sirius-books.com
This is our permanent address and you can feel free to give it out to everyone. The site has been updated and enhanced, so let us know what you think.
- New Permanent Email address:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Free Email service
This service now available in partnership with Everyone.net. Sign up through the Sirius main page.
We were featured in a previous month's The current, correct address for Sirius Publications TM appears in the current issue. If you're wondering, "What the heck is a MOO?" this article may help.)
- Banner Exchange
Joined LinkBuddies Banner Exchange so we can advertise on other sites for free (of course we have to advertise their banners on our pages as well!) For this to work we need to get lots of people to visit our site. We were previously using LinkExchange- this network has a better exchange rate. Help support us by visiting the site and clicking on the sponsors' banners. It doesn't cost you a thing!
- Affiliate Program
Developed a ClickTrade program which allows us to have an affiliate program and pay people who bring us leads/customers. The membership page for the program will be up by March 24 on its own affiliates page. Please visit the program or contact us if interested.
- In the works: many more promotional projects.
As always, we'd love to hear from you as to ways to improve the site. Thanks again for your support of Sirius Publications (tm). Look below for more Sirius info and news.
2- FREE Web Pages
We are pleased to offer FREE web pages to our authors. Your web page will be at http://www.sirius-books/authorname.html. (Replace authorname with your name.) Currently, these pages are established via email, with you giving us the text for the page and agreeing on aspects of appearance. We will be happy to set up simple web pages (i.e. not many links) that promote the author and his or her publications. In addition, further web page development can be arranged with Dogstar Design Web Designers at a special rate (one web page starts at $10.) These packages will include graphics and other enhancing features not included in our free web page.
- Did you know? We are now using Amazon.com Zstores to process our sales. Amazon.com offers great terms for us, and the same excellent customer service and guaranteed secure transactions as they do for their book store. we've bought books from them often and can attest to their reliability. You can feel confident using your credit card with their secure payment system, and safe shopping guarantee.
Author: Patricia Fish
Author Profile: A true animal lover, Ms. Fishs backyard is certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation and she was certified as a Backyard Wildlife Steward. This indicates she has completed a course by the NWF and is deemed qualified to teach about creating backyard wildlife habitats. She has published a previous ebook with DLSU press and has been published in major birding magazines including "Birds and Blooms", "Wildbird", and "Birder's World".
Book Summary: Would you believe... a book written by a cat?
Why not? Cats are observant, creative and ingenious. And author Patricia Fish should know, since she has observed them often and carefully enough to capture the cat's particular brand of wit and quirks... or at least one cat's- Josephine Fish.
Free electronic novelette (short novel) along with a purchase of the electronic version. Your free novelette will be sent via email within a few days.
Cost of e-book: $3 plus $1 s&h. Go to Sirius Publications Fiction or email us for ordering information (indicate your preferred method of payment and form (email/disk formatted in Word, Wordperfect, or HTML). You can use our secure Amazon.com payments for secure credit card payments. SPECIAL for newsletter readers: order the book and get a free entry in the drawing for a writing-related item.
Author: Nora M. Mulligan
Author Profile: Ms. Mulligan has practiced law for eleven years, and has had short stories published in _Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine_, _Lost Worlds_ and _Dragonlaugh_ e-zine. The book is a horror novel, more like the works of Barbara Michaels than like those of Stephen King.
Book Summary: Transformations follows Sam Jackson, a young lawyer, as he gradually realizes that both the woman he thought he loved and his closest friend are not what they seem. Both of them have the power to change their shapes, and, in the case of Sam's friend, Arthur, that power is joined with an anger that leads to murderous violence. Sam soon discovers that he has the same potential as Arthur does. Sam must attempt not only to save his friend, but to preserve his own sanity.
Cost: $5 plus $3 s&h for the printout. Also available in email or diskette version. Go to Sirius Publications Horror or email us for ordering information (indicate your preferred method of payment and format (email/printout/disk). Purchase through our secure Amazon.com payment server. Free electronic novelette (short novel) along with a purchase of the electronic version. Your free novelette will be sent via email within a few days. SPECIAL for newsletter readers: order the book and get a free entry in the drawing for a book-related item.
True Horror, True Crime: Bestselling Author Ann Rule
As many of you may already know, Ann Rule writes true crime stories. She is known by some as the "queen of true crime." Many of her books are bestsellers due to her talent at vivid description, meticulous detail, and drawing the reader into the tale (they are page-turners!)
The stories she tells are often of people who seem normal on the outside, yet there is something very wrong with them (the criminals) and of people who could be your brother or girlfriend (the victims.) They are also about the police and other lawmen and their often nearly impossible task of bringing justice to tragedy.
I have read nearly all of her books, and found them all riveting. Yet I still think the first book I read was the best- that was The Stranger Beside Me, about serial killer Ted Bundy. She captured Bundy's truly psychotic personality, and she had a personal investment in that story since she knew Ted as an acquaintance (and never suspected he was a killer.) Recent books by Ann Rule: A Rage to Kill, Bitter Harvest, The End of the Dream
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