Friday, January 28, 2011

WOW! Look at Karen Dionne

I like to follow the stock market news. Big surprise? Clicking through the AOL stock section, as usual, I targeted an article about Border's bookstores. A quick scroll through the article to preview the length and whether I really wanted to read it, and guess what I saw?

I should say, guess WHO I saw. Karen Dionne! Karen and I met long ago on the writer's forum, Backspace. There is a small fee to be a member since it is a private forum. However, it is a place where some agents hang out and some very well known million dollar writer I can think of right off.

Karen is the driving force in an annual mystery writing conference in New York City. She is also the author of Freezing Point and Boiling Point, both ecological disaster thrillers. As anyone who knows me can guess, I have autographed copies in my library. That's one thing you can't do with ebooks, BTW.

So, go check out Karen's article:


  1. Wow! How cool that you stumbled on that article, Nadine! Nice to know people are reading it! I've actually written 4 articles for Daily Finance commenting on the industry from an author's perspective - click on my name on the article to see the rest. You might like the one on e-publishing. :)

  2. It is a tragic shame that book stores are struggling. I am pleased to say, here in Cyprus we have an English book store now open! The expat community supports it well. The rising costs of import for individuals makes it a valuable store.

    Interesting article, thanks for sharing.

  3. While I think Karen's articles are worth reading, if you don't have time to read everything you come across, then buy and read her books!

    It is a multifaceted situation that bookstores fine themselves in this mess. Of course, there is greed. What other business runs on co-ops like bookstores? Publishers are part of the mix, buying favored treatment for some books and not others. Then there is us. Oh yeah, we rather borrow a book than support the writer by buying it. Or go to used bookstores and garage sales to save a buck without thought that royalties are not paid. And there is the library. Once again, I'm in favor of libraries for many reasones, but the books are read hundreds of times and the author is paid a small amount for only one purchase.

    Other than manuscripts, I do not read books I have not purchased or have not been purchased for me as a gift. I guess in the big picture, I'm more interested in rewarding the person who wrote the book, the artist - the writer.