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Robert’s Roundup #23 (Sept 2021)

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Abbreviations: KU means Kindle Unlimited, LE means that lending of this Kindle title is allowed, and APUB means it was published under an Amazon imprint.NYP means “Name Your Price” (that’s an option on Smashwords and other booksellers).

Indie Author Spotlight

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Under the Radar

Bell Hammers: True Folk Tales of Little Egypt by Lancelot Schaubert.

Luz at Midnight by Marisol Cortez. (Home Page). Here’s a podcast interview with Cortez about the book.

Rub-a-Dub Double: SWAP Story by Ivy Garcia.

Quite, Please! by Scott Douglas. (Home page and book blog).

Blink and it’s Gone Sales

Why we Swim by Bonnie Tsui.

Library Books/printed books

Sugar among the Freaks: Selected Stories by Nordan Lewis.

Literary Articles and Essays

PROLIFIC PLAYWRIGHT/NOVELIST REDISCOVERS LOST CLASSICS: David Blixt is one of the best kept secrets in the US literary world. He’s been cranking out all kinds of stuff (especially historical novels taking place in Elizabethan theatre). Now he has republished some novels by famed 19th century muckraking journalist — Nelly Bly. Most of Blixt’s novels (as well as the Nelly Bly novels) are less than $2 each on Amazon — sometimes 99 cents or even free.

What is the ideal size for a printed book? A bookseller discusses the pros and cons of different dimensions. I don’t really read a lot of printed books anymore, but my philosophy is the bigger the better. (My middle-aged eyes will complain less).

Rant

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Capsule Book Review

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Multimedia, Podcasts, etc

Podcast interview with Hilma Wolitzer. Her most recent collection includes a covid story (Wolitzer and her husband contracted covid in March 2020. Two other great podcast episodes on Texas Book Talk.

Personville Press Deals

I run Personville Press, a small literary book press where all the ebooks cost less than $4. You can buy DRM-free copies of ebooks from Smashwords (and often at a substantial discount over the ebook’s price on Amazon). Alternatively, you can buy ebooks from GoogleAmazonBNApple and Kobo. Check them out! Starting at the end of September I’ll be starting a mailing list for people to stay informed about upcoming sales and promotions.

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