Mystery, suspense, thrillers, paranormal, horror & YA by "Cheryl Kaye Tardif" & romance by "Cherish D'Angelo". Cheryl is represented by Trident Media Group in NY.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A-hoy, matey! Should ebook pirates walk the plank or be set free?

This is my recent reply on JA Konrath's blog where piracy pros and cons are still being discussed. I am a bit concerned about new authors taking everything Joe says to heart without looking into the issue--illegal copyright theft and sharing. As much as I respect Joe for his marketing abilities, I am not sold on his argument that since we can't fight them we should embrace piracy and do nothing, turn a blind eye. I'm just not wired that way, and I'm not alone.

My comment:
I'm dropping by to give you all another update on the 4shared website that has illegally shared so many authors' works.
Mine were removed--as were many others--after 2-3 brief emails with 4shared. It wasn't time consuming and I didn't find it half the battle as when I was fighting for the rights of authors to keep their signature lines on Amazon book reviews, which we can do now although they had been deleting reviews by authors who had done such.
It's a small win, having your work deleted from pirate sites.

Do I think this solves the issue? Not at all. My work could end up right back on the site, but for now I'm satisfied. At least I took a stand against something that is legally wrong.

The word "copyright" and subsequent laws protecting our copyrights are there for a reason. When a pirate distributes an ebook, they are making illegal copies and conversions, sometimes even scanning a printed book. While there will always be people disobeying this law, it is in authors' best interests to not sit passively and allow this to happen.

Over the past week or so I've been contacted by a number of authors who were not happy to see their works pirated. I was also contacted by the agent of a very well-known bestselling author. She wasn't pleased to find her client's works on 4shared and she and the publishers involved are taking steps to have the works removed. 4shared has been fairly easy to work with on this matter.

As for Joe's belief that authors should sell ebooks for $1.99 to see better sales, that's not a guarantee. Not every author has the fan base or history of publishing with big publishers as Joe has had, and whether he wants to believe that makes a difference or not, it does. Having a series also helps in this situation; hook people with book #1 and they'll come back for more because they want to know what happens next to those characters. I KNOW that if I'd been published by a major or even mid-list traditional publisher, my work would have reached far more people than it did publishing with a small traditional publisher. It's a no-brainer.

That doesn't mean Joe hasn't worked hard. When I read about all his promotional strategies, I'm exhausted. :-) And good for him for being so pro-active on this. Many authors think it's up to the publisher to market their books. It's not.

Regarding ebook pricing: Pricing your ebooks at $1.99 does not guarantee you higher sales, and new authors really need to understand this. It's your fan base and marketing strategies (which includes pricing and much more) that will lead to high sales.

An author with a new release SHOULD market her books a bit higher to put value on it and also so that later, when the book has been out awhile, she can discount it to make it more attractive as a backlist or older title.

This doesn't mean she can't put it on sale every now and then, or give away some free copies--both great marketing strategies.

Anyone who's ever been in marketing & sales (that was my background prior to becoming a published author) of other products will know that new products hold better value. If you start with $1.99 ebooks, you don't have much room to go in discounting, especially since some retailers have minimum prices you have to charge (like Amazon).

Though I bowed out of this debate awhile ago, I'm still reading posts here, plus the many emails I've received privately from authors and (surprisingly) admitted "pirates". Though I appreciate their reasoning and can even understand why they do it, I can't condone it as others here have done. For anyone just weighing in on this debate, it is far better to investigate both sides of the piracy issue before making a decision. And trust me, if you aren't an author or if you haven't been pirated, you have no idea how it feels to have your work stolen and re-distributed. Pirates don't usually download a book they aren't interested in, and in that, authors have lost a potential sale. Period.

But I do agree with a couple of points my new pirate friends mentioned: ebooks need to be priced affordably (less than $5 seems to be the consensus, easily accessible to all ereader devices and easily uploaded. seems to understand these concepts and I believe they have the most versatility when it comes to formats. My books are all available through Smashwords. Plus, their coupons make it easy for me to discount my books for special sales.

By the way, Smashwords, Amazon on other retailers offer a LEGAL method for people to "distribute" authors' works. It's called affiliation. As an affiliate, you can advertise an author's works on your site/blog (which is very supportive) and then earn money on sales purchased via your affiliate link. Former pirates could then earn money to buy more books. I am more than happy to have others distribute my works this way--and we all win.

I'll leave you all to continue this debate. I've said what I need to say on this subject, as you can see on my own blogs about piracy.

I encourage authors to read everything they can on piracy. Don't take my word for it, or Joe's. We each have strong opinions on what's right and wrong. Make an informed decision based on more than a couple of authors' (or pirates) opinions.

Support Authors, Buy a Book! :-)
My other posts on piracy:

Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
bestselling Canadian author

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cheryl is interviewed about contests promotions in Seattle Examiner

I think contests and book giveaways are a great promotional tool that can lead to greater sales and success for authors. Check out my interview in the Seattle Examiner.

Cheryl Kaye Tardif thinks that giving away books in contests can promote your novels

The 7 Most Facinating Characters I've Created

So I was tagged today; I guess that means I'm "it". I'll be honest, though. I really don't like tag games, or chain emails. They usually end up triggering a "DELETE" reaction from me...and a sigh or two. But something was different about today's tag. A couple of things actually. First, I was tagged by Stella Telleria, an aspiring author who also lives in Edmonton. That's 2 points in her favor. Plus, this tag--her assignment--really got my creative muse going "Wow! You can do this one, Cheryl. It'll be easy." So let's see how easy it is.

My assignment, should I chose to accept it, is to infiltrate my novels and covertly spy on my characters until I can boil them all down to the 7 "most fascinating characters" I ever "dreamt up". While making my list,I quickly realized that I had 3 good characters and 4 bad characters. And here goes...

1. Nana has got to be my most fascinating character in WHALE SONG. She is the elderly grandmother of Goldie, the main character's best friend. As the story progresses, Nana puts in appearances that offer both wisdom and compassion, all the while helping Sarah, the protagonist, integrate into a new culture--one filled with native folklore, traditions and mystery. Nana is the seer of all things who helps Sarah when a life-changing tragedy occurs. From the emails I've received from fans of WHALE SONG, I believe Nana is a hero of sorts; everyone seems to love her and her wonderful yet sometimes comical storytelling ability.

2. Del Hawthorne is one of my most fascinating characters in THE RIVER. I think what makes her so appealing to me personally is that I based her on my very good friend Bobbi. Like Bobbi, Del is strong-willed but kind. She's a fighter too, especially when faced with challenges. And believe me, Del is faced with challenges. After her father goes missing and is presumed dead, she moves on with her life, only to discover years later that her father is still alive. But he's being held captive in a remote area up north, an area known for strange disappearances and murders. Even faced with this knowledge, she's determined to rescue her father. Gathering a group of near strangers, she sets off on an adventure that LOST fans will surely enjoy. As Del's health begins to fail, she becomes more fascinating to me--her strength, her determination, her fighting spirit are all admirable.

3. Jasi from DIVINE INTERVENTION is another strong, determined woman I've created. As a government agent in a covert division known as the Psychic Skills Investigators or PSIs, Agent Jasmine McLellan knows how to get things done. She spends her days hunting down serial killers who use fire to dispose of bodies or to kill their victims. Jasi's special "gift" is that of a Pyro-Psychic. Whenever someone dies in a fire and she smells the smoke, she has visions--through the eyes of the killer. But it's Jasi's back story that intrigues me most. Her mother was murdered when Jasi was a child and the case has never been solved. Jasi knows much more about the killer than she realizes. And if this isn't enough, she is haunted by a ghost. Not the ghost of her mother, but of a young girl with a red scar around her neck and dead eyes. I am compelled to write more in this series so that I can learn the truth about Jasi, her mother and this ghost girl.

4. Myrtle Murphy is an intriguing character from a series of short stories. What makes Myrtle so fascinating is that she is a serial killer. In fact, I like to say: "Myrtle Murphy is an unlikely serial killer that you'll hate to love." She's kind of a crotchety old gal and in the first story, A GRAVE ERROR, Myrtle isn't too happy with her husband. He's getting on her nerves, something no one should ever do. In THE DEATH OF AN OLD COW, Myrtle's dead set on ridding herself of a pest--her opinionated, hoity-toity mother-in-law. In MAID OF DISHONOR, Myrtle's got her eyes on someone who has really ticked her off, and all the bells and wedding cake in the world isn't going to stop her from getting what she wants. I think she fascinates me because she gets away with murder. Literally. And she seems almost oblivious to her crimes. Plus, she's sixty-one years old, not some spring chicken. I'm sure Myrtle's a Dexter fan.

5. The Director is a mysterious character from my suspense thriller THE RIVER. What fascinates me most about this character is that no one knows who the Director really is. That being said, I can't really say too much, but it's because the character is cloaked in anonymity and mystery that makes the character especially fascinating. That, and the fact that the Director is involved in a deadly conspiracy that threatens all of mankind. THE RIVER is a mix of Lost meets Timeline meets The Da Vinci Code, and the Director takes it to a whole other level.

6. Harold Fielding, from REMOTE CONTROL, has proven to fascinate audiences of all ages. As a finalist in the Textnovel contest, this novelette explores a character whose greatest desires in live is living a life of luxury--any way he can get it. But as we've all heard before, "be careful what you wish for." Harry has fascinated me for decades as he is one of my oldest characters. The original short story was written in 1986, I believe. In all these years, I have never forgotten Harry, or his terrible greed. He's the kind of guy you turn your nose up at in distaste. While he wishes for fame and fortune, his wife has another wish.

7. Winston Chambers, from my upcoming September release LANCELOT'S LADY is to date my most favorite bad guy. He is a heavyset, heavy breathing, slimy, evil sleaze-ball with no redeeming qualities and I found him an utter delight to create. He emerged from a rough outline with rapid speed, evolving into probably my most hated character ever. I have to thank Waheed (Wally) Rabbani, who entered my Create a Corpse Contest and won with his winning character name entry--"Winston Chambers". Winston is one character you'll love to hate.

I hope you've enjoyed a glimpse at what I consider my 7 most fascinating characters. Of course, in the end it really doesn't matter what I think. If you've read any of my novels or short stories, I would love to hear which characters you found most fascinating.

Now, who to tag next...

Betty Dravis
Eileen Schuh
Carol D. O'Dell
C.J. Ellisson

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write about 7 themes found in your works (novels, nonfiction, short stories etc). I'd like to know what made you explore these themes and what research you may have done. Tag! You're it! :-)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Cheryl talks about Muse and Inspiration over at

C.J. Ellisson, a talented writer I met while we were both competing in the Dorchester Next Best Celler contest over at Textnovel, invited me to be a guest blogger over at Wicked Writers, and of course I said yes.

If you've ever wondered what inspires me and what I consider my muse to be, come on by and check out my post at: Muse and Inspiration, Do You Have Any?


Monday, May 24, 2010

If you were a fan of the hit TV show LOST, you'll love THE RIVER

For LOST fans now going through withdrawal symptoms, here's a quick fix. My bestselling thriller THE RIVER is like LOST meets TIMELINE meets THE DA VINCI CODE, and I am positive you'll enjoy it.

THE RIVER is set in the wilds of the northwest territories, in an area along the Nahanni River that many refer to as the Bermuda Triangle of Canada. For decades people have gone missing or have ended up dead. For real.

In THE RIVER a group of people travel to this unpredictable and deadly area in search of a missing father, only to discover that another world awaits them--one that is fraught with danger, deception, conspiracy, time travel, medical experimentation and murder. Who will make it out alive?

Seven years ago, Del Hawthorne’s father and three of his friends disappeared near the Nahanni River and were presumed dead. When one of the missing men stumbles onto the University grounds, alive but barely recognizable and aging before her eyes, Del is shocked. Especially when the man tells her something inconceivable. Her father is still alive!
"Cheryl Kaye Tardif specializes in mile-a-minute pot-boiler mysteries." --Edmonton Sun

"Cheryl Kaye Tardif skillfully balances scientific intrigue, and the human desire to retain a youthful body, with tantalizing sexual tension, and vivid characterizations in this engrossing romantic thriller...Exciting and vivid." --Midwest Book Review

"You're in for an absorbing adventure--with more twists and turns than the Nahanni River itself--and a surprising, yet satisfying ending that leaves you gasping for more." --Betty Dravis, author

THE RIVER is available in paperback online through Amazon, Chapters, Barnes & Noble and more. It is also in select bookstores, or you can have your bookstore order it in. (I'm a proud supporter of independent bookstores too.) 

It is also available in ebook format through KoboBooks, Smashwords and the Kindle Store.

Feed your thirst for a good story and get lost in THE RIVER.

Update 3: Authors get copyright infringed piracy works removed from 4shared

For those of you following the book piracy issue over at, this will be your final update from me (I hope). Reports from other authors have been a mix of relieved authors who found only book reviews posted, to furious authors who've discovered full works being pirated. Many of those who chose to report the abuse have found the problems remedied--for now. According to 4shared, my material that was shared has been removed from the system. I checked and it's now gone. Thank you,!

Does that solve the problem of piracy? No.

Does this prevent it from ever happening? No.

I am a realist (yes, and a dreamer) and I do know that theft has and always will be a huge problem with human nature. People steal for all kinds of reasons, and piracy of intellectual rights comes with its own built-in justification system. While some feel it'll never go away so lie down and don't fight it, others will take the necessary steps to right the wrong when they can. These, too, are both sides of human nature, and neither is the wrong approach.

To those who feel they have all the answers and that theirs is the ONLY sensible approach, good for you. I'm glad you're satisfied with where you're at and with what's happening to your works. To others who feel piracy threatens their livelihood or profession, I feel for you. We ARE limited to some extent by what we can and cannot do to prevent piracy. But we can at least try. And good for those of you who took a stand. Most people balk at a fight or challenge. It's far easier to walk away than to step into the battle.

As I've been saying a lot the past couple of days:

You either stand for something, or you sit for everything.

To those authors whose works are still up even after reporting abuse, be patient. It'll take a few days, but once you've provided the info they requested, it'll get taken down and I suspect without much of a fight--as mine was. Good luck to you all and kudos for standing for something.

Support Authors, Buy a Book!

I wish JA Konrath and everyone else, no matter which side of this debate you're on, the very best in success always.

If you haven't read the previous links on this topic, here they are:



Update: Author JA Konrath defends copyright piracy

Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
critically acclaimed author of Whale Song, The River, Divine Intervention

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Author JA Konrath defends copyright piracy

If you haven't been following this topic, please read my first post:

After notifying fellow author JA Konrath that his books were being illegally downloaded on, I was surprised that he boasted about his cavalier attitude regarding copyright infringement on his blog. But I can see where it stems from. He's reportedly making quite a bit of money from his books, one of few authors I know that is making a living off their work. So why should he worry?

In his post, Konrath suggests that authors have "freaked-out" over this issue and that we're a bunch of idiots who are uneducated. "If you really fear piracy, educate yourself...If you have an ounce of brains in your head, you will quickly realize that piracy is always going to be here."

Most of his post validate pirates and their theft of copyright protected works. To say I'm disappointed in his attitude is an understatement. But hey, he has a right to believe what he wants. And so do I and the other authors I've spoken to this week who are not impressed to find their copyrights infringed.

This was my response to his post:
Joe, as one of the four authors who took time to alert you to the piracy of your books, I'm offended by your cavalier attitude and your comments that people who fear piracy are basically stupid and uneducated. I am neither. I am smart enough and educated enough to make a decision on whether piracy hurts me as an author, and I believe it does.

Of course you disagree. As you told me in your email reply, you're still raking in the sales at $230 a day, so a little piracy isn't hurting your sales. Let me assure you that the majority of authors are NOT making money like this. Most authors I know are lucky to make that amount a month.

So yes, theft of our works strikes a protective chord for most of us. We simply cannot afford to have other people illegally offering up our works to others for free. It is up to the author or publisher to give away free books, and I do that often, on my own terms and when I can afford to do so.
Maybe if I was making $200+ a day on book sales, I'd have the same attitude about piracy, but I hope not. I hope that I always remain humble enough to remember the struggle to get there and to remember how I started, with one book and one sale.
Show me a music artist who has NOT been hurt by sites that offer free downloads. I have a lot of friends in the music industry. They're all struggling. A few hundred (or thousand) dollars a month they could have made from the illegal downloads would certainly help them out. The music industry has been fighting this same battle for years. I expect authors will too. That still doesn't make it right.

I am not alone in this. Besides other authors, agents and publishers, one of the major writers organizations in the US--Authors Guild--has already begun an investigation into sites like The 5-10% writers who are actually making a decent living from their writing may never see the loss of money that piracy results in, but the other 90-95% of authors will.

I'll always stand up for the rights of authors and content creators.

I spent most of the day participating in an interesting debate on this topic with JA Konrath and visitors to his blog. You might want to check it out and leave a comment. One thing I most enjoyed was that visitors to the discussion were quite respectful. I encourage you to be the same here and on Joe's blog. It's not easy to take a stand (on either side), but I hope the discussion will give you food for thought.

Support Authors, Buy a Book!

Cheryl Kaye Tardif
award-winning Canadian author

Friday, May 21, 2010

Update 2 on copyright infringement at

If you haven't read the 2 posts below, you may want to do so first. Here's another update on the problems of copyright theft at

I've now heard from dozens of authors who have found their works posted to this site, and it's now come to my attention that some of the PDFs posted on may not contain full works. Some may contain excerpts and some may contain reviews. However, unless the member wrote the review, copyright law is still in effect.

Whatever authors choose to do and how they choose to handle these infringements is completely up to them. I really didn't want to download anything from 4shared and many authors may not want to, but I did so and found my copyright was still infringed. I discovered both my copyrighted text and reviews by others posted there.

In the end it boils down to one thing: authors must take a stand when their copyright is being abused. This is the same fight the music industry has had for decades. Artists and authors create the work and we lose money with these illegal downloads. While many music artists may be raking in big bucks, I can tell you most authors aren't.

Support Authors, Buy a Book!

Update on blatant copyright infringement over at

If you haven't read my first post on's theft of my work, please read it first:
Authors: Are your books being illegally downloaded on

Update 1:

I finally received an email from after reporting the illegal PDFs that one of their members is allowing others to download. This email came AFTER I filled out their form and provided them with details about the blatant copyright theft of my works.


Please write us back arranging your complaint into the correct copyright
report sample set by DMCA and we'll react on this matter asap.

According to DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) the notification must:
1. Identify in sufficient detail the copyrighted work that you believe has been infringed upon (i.e., describe the work that you own).
2. Identify the in-world item that you claim is infringing on your copyright, and provide information reasonably sufficient to locate the item in-world.
3. Provide a reasonably sufficient method of contacting you; phone number and email address would be preferred.
4. Provide information, if possible, sufficient to permit us to notify the user(s) who posted the content that allegedly contains infringing material. You may also provide screenshots or other materials that are helpful to identify the works in question. (This is for identification only, not to 'prove' substantive claims.)
5. Include the following statement: 'I have good faith belief that the use of the copyrighted materials described above and contained on the service is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or by protection of law.'
6. Include the following statement: 'I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.'

The DMCA provides that you may be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys fees) if you falsely claim that an in-world item is infringing your copyrights. We recommend contacting an attorney if you are unsure whether an in-world object is protected by copyright laws.

Best regards,
My reply to this was to RESTATE all the info I'd already sent them. I won't play their stupid games. As the LEGAL copyright holder and the AUTHOR of this material, I've asked them to remove by deleting the content completely from their site and from the member's account.

According to their website, they send the member a wanring of the abuse and instruct them to remove the material. Then the material is put into a folder marked "Abuse" and remains on the member's page. Uh, hello, you stupid idiots!! That is NOT deleting.

I am now in the process of contacting the advertisers that are supplying the owners of with part of the $64,000 a DAY they earn. I am hopeful that most of these advertisers have no idea their ads are appearing on a website that blatantly allows copyright infringement to occur.

What are your thoughts on this site? What do you think about this email they sent? If you're an author, go to that site and search for your name. You might be horrified to find your work being offered there for free. I know I was.


Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Support Authors, Buy a Book!

Authors: Are your books being illegally downloaded on

Yesterday, after reading an article in Romance Writers Report about, a website that allows members to upload copyright protected works that aren't their own, I decided to check the site to see if any of my works were illegally posted there. And they were.

I immediately sent a cease and desist notice to the member who posted my content and infringed on my copyright, plus I sent a similar message to the site owners. Many hours have passed and as of yet there has been no reply from either, and my material is still on the site. Many of my author friends have discovered today that their works are illegally posted there too. If you're an author, check! Then report the copyright abuse and demand your work be removed.

To say that I'm pissed is an understatement. Over the years I've refused to partake in sites like Kazaa and other illegal sharing of music because I knew that those music artists should be paid for their works. Just like authors should. As it is, most authors barely make a living. We aren't rich and hugely successful like the Margaret Atwood, Stephen King and JK Rowling. Most authors couldn't even live on their earnings. So to be taken advantage of in such a way makes me feel very angry.

If you want to read a book, there are plenty of authors who are offering free books or ebooks throughout the year. I do this often. But this is my right as the content creator. What makes even more reprehensible is that according to an article by Erin Fry, this website is raking in $64,000 A DAY from memberships and advertising. Meanwhile, the authors whose works are being ripped off make $0.00.

Seriously, dear readers and book lovers, please reconsider how you get your books. Writing is my passion and I work very long hours every day, writing and promoting, so that I can provide you with my very best work. This is my job, my career, my life.

Please show your support of authors and buy a book today. My Whale Song ebook is only $1.59 at, and many other authors offer low prices like this. You don't have to buy mine, but please support authors by not downloading illegal PDFs.



Author JA Konrath defends copyright piracy

UPDATE 3 - some resolution

Buy a book and support authors. Thank you.

Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Publisher Shares Tips on Book Marketing

Publisher Jerry D. Simmons, who worked for Warner Books for over two decades before branching out to form his own publishing company, shares his insights on marketing books with some easy to follow tips.
"Selling books without a minimum marketing effort will result in poor sales. Here are the basics every author should follow when marketing their book..."
Read Jerry's tips on marketing at Shameless Promoter.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Press Release - A Dying Billionaire, a Mysterious Recluse and a Woman Hunted by a Sadist Equal a Winning Combination in Lancelot's Lady, a Romantic Suspense by Award-Winning Author Cherish D'Angelo

NEW YORK, NY, May 17, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Cherish D'Angelo's debut romantic suspense Lancelot's Lady, which has not been published yet, has won its first official award--the Editor's Choice award from Novels are selected for this award "based on writing quality, originality and publishing potential," according to a message the author received from the Editorial Team, which includes literary agent Stan Soper...

Read the full Press Release

When I grow up, I wanna be just like JA Konrath

If you're a reader, author, publisher or agent and you haven't heard about JA Konrath, then you must have been sleeping for the past 6 years and it's time to wake up and smell the margarita mix. JA, aka Joe, has become one of my book marketing idols and I aspire to be just like him "when I grow up". Truthfully, I think I'm a bit older than he is, and I really mean "when I figure out how to sell ebooks and make the kind of money Joe does."

JA Konrath is the author of the very popular "Jack" Daniels mystery series, and this guy knows how to sell ebooks--something I am just starting to get familiar with after taking back my ebook rights. In fact, he estimates he's selling 230 Kindle ebooks a day. WOW!

So what's the secret of his success? As much as he's been very gracious in sharing his techniques on his blog, I still can't see what exactly he's doing that is resulting in such high ebook sales--other than he's walked the walk, talked the talk and gotten his name (brand) out there any way he could PRIOR to going the ebook route. I've seen his name mentioned at events, conferences and everywhere online. Only a handful of authors seem to be making the ebook sales he's making.

I would like to be one of them. There! I said it. Out loud. In front of people. Ok, maybe only you, but I said it. I wanna be just like JA Konrath when I grow up. I am tired of making pennies and working long hours for such small financial rewards. Sure, money isn't everything; I LOVE to write! But I chose this as a career. Wait! That's not quite right. IT chose ME and wants to be a career. One where I make some money to validate the hours I spend pouring my heart and mind out onto my word processor, not to mention what I spend on marketing.

I was thinking of going back to school. Then I realized I AM in school. I'm attending Konrath University, reading his blog posts, reading his marketing book, studying everything he does, mimicking his techniques, creating some of my own and experimenting--because like Joe, I'm an experiment waiting to happen. And in case any of you are now rushing off to google Konrath U, I made that up. In other words, I'm kind of cyber-stalking Joe. He just doesn't know it. Yet. Or maybe he does...

Okay, break's over. Time to get back to my studies.

To learn more about JA Konrath, his novels and his amazing ebook sales, visit his blog A Newbie's Guide to Publishing and his website I'm hoping he'll add me to his links page since I blogged about him, so be sure to tell him you heard about him from Cheryl Kaye Tardif. lol

My ebooks:
Whale Song - available only at until June when it will be available thru Kindle and Smashwords.
The River -, Amazon Kindle and Smashwords
Divine Intervention -, Amazon Kindle and Smashwords

Lancelot's Lady - to be released September 27th via Kobo, Kindle and Smashwords.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Lancelot's Lady wins Textnovel's "Editor's Choice" Award

I had a pleasant surprise today when I visited to read readers' comments about Lancelot's Lady. Not only did Lancelot's Lady make the semi-finals in the Dorchester Next Best Celler context last year, today my debut romantic suspense has won the Editor's Choice Award.

This is the message I received from Textnovel:
Congratulations! This story has been selected as an Editor's Pick on Textnovel. We pick these stories based on writing quality, originality and publishing potential. Plus we think your story is an example of the type of story that has a shot at a prize and possible publication... Editorial Team

For those of you who haven't seen my little hints or visited the Lancelot's Lady page at Textnovel recently, Lancelot's Lady is scheduled for release in September. Originally slated for release in October, my novel just couldn't wait. So the official release date has been selected. I was going to wait a while to let everyone know, but if you know me at all, you know I just can't keep a secret. Not one this exciting.

Lancelot's Lady will be released on September 27th, 2010, as an e-book.

Already my advance reviewers are loving my venture into romance as Cherish D'Angelo. I think Cherish is loving it too. ;-)

I hope you'll check out my award-winning novel when it releases in September. Until then, you can read the first chapters on my website at and even more at

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Mother's Day Weekend Special: Buy 1 eBook, Get 1 FREE

50% of my royalties from every sale of Whale Song will go to Hope Mission.

Here's a great gift for Mom:
buy her a new ebook for only $1.59 and get her a second one absolutely FREE

From now until midnight on Sunday, May 9th, 2010, if you buy a copy of Whale Song (ebook) for only $1.59 via and email me with your receipt, you'll receive a second ebook, Divine Intervention, via Smashwords absolutely FREE.

Don't forget these steps:
  • buy Whale Song at - ONLY $1.59
  • email me your receipt
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Top 10 Tips for Editing Your Book

Here is a list of the top 10 tips for editing your book, once you have completed the first draft:
  1. Run the manuscript through your computer's spell check and grammar check. Use spell and grammar check, but DO NOT RELY ON THEM to catch everything. That is NOT the end of your editing. It's only the beginning.
  2. Read your work and edit it, chapter by chapter. Start from the beginning and edit each chapter, looking for issues with plot, characters, continuity, typos, grammar and more. This is your first main edit.
  3. Do a synonym check. Go through the manuscript and look for synonym errors (too/two/to, your/you’re, their/there/they're, rode/road, where/wear, its/it's, etc). If you’re using Microsoft Word, you can use the Find button to help you search for these terms. As you come across synonym errors, make a list for future use of the ones that seem to catch you up most frequently.
  4. Do a tense check. What tense are you writing in? No matter what tense you use, make sure it's consistent throughout the book. “Look especially for tense errors in dialogue tags,” I said. “I will,” she says.
  5. Do a ‘was--ing’ check. 'She was walking down the road...' should be changed to 'She walked down the road...' or 'She strode down the road...' We want the action NOW. There are some exceptions. If something else happens as a result, then you can use ‘was--ing’, such as in ‘She was walking down the road when a car appeared out of nowhere, heading straight for her.’
  6. Format your manuscript like a published book. Copy your file and title it "final edit". Format it so it looks like a book you'd find in a bookstore, one of similar genre. Single spaced. Sized according to trade paperback (5.5 x 8.5 or 6 x 9). 1/4 to 1/2 inch margins. Then print it out. Seeing your work resemble an actual book is the first stage of your final edits. You need to see how it physically looks. After you’ve completed ALL editing, you can reformat the layout and size.
  7. Look at the whitespace/text ratio on the printed copy. Whitespace is where the reader's eyes take a quick break, where they absorb what they've read. Our eyes instinctively search out whitespace. Being able to recognize a good balance is almost an art form. When in doubt, find a book you really enjoyed reading and examine the balance. You want a flowing mix of both whitespace and dark text. Too much whitespace on a page means too much dialogue or one-liners and not enough "meat" or description or information. Too much dark text means many readers will start skimming. Paragraphs should be broken into manageable chunks. Keep individual paragraphs to less than 1/3 of a book page and make them random in length.
  8. Mix up the chapters and edit again. Take out individual chapters at random and edit them without the benefit of the preceding or following chapters. This helps you focus on the actual writing. You can also pull random pages and edit them out of order. This gives you a bit of a break from the story, so you can focus on technical issues.
  9. Read your book aloud. Reading your work aloud, chapter by chapter, helps you focus on the rhythm of your words, not just the words themselves. Think of it like music. A well written book has a natural flow. If you find yourself hesitating, that usually is an indication of a problem area. Mark it with a highlighted dot so you can return to it after you've read the entire chapter. Edit all highlighted areas, then review it (aloud or silently) again.
  10. Find at least 2 editors who know HOW to edit and 2 readers to evaluate your work from a reader’s perspective. Have the editors edit your work, preferably people who know HOW to edit. Professional editors and English teachers/professors/majors are your best choice. Once they’ve gone through your book, really weigh their suggestions. If what they say improves the book, make the changes. The trick is to be able to remove yourself from the personal attachment of your work so you can recognize when someone else’s suggestions will make it better. Sometimes you’ll need to think on their feedback for a day. Once they’ve given you their feedback, make changes and go through the manuscript one final time.
If you’ve done all of the above, your work should be quite polished by this point. There are, of course, numerous things to watch for when editing a book, but this tip list will at least point you in the right direction and get you off to a good start. While editing is work, it can also be inspiring. This is the time when you see your work pulling together into a creation that will be more marketable and more acceptable. There are no shortcuts with editing. Not if you want a career in writing books. Happy editing!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The newly designed book cover for Lancelot's Lady

Lancelot's Lady is scheduled for release as an ebook in October 2010.

My new romantic suspense, written under the pen name of Cherish D'Angelo, will be available via Kobo Books, Amazon (Kindle) and Smashwords in early October.

Check out the new cover, created after much input and voting from fans.

For more information on Lancelot's Lady, please visit

Saturday, May 01, 2010

An Hour in the Life of PSI Agent Jasi McLellan from Divine Intervention

May is National Crime Writing Month in Canada, and a new website has been created to honor this tradition. As part of this month's festivities, I was invited to guest blog and share one hour in the life of my crime-fighting, justice seeking sleuth, PSI Agent Jasmine McLellan (from Divine Intervention). Jasi is the leader of a team of psychic government agents who use their psychic gifts to solve crime.

So here is a never-before-seen look into Jasi's life...
    It wasn’t every day that Death came knocking in the middle of the night―at least not for normal people. But PSI Agent Jasi McLellan wasn’t normal.
    Neither was her visitor.
    Knock, knock!
Read more at Midnight, Mystery and Cheryl Kaye Tardif