Author Q and A with Bob Ingle
Author Q&A / November 2, 2010

Elections Day Special. The people of New Jersey often wonder where does all the billions of money from the road-tolls go? I came to a conclusion that collecting tolls is simply a time honored tradition.  After all, the New Jersey’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention were late because they stopped to collect tolls, as well as trying to collect tolls from the Continental Army (which prompted an angry letter from General Washington to the New Jersey legislature which resonates as truth to this day). Richard Stockton, the signer of Declaration of Independence from New Jersey, hedged his bets by also signing the a loyalty oath to England.  The only signer to do so (and we named a college after him).  That’s almost like having an elected official being a member of the workers’ union he/she is supposed to negotiate with (according to Bob Ingle’s Blog post “Union Federation Runs Election Boot Camp” New Jersey has five of these, while the other 49 states have nine – combined!). Bob Ingle (Politics Patrol – The Bob Ingle Blog | @bobingle99) has co-authored the New York Times bestseller  “The Soprano State” (buy | review) together with fellow journalist Sandy McClure.  The book is…

Author Q and A with Brian James Freeman
Author Q&A / October 31, 2010

Brian James Freeman (website) is a prolific author, at age 14 he sold his first story and hasn’t stopped since.   I’ve been introduced to Brian’s work when I downloaded his free full length eBook “The Painted Darkness” (book website – book review), which was actually one of my first posted reviews on this blog. Brian had a very courageous marketing plan for “The Painted Darkness” – he gave away the eBook & audiobook for free, for a limited time (check the website if the offer still stands) hoping it will generate sales. How did that work out? Let’s find out. Q. For a limited time you let readers download an eCopy and/or audio book of “The Painted Darkness: for free.  Why did you decide to do so? A. It’s really hard to get new books noticed these days unless they’re written by authors who are already well  known.  There’s just so many entertainment options out there, it’s tough to get your work in front of readers.  Giving a book away for free seemed like a tremendous way to get feedback and find some new readers.  Plus, I hoped that the publicity from the experiment would lead to more sales for…

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