Friday, March 29, 2013

Helping You Stay a #1 Bestselling Author on Amazon … or … Part II of Helping you become a #1 Bestselling Author

A year ago, I wrote about Amazon categories in this space. It has gone on to be one of my most viewed posts over the past year. A recent conversation has led me to resurrect the post. If you didn’t see it, you can find it here.

To summarize that article, I laid out a step-by-step procedure to develop the best category for your book on Amazon that will help it show up on the bestseller lists. You have control over that process. It takes a little bit of time and research, but, in the end, it will help you become more recognizable and (I hope) sell more books.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Helping Libraries and Schools in the Northeast that were Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

I recently took part in a very cool charity movement. Author K.S. Brooks established the group Indie Authors for Hurricane Sandy. After the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy, many libraries lost all resources. More than 70 independent authors and publishers from around the world have come together to donate fiction and non-fiction books and eBooks to those public libraries and schools in need. 

"This is a way to give back to these communities, and let them know that they have not been forgotten," said project founder and author K.S. Brooks, a native New Yorker now living in Washington State.

Having gone through several hurricanes, including the biggie, Hurricane Andrew in Miami, I know what it's like to pick up the pieces following a storm of this magnitude. I was looking for a way to get involved and this was the perfect solution. 

My novel, The Card, has been shipped to library systems and school districts throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to help restore the content of those facilities. With baseball season right around the corner, teens in the Northeast can forget about the tragedy and get lost in an adventure with Van Stone.

This project is ongoing, for more information you can visit

Look for the sequel to The Card, by  , coming in 2013!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Recently, Beckers ASC Review - Practical Business, Legal and Clinical Guidance for Ambulatory Surgery Centers published the article Five Steps to Better Billing at ASCs. I was fortunate enough to be contacted by Laura Miller and interviewed for this story. You can find it here.

Becker's ASC Review features general business, legal and clinical guidance on topics including joint-ventures, development and expansion, and regulatory and compliance issues; as well as analysis and insight for specialties including bariatrics, orthopedics/spine, gastroenterology, neurosurgery, pain management, ophthalmology, ENT and anesthesiology. Each of the nine annual issues of the publication reaches a qualified audience of more than 25,000 key business decision-holders, including surgeons, medical directors, directors of surgery, ASC administrators and others involved in the rapidly growing field of outpatient surgery. Further, every ASC in the nation receives Becker's ASC Review.

A Big thank you to Beckers ASC Review for the opportunity to contribute to their publication.