Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Is Our Love Affair With Digital Over?

In a recent Opinion piece in The New York Times Sunday edition, David Sax wrote that “Our Love Affair With Digital Is Over”. He goes on to observe that: “Sales of old-fashioned print books 
are up for three years in a row, according to the Association of American Book Publishers, while ebook sales have been 

Angela Hoy, publisher of WritersWeekly.com, made a similar observation in a recent newsletter but concluded:
“Authors need to offer both electronic and print editions 
to their readers to attract the largest readership.” 
Sax ends his Times article by acknowledging that 
we do not have to make a simple choice between 
digital and analog but rather need to balance the two. 
I personally prefer reading print books. However, I read many digital books as well. As a writer, I am not happy unless my work appears both in print and digital editions.

Purchasing hardcover books can be expensive. These days, I generally borrow them from the library. One of the benefits of digital books is that they are so much lower in cost. Also, they are convenient to use on devices.

In addition, there’s the matter of space. Unless you have a large house, bookcases can become overcrowded and your living space becomes cluttered with print editions. When we downsized from a house to an apartment, I was forced to give away several thousand print books. It was painful.

As a writer, I am pleased that many of my more recent books are also available as e-books that are low in price. Current example: THE BURNING which is available both in print and all e-book formats.

What is your opinion? Do you prefer print over digital books? Do you like them equally well? Which are you inclined to purchase?

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Goodreads Giveaway for THE BURNING by Jacqueline Seewald

Thanksgiving is just a few days away. I look forward to
spending time with my family, children and grandchildren.
In the spirit of the holiday, my publisher is offering a gift.

Annorlunda Books is sponsoring a giveaway of a print copy of my latest work, THE BURNING, on Goodreads. (The giveaway ends on November 25th.)

You can register for it at:

This novella is a perfect choice for holiday reading and is available in print and all e-book formats.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! And now it’s time for me to start my shopping for the holiday.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Book Giveaway Winners Announced

Last week, I offered a free copy of my novella THE BURNING in celebration of this new publication. Today I’m announcing that two readers have been selected as winners. They are:

Betty Gordon

Susan Coryell

Good news for readers! The publisher, Annorlunda Books, will soon be offering a giveaway of THE BURNING via Goodreads beginning at the end of this week.


You can check out reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

THE BURNING: Publication Announcement and Giveaway

It gives me great pleasure to announce that today, November 8th 2017, THE BURNING is officially published by Annorlunda Books. To celebrate, I’ll be giving away a print or digital copy of this new release as preferred.

Drop a comment here if you want to be entered for a copy, and include an e-mail address for contact. A giveaway winner will be chosen at random in one week.

The Burning is based on a play I wrote that won the Playhouse 22 Playwrights Award (in the late 1980’s) and was performed on stage.

THE BURNING is faction--part fact, part fiction, about what happens to a family in Pennsylvania as the result of a coal fire burning under the town. Members of the Ferris family face his or her personal hell, barely coming through it alive, forced to acknowledge painful truths. It’s based on real events that occurred in Centralia. Unfortunately, such problems continue to plague coal-mining communities in different places. And there are no easy answers.

The publisher has provided this novella with the following blurb:

George Ferris has worked hard to make a good life for himself and his family without going into the coal mines that shortened his father’s life. Now, a slow-moving catastrophe is threatening to take it all away. How far will he go to protect everything he has worked for? And will he realize what really matters before it is too late? Inspired by true events.
Here is a brief excerpt from the novella:

George drove home on autopilot, detached, barely aware of his surroundings. The talk with Baines kept turning over in his head. He’d worked so hard for so many years to provide a good life for his family. Was that going to end now? The whole thing seemed crazy. Could some underground fire wreck his life and that of his family? He shook his head, refusing to accept this as inevitable.
The living room of George Ferris’s house usually offered a refuge, but he didn’t want to walk inside yet. Instead he stood in the front hallway praying for composure while silently lurking. He could see Amy was sitting on the sofa attentively reading a book, feet tucked under her.
Every so often, she coughed. Liz came into the room. She was dressed in brown slacks and a casual cream-colored blouse. He admired how beautiful his wife was. With her natural good looks, she wore very little make-up and didn’t need it. George was reminded of how much he loved her. Liz was the real deal. What would this news do to her? She deserved so much better in life. For a few minutes, he watched Liz straightening up the room, but then she stopped to listen to Amy’s recurring cough.

THE BURNING is now available both in print and as an e-book. Check out the details from the publisher at: 



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