Sunday, September 26, 2010


I got a call from a writer friend; a midlister who worries from contract to contract. She has three books with an intermediate indie publisher and worries if they'll buy her next book in the series.

Did I say worries twice? You already know my friend. Miss Anxiety.

I tell her to recover that feeling she had when she wrote her first book, or the first book the publisher bought.

"I used to think writing was fun," she said.

"It still can be," I said.

"I feel like an athlete. Over the hill and off the playing field - if I don't come up with a big plot and marvelous characters."

"You have a series; you've done that."

"What if they get stale?"

What if, what if? Miss Anxiety has become a stuck disc.

I'm a writer; and I suffer an occasional bout of the doubts, but I still think writing is fun. Not every manuscript I produce is going to be a winner with readers, editors, publishers… But I know when I wrote it, it was fun.

I wish I had more encouraging words for my friend, an elixir for writing-is-fun work. I've known her for years and I think her anxiety comes through in her work, which is a plus, because she writes edgy noir fiction.
Now, for me, it's back to the playing field.
Gerrie Ferris Finger

Coming in October: WAGON DOGS (Writing that hunting dog mystery was a lot of fun.)

Thursday, September 23, 2010


People who buy e-readers tend to spend more time than ever with their nose in a book, preliminary research shows.

A study of 1,200 e-reader owners by Marketing and Research Resources Inc. found that 40% said they now read more than they did with print books. Of those surveyed, 58% said they read about the same as before while 2% said they read less than before. And 55% of the respondents in the May study, paid for by e-reader maker Sony Corp., thought they'd use the device to read even more books in the future. The study looked at owners of three devices: Inc.'s Kindle, Apple Inc.'s iPad and the Sony Reader.

While e-readers are still a niche product just beginning to spread beyond early adopters, these new reading experiences are a big departure from the direction U.S. reading habits have been heading. A 2007 study by the National Endowment for the Arts caused a furor when it reported Americans are spending less time reading books. About half of all Americans ages 18 to 24 read no books

The Future of the Book
*51% of e-reader owners increased their purchases of e-books in the past year. Source: Book Industry Study Group survey
*9% of consumers increased their purchases of hardcover books in the past year. Source: Book Industry Study Group survey.
*2.6 Average number of books read by e-reader owners in a month. Source: Marketing and Research Resources
*1.9 Average number of books read by print-book readers in a month. Source: Marketing and Research Resources
*176% Increase in U.S. electronic-book sales in 2009. Source: Association of American Publishers
*1.8% Decrease in U.S. book sales in 2009 from a year earlier. Source: Association of American Publishers
*86% of e-reader owners read on their device more than once a week. Source: Marketing and Research Resources
*51% of e-reader owners read on their device on a daily basis. Source: Marketing and Research Resources

Monday, September 20, 2010


I like mystery festivals and conventions that are close to my home on the east coast. I've become a regular at the Malice Domestic Fan Convention in Crystal City, near D. C. This year it's in Bethesda, Md.

I don't like to fly, particularly now that seats are getting smaller and overhangs nearly touch my head. I'm claustrophobic that way, and passengers and flight attendants do not need to deal with the possibility of me running down the aisle screaming in panic. Used to be, you could drink your way to your destination and feel no fear. Not so today.

That means I won't be going to San Francisco, a city I love, this year for Bouchercon. It's the grandest mystery writer/reader convention, but I'm sticking to the eastern part of the U. S.

So, I signed up to attend, and be part of, the Cape Fear Crime Festival as a panelist.

This from their website:

On Saturday, Feburary 5, 2011, the Cape Fear Crime Festival returns to Wilmington, North Carolina.

Once again, murder and mayhem wil take over the Northeast Branch of the New Hanover County Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405.

There will be author events free to Wilmington readers, and book sales provided by Two Sisters Bookery of Wilmington.

Check the website to see which authors are attending.

Gerrie Ferris Finger

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Agatha May Clarissa Miller was born on September 15, 1890 and from the 1920s until the 1970s she was the world's most popular mystery author, having sold more than two billion books worldwide, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Christie turned out cozy stories of murder and detection featuring her two most popular detectives, Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. Poirot starred in 30 novels while Miss Marple solved mysteries in 12. Countless (to me at least) have been made into movies, most notably the star-studded 1974 film Murder on the Orient Express.

In 1971 Christie was made a Dame of the British Empire for her contributions to British literature and culture.

Gerrie Ferris Finger

Monday, September 13, 2010


I'll be talking about my two series, DRU and LAKE, and THE LAURA KATE PLANTATION SERIES on Red River Writers Blog Talk Radio on September 16 at 8:00 p.m. The show is the premier of "15 Minutes with Robins & Goodnow"

Tune in and listen while I "run my mouth", as we say in the South, for fifteen minutes. You take your fame where you can get it, and I'm looking forward to April Robins' fine show.

Gerrie Ferris Finger