Month: May 2011

Diane Mott Davidson, Crunch Time

Diane Mott Davidson, Crunch Time

Crunch Time by Diane Mott Davidson Series: Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, 16 My rating: 3 of 5 stars Sixteenth in the Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries cooking series set in the Aspen area in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. The StoryWhen Yolanda loses her job when the spa restaurant is shut down for sprinkling their guests’ food with cocaine—they thought the guests would think the spa was the reason for their extra energy and spirit, Goldy hires her as a precautionary measure against Tom’s advice. Then Yolanda’s roommate, Ernest, is murdered, his house is burnt down, and Yolanda is blaming her ex-boyfriend, Kris, for it. She claims he’s stalking her although she refuses to give Goldy or Tom anything with which to work. An ex-cop turned private eye, Ernest, was investigating a variety of cases including a puppy mill, Yolanda’s stalker, a cheating husband, and an old case of stolen jewels. I swear it’s like Peyton Place in Aspen Meadows as Goldy chases down one idea or lead after another driving her husband quietly nuts with her illegal activities. My TakeWhile I enjoy the homey qualities of this series—Tom is so very patient and I just love the descriptions of the […]

Posted May 26, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

The Secret of the BISAC Codes

The Secret of the BISAC Codes

Rather sounds like a mystery novel doesn’t it? Actually, BISAC stands for Book Industry Standards and Communications which are the industry-standard codes used to organize books for booksellers, databases, and a source of information for Bookscan. An organization, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), creates, maintains, and revises these codes of which there are currently over 3,000. These industry-standard codes, make it easier for the bookseller to shelve the book in the appropriate section, choose the appropriate genre in a database which also makes it easier to do a search, and Bookscan uses it to help build their bestseller lists as well as track point of sale figures for all books. AND, when provided by the author, it ensures that the book is categorized where the author intends it to be found. As the author, you, well, your publisher must provide at least one BISAC code—the most general one which applies to your topic to the National Book Network (NBN). Ideally, three codes should be included. This allows you to fine tune the different marketing possibilities. The Tip Sheet Submission Form will give you as the author some ideas as to what your publisher will expect, or, if you’re self-publishing, […]

Posted May 24, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments