Aahh Summer….


Please consider going to Amazon.com to purchase

  • Hot Jazz & Cold Bodies in NOLA — vampires, detectives, New Orleans heat…Oh My!
  • Murder In Cheyenne- Pinkertons, vigilance group, and hangings
  • also please consider : Bene Lumen Chronicles!!!!

Over the Summer John is working on “The Parting Glass” is a P.I. Story set in Boston 1980’s

Detective plot stories have always fit John’s style of writing. Though I haven’t read it yet I am sure it is made up of fast and snappy dialogue and since it is set in the town he grew up in the language will have a real sense to it. Meaning the rhythm and nuance of people, place, situation, and/or even energy will be genuine. I love his detective stories as a matter of fact The Bene Lumen Chronicles was a bit of a departure for John, but even in the story there lies mystery and intrigue reminiscent of his detective stories. He does love to bring in supernatural occurrences as they intensify the plot as well as gives the reader a great way to emotionally involve themselves with fantastic characters who are powerful, fearless, and magical and at the same time vulnerable, skeptical, and sensitive.

One last thing I hope to put on Kindle soon is a story he had written a while back but is revising set in the gilded age New York—this is action pact with supernatural scenes, hallucinations set by drinking absinthe, secret societies, and the backdrop of New York City in the 1880’s.

Both John and Lorcan (our son) are keeping themselves busy with writing this summer! And even I just completed revisions for my dance textbook. Now if I can only lose 10 more pounds I will have had a Summer success!



Ready in book form and in ebook form!

Check out Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bene-Lumen-Chronicles-Knowledge/dp/1939156289/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392872429&sr=8-1&keywords=bene+lumen+chronicles

Check out Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bene-lumen-chronicles-john-r-mccormick/1118585768?ean=9781939156280

amazon image of book

I know that this is also in Kindle for 6.99 – – go check it out: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bene-Lumen-Chronicles-Knowledge-ebook/dp/B00IJKTXGU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392872631&sr=8-1&keywords=bene+lumen+chronicles+kindle

Book Contest for Independent and Self-Published Authors

This just in, I found this out from Ink Smith Publishing, Inc. who will be publishing Bene Lumen Chronicles this year, about a new Book Contest for Independent Publishing and Self-Published Authors:

LuckyCinda Book Contest

Seeking quality books/Enter 2014 Book Contest: Deadline April 1, 2014

CALIFORNIA – In an effort to promote the work of Independent and Small Press authors, LuckyCinda Publishing is proudly sponsoring its annual book contest for self-published and independently published writers. All entrants of the Third Annual International Book Contest will receive free book marketing tips, and substantial discounts for consultations with big-name authors and expert book promoters.

LuckyCinda Publishing will consider self-published and independently published work released on or after Jan. 1, 2011. Accepting both Digital and Print copies.

Entries must be in English and must be self-published or issued by an independent publishing company. Also accepting professionally edited manuscripts.

Note: Authors using Print on Demand (POD) firms like Lightning Source or CreateSpace are also eligible for the competition.

For All Independent Publishers and Self-Published Authors go to the following site:


Wishing ALL Authors a very Happy New Year


E-book or hardcover

I started this book by self-publishing on e-book. Admittedly, people who read it loved it, but I just didn’t get enough readers. It was frustrating seeing it languish and I had run out of ideas to gin up attention for it on Kindle. Now a book publisher is publishing this in book form and if it does well it will have sequels. Now, I love e-book publishing and what it can do in giving authors a chance when no one else will, but I have yet to figure out how to get enough people buying on e-books to make it worth devoting myself just to e-books. Do you prefer e-book or book?

One of John’s Kindle Editions for FREE on amazon

Good Morning!

For today and Monday John’s Work: When We Were Savage is on a AMAZON FREE PROMOTION. It is set in 1970’s South Boston

Go download it now! And let me know what you think.

I believe I have the link also on the side bar, but just in case here is the link below:





Father’s Day Weekend To Do List: Sell more!!!!

Well this morning I listened in on a webtalk about marketing self-published works. This marketer mentioned several points:

1) Title: according to this gentleman (Jim Kukral, CEO to AMC), title and cover image need to gel; they need to make the thousands of viewers that peruse Amazon a way in which to get them to stop, look, and buy.

2) Description: Since most self-published author’s do not have a well known agent or publisher behind them (hence why they are self-published) the description needs to also feed into the “hook”

3) Reviews: The more reviews the better. Now here I am a bit miffed, as John’s ebook Samhain has had the best reviews! And has not been the most successful of his books. As a matter of fact, it is his Western/Detective that has sold the most, and this one has had 2 very awful reviews and 1 really good one?

Though the 3 above ideas were tools in which to help boost sales. He did say that the selling of a book is still a mystery. Why some titles sell and others don’t is still a mystery.

Great…a mystery. Well, I am always up for a good mystery, so I am willing to take a chance and change the book cover image and description to see if ‘mysteriously’ Samhain gets the audience I think it deserves.

How to “hook” people in is key. Though part of me felt towards the end he was trying to get us to the “premium” level, of which I just can’t afford right now. I felt all in all he provided great insights and suggestions into creating/developing your amazon title to be more successful. He was very enthusiastic and energetic in his pitch for getting self-published authors a way in which to make your work more than just a title on amazon.

I recommend self-publishing author’s take advantage of  the “Author Marketing Club”! http://www.authormarketingclub.com

Though I am not, for now, going into the premium advantage of this ‘club,’ I definitely took advantage of his webtalk which was for all members!

Wish me luck.