Monday, January 25, 2010

Guest Post Today From Author Jackie Griffey

So today I would like to welcome Ms. Jackie Griffey to "The Cajun Book Lady"! She's written a guest post on the topic of making money on books.


That's easy, Sugar Lump. You borrow a few thousand from the Small Business Bureau; open a New and Gently Used Bookstore; have Bingo Friday nights; and sell lottery tickets on the side. If you insist on making money by writing books, don't quit your day job till royalties start coming in.

Writing, even for some of the fairly big names is still part-time work money wise. You can make money, maybe even sometimes quite a bit of money on a novel but life goes on, thank goodness, what would we write about otherwise?

There are wonderful things you can enjoy between advances and royalty checks. The main one is meeting readers and other writers. Thanks to newsletters; blogs; and web pages you can visit and learn an enjoy talking with the people you meet in cyber space.

I've recently signed a contract with an audio publisher for a romance-suspense novel of mine. It hasn't been scheduled yet. But when it comes out-the audio, MP3s and other goodies, I'll have one of my favorite genres in every format known to man. Make that currently known to man. Who knows what further electronic wonders are in store for us? But money wise, I'm still squeezing ink cartridges and copy paper out of the grocery list. I look at that as work incentives and start on the next cozy. LOL.

I'm a late bloomer who didn't start writing until I retired. In fact, my Darling Companion, Jim the Gem and I retired twice. Getting adjusted to more time and less money took practice even before the economy fell into the toilet. This also was good for an article which I sold to a Senior Citizen, didn't I tell you a writer has to write? I also got quite a few of my humor column goodies from our good, bad, and hilarious experiences with retirement and also the iffy publishing business. The humor column was fun to do but I got too many deadlines and needed more family time so I quit doing it. There are some of my columns on Kindle under the title LIGHTEN UP.

My column was called The Sunny Side and nothing was sacred, looking back on it some of the national problems I wrote and made light of are still with us. It's timely again! LOL. And it was a fun thing to do. It's a classic example of what I'm telling you: write because you like to write and hope the readers will enjoy it as much as you do.

About the Author:

Jackie Griffey likes to read as well as write cozy mysteries and romantic suspense. She and her family, two cats, a Chihuahua, and a couple of wild bunnies live in Arkansas where she is working on another cozy mystery. You can visit her website at

About the Book:
The Devil in Merrivale centers around the little town of Merrivale, Tennessee, where murder isn't the usual order of business. When the brutal stabbing death of popular high school student Denise Davis sends a shock through the community, Sheriff Cas Larkin is determined to find the killer, and the last thing he needs is distractions like the increasing reports of missing cattle and other livestock.

But as he digs deeper, Cas uncovers another mystery–a strange “club” the members are afraid to talk about, and for good reason. One of the recruits is brutally beaten when he refuses to take the club’s activities seriously. He also refuses to talk about those activities–until they turn turn deadly.

There’s something dark and sinister going on in Merrivale, and if Cas can’t figure out what it is and put a stop to it, there’ll be the devil to pay.


  1. Making money? Never crossed my mind! But thanks for making sure it never does!

    Very good post and a great summary of Jackie Griffey's books. Enjoyed the article.


  2. Michele: Thanks for dropping by and some kind words too - always great to get those plus meeing people (another of my favorite things to do besides reading and writing LOL)
    Jackie Griffey
    PS: Happy New Year, hope it's a great 2010 for all of us :-)