Saturday, December 3, 2011

Mitzi's Exit - New Short Story

Just released - 'Mitzi's Exit' is the lastest in the Icy Road collection.

Mitzi's Exit - Smashwords

I'm still working on the first large collection. I've found a better way to get all the stories together: Scrivener. It works very well on a collection of short stories. So when I decide to print them, the front and back matter are already in place.

Saves me some work.

Saturday, August 20, 2011


"Do You Have an Aunt Cecilia?" has appeared as a free e-book on Barnes & Noble website.

We are thrilled to see how many copies are going out to readers all over.

Thank you!

PS - "Doyle Road Bridge" the first collection has stalled because I'm working on proofs for the paperback of my first novel. This is a delay, not a derailment. Tkx - KJ

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Finalist Covers

These are the two covers that Mom chose.

This is the cover she wants for inside the book.

This is going to be the icon cover. The colors are going to scream "PICK ME!" at the reader.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Book Covers

Although I do not know you personally, your art work on the covered-bridge cover for my first book is inspiring enough to entice a reader to turn its first page. Thank you for your efforts on my behalf. I have a long-term love affair with the covered bridge, having lived a long life in Ashtabula County, Ohio, where covered bridges abound. There they found that a covered bridge far outlasts the steel bridge, cost less to install, and beautifies its surroundings. Thanks again. I. C. Talbot.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Are We There Yet?

Okay, one more time.

This might be it.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

More On The Bridge Cover

First off, here is a link to Andre Jute's blog "Kissing the Blarney Stone". Andre is giving me some pointers on how to make the cover look great, instead of merely 'okay.'

I'm frustrated that I can't get the software to work right. The learning curve is steep and I'm just not patient enough.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cover For Short Story Collection

I wasn't sure I was going to be able to use this, but the photographer was kind enough to allow it.

It's it lovely?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

First Collection In The Works

Yes, I've found a proper theme and the right pictures for Irene's collection.

George Ducro has kindly allowed me to use his fabulous photos of Doyle Road Bridge. As you can see, this photo is going to be eye catching!

So the theme will be as follows - Icy Road is the name of the short stories, but the book will be titled after the bridge.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It's All in the Details

As I have been working on the Icy Road collections - I've noticed little details I've missed.

The Amazon UK author page I. C. Talbot - UK was blank until yesterday. The Amazon US page has been up for weeks - I. C. Talbot - US.

I released 'Death of a Family' on Smashwords without all the addresses in it.

I don't have templates for her books, though I have a bio template.

All these small details add up - can readers find the links to the stories? What is the best way to find all the stories - even as I add more?

All this takes time - and organization to make it more effective. Since I've done it once already, it's faster.

Monday, June 20, 2011

'Turned Out' on Smashwords

Octogenarian I. C. Talbot is releasing her short stories with the help of her daughter. The 358 stories have been sorted into 17 volumes. They are mostly women's fiction and will appeal to woman of any age group.

Turned Out – Women's fiction, 9k Words

Julia was always a good kid. So why did she find her bags packed and on the sidewalk? Why had her family turned her out?

About the Author

Born in 1923 in the little town of North Kingsville, Ohio, and growing up in the Great Depression. I. C. Talbot went to a little school where she knew everyone for all twelve years. She graduated Valedictorian in a class of 13 students. She then went on to the Ashtabula Business College, the first woman in her family to seek higher education.

Her first job was as a typist, then she worked as a secretary for a firm of lawyers until the firm dissolved during WWII. From there she went to work for City Hall, until she landed a job with the New York Central Railroad. When it merged with the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1964, the Reclaimation Plant closed. From there she went to work for Union Carbide in their Linde` Division until she retired from there.

When the economy went south in the 1970's she bought and operated a tavern from 1971 to 1988, until she retired a second time. After her first retirement, she and her husband traveled in an RV, where she did the bulk of her writing. They finally settled in Kentucky when they could no longer travel and did not care to battle the northeastern Ohio winters.

With the help of her daughter, she has decided to e-publish her collection of over 230 short stories under the moniker of "Icy Road" short stories. She says of her writing: "I write pulp fiction. My stories are pure entertainment for women." 

Her daughter K. A. Jordan serves as her editor and publisher.

We have published 'Turned Out' to Smashwords.

'Turned Out' by I. C. Talbot on Barnes and Noble.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Coming Soon - to Kindle Store

We have been looking for a way to get more of Irene's stories published. Since the e-reader phenomena came about, we have decided to publish a few of her stories to Kindle.

Out of the nearly 300 stories we have on hand, a select few will be published in the next couple of weeks.

Stay tuned, we are going to announce them here first.