School Begins and Writing Continues

Today I am attending yet another in-service meeting to begin the teaching year and I’m completely ready to start the year.  It looks like a good year this year even though our legislature is populated with tons of anti-education dogs, our governor thinks we are all slugs, and money is (as always) tight. Of courseContinue reading “School Begins and Writing Continues”

Writers Need a Vacation, Not A Trip

    I recently returned from Albion, Indiana where I visited my wife’s brother and his six children.  We had made the 16 hour drive from Oklahoma because my wife’s brother, his wife and his two oldest children went on a mission trip to Panama and needed my wife’s Dad to watch the house andContinue reading “Writers Need a Vacation, Not A Trip”

New Podcast Up: Road to Memphis Part 2

In this special episode (try to ignore the road noise in the background) Ryan and I discuss our trip to Memphis, Tennessee and how one trip to Sun Studio and the origin story of how Elvis Presley almost didn’t record “That’s All Right” spoke to the novelist in both of us. We recount the story ofContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Road to Memphis Part 2”

New Podcast Up: Road to Memphis Part One

In this special episode (excuse the road noise) Ryan and I decide to go to Memphis Tennesee on a road trip. On the way there we discuss the stories we leave behind. What stories have you started but never finished or had to abandon simply because they didn’t work? What do those abandoned stories teach us? We alsoContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Road to Memphis Part One”

3 Writing Rules to Enthrall the Modern Reader

So you’ve written the great American novel… or the next great British novel.  I suppose congratulations are in order.  You have indeed accomplished a grand feat.  Most people who call themselves writers are sitting around dreaming about writing something so grand. Now what? I have edited several novels over the course of my career, andContinue reading “3 Writing Rules to Enthrall the Modern Reader”

New Podcast Up: Book Signings and Texas Frightmare Weekend

On this episode, Ryan and I give advice to indie writers about having a successful book signing. Ryan has done plenty of them, and I have done one (and am planning another on May 31st at Hastings in Norman) but we (I think) have some very good advice. Also, I discuss my trip to the annual Texas Frightmare WeekendContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Book Signings and Texas Frightmare Weekend”

A Whopping 5 Copies!

I looked at my sales report for the month of April, and discovered that I had actually sold 5 print editions of my two new novels combined. One could become very depressed about that, spiraling down into a pit of deep despair until Prince Humperdink sets the “machine” to 50 out of rage. Yet IContinue reading “A Whopping 5 Copies!”

My Book Featured On Ebook Soda

My book is being featured today at eBookSoda, a new readers’ site where they send ebook recommendations tailored to reader’s tastes.  It is an e-book listing site that lists books that are on sale.  Come Apart is on Kindle for $2.99, which is a small price to pay for the high quality science fiction mystery that itContinue reading “My Book Featured On Ebook Soda”

Free Kindle Giveaway: Wrap Up

According to KDP, I gave away 201 copies of my new novel Come Apart during my free giveaway last week.  I reached this amount by doing the following things: Listed the free book on several free book listing sites.  Find it here.  Just scroll to the bottom of the page, click on the links and listContinue reading “Free Kindle Giveaway: Wrap Up”

Cover Reveal: Final Covers for Come Apart and This Broken Earth

I am waist deep in the production of the print edition of my newest novel Come Apart and my e-book only novel This Broken Earth.  I planned to release both of them together, as I will shortly, probably the first of next week. I took everyone’s advice about cover art that made suggestions, and now have theContinue reading “Cover Reveal: Final Covers for Come Apart and This Broken Earth”