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Category: Writing

Hey Stay-At-Home Dads: Wanna Be Published?

Share:FacebookTwitteremailTumblrPinterestYeah, that’s right! Are you a stay-at-home dad/househusband/homemaker/Mr. Mom (I hate that last epithet, by the way)?  I am currently seeking contributors to a non-fiction essay anthology that will hopefully be published in early to mid December through my publishing company, Portmanteau Press LLC. The anthology will be entitled The Myth of Mr. Mom and …

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Writing And Reading-Connected?

Share:FacebookTwitteremailTumblrPinterestI have heard many times people discuss how a good writer needs to be a good reader first.  I have always been an avid reader dating back to my childhood but only recently did I realize how strongly the two were connected, at least for me. When I was writing Toonopolis: Gemini, I was reading …

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Second Novel Doubts

Share:FacebookTwitteremailTumblrPinterestNow that my first book, Toonopolis: Gemini, is out in the public sphere and has been getting good reviews (4.2 ave at Amazon, 4.23 ave at Goodreads, and 4.5 ave at Smashwords), I am experiencing second-novel jitters while working on my two current works in progress, Toonopolis: Chi Lin (Book 2 of the Toonopolis Files) …

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Good Writer or Good Storyteller?

Share:FacebookTwitteremailTumblrPinterestMy wife and I talk a lot about books.  While she is a much more voracious reader than I am at this stage in our lives, we often read the same books and discuss them afterwards.  One of the common conversations we have is whether or not the author was a good writer, a good …

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Bestseller For A Day – Dollars & Sense

Share:FacebookTwitteremailTumblrPinterestWhen I talk to people about the modicum of success I have had as an indie published author, they often ask me about the hardest part of the process.  The writing?  Nah, I’m pretty good at that.  The publishing?   That took a lot of work and research but I was able to figure it …

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Elementary School Kids Rock

Share:FacebookTwitteremailTumblrPinterestAbout an hour ago, I finished my second of two speaking appearances at elementary schools.  Yesterday, I spoke to a group of fourth graders and today to a group of third graders.  First, I spoke to them about the writing process (Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Proofreading, and Publishing) and engaging them in an activity that I …

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Appearances Upcoming & Preordering Gemini.

Share:FacebookTwitteremailTumblrPinterestI knew May was going to be a busy month, but I didn’t realize how fast it was going to hit me.  All of the ducks are lined up and everything is set for the May 30th release of Toonopolis: Gemini.  If you would like to preorder either the hardcover or paperback versions, you can …

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It Is Suddenly Real!

Share:FacebookTwitteremailTumblrPinterestAs I showed a picture of the proof copies of the books to my illustrator, Cami, her response was great: “This just became real somehow.”  I felt the same way yesterday when I finally had a printed copy of the book in my hands.  Lightning Source did a wonderful job on the printing and the …

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Toonopolis: Gemini in Final Stages

Share:FacebookTwitteremailTumblrPinterestI can’t believe that it has only been about six weeks since I decided to self-publish my works instead of continue the endless query grind to its bloody, painful end.  I also can’t believe that I am getting into the final stages of preparation for release.  My editor will be done in a few weeks.  …

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