Keeping it Simple

There is a fair bit going on, so I’m going to approach this post in a simplistic fashion.

The revised version of The Wrong Way Down is near completion. I have seen the proof paperback copy and there are some minor adjustments to be made. I’m expecting a December 1st release.

Here is an interview with me and Pamela Cowan, who I collaborated with for the lead short story, Best Friends, written for the Northwest Independent Writers’ Association’s fourth anthology titled Underground. Here is the link

here is a link to Amazon for more information about Underground.

AMOK! is out and available at Amazon. It is a collection of short stories about madness and rampages. I’ve only had time to read the first story, and it was fun. I anticipate the rest of the book will follow though at about the same pace. I’ll review it here when I’m finished. Here is a link to Amazon for AMOK!

I also received a copy of Timothy Baker’s latest, Monster Ink. I’m hoping to review it before Christmas, but it might be in the new year before I have time.



Looking to the Near Future

It is time for an update. (Sorry for the lack of pictures in this update.)


Through a bit of good luck, I have been invited to assist the writing team for the film production company, Man vs. Film. There is a 48-hour film festival and I’ve been asked to help on that project. The premier will be shown at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, Oregon, on August 6th and 7th. (Follow the links for more information.)


Through a bit of good luck, the revised edition of The Wrong Way Down (Book 1) was rejected by Hydra, (an imprint of Random House.) The truth is, although I don’t want the extra work required for self-publishing, I do want  books to be released faster than what a big publishing house could present. I’ve taken their lack of appreciation for TWWD as a blessing in disguise. After Damnation Books, I’m not sure how much control of my work I want to give to other people. I’m expecting to see a book cover from the artist within the next couple weeks, and then I’ll begin the Kickstarter. I see no reason why the pre-release books can’t be ready before December 12th. I plan to release the book on March 1st, 2015.

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What Portland Writers Missed

 NIWA, the Northwest Independent Writers’ Association pulled off their Inaugural Writer’s Symposium in sparkly Technicolor. It was a beautiful thing, and along with thirteen other attendees, we took full advantage thereof. The heaping pounds of marketing information and education that we’d received will give us an edge over the coming year, and all it cost us was one Superbowl and $225.

2014 Symposium

I’m not sharing with you what I’d learned (insert smiley face,) you’ll just have to go next year.

McMenamin’s Grand Lodge served as a cool, quiet location to host this symposium. The food was fantastic and their beer very tasty. For Lunch on Saturday, I enjoyed a turkey sandwich on fresh wheat bread, served with a cranberry spread and a side of potato salad. Keynote speaker, Mark Leslie Lefebvre, presented the Kobo Platform as an alternative indie-book sales point.

There were three paths of education offered, but I stuck close to the marketing track since I believed that is my weakest arena. Next year I’ll investigate the writing curriculum. Some writers might already know it all, but I always like to learn new tricks. The third direction for the symposium was the technical angle, focusing on e-book formatting, cover design, and web presence.

After the conference closed, we did a charity book sale with 30 authors gathered. I was lucky enough to be placed between P.J. Cowan and Chad Coensen, two of my favorite Portland area authors. Considering we were competing against the Super Bowl, I feel we sold a fair number of books. We also split a growler of McMenamin’s IPA and a second growler of Porter. (A growler is a quart of beer, contained in a vessel provided by the purchaser.) Portland beer is the best, and so was NIWA’s 1st Symposium. (The charities we supported were The Right Brain Initiative and The Library Foundation. Jacobsen’s Books and More made our jobs so much easier—thank you, Tina.)


2014 Author Showcase