Indie Book Recommendation: ‘Keep Ithaka Always In Your Mind’ by Eva Garcia Fornet

This year I’ve made it a goal to read at least one book from a fellow independent author per month. From those, I also plan to share those which I find particularly good to help other independent authors find potential readers. My first read of 2018 was Eva Garcia Fornet’s ‘Keep Ithaka Always In Your Mind‘ and it absolutely is a book I recommend checking out. Here’s the review (as posted to Goodreads and Amazon).   What an absolutely beautiful book. An exploration of lost love. Even just a moment…

Read This Book: ‘Self-Editing for Authors: How to Edit Yourself into Print’ (Book Review)

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne My rating: 5 of 5 stars My second read-through of this book. The first time I read it was when I started the editing process for my novel, A Confession. This read-through is while I’m editing my upcoming novel, The Unfortunate Expiration of One Mr. David S. Sparks. As I read it the first time I found quite a few useful tips – especially for things to be conscious of in my own writing as I self-edited.…

Happier, Forgotten. A Playlist In Progress for a Work in Progress about a Life in Progress

It’s November, and I’ve decided to dive in and do NaNoWriMo again this year. I failed last year (but that book will still be finished and released – it’s just on hold!). But this month I’m working on a brand new book. It’s called ‘Happier, Forgotten’ and it’s gonna be depressing as hell. Kind of like if Morrissey and The Cure had a baby and that baby was a book. I hinted at it a while back, but never got around to writing it. But it’s been back there in…

I’m an Iowan Now!

If you take a look at the updates here on my site, you’ll probably notice that it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  Turns out there’s a reason for that: I’ve had a busy year. At the end of 2016 I decided to move on from my career in the music publishing business and look for a new challenge. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was I wanted to do, but I knew I wasn’t happy anymore and needed a new challenge. For a while I did work as a…

A CONFESSION: The Complete Live Reading Is Now on YouTube

On January 19, 2017 I made literary history by being the first author to livestream a reading of his own novel across Twitter and Facebook. From 8pm through 12:30am I sat in front of a row of cameras and read my entire novel, ‘A Confession,’ cover to cover, for the world to see and hear. During that broadcast, we also recorded a higher-quality video of the entire reading. It, along with enhanced audio quality, is now available on YouTube. This footage is the entire original live broadcast, first livestreamed via Facebook…

LIVE Reading of ‘A Confession’ In Its Entirety: January 19th!

Mark your calendars people! On January 19, 2017 I will be doing a LIVE reading of my latest novel, ‘A Confession’ in its entirety and livestreaming the whole thing. The stream will start at 8:00 pm Eastern Time, and will be broadcast via both Facebook Live and Twitter/Periscope. Barring any technical difficulties, the plan is for me to read the entire novel, start to finish, all in one stream (with occasional breaks to use the restroom). So mark your calendars, and make sure you’re following me on Twitter and Facebook to be…

A Recent Interview on My Approach to Creativity

I recently had the opportunity to answer a set of questions from Jeff Leisawitz, the author of ‘Not F*ing Around: The No Bullsh*t Guide for Getting Your Creative Dreams Off the Ground.’ We went over some great topics, like how I define my creative mission, how I’ve learned from success (and failure) and even how art and creativity can help to heal and grow. Swing on over and check it out.

NaNoWriMo 2016? Time For Something Completely Different

A few months back I had an idea for a new novel, one I was calling “the most depressing book ever.” I’d named it Happier, Forgotten and I planned on cranking through it this November as a kind of NaNoWriMo followup to my last novel, A Confession. As it turns out, I’ve completely changed my mind. One of the biggest issues I’ve had as a writer is that I’m also a dad … and of everything I’ve written, not a single one is appropriate for my kids to read. I have three boys,…