A CONFESSION: The Complete Live Reading Is Now on YouTube

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…

My Experience of Goodreads Giveaway Effectiveness (as an Author)

My Experience of Goodreads Giveaway Effectiveness (as an Author)

Back in July, when A Confession first came out, I was in full-on marketing and promotion mode. I’m a professional marketer for my “day job” so online marketing is pretty second-nature to me, but promoting a book (much less my own book) is a whole different game than the larger brand promotion I’m used to. So, I did my research on ways to get in front of potential readers – including learning how important it is to just get the book into the hands of people and try to get some…

That Aldous Huxley Quote Featured in ‘A Confession’

That Aldous Huxley Quote Featured in ‘A Confession’

“In silence, an act is an act is an act. Verbalized and discussed, it becomes an ethical problem …” – Aldous Huxley, from ‘The Genius and the Goddess’ If you’ve checked out ‘A Confession,’ you’ve come across this quote. I use it to open the book, before any of the story takes place. It’s been a favorite of mine ever since I read ‘The Genius and the Goddess,’ the novella from Aldous Huxley. One of my favorite authors, Huxley has obviously left a huge impact on the world through his writing, in…

“Kind of Like ‘Catcher in the Rye’ for Middle-Aged Men”

“Kind of Like ‘Catcher in the Rye’ for Middle-Aged Men”

One of my favorite parts of writing is the communication I have with my readers while or after they’ve gone through one of my books. For the most part, when I write I try to touch on topics that are important – and sometimes uncomfortable to talk about. For the most part I don’t write likable characters, and that’s purposeful. But along with that I don’t try to write unlikable characters either. I just try to write characters that I think could really exist. As my reader said in our conversation last…

‘A Confession’ Has a New Description

‘A Confession’ Has a New Description

As feedback and reviews of ‘A Confession‘ come in, I’ve sat down with my publisher and we’ve worked out a revised description of the book to help potential readers get a better feel for what exactly ‘A Confession’ is about. Calling it a 21st Century libertarian existential crisis just doesn’t cut it, and neither does the vague description that we originally went with. We originally kept it purposefully vague so you discover more in the book, but it turned out to be so vague that people really had no idea…

Official Playlist for ‘A CONFESSION’

Official Playlist for ‘A CONFESSION’

Here it is – the official playlist for ‘A Confession.’ Songs that basically match the mood, feeling and general storyline of the book. Think of it as the soundtrack to the as-yet-filmed movie version. Lana Del Rey: “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” Folk Implosion: “Natural One” Doves: “Lost Souls” Starsailor: “Born Again” The Cranberries: “Ode to My Family” Eels: “Selective Memory” Beach House: “Space Song” Smashing Pumpkins: “Landslide” Ryan Adams: “Out of the Woods” Freedy Johnston: “Bad Reputation” Frente!: Bizarre Love Triangle The Pretenders: “Don’t Get Me Wrong” Pink Floyd:…

Writing to a Soundtrack

Writing to a Soundtrack

If you’re at all familiar with me, you know music plays a major part in my life. Besides working in the music industry for the past twenty years, I’m also just a huge music fan. As such, it should come as no surprise that music is a major influence on my writing. Readers of my first novel, ‘The Trouble With Being God: A Philosophical Thriller,’ may recall that throughout that book I had footnotes marking specific songs to play at certain parts of the book. They were there as the…

Official Cover Art for ‘A Confession’ Revealed

Official Cover Art for ‘A Confession’ Revealed

As ‘A Confession’ continues its road to publication, the official cover art has now been finalized. The design went through several iterations, including a very early version based on the “listening to a recording” concept that the book was originally written under, as well as a minimalist edition inspired by some recent editions of Camus and Dostoevksy, both of which were influential in the writing of this book. The final version of the book took a bit more personal of a turn, showing an intimate photo (trivia: it’s a relative…