Footnote on Self-Publishing

As a reviewer for several organization publications, I get to see books that come to the light of day from a variety of processes. They range from self-published to those who come from one of the major houses. Is there a difference in the finished work? The answer is...

Words on a Hat

If you read my blog, in several posts, I’ve talked about what goes on during book signings. So far, I’ve set up tables or booths at association events, national meetings, libraries, air shows, book fairs, at Rotary and Kiwanis Club meetings and Kroger Supermarkets....

A New Kind of Query

With the last of the seven books in the Josh Haman series under contract to published this fall, I’ve started on a new four book series with Derek Almer as the main character. The first novel is called Flight of the Pawnee and is ready to go to a publisher. I’d like...

Queries Take You to Strange Places

One of the drudgeries of being an author without an agent is writing queries. That is, of course, you want to find an agent to help get one of your manuscripts with a “big” publisher who has clout or owns one of the major distribution companies. This leads to books...

Writing History Is Hard

Last month, I started writing my first attempt at non-fiction. It is called Gold and Silver Wings and is what I call a “memiography.”  Memiography is a word I created so it is not in Webster’s yet and it is a book that is one part autobiography, one part memoir and...

Guest Lecturing Is Fun

To use marketing speak, to help build my “brand,” I’ve been giving speeches/talks to all sorts of groups ranging from Rotary and Kiwanis clubs to associations of veterans and even at senior living centers.  At one, a history professor asked me after my talk titled...