And Now a Brief Word from Our Sponsor…

guinea-pig-computer-flickr-castawayinwales-369Okay, I know we’re all busy and people have probably been in your face to buy their things since…um…the invention of things. So I’ll keep this self-promotion short with a few holiday-type reminders.

If you live in the Ulster County area, you can buy print copies of my books at Barner Books in New Paltz, Inquiring Minds in New Paltz and Saugerties, and The Golden Notebook in Woodstock. I’m pretty sure that all of them have copies of The Joke’s on Me and Drawing Breath, and some have copies of Don’t Tell Anyone (which became an Amazon best-seller for a couple of hours a while back.) If the stores run out or you live too far away, I have it on good authority (Leland Dirks) that independent bookstores can order books. Also, I have a few books kicking around the house, so if you’d like a signed copy, I’ll be happy to oblige. Drop me a note here.

I’ll be at The Golden Notebook in Woodstock on Sunday at 1:00, talking about Sliding Past Vertical. Please ask the Snow Goddesses to cooperate, thanks, because GN has a TON of great events scheduled all weekend and I’d hate for Nan to have to reschedule them.

A couple of notes about Drawing Breath: if you like audio books or know someone who’d like one as a gift, it’s now available from Audible.com. Randi Larson did a great job on the narration. Also, the e-book will be on sale for $0.99 from December 26 to January 1 as part of a group sale with Awesome Indies.

That’s it. I hope that amid the craziness, you’re taking some time to live in the moment and enjoy what’s around you. You may now return to watching videos of cats destroying Christmas trees. Or this one.

This Week: Is It Spring Yet?

Daytlna-500-Danica-Patrick-poleThe skies have been a little gloomy in my slice of the Hudson Valley, but if it’s time for Daytona and the Oscars, spring can’t be far behind. Although I’m not having as good a week as Danica Patrick, it’s still pretty sweet around here.

  • I don’t know if you caught this, but the lovely and effervescent Dames of Dialogue let me stop in for tea and a chat.
  • Have you heard of Baby Boomer Lit? With America’s largest age cohort knocking on the doors of, well, aging, this is a genre whose time may have come. Author Claude Nougat, on the heels of her new book, A Hook in the Sky, has started not only a Goodreads group devoted to the idea but also possibly a movement. Lynnette Schneider, a book blogger and member of this group, gave Don’t Tell Anyone a very nice five-star review.

Lots going on with the Indies Unlimited crew to report.

  • The rockin’ fabulous K.S. Brooks has been very active with Indie Authors for Hurricane Sandy. On Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time, you can hear what she’s been up to and how you may be able to help.
  • Krista Tibbs posted this terrific article, showing us how the old writing canard, “show, don’t tell” actually works.
  • Our resident scam-buster, Rich Meyer, stirred up some interesting discussion about crowdfunding for indie writing projects. What do you think? Practical method of fundraising or begging for dollars?
  • Science fiction author and all-around nice guy Chris James just published the second novel in his Second Internet Café series, The Second Internet Cafe, Part 2: The Cascade Annihilator. If you’d like to grab yourself a free copy, check out his website for details.

Last but not least, in one week I’ll be trying not to panic taking Don’t Tell Anyone out for its first public appearance, at The Golden Notebook, a local independent bookstore in Woodstock, New York, where I launched The Joke’s on Me. Jackie and Nan, the lovely women who run the place, are great to support local indie authors. If you’re in the area (Saturday, March 2 at 5:00 p.m.), I’d love to see you!

I hope YOU had a good week!