Strength In Numbers

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CALL ME CRAZY, BUT …

For the past three months, my third novel, The Custer Conspiracy, has been circulating among the NY Literati looking for an agent. To date, I have received five requests to see the entire manuscript seeded between thirty-three outright rejections.

Even though I think The Custer Conspiracy is worthy of a mainstream publishing house, I’m not surprised at the level of disinterest. I understand the book business pretty well (I think), and can appreciate the pressures the agent class is under when trying to select books the ordinary reader (you and me) will be allowed to read. Continue reading

On June 25, 1876, George Custer was killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Or was he?

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** Image above is tombstone of Custer’s brother, Tom.

One hundred forty years ago, on June 25th, 1876 , Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and 210 troopers under his command were wiped out fighting the Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne at the Little Bighorn valley in southeastern Montana. To this day, the Battle of the Little Bighorn remains one of the most studied, publicized and controversial battles in American history.

Two years ago, on the anniversary of the battle, I stood on that hallowed ground. Continue reading

So Who Needs A Good Editor?

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Knowing first hand the value of a good editor, I asked my friend Edmond Addeo to be my guest blogger this week. I met Ed at a writer’s conference in San Francisco and was so impressed that I asked him to edit my latest novel, The Custer Conspiracy. Best thing I ever did. I’m proud to introduce Ed to all of you who might be in need of a professional editor. I’ve worked with many editors over the years. Ed is, by far, the best I’ve ever met. Continue reading

On being “Discovered”

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I was recently asked what’s the biggest hurdle I face as an indie author. Easy answer.

Discoverability.

Let me be honest  … I don’t write novels just for the fun of it. Just to have a gotcha over old drinking buddies. I’m in this because I’m itching to be a mainstream, bestselling author. And I can do it. All I have to do is get …discovered. Continue reading

Big Win for Follower ph89oenix

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Today was the 50th Super Bowl, pitting the Denver Broncos against the Carolina Panthers.  My friends and I in the San Francisco area watched all fours hours, including the halftime show and award ceremony.  To help pass the time, we played “The Big Game Bingo” using the television commercials as squares. I got a couple of BINGOs before the third quarter ended and scored a crisp $2-bill for each win. Making the game even more enjoyable was the great food and drink prepared by the hostess. Continue reading