I hadn’t sung, or even thought about, Johnny Nash’s hit song “I Can See Clearly Now” in about forty years. But I did this morning. That’s when I woke up, turned on my computer, and saw that the Military Writers Society of America had placed my novel, The Oath, second on the list for their Recommended Reading List.
I’ve just been notified that two of my books won big awards this week.
I was honored recently by having my novel, The Oath, awarded the 2016 Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) Book Award for Fiction.
Funny how this book business works: you get frustrated because it’s so damn hard to get your work recognized by anyone but your wife and kids (and even that is sometimes dicey – ha ha). And then you get a call from a well-known and well-respected publishers’ association saying they have given your work their highest fiction award.
A book is a cool present.
A personalized and autographed book is REALLY a cool … and unique … present.
Buy a copy for yourself or send it to a friend. Free shipping anywhere in the USA. Those graduations and the holidays will be here before you know it.
“Koller mixes history with current events in this crackling good thriller that’s surely Hollywood-bound!” ~ Ed Addeo, 2016 Chaucer Award Winning Author
I was recently asked what’s the biggest hurdle I face as an indie author. Easy answer.
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.
This is the second installment of my (read: your/our) journey to pen the great American novel (or even the great American memoir/short story/how-to/self help, et al). The first step in that journey is to realize: IT DON’T GET DONE JUST STANDIN’ THERE LOOKIN’ AT IT.
But that’s just the first step. It’s like realizing that you’re not going to lose weight until you start eating right and exercising.
Got to tell you … no matter what else happened in 2014, that I could fill my car with gas that cost $1.75 per gallon (OK, OK …I had some “cents-off coupons”, but still …) qualifies it as a great year, no matter what else happened.
But I jest … sort of.
We all have our own definition of “success”. Since this is a blog about writing, I want to focus on that. But first, allow me to put into perspective the really important things in life: