Today, the SEO overlords may punish me for posting something overly short. But that’s okay. Because I had an epic launch this weekend.

“Epic launch” is a phrase I’ve had in my head for a few weeks now. You see, as the publication date for Whizzers drew closer and closer, I found myself running around like a madmangetting details for the big book launch party, emailing VIP Launch Team members, messaging friends and acquaintances alike.

In short, I ran low on energy and patience. I actually felt a little discouraged.

Then I did something uncharacteristic: I replied to someone Twitter who was asking if any fellow writers had questions or needed help.

His name is Gareth L. Powell, and he’s a bestselling British author. Gareth and I follow each other, and I like him. He’s a genuinely good guy. Also, he’s from Bristol, England, and I’m from Bristol, Connecticut. Not sure I’ve ever connected with anyone from the town MY town was named after.

So I posted something about my upcoming launch up, and Gareth replied, “Mike, it’s going to be epic.”

That was it. Six words. Words that mattered. When I was in the midst of it all on Saturday at the launch event, and Sunday, when the book went live, I remembered Gareth’s words.

And he was right: it was an epic launch. Over twenty people showed up during that event’s two-hour run. Whizzers went all the way to #9 on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases in Metaphysical & Visionary Fiction.” As I write this, it’s still hanging tough at #11—right up there with heavy hitters like Paulo Coelho and Karen Russell.

Thank you all.

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Last month, I had the pleasure of being the guest on a terrific radio show for authors: the Joy on Paper program hosted by PatZi Gil. PatZi was kind enough to invite me on the show to talk not only about my third novel Miles of Files, but also about my company, Sahno...
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