Most of my blog posts are related in one way or another to the business of being an author – expanding your author platform, improving your book marketing, and so on – and not strictly self-promotional. However, every once in a while, I’ve got a radio interview or book fair that needs mentioning, and the event coming up on September 17th is a big one. It’s the second annual On Point Executive Book Fair, and it’s going to be my first book fair to promote Miles of Files, Brothers’ Hand, and Jana. I’ll have my own table there with copies of all three novels available for sale.

One thing that’s really interesting to me is how many other people will be there who I either already know, or know about from their presence online. The main page of this website has a little video testimonial from Dr. Ed Whittle, who I helped with editing his first real estate-themed book, Thanks, No Banks. Ed is planning to be there, so that should make it a fun day. I’ve known him for about 20 years, and he’s good people. There are going to be quite a few local authors and publishers I’ve met through work or networking.

I’ve also invited quite a few friends and former colleagues, so I’m looking forward to seeing some of them too. I’m not taking a ton of books with me, but I know there are some people who would like a signed copy of one of the novels. If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, come say hello. Again, it’s the On Point Executive Book Fair at WestShore Plaza on September 17th. I hope to meet some old friends, and maybe even make a few new ones! For more info, check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/onpointbookfair.

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What Books Cost Their Authors: A Tale of Blood, Sweat & Tears

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Blatant Self-Promotion Post

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New “Writer Problems” Series, Topic #8: Forgetting Your Best Ideas

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New “Writer Problems” Series, Topic #9: Distractions, Disruptions & Disturbances

This week's blog post has three sections: distractions, disruptions and disturbances, as if they were three unique items—which, of course, they can be. There’s a common “writer” meme that reads, “Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the...
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What To Expect From An Interregnum

I had a very strange, little-used word pop into my head the other day: interregnum.  Cambridge English defines interregnum as "a period when a country or organization does not have a leader." That certainly seems to apply at this moment. Merriam-Webster's definition:...
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New “Writer Problems” Series, Topic #7: The Elusive Search for Balance

It's Labor Day today, and what are my wife and I doing? You guessed it: laboring! I've just finished a massive job, editing a manuscript for a 90-something client. Hey, God bless him, right? And God bless me for having the intestinal fortitude to get through the most...

The Marketing Thing Vs. The Working Thing

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Miles of Files: Where Did It Come From?

I wrote my third novel between about 2007 and 2015. I can’t say it took a full eight years to write – I got stuck in the final third for a couple years – but it was an ambitious project. I’d gone from a third person novel to a first person novel, and now I was going...

Cover Reveal: Rides From Strangers

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Frustrated By the Publishing Process?

Beep. Beep. Beep. You wake up bright and early to the sound of the dreaded alarm clock. First thing, you brew some coffee and grab your computer. It’s a Thursday, so you have to go to work, but you feel compelled to start each day with a bit of writing. You also...