Most of my Monday blog posts are a few hundred words long. Sometimes that’s because I’m just plain long-winded (hey, I’m a novelist!), but usually it’s for SEO purposes. The Google machine tells you that your “content” should always be at least 300 words long.

In a world where everyone’s attention spans seem to be getting shorter and shorter, I struggle. In fact, I keep hearing that video is the way to go. Video is supposedly going to comprise 80% of online content by 2020 – though, admittedly, I heard that figure a couple years ago, and it didn’t happen by 2018 like it was supposed to happen.

Whatever, as the kids say.

This Monday blog post, however, is going to be shorter than usual. The reason is that I’d like to call your attention to a new video series by fellow author and ace marketer Jay Lemming. I met Jay online a few years back, and we have read and reviewed each other’s work.

Now, I haven’t told Jay this, but I’d like to clone him. Well, maybe not exactly clone him, but I’d definitely like to meet and network with other writers who do something like what he does!

Because we admire each other’s work, we have learned to cross-promote each other, and for good reason: Jay has written some terrific, compelling stuff, and it deserves a wider audience. I feel the same could arguably be said for my own books.

So when Jay invited me to be the first guest author in his new long-form video series, I was happy to join him. In the interview, we talk in some detail about my first three books, my current WIP, and a few other things. It’s 45+ minutes, but for me, it flew by.

You can find the video here. And when you’ve finished watching it, check out Jay’s work here. Thanks again, Jay! If you’re a fellow author and you’d like to cross-promote with me as I have with Jay, let me know via email or in the comments below.

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

When I was thinking of the title for this week's post, I realized I really needed to look it up and confirm that the word is "peace" and not "piece." Just in case. I'd forgotten that that expression is commonly used in weddings...ironic, since my lovely wife and I...
Sick

But What If I’m Sick?

Last month my wife and I went to Thailand for a two-week vacation. This was my first real vacation in over two years, and my wife Sunny’s first visit back to her family in her country of origin in even longer. So we really needed and, I think, deserved it. And...

Books As Extended Business Cards

As I mentioned on here a couple weeks back, my freelance copywriting gigs feed my addiction to writing fiction, not vice-versa. However, my copywriting business is just part of a larger vision for Sahno Publishing, and that's a publishing company that provides...
track

Getting Back on Track

Last week, Hurricane Irma came barreling toward the eastern seaboard like a runaway freight train. Here in Tampa, the weather reports in advance of the storm were even more melodramatic than usual – “Tampa is poised to take its first direct hit from a major hurricane...
Miles

The Best Thing I’ve Ever Done

I wrote most of Miles of Files between 2007 and 2015. I felt my first novel had been an artistic success, but I wasn't so sure about the second one. Now, I'd moved on to this third novel without having found a publisher for either of the first two. And it was totally...
whizzers

New Year, New Projects

"A goal is a dream with a deadline." - Napoleon HillI had this quote in my head today without actually remembering who said it. So I was a little surprised when I looked it up and found it attributed to Napoleon Hill. After all, I'm more likely to remember Charles...

Writing Based on Experience

Recently, I’ve been writing more about writing, giving some explanations about why I write what I write…or, in the case of the three novels I’m currently promoting, why I wrote what I wrote. Brothers’ Hand, which takes place in the fictional town of Carverville, NY,...

Blogging About…Blogging?

Last week I blogged a bit about my upcoming relaunch of Miles of Files and the accompanying blog tour. This week, I'm not delivering just more of the same. Other exciting events are afoot! First off, I'm pleased to announce that I'm going to be hosting another guest...

Breaking Into the Top 100

Recently, I posted something on LinkedIn called Author, Entrepreneur, or Authorpreneur? My point was that, if you're interested in breaking into the top 100 in your Amazon category, you're probably going to have to spend some time acting like a businessperson when it...
stars

Working on Novels

This week I’m back to blogging about the love of my life – no, not my lovely wife, Sunny, although I must admit she’s the true love of my life. I mean I’m blogging about my fiction again. People know me for a few different things: author, speaker, publisher. And since...