Archive for September, 2009


September 28, 2009

Back in the office after a nice weekend. I went to Midpoint Music Festival in downtown Cincinnati and got rained on, but it was fun anyway. 

Photo-0057Today I’ve had my head in InDesign working on layout for a couple of books, but some exciting news: the advance copies of Write Like the Masters by William Cane arrived today. I really enjoyed working on this book and it’s awesome getting to see the finished product. It’s hardcover with a faux leather spine–really nice package. It should be available in stores in October. It’s a great book. Learn more here

Day Off

September 25, 2009

Hey all. I’m taking today off to catch up on some errands since last weekend was spent in NY. Today I slept in a little, then cleaned the house (feels good to get that done), and now I’m off to eat some Indian food and do some Halloween costume shopping.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.


September 24, 2009

Check out my friend Zac Petit’s blog titled “Promptly.” It features story prompts, activities, and cool contests where you can win books and other swag. 

I had a chance to read some of the stories submitted for the last prompt and choose a winner (some really good stuff was submitted). I also got to come up with the next prompt. Click here to read about the winner and to see the new prompt

Check out the prompts and post your own fiction!

Fun stuff in NYC

September 22, 2009


Requisite pic of Times Square from my hotel room window.

Requisite pic of Times Square from my hotel room window.

Hi all, so yesterday I posted my recap of the writer’s conference in NY. Today I thought I’d tell you about a couple of other things I did (a lot of time was spent at the conference, but I did manage to get out a couple of nights).


First of all, let me say again how much fun I had at the Bowery Poetry Club. All of the poets who slammed did an awesome job and I even got a chance to read some of my pirate haikus in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day. Here’s one of the ones I read:

She’s a salty lass

With a pirate’s ‘eart fer sure

She took everythin’

I went out to dinner at a couple of cool places:

First, after the poetry slam we went to a place called Lil’ Frankie’s in the East Village. It’s a Neopolitan pizza place great food and an extensive wine list. I actually didn’t get pizza–I went with roasted chicken and olive oil mashed potatoes (which were awesome). My friends ordered a chicken parm dish, a “pizza burger”–essentially a tasty looking meatball sandwich, and a salad (can’t remember which one). But everything looked great and I’d definitely recommend the place (19 First Avenue).

On Saturday night I struck out on my own to explore a little and ended up in Hell’s Kitchen. I ducked a little place called the Afghan Kebab House. A friendly couple at the table next to where I was seated commended me on trusting my instincts and told me they’d been coming to the place for something like 20 years. The food was very good. I had lamb kebabs with basmati rice. Here are a few reviews of the place

My philosophy when in NY is get away from Times Square and find something authentic. So if you happen to be in these areas these are a couple of options.

NYC: Writer’s Digest’s Business of Getting Published Conference

September 21, 2009

Hi everyone. I’m back from an exciting writer’s conference in NYC. For those who missed previous posts about it, it was the Business of Getting Published conference held at the Mariott Marquis hotel in Times Square. 

The conference was a whirlwind. I learned a lot, listened in on some really great sessions, and met a lot of great people. 

Here are some highlights:

  • Friday’s opening address by digital publishing futurist Mike Shatzkin was a great way to start the conference–he offered some inights and predictions about the sweeping changes that are occuring in the field. Check out his blog The Shatzkin Files 
  • Writer’s Digest’s own Brian Klems read an awesome poem at the first annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Slam held at NYC’s renowned Bowery Poetry Club–check out this video of the perfomance taken by author Christina Katz (who hosted a great session titled “Do You Have a Meaningful Marketing Platform?” at the conference)
  • On Saturday I enjoyed the breakfast presentation about iPhone aps from author Al Katkowky who turned his book Question of the Day into an iPhone ap (currently one of the top 25 aps in the book category).
  • Scott Sigler and Seth Harwood gave a great presentation on how they used free serial podcasts of their books to land deals with major publishers.
  • Trust Agents author Chris Brogan‘s keynote address about platforms and social media really blew me away. He was really engaging and entertaining. His message: social media is only a tool, building relationships is what is important. He advised learning how to ask questions and listen to people, to turn the focus away from yourself and focus on helping others and in turn they will become interested in you, your ideas and ultimately your work. Really great stuff. Learn more about Chris Brogan here



Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan












  • I enjoyed author Jennifer Gilmore‘s presentation on marketing and promotion for fiction writers, which presented ideas for using both social media as well as traditional methods for marketing your writing. Learn more about her here
  • On Sunday, Write Like the Masters author William Cane had the audience laughing with his informative and highly entertaining breakfast lecture about how to promote yourself while making money as a speaker on the college lecture circuit. Learn more about William Cane
  • And Bill O’Hanlon‘s sunday wrap up “Show Me The Energy”–a lecture on how to find and focus your energy to finish your writing projects and promote them– was a great sendoff. O’Hanlon is the author of Write is a Verb and several other books. Learn more about Bill O’Hanlon

clancy-brown-highlander1I also had the chance to meet with writers about some of their projects during the critique sessions. One of my most interesting sessions was with Clarence Brown, Republican Representative from Ohio, son of newspaper publisher and Ohio Representative Clarence Brown Senior and father of the actor Clancy Brown(who starred in The Shawshank Redemption, is the voice of Mr. Krabs in SpongeBob Square Pants, and was the villain in The Highlander).

Clarence Brown is beginning work on a memoir spanning three generations about his family’s fascinating story.

Editor’s Intensive

September 17, 2009

Another editor’s intensive event is coming up October 3-4 at the offices of Writer’s Digest in Cincinnati, OH. It’s your chance to learn writing tips and advice for getting published and promoting your writing from the experts at WD. The event includes panels, workshops, and one-on-one critique sessions with editors. There’s still time to register 

Getting Ready for the Business of Getting Published Conference

September 17, 2009

Today I’m pulling together all of my notes for my trip to NYC for the Business of Getting Published Conference. You can follow the conference online by visiting the Writers Digest Conference blog at:

The blog will feature highlights from the sessions and some tips from editors, agents, fiction and nonfiction authors, experts on social networking, and publishing professionals. I’ll be posting on the blog for a couple of sessions: Saturday 1:30 keynote address with Chris Brogan and Sunday’s Closing Address at 12:15. So if you can’t attend the conference check out the blog.

When I return I’ll also post a recap from the conference and my trip here.

Interesting Article

September 16, 2009

Here’s an interesting article about the publishing industry:

I’m Back

September 16, 2009

Hi everyone. I’m back from vacation and have been trying to get caught up on emails and my editing projects. I’m sending a couple of books to proofread this afternoon in fact. So, lots going on. I’m also trying to get ready to head to NYC for the Business of Getting Published Conference. Hope to see some of you there.

In the meantime, here are a couple of pics from my vacation (which was awesome, thanks for asking).


The gang at Fish Town (Leeland, MI).

The gang at Fish Town (Leeland, MI).













My dog gives me kayaking pointers. He thinks he knows everything.

My dog gives me kayaking pointers. He thinks he knows everything.


September 3, 2009

All right. I’m off on vacation at my inlaws’ place in Northern Michigan. I’m planning to do some kayaking, biking and hiking. I’m also going to see if I can remember how to write without a keyboard in front of me. I’m going computer-less. But I have some ideas for a story inspired by the setting of a small lake town. I won’t say much, only that it’s a ghost story that I sort of find myself thinking about every time I head up there. 

I’ll try to come back with some pics and some writing maybe to share. Have a great week. If you get to missing me, you can check out this site to see the weather where I am and check out pictures of the area. 

Have a great week.