My New Book!

My New Book!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Self-Publishing Bomb

Well folks, I finally decided that the time to find an agent to help promote, "The Devil's Name is George" is upon me. I was eager, ready and willing to devote my time and energy to this ominous yet exciting task.  And then I started scouring websites and books on how to write an effective proposal and they all came back with one warning: Self-publishing your book before querying an agent is akin to trying to play pick-up sticks with your butt cheeks.  In other words, get ready for a lot of effort and a twice the difficulty.

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I was dumbfounded by this
I thought the opposite would be true. I thought that self-publishing, growing your audience, getting reviews (mostly positive) would show your time and commitment to the craft. Incredibly, or so it seems, agents and publishers tend to look down on self-published books. This is especially true if you haven't sold thousands of copies. 

This sentence is from a blogger named Jane Friedman. "The honest truth is that most agents (and publishers) have little or no interest in acquiring self-published work unless it’s receiving significant attention in the media or hitting bestseller lists."

So, keep your fingers crossed and out of your nose that an agent likes my work enough to pick it up.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Tao of D Rock

It's been a little while since my last post so I wanted to fill you in on the latest.  I was feeling a little down lately as sales have waned off and the reality hit me that the book isn't going to sell itself.  So, here are the steps I'm taking to put my book (and my psyche) back online:

1. I just sent out ten physical copies of the book to different comedians, talk show moguls and respected humor authors.  Each book had a short note that above all (lied) I hope they can just sit back and laugh while they enjoy the book.  And if (please baby Jesus) they would like, I'd love to be a part of any program, talk show, etc. that they have to discuss the book.

2. I just wrote my first draft of my press release for the book. You would think this might be easy but it's more challenging then it seems. There's no, "set format" for press releases and you have to try to be formal yet clever. 

Fortunately my awesome sister Kellee... looking it over, chopping it apart and helping me piece it back together: I'll post it when it's done. 

3. When said press release is done, I will be sending it out to every Arizona newspaper I can think of. I will also be sending it out to local T.V. and news stations.  I will then be paying a company to email / fax it to over 2500 national newspapers / journalist in the hopes that someone picks up my story. This is a really crucial step.

4. I will be purchasing a list of about 500,000 teachers, principals, college professors and staff and launching a mass press release email. This is done through a company that sends out 100,000 a month for a set-price. The goal here is simple, push copies out the door and hopefully gain some positive reviews on

5. I will be emailing about 25 Amazon book reviewers who have purchased and positively reviewed books that are similar to mine. I will offer them free copies of the book for an honest review and pray (please baby Jesus) that they give me some positive reviews. Positive reviews on Amazon are really what help drive my traffic.

6. If necessary, I will sell my sister Kim's body for extra marketing money although I'm not sure if $100 is enough to do much.  Okay, okay, $50 then. $25???

Saturday, March 4, 2017

MOVIE REVIEW: A Cure for Wellness

The only thing this movie cured was my insomnia.  What a big disappointment from an otherwise cool premise.  

I don't know the main actor's name but he looks and acts a little like a young Leo Dicaprio. In fact, this movie had Shutter Island written all over it with one exception: Shutter Island was actually really good.

The premise is that this hotshot young consultant is sent deep into the Swiss Alps to a Spa Resort where he must find the CEO of a major company and bring him back to the states. Sounds simple enough except that our young Leo starts to notice that people are a little off their rocker at this place.  He eventually takes the red pill into the rabbit hole and starts trying to solve the puzzle of what's really going on while simultaneously searching for the elusive CEO. 

The creepiness is there but it's not in your face which is a good thing for some.  I for one, wanted to see the strange and bizarre twist. And showing me old nude people is not what I had in mind although that was bizarre.

The ending leaves you feeling deflated and glad that it's over so you can go home and drink the real cure for wellness: scotch. 

GEORGE V2 - Chapters 8 and 9 Redux.

George Version 2 will be out shortly on I've changed Chapter 8 and significantly changed Chapter 9. Click the links below to read the new changes.

Click on Me to Read the NEW Chapter 8.

Click on Me to Read the NEW Chapter 9.

My first negative Amazon Review. Ouch!

 Well, I knew it was only a matter of time before the negative reviews came in. Here is a post of one:

on March 2, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

My first Book Signing!!

This was a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be. I loved actually getting out of my seat to talk to the people and pitch them on my book. I sold 15 books (not including family members) so all in all I was very happy with it. Thank you to all who came.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fences Movie Review and Book Signing Reminder

First thing First.  Please don't forget to come to my first book signing on Saturday, February 25th, 1p-3p at Bookman's in Mesa. 

Click For Directions:  Map to Location

My Review of the movie: Fences

Some Fences are built to keep people out, others to keep people in. As far as pure enjoyment, I give this a 4 out of 5. It's not the easiest movie to watch. Here is someone that you love to hate. Denzel plays a black man living in an urban town in 1950's America. His faithful wife of 18 years stands by his side as he struggles with the man he has and has not become. A self-proclaimed loser, he does his best to see that his family is put first.  Problem is, he constantly reminds them of the sacrifice he is making on their behalf and how grateful they should be.

His second son is trying to break free of his father's constant iron rule but finds it difficult to separate from a tradition that puts fear first. 

You can tell that this movie was adapted from a play. I think there is a total of six characters in the movie with Denzel playing front and center throughout almost every scene.  The dialogue is so rich and heavy that it's sometimes hard to keep up with the back and forth banter. Viola Davis plays his wife who has dreams of her own but gives them up to play the dutiful wife.

The acting is top notch. Denzel does what Denzel does so well. Creates confusion and chaos by keeping calm when one should explode and exploding when one should keep calm. You keep waiting for him to smack someone around but he'd rather use his words to belittle them instead.

For pure acting, it's a 5 out of 5. Both Denzel and Viola deserve the Oscar. I have no doubts Viola will win but Denzel is up against Casey Affleck and it's a dead heat.