Category Archives: The Business Of Writing

INTRODUCTION TO HARRY WHITTINGTON

Back a few months ago, I agreed to write an introduction for a re-release of Harry Whittington’s tense noir novel, You’ll Die Next!, published by 280 Steps. I wrote a review of it back in 2010, and the folks at 280 Steps spotted it and were kind enough to ask me to do the introduction. The book […]

WHISKEY. AND LEAVE THE BOTTLE.

I just calculated my average ranking in the Amazon Kindle store, and it comes to 535,424. This is the average of the ten paid titles I currently have on Amazon (there are two more, but they’re free for the moment, so they weren’t figured in). Now, for those of you who know about this stuff, […]

“COLD BLOODED” AUDIOBOOK NOW AVAILABLE

Cold Blooded, a tense action thriller written by Bernard Lee DeLeo (RJ Parker Publishing), is my latest audiobook voiceover narration and production, and it just went live on Audible.com. It’s also available as an audiobook on Amazon and iTunes. First off, here’s a brief description: Nick McCarty decides after ten years of black ops assassinations it’s […]

AUDIOBOOKS AND DANA KING

Fellow crime fiction writer Dana King has posted an interview with me over at his website on the subject of audiobooks, a fast-growing segment of the book world. I just had the pleasure of narrating Dana’s excellent small-town crime novel, Grind Joint (Stark House, 2013), and the audiobook is now in the pipeline headed toward Amazon, […]

LUCK? NO.

As a former professional poker player, I know about luck. It visits everyone in approximately equal doses, but not in equal doses in every hand. In poker, your luck will be pretty much the same as everyone else’s in the long run, but you will have extended periods where luck is absent. These are the times […]

“THE TAKE” IS RE-RELEASED

Back in 2009, a small traditional press picked up my standalone noir novel, The Take, and published it. It was my first time, so you can imagine I was pretty stoked. I was going to be published! You get the idea. Well, reality soon set in. I hated the cover, I was forced to make some […]

“SETUP ON FRONT STREET” GOES AUDIO

I’m pleased to announce that Setup On Front Street, the first entry in my Key West Nocturnes Series, is now available as an audiobook. I’m also the narrator. My appreciation goes to Amber Grayson Vayle of Lyrical Lip Service, an audio publisher, for giving me this opportunity. I’ve done a few narrations of short stories for […]

NOT EXACTLY YOUR FATHER’S PRIVATE EYE

The folks at Lyrical Lip Service have hired me to perform voiceovers on audio versions of short stories and books. My first one just went live the other day and I’m pretty juiced about it. It’s a hardboiled-private eye-erotica short story called Sam Spank and the Wild Widow, written by Molly Synthia, and now available […]

THE DEAL OF THE YEAR, AND IT’S ONLY JUNE

I usually don’t shill for corporate interests, but this is one time I’m making an exception. Prologue Books, which has rereleased the works of many of the great noir/pulp writers of the past, is running a special on Amazon Kindle, selling all of their titles for 99¢ each. I’m talking about Gil Brewer, Dan J […]

“CULT”? IS THAT WHAT THIS IS? THEN GET ME A PURPLE ROBE AND SOME KOOL-AID.

Rob W Hart recently wrote this article for Salon in which he calls self-publishing “a cult”. He claims to have “happily” self-published a novella while trying to traditionally-publish his novel. I would venture his “happiness” with self-publishing stems from the likelihood that the legacy publishers steadfastly refused to publish his novella due to its short […]