Lot 23 Zombie Romantic Comedy

by rob on July 16, 2014

What do you do to promote book sales?

This is a part of the process that presents challenges. We are creative people; we think, we write, we publish. We wait for sales to start pouring in. But really for unknown authors the sales aren’t going to just pour in. They trickle in, at best, and you hope people will write book reviews on Amazon and gradually word of mouth has people clamoring for, not just this book, but more work from you.

The general thought (from the experts) is to write series of books. People fall in love with your characters and want more. Many of your favorite authors recognize success (think Harry Potter or 50 Shades of Gray, or Hunger Games) and follow up.

I’ve even gotten the advice to write a series of three books and release them all at once. I don’t have the patience, but it certainly is worth thinking about.

So what do you do to promote book sales? Social media, friends and family, Fiverr for bought reviews?

I am looking at doing the podcast circuit and just talking, but I also got these fantastic cards designed to drop off at libraries, book clubs and even book stores…











What do you use? comments welcome and encouraged. Let’s succeed together.





The Big Other

by rob on June 4, 2014

There is only one thing that makes a read (or a movie) interesting and that is the challenges to the hero. Usually these are in the form of problems he or she needs to solve and there is one problem which stands out as the ‘mother’ of all. That is the “Big Other.”

If you don’t have a big other in your writing there won’t be peaks and valleys, which need to exist to hold someone’s interest.

In “Blaze Motors” the big other was the oppressive government agents, first in the form of the Nazis and then the Polish Secret Service. There were many other challenges, such as the flight from Poland to the USA by the families and the enigmatic statements of a secret diary, bu the “Big Other” was the government interference in freedom.

casablancaIn more familiar territory (for people who haven’t read Blaze Motors) in Casablanca Rick has to deal with the bureaucracy of a divided city in North Africa, but the real Big Other in the story is the love triangle between Rick, Ilse and Victor. How will Rick overcome the circumstances and allow Ilse to escape and have love in her life?

Look at your story and make sure there is a defined Big Other (along with a series of connected or unconnected ‘little others’) to make sure the story has victories and challenges built in for the heroes. If not you may need to add them.


On Set – Bite Nite

May 17, 2014

I wrote this a few years ago when I was on the set of an independent movie. I played the priest. I capture small vignettes of circumstances. You never know when the thoughts of that moment might come back and be useful. Maybe they will come into play down the road or maybe they might […]

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Rewriting and Reviewing

May 3, 2014

I was talking with a friend of mine, name of Isabella, who is in the process of writing her first book. Her mother had asked me to take a look and give her some advice; words of wisdom or something along those lines. Isabella has written about, oh, I don’t know, maybe thirty pages and […]

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Developing Character Profiles

February 20, 2014

I belong to several writer’s groups; some online and some that ‘meet-up’ at coffee shops and bookstores. Although I don’t participate in person very often I feel that online forums and emails sometimes help in the writing process and lately my one meetup group has been having a discussion on character development. A problem many […]

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This one weird trick to write a book fast

December 4, 2013

As the author of five books and a former ghostwriter I know a lot of ways to get quality writing done quickly, but most people don’t ever consider this one weird trick on how to write a book fast. It’s an old trick which pre-dates computers and even word processors and it has been used […]

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Blaze Motors – Some Secrets Don’t Stay Buried

November 26, 2013

Blaze Motors is my second novel and is available on Amazon. There is a pretty interesting back story to this and that is the reason that I am sharing. All good stories have some basis in truth. I think that humans can tell when a story is fake and it ruins things for us. Even […]

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Kindling and How to do Kindle Right

November 8, 2013

I don’t do much promotional stuff here, you may have noticed. This site is more about writing and techniques for organization and thought processes. There is a reason for that. Down and dirty how to use Amazon’s Kindle for publication is covered in my book Write Here, Write Now, No Excuses. So no need to […]

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Three Tips for Writing Success

October 20, 2013

One challenge that faces many writers is getting the job done. If you are like many other writers out there, hoping to move on to the “professional writers” group this is something you need to take to heart. So with no further ado here are three tips for writing success. Work on one thing at […]

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Managing Kindle for PC (or other app)

October 16, 2013

I had a few folks asking me about reading “Kindle” books if you don’t have a Kindle. Well, there are aps for any sort of device – PC, iPad, iPhone, or whatever. (couldn’t imagine reading on an iPhone, personally. Screen is way too small.) But anyway, you can download a free app for any of […]

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