Tell Me You Want to Be In “Dying Days 4”

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I’ve begun playing around with what will eventually become Dying Days 4 this year, and I’m thinking of adding a new character (or two) like I’ve done in the past. But I’m not quite sure how I’m going to pull it off… do I run a contest?

Have people post pictures of them reading one of the Dying Days books?

Accept bribes?

Essays about why they love the series and why I am so damn sexy?

Do a review contest, with anyone reviewing the first three Dying Days books on Amazon eligible to be a featured character?

Have people post on their blogs about the books or about me or about (again) why I’m so damn sexy?

I’m not really sure yet… 

And I’m going to leave it up to you to decide… once I figure out the best way to do it I’ll begin running the actual contest, and also hand out some cool prizes along the way, too… like free eBooks, signed print books, shirts and bumper stickers and whatever else I feel like doing… 

Sound good?

We’ll play this game until the end of January and then we’ll actually begin seeing some winners!


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A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Konrath’s Publishing Predictions 2014

JA Konrath with some bold predictions for 2014… and he’s usually pretty darn close when doing it… 

A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Konrath’s Publishing Predictions 2014.

Reading Recommendations – a wrap-up for 2013

Authors! Here’s a great new blog that will help you get the word out on you! Contact them… NOW!!!

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

It’s been just over a month since I began posting to a new blogsite, Reading Recommendations, where I ask authors to reply to a list of questions, to tell us a bit about themselves and their work, and ask that they in turn recommend an author or book they are reading. I’m very pleased with the response I received from authors – some known to me, some recommended to me, and others who contacted me out of the blue – and have been happy to give all of them some promotion on this site. I thought that, since I was taking a break from this blog over the holiday season, it might be interesting to recap what’s been happening over there on Reading Recommendations, just in case you readers of this main blogsite have not yet gone over there to check it out. I’ve created some handy-dandy lists…

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Films for Writers on Netflix

Films For Writers on Netflix! - A Writer's Survival Blog


NOTE:  This list has been updated in a more recent post,


What follows in the original post from December of 2012. 



A common complaint about streaming Netflixmovies is that they have so much crap. It’s true, there are a lot of horrible movies out there to watch, and Netflix seems to be that low spot where they all settle.

Still, there is a wealth of documentaries of interest to literary students and writers. These are films that don’t have wide distribution. I bet some of these movies never even went to DVD, but are nonetheless commendable, in my humble estimation.

If you toss $7.99 a month to Netflix for streaming video, and you aspire to write, these might appeal to you, too. I’m not going to point you to feature films like Freedom Writers or Finding Forester that made the rounds in the…

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Free Audiobook Contest

That’s right, that’s right… I’m giving away 15 audiobooks to anyone interested!

Oh, there is a catch… (isn’t that always the way?)

I am in need (like every other author on the planet) of Reviews for ANY of my books. So… if you review a book I’ve put out on Amazon and it gets added to the reviews section on the eBook or print version, I will gladly give you a copy of one of three audiobooks:


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Easy enough, right? Between today – Thursday December 26th 2013 – and whenever I get 15 reviews on ANYTHING I released (good review, bad review, it doesn’t matter – just as long as it is live on Amazon) and you let me know, I will gladly give you a code for a free copy. 

But wait, there’s more!

If you are so inclined to review THREE different releases I will gladly give you THREE free coupons so you can have all THREE audiobooks… how does that sound?

Remember, Authors live and die on these reviews, so please give the gift of a review to your favorite author (or me) to end 2013 with a positive note!


Turtle-Crawling Into 2014 With My Writing


A bad thing happened after a hugely successful NaNoWriMo November for me… I fell off with my writing, and badly. 

This is going to be a whiny, negative blog post, so if you’re looking for pictures of funny animals doing Christmas things, go find it somewhere else. I’m gonna git real fo a sec, yo… 

Today is the 23rd of December (or as some stupid people like to call it, Christmas Eve Eve… don’t call it that) and I should have about 30,000 to 46,000 words written for the month so far. Somewhere in that range would make me happy. 

Where am I so far in December? 17,781 words. Crap. In the 23 days of December I haven’t written on 8 of them. Unacceptable. The November novel sits firmly at 50,500 words and I’ve barely looked at it. I’m limping along on a short story for an anthology. While I love the story so far, the motivation to finish it isn’t there. A lousy 4,000 words in a month on a story shouldn’t be too hard… yet here I am, sitting at 3,457 words for the last 4 days. A half hour writing sprint would finish it off. 

I think the problem is motivation on everything right now. I am currently going back and forth about three potential projects for companies that will give me a nice chunk of money to live off of in the beginning of 2014, which is a great thing… but they are all moving along so slowly with the contracts, payments and deadline setting it is taking up most of my mental time. I should be writing but I’m worrying about how I’m going to pay the bills in the first quarter of 2014, how I’ll be able to have a great Christmas and have money left over, etc. etc. 

I have yet to have a huge writing day in December, and that usually helps me get rolling. One day of 5,000 words on a project or two let’s me relax and write, but it hasn’t come yet. Every day is a new challenge for me. Nothing major, just whiny stuff like spending the day shopping or me not feeling well or dealing with personal issues like my kids. 

I know, I’m being a whiny bitch. I’m a lucky man. I have a great career I’ve been dreaming about since I was twelve years old, I have a great family, a great Special Gal and special friends surrounding me. I have money in my pocket and I live in a nice house and have too much food to eat. 

Now I just need to find the motivation to write before December is over… 

Oh, in case I don’t see you tomorrow… have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!