The_Dreaded__Apple_III___3121286525Yes, I am still here, oh website of mine. I know I’ve neglected you these past few months, but even though you may not have noticed it, I did check in on you from time to time. Really, I did. Usually, you were sleeping. You’d have one eye open, waiting for emails to arrive, with your cute little spam filter snapping away as I was approached by young Romanian women who wanted to send me intimate pictures of themselves, and doctors offering me pills that’ll enlarge one of my body parts. So, don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you. I’ve just been very, very busy.

Over the past few months I’ve still been writing blogs, lots of them. I just haven’t written many for my own website. I’ve written several for Indie powerhouse site Indies Unlimited. They let me write about how poorly some authors treat reviewers and bloggers in an article I titled For The Love of the Bookhttp://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/07/02/for-the-love-of-the-book/ and they let me write about my personal tips on how to give away your eBook and run a free promotion http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/06/04/how-i-run-my-kdp-select-free-promotions/ . And, they let me spout off about how out of touch most writers’ organizations are with the self-publishing industry, in an article I titled The Blog Nobody Wanted to Publishhttp://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/04/02/the-blog-nobody-wanted-to-publish-except-indies-unlimited/ .

Some of the articles I wrote for IU (as I affectionately refer to them), led to opportunities to write for other sites too. I wrote a blog for http://writerswin.com/ about building your support system and making sure you surround yourself with authors who are on the same path you are http://writerswin.com/build-the-perfect-author-support-system/#comments. I received some very nice follow-up emails and comments because of that article. And, I wrote an article for http://bublish.com/ . That article was on whether writing conferences are worthwhilehttp://bublish.com/blog/2013/05/are-writers-conferences-worth-it/ .

In between all of this I was approached by some folks who offered me a contract to produce an audio version of my first book, My Temporary Life (thank you, but not at this time), and a German lady who wanted to produce a German eBook version of the same novel, (yes, thank you very much, and it will be available later this year). Plus, I’ve been trying to promote my second book, My Name Is Hardly, and my new collection of short stories,Lies I Never Told. I’ve been working on the third book in my trilogy and oh yeah, I wrote a new book too.

My new book does not have a title yet. Usually, a title magically appears in my head, and then on my screen at some point during the writing process, but not with this one. This one is tougher.

I’m teaching a workshop on self-publishing in September in Vancouver, BC. My aim is to put the “self” back in “self-publishing”. I want to show authors how they can produce a professional product in an efficient manner. As I put together an outline for the course I realized that I had enough material to write a book. So, I did. I wrote a book that details my self-publishing journey and will hopefully help other authors find a way to connect with readers and produce a quality product. I’ll release the book towards the end of August, and that’s the book that is currently untitled.

To get the word out about my workshop I’ve been visiting writers’ groups and talking to them about “paying it forward” within the self-publishing community and how that’s helped me progress as a writer and as a self-publisher. And, lots of the folks in the writers’ groups have jumped on board and signed up for my workshop too. Some of them have amazing material that they’re working on. It really is true; everybody has a story to tell.

I’ve had other things going on too. I appeared on Allan Knight’s very cool talk show last week. Here’s the audio link to it http://www.blogtalkradio.com/knightalk/2013/07/18/book-publishing. And, I’ve been writing. Not only have I completed my self-publishing guide but I have a Christmas book that I’m working on and hope to release by December, and I’m working on the third book of the My Temporary Life Trilogy. So, don’t worry, my neglected and overlooked website, I am still here, I’ve just got lots going on. So, I’ll give you this shameful self-promotional, full of links, blog for now, and I promise that soon I’ll spend more time with you. Soon I’ll regale you with words and phrases that will make those tags and keywords magically appear on the screen. And soon I’ll have you spoiled again. Thanks for being so patient.

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