Saturday, December 20, 2014

Thanks to all who have bought the charity anthology

I feel its time to move forward now
The charity omnibus is in print and on kindle and thank you to everyone who bought one
(The rest of you....hurry and catch up!)

Meantime I am working on hammering out the next Nick Crowell novella that's due by March

More news in a month or so- thanks for reading

(Don't forget to scroll down and enjoy the rest of the blog)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

What exactly DOES an editor do?

Being a writer I know the importance of an editor. Meet Todd Barselow in this interview I hosted. He does it for a living.

You’ve written a book. Congratulations! You sat on it for a few weeks, did a second and third draft (and hopefully a fourth and fifth draft), handed it off to beta readers, and now you need to polish it before you either send it off to a traditional publisher or go with self publishing.
But remember—many readers like to browse a few pages before committing to a purchase. So in those first few pages you have to look like you know what you’re doing.

For that, you need the services of a good editor. And it should be a good fit. They have to work with you on your book as well as fit your budget.

Todd Barselow is an editor I met online and he has agreed to an interview so that you have a better idea of what editors do and what you should expect FROM an editor.

First off, Todd, how long have you been at this and why should a writer consider you over other editors?

Frank, thanks for having me here. I always relish the opportunity to talk about what it is that I do and why I love it so much.

I’ve been editing professionally for the past five years or so, with the bulk of my work having been completed in the last two years. Admittedly, I started editing as more of a hobby and as a way to generate a little extra Christmas cash. I proof read and edited the self-published works of several friends and acquaintances and discovered that I had a real knack for the work. It was actually something that I really and truly enjoyed doing, not solely as work or a way to earn money, but as something meaningful that was contributing to a thing that would be around for a while.

You know, books never really die once they’re published. They may go into seclusion after a while, but one can always find them again, and to know that I had a part—no matter how small or insignificant—in making those books a reality was a real game changer for me. It was sort of one of those life defining moments, a moment of clarity where I saw the future—my future—and knew without a shadow of a doubt that I was meant to do this. I was meant to be an editor and to work with authors from all over the world. I know that sounds quite hokey, but it is what it is. I know in my heart forty, fifty years from now, I’m going to look back and know that I made the right decision to give up on everything else and focus solely on editing.

Back on point now. When I first started editing I was teaching English as a Second Language at a Korean academy here in the Philippines. I’ve always been a great speller and while I wouldn’t say that I started out as a grammarian by any stretch of the imagination, I’ve become quite proficient in the intricacies of grammar—thanks to my copy of The Chicago Manual of Style, which, by the way, I would encourage every writer to invest in a copy of. It’s an invaluable resource that will save your editor’s sanity… So, I’m teaching English, I edit a few manuscripts and it clicks that this is what I should be doing. I put the word out on the social media channels I use and next thing I know, I’m flooded with work—more work than I thought possible.

Once word got around that I was fairly priced and good at what I do, the floodgates sort of just opened up. I then had the bright idea to start asking Anne Rice questions on her Facebook page since she’s known for responding to her fans there and via email. She gave me so much good advice that I was then able to pass on to others which in turn led to more work. She spoke about me a number of times on her page and even referred several people to me for editing work. I’ve met a number of the authors that I’ve worked with through her Facebook page, including Greg Wilkey and Anne’s personal assistant, Becket.

Why should an author choose me over another editor? Well, it all comes down to references at this point. I can provide numerous impeccable references from bestselling authors who were and are completely satisfied with my work. Then you have my editing style. It’s my policy, particularly with the self-publishing authors that I work with, to do everything within my power to preserve the author’s voice and vision while providing clarity of that vision for the reader. I don’t believe in attempting to stifle or change an author’s voice or vision. I don’t think that’s right and I avoid it like the plague. If I really think something isn’t working in a manuscript, I’ll let the author know and then discuss how it could be made to work better, but I will never, ever try to force a change that the author doesn’t want to make. This may not always be true for the publishing house books that I work on. I’m the Senior Editor at Imajin Books, a small Canadian publisher. They sometimes have guidelines that must be followed that require certain aspects of a book to be changed or altered.


What genres do you work in?

I work in all genres with the exception of extremely religious works or highly political pieces. I don’t care for religion or politics in my personal life so it stands to reason that I don’t care for them in my professional life, either.

I suppose that my favorite genre to work in is science fiction as that’s my favorite to read. I know that there are many editors working today who specialize in one or two certain genres and that they don’t or won’t work in any others. I don’t like to restrict myself professionally like that. First and foremost, I’m a reader. I love all kinds of books. I carry that over into my profession as a means to defeat boredom. I don’t think I could be as happy with my work as I am if I was stuck editing one genre all day every day. I like being able to mix it up from manuscript to manuscript. One day I may be working on a historical fiction, the next I could be reading through a detective/crime procedural. I love having that freedom.

What excites you about the process?

I sort of answered that in the first question. It’s knowing that my ideas are able to blend with those of the author’s to enhance a story, a story that will be around pretty much forever after it’s published. I love that thought. Being a part of the creative process is so much fun. It’s so stimulating to the mind, the body, and the soul. Also knowing that, barring Alzheimer’s or some other mind wasting disease, I can do this kind of work until I die is just fabulous.

I simply love reading new stories of new worlds and characters. Knowing that I’m among the first people to read the book is pretty thrilling. I also enjoy the back and forth process, discussing different aspects that need discussing, making suggestions, etc. It’s all wonderful and exciting for me, the entire process from beginning to end.

On average, how long is a basic editing job?

This is a little tougher to answer because there are so many variables—length of the manuscript, the amount of work needed, my current/near future workload, etc. Generally, my waiting list is two months or more, and that’s before I start to work on the manuscript. Once I start working, I like to have at least four to six weeks with the book. When I first started out, I would only work on one manuscript at a time, but I’ve discovered that I can be more productive—and more effective at my job—if I work on more than one at a time.

For example, I’ll do a preliminary read through of a manuscript, only correcting glaring errors before doing a secondary, more in-depth reading. After that second reading is done, I let the manuscript—and my brain—rest a bit. At that point, I’ll start the process with a second book before going back to the first one. It’s important, I’ve found, to put a little distance between yourself and a manuscript lest your brain become blind to obvious errors, which is what tends to happen to authors who’ve read through their manuscript dozens of times. It’s in our nature and how our brains work to skip over missed words because we see them as there when they aren’t. This is true of other aspects of the manuscript, too.

I also use a secondary proof reader to ensure the accuracy and quality of my work. This adds some time to the process but is an invaluable part of the process in my opinion, for the same reason as mentioned above. Overall, when someone contracts me to work on their manuscript they can expect to wait anywhere from two to four months, sometimes longer. I always try to give a rough estimate as to when I can complete the work. I’m usually pretty good about meeting my self-imposed deadlines—I pride myself on my timeliness—but I’m not always able to. For the most part, authors understand and allow me the extra time I need to ensure quality work.

So the writers out there are aware, this isn’t just a matter of handing the manuscript off to someone and letting them double check spelling and other errors. A manuscript needs to be massaged into shape. The writer needs to be just as much a part of the process as they were in the actual writing. Are some writers surprised at the amount of work involved in the give and take process with an editor?

I’ve found that many new authors who come to me really don’t know a lot about the editing process but are eager to learn. And you’re absolutely right when you say that the author must be just as involved in the process as the editor. Otherwise, all my work will be for naught.

It’s a back and forth process that, for the most part, I try to make as painless as possible. I’ve been told numerous times that working with me was such an easy, painless process. I guess that’s why I have a handful of authors who keep coming back to me time and again with their new manuscripts. But I think that most authors have put in the time, the effort, and the hours working on their book and they know that while editing is one of the final stages in the process, it’s not at all the easiest. This is the time when things can get cut, when rewrites may have to occur, things of that nature. It can be hard on an author to have to make these changes when necessary, but it’s part of the growing process, of seeing the manuscript mature into the novel that it’s supposed to be. I’ve only had one or two authors who didn’t want to really put in the effort to properly see it through, and that was their choice. I did—and I always do—the work to the best of my ability.

 Ultimately, it’s up to the author to ensure that final proof reading is done, that all changes made to the manuscript have been accepted/rejected, that the formatting is spot on…all of this rests with the author. I can only do what I can do from my end to ensure that the manuscript is as spotless and clean as possible. I’m not responsible for the final push of the ‘Publish’ button, for ensuring that all of the things mentioned above are done.

Do a number of writers resist some of your suggestions?

Surprisingly enough, no. I’m always fearful that the author is going to call me crazy for suggesting something or for rewording a sentence or choosing a different word for a sentence, or even adding dialogue that I feel fits or resonates with a scene. For the most part, nearly all of my suggestions are accepted. That’s not to say that there’s no discussion, because there certainly is. Sometimes I need to explain my reasoning for something and I’m glad to do that. That’s part of the back and forth process.

This is also a part of my philosophy of not altering the author’s voice or vision. If I feel I can enhance something without altering the voice or vision, then I do. If, when thinking about it or discussing it, we determine that the alteration is not really in line with those things, then it’s simply rejected. I never have a problem with rejection of my thoughts or ideas. After all, it’s not my manuscript, right? I’m simply attempting to make it more reader friendly. I want the reader to have the best experience possible with every book that I work on.


Are there occasions where you turned down a writer?

I have turned down a handful of manuscripts in my time as an editor. It was never anything personal. I just felt that the manuscripts in question weren’t at the stage where they were ready for professional editing—that’s to say I thought that the author(s) needed to continue to work on them and perhaps even hone their skills a bit more before submitting to an editor. Of course, that was just my subjective opinion, but an opinion based on my experience as both a reader and a professional editor (not to mention English teacher).

In all honesty, I could have taken on those manuscripts and worked out the kinks but it would have been very expensive for the authors. Another selling point of mine is that I’m fairly and reasonably priced. Indies are my target market and I know that many of them can’t afford to pay thousands of dollars for editing work. I try to fill the need for quality editing at prices that most anyone can afford, even if it requires saving for a few months and laying off the Starbucks for a little while… I offer free sample edits and pricing quotes upon request.

I understand you have a secondary proofreader when you work on manuscripts. Why is that?
As I mentioned earlier, I want to ensure the highest standard of quality with my work. Utilizing a secondary proofreader helps me to do that. After reading the same manuscript three, four, five times, little things can slip through the cracks as our brains are wired to fill in the blanks, as it were. The proofreader that I use only reads the manuscript once, with an eye for dropped words, spelling errors, any little thing that might have slipped past my initial reviews. The cost for the proofreader is incorporated into the quoted price so there are no extra surprise charges or anything for that service.

Being successful at this must bring an author or two back with more work. Has that happened to you?

I have a handful of authors that I’ve edited three or more books for. M.L. Stephens, Greg Wilkey, Becket, Jamie Magee, Sherrill Willis, Nick Pirog, and Dana Roquet are just a few of these. I’ve also worked with several Imajin Books authors on multiple books.

If someone reading this were interested in contacting you…how busy are you at the moment?

I’m currently scheduled up until about October, but I have a few spots here and there that can be filled, depending on word count. Oftentimes my schedule is in flux; it’s a fluid thing. Sometimes I’m able to finish an edit before I had anticipated and that frees me up to work on something else.

(Frank interjecting something here): It isn’t such a bad thing to have to wait several months if you choose to use Todd for your editing needs. For instance, a smart writer will USE the time waiting for their opening with Todd to go over the book yet again. This way it’s as good as it can possibly be when you hand it off to Todd. Less work on his end could save you some money while still getting his established quality input.

Do you encourage writers to stay on the path of traditional publishing or do you inform them about self- publishing?

Frank, a good ninety percent of the authors that I work with are self-publishing. Another seven or eight percent are Imajin Books authors and the remaining are seeking traditional publication via query letters and agent/agency representation.

I’m of the opinion that self-publication is the way to go these days for authors who want to retain control of their work and see it reach its intended audience. There is no longer the stigma attached to self-publishing that we saw ten, fifteen years ago. It is perfectly acceptable, on all levels, to self-publish today. And just because one self-publishes doesn’t exclude them from the possibility of traditional publishing, too. Look at Hugh Howey, Brenna Aubrey, and the list goes on and on—self-publishing-turned-traditional-publishing success stories abound these days. If you keep getting rejection letters from publishers, why not self-publish and get your work out into the world for the people who actually matter—the readers?

Do you find that there are a number of writers who are not only surprised at the rapidly expanding world of self-publishing but also very leery of it—despite knowing that their chances of actually getting published through traditional channels are slim? (So that readers know the difference, submitting to a traditional publisher involves stuffing pages into envelopes and waiting weeks or months for an answer. And even if accepted, there is another waiting period before the book lands on the shelf and even THEN, the book has just a few weeks to make sales before getting kicked back for pulp. Whereas with self publishing—once it’s been edited—you can, in theory, be online within a day and be seeing actual sales income throughout the entire time you’d be otherwise be waiting to hearing from a traditional publisher).

I’ve talked to and worked with authors who are leery of self-publishing, and I can understand it, but the days for doubting the validity of self-publishing are long gone. It IS a viable option for anyone and everyone today. I recommend it, highly. The self-publishing community is an amazing one, so very supportive as far as helping one another out and guiding new authors through the process. I’ve met so many wonderful authors—people—who are in this community. I’ve received advice and given advice. Then you have authors like Anne Rice, a superstar in the publishing world, who openly support indie authors of all stripes. Hugh Howey has a magnificent blog where he dispenses nuggets of advice to anyone and everyone regarding the publishing industry. There are so many resources available for indie authors today. I honestly can’t see any reason why someone shouldn’t self-publish.

Any final words for any writers who want to contact you?

I’m happy to work with new authors as well as established authors. I’m also happy to discuss the process, self-publishing in general, or pretty much anything else. As I’ve said, I come with impeccable references that speak for themselves. I can always say all the things that an author wants to hear, but I think it’s best to hear about my work from those authors who were happy with it. Feel free to reach out to me at any time if I can help you out in any way. I do offer free sample edits and pricing quotes upon request. It will oftentimes take a week or more to get to sample edits, so keep that in mind if you intend to request one. My prices vary and are dependent upon word count, not page count. As detailed on my website, prices vary from $3.50 per thousand words up to $6.50+ per thousand words. I do require a fifty percent deposit of the quoted price for editing in order to reserve a spot on m schedule. This ensures that you’re serious about the process.

And where can they go to get in touch with you?

My presence can mostly been seen on my Facebook page here. I also have a website that you can visit here. If you follow Anne Rice’s Facebook page you’re likely to see me there a lot, too. I welcome all communication and queries/requests for sample edits and quotes via my email address: todd@toddedits.com


Thanks so much for taking the time for this interview Todd and good luck to you. And good luck to ALL writers—whichever path you choose. www.frankzubek.net/ 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Guest Blog: Wendy Ewurum and The Fabulosity Reads Blog




As the e-book market continues to grow ( Sometimes,by the hour ), marketing in any capacity becomes a very important tool. No matter how well your book reads, it’s tough to get sales if nobody knows it exists. A blog tour- especially a world-wide blog tour, can be very helpful in getting your book into the hands of readers eager to read it.

This is where online networking becomes important. My blog, What Brick Wall, would like to present, Wendy Ewurum and her networking service, Fabulosity Reads.
Welcome Wendy!

This is a great service you provide authors, Wendy. Tell us all about it….

What inspired it?
Book tours are a service that allows a book to be seen by a wide audience within a short space of time. You get back links from well read blogs which not only increases your search-abiliy but provides focused attention on your book for a period of time. You can do this as an author of course but the getting these result would need complete and utter time commitment from yourself, time taken away from other areas of your life including writing.

I love being here to assist writers get the work seen and appreciated by a wider audience while they continue being creative. My service allows that.



How long have you been doing it?
I’ve been running free promotions from my blog for the last three years. But the paid service part of it only started of recent but I am very blessed to have had wonderful clients who love the product and quality.

How popular has it become since then?
Well let me put it this way, as a self promoter, I am the equivalent of a reclusive writer.  So I know that I had to have a different approach and mine has been to completely focus on word of mouth promotion. That means making sure that my product and services are unparalleled.

I’m happy to say that all the clients I have so far come from referrals of those I’ve served. In fact several of my clients have completed a tour and booked the next immediately even if anticipated release is months away.

An author CAN market their book online and be effective in small ways but buying some marketing raises the potential of better sales. What are the costs to an author involved here?
 Well I can only speak for my own services here.

I believe my prices are about average to just above that of most companies and well under the higher priced ones.

There are many cheaper options out there but to be cheaper you have to balance that with high volumes of clients to make it worth your while as a business. And as a client you get what you pay for.

I prefer to take in no more than 4 clients in a month so that I can give personalized focus to my client. This is one of the things that most of my existing clients rave about. I prefer to spend my time promoting your books on social media well over what a normal book tour offers and money on graphics to make sure that my client’s image is not only complimented but enhanced….here are some examples of my badges I get done for books:


I get book trailers created complimentary because visuals are significantly influence the impact your product has in promotions.

I spend untold amounts of time running social media campaigns.

So no, I’m not the cheapest on the market when you can get a tour for $15 out there but I make paying a medium fee of $85 worth every penny.

My lowest fee is $40 which is for a days cover reveal and the highest is $295 which is a 4 week long social media driven book tour. That’s like a book tour with a social media drive on steroids.

Do you plan to continue this service?
Oh yes I love it. I still do free promotions because the most important reason why I do this is to get books read and encourage writers to write in my own little way. So when an author asks me to help them with managing a giveaway or promote their product in another way. I do my best to chip in because I’d hate to see a good book struggle because of money.



But the paid service allows me to continue to do this because I have a family and responsibilities too. I decided to persue this and the expense of my career as a education and training professional but I am still financially accountable to my family.


You’re based in South Africa. What’s the feedback been like? Do a number of writers let you know that they have seen an increase in world- wide traffic and fan response to their work?
 Actually all my clients are American and last week I had two requests from the UK…those are the people who promote me. I just love you guys. Most of my work in South Africa is on the free promotions side because South Africa does not have a reading culture (**weeps** ) and our writers really struggle. This is my way of helping out.

What are your thoughts on the state of literacy in the world?
 Oh gosh, are you intentionally trying to depress me? (**laughs**)

It is tragic. Book stores closing all over the show.

Children preferring television and games to reading?

It is a sad state of affairs. But I do believe that if we, the readers encourage those within our own sphere of influence to read, we can make a difference.  I read one study that was done in the states saying something like one out of seven or something adults read a book in a 12 month period.

My plan for 2014 is to start a fantasy fest for teens. The plan is to get surrounding schools help me organize these events. Hopefully start creating pockets of kids getting together in book clubs.


Each of us can be inundated daily by ads and commercials that push a variety of entertainment options such as film, television, and especially online entertainment. It seems to me that the simple, quiet act of reading a book continues to struggle for attention. What, if anything, can each author do to encourage people to take advantage of reading as an important entertainment option?
Again for me, before you step outside as an adult ,we need to start at home. 

I’m an aspiring writer so I have a vested interest in making sure that my household reads. I made sure to set a few minutes each day (15 min) where everyone would sit together and curls up with a book. Their own book in the comfort spot.

As time has gone by its increased on its own…now my 14 year old son spends an hour or two a day with a book. And the most complimentary thing he ever said was: "Mom these Harry Potter books are so much better than the movie…..they really spoilt the books. " This is an ardent Harry Potter movie nut.I find adults a bit difficult to deal with when talking change of habits but the children we influence today are also gonna be adults tomorrow, that’s where I prefer to start.

You sell products through Fabulosity Reads as well. Tell us a bit about this…..
 Well Fabulosity Reads is my main blog where I do most of my free promotional work like, reviews, interviews, giveaway hosting, guest posting, social media tutorials, etc.

Fabulosity Reads Book Promotions is where I organize the book blog tours.



Now, if you don’t mind, tell us a bit about yourself.
 Well I’m a Xhosa chick….I don’t know if you’ve ever met one of those. I’m from the most beautiful city in the world…I’m sure a light exaggeration but it might as well being so beautiful. I live with my family of four kids and one  husband and six fishes in Johannesburg.

I have two dreams: 1 to write and 2. To be a pioneer blogger…I’m the only black person that does that I know of in my community on and offline and that needs to change. 

Blogging is a great opportunity to improve literacy, communication skills and income generation.


Finally how can people get in touch with you?
They can do so through my email:
Free promotion: Fabulosityreads@gmail.com

I am also available on the web:

 Thanks so much Wendy and much luck to you in the new year!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Like radio? Try an audio book.....

As long as you dropped by today I have to remind you that not only are the three audio books of mine a unique listening experience, but a chunk of the money I make from them goes to charity.

And if you aren't into audio- I would think you might know someone does enjoy so take a moment and please pass this forward to them- THANKS!




Sunday, August 25, 2013

My stories and novellas are here. 

A cop gets shot in a cemetery and survives. But from then on he encounters people with really strange problems who come to him for help. This is his strange life now.


 
A teenage girl delivers hot lunch to shut ins but her newest client, Martin, is atypical. His wife used to collect and hoard used books she would buy and now his home is loaded with books. Penny offers to help him sort through them ......but can they do it in time? Martin's daughter would prefer that he move into an adult facility for his safety since his wife has passed on. A heartwarming tale of friendship.

http://www.amazon.com/Martins-House-Books-Short-ebook/dp/B00AZR2WUO/

A woman who cannot have children encounters a homeless teenager desperate to walk away from the newborn child she has. 
http://www.amazon.com/A-Mother-For-Emily-ebook/dp/B00CYG9590/

A young man pushed a girl out of the path of a truck eight years ago and died saving her. Now, his mother is still not over his loss and had withdrawn from her friends and neighbors. What can she do to cheer her up?
  http://www.amazon.com/Chalk-Story-Short-ebook/dp/B00993EPNC/

17 stories- many never before published anywhere else. Short stories about common people with common problems in the contemporary literature genre








Sunday, June 2, 2013

I am a member of The Arts

I am a member of The Arts.
Years ago (in fact, many, many, many years ago), there was a group of people who had money and they were bored. And one day they discovered a group of people who had talent and needed a handful of supplies to express themselves.
And so, sponsors and artists bonded and for a time this satisfied both parties.
Over time, they both discovered a third, much larger group of people. These people were tired and bored of the day to day routine of their lives and wanted to be entertained. Almost overnight, the supply and demand of all these groups grew by leaps and bounds.
Oh, sure, on occasion there were the inevitable squabbles over budgets and censorship and freedom of expression. But all three groups learned to live together.
Maybe one day we can all apply this concept on a much larger scale and have world peace. Well, okay, maybe not totally- but more than there is currently, huh?
 I am a member of The Arts. I salute those who’ve come and gone before me. The sponsors who had money to spend on the artists who had creative energy to burn so that others who needed to be entertained could have a moment or two of distraction in their life. Perhaps even, once in awhile, take away something they can keep warm in their heart or reflect on.
I hope I can serve their memory and sacrifices with my small contributions. 
Copyright 2014 Frank Zubek

Saturday, April 7, 2012

My work to date


Bibliography

You can contact me here---   frank.zubek@yahoo.com

http://www.bestcareanywhere.net/stories/liveswesave.htm


"The Lives We Saved"- 2006--
Hawkeye intercepts a mistakenly delivered load of bullets to the 4077th
This is my first published work

"Mr Baxter"-- Fall 2007---Ken*Again
 About a voyeur who stalks his neighbor

Demon Minds (Now out of print and off line)
The Nick Crowell series ran online and in print from 2007 to 2008

Crowell is a Cleveland cop who, after being shot in a cemetery, encounters with people with strange problems. Not being able to help them, this weighs on him through the series of stories.


The following five stories were published on Demon Minds either in print or online
"Blame it on the Snowman" Fall 2007
A woman is dead and her boyfriend insists that a snowman killed her
"Empath" Spring 2008
A young homeless boy seeks Nick's help when he discovers that he
suddenly has empathic-type powers
"Haunted" Spring 2008
Nick's old partner helps him solve an old missing person case
"Molly" Fall 2008
Nick's lady friend buys an old chair for her antique shop and plans to
refurbish it: until she finds out it comes with a ghost
"Just Another John Doe" Fall 2008
Police bring in a murdered homeless man.
A few hours later, the body vanishes

http://www.everydayfiction.com/a-christmas-toast-by-frank-zubek/


"A Christmas Toast"  December 24 2008
A man discovers a car in the driveway and walks out to see what he wants, thinking the man might be lost. But as it turns out, the man is actually the previous owner of the home and has a story to tell.....
This is my first paid piece


Empath: Horror Stories May 2010 Collection of nine Nick Crowell mysteries

June 2011 – Dec 2011 No longer available Sold 80 copies


Just a Theory November 2011 Short story on Every Day Fiction

http://www.everydayfiction.com/just-a-theory-by-frank-zubek/

A man assumes that most people who do bad things tend to live longer. He decides to experiment for a month and do one bad thing per day. The problem is, he gets caught at it!

 
Summer 2012   
Ken * Again
COMPROMISES
A husband and wife work out an argument between them about his accepting a job from her brother- or is it about his not committing to losing weight?

Dec 30 2012
The Stapler
Two recently laid off employees take stock of their lives in the snow


A Strange Life  An e-book on amazon

  Nick Crowell, a cop, gets shot in a cemetery. After he recovers, he begins to encounter people with really strange problems. He cannot really help them as much as he would like to and this weighs on him. Crowell is a unique take on the paranormal genre

January 2013
Martin's House of Books
A young girl delivers meals to a shut in widower who's wife collected used books. Hundreds if not thousands of books.

May 2013
A Mother For Emily
A woman who can't have children encounters a homeless teen mother desperate to abandon the newborn she has.

October 2013
Contributed two stories to an anthology for charity. Something To Read For On The Ride
 "Brief Encounter On The 75" is about a man who's car is in the shop and he has to take the bus to work. During the bus ride he engages in conversation with a young lady.
"Last Day" is about a bus drivers last day of work.

December 2013
Contributed two stories to the second anthology Something For The Journey
 "Carrie's Gift" is about a father and daughter
and "Curbside" is about a garbage man who encounters a troubled man on his route

March 2014 
Contributed two final stories to the third and last anthology, 
Something To Take With You
"The Vet" is about a young woman who encounters a homeless man
"Whatever Happened To Annie Garrett" takes a look at the email conversations between a writer and a long time fan.

November 2014  Omnibus released --
This is the collected version of the original three books and all 6 of my stories are inside.

Coming Soon:

Winter 2015
A Strange Life ( revised edition with new material)
Hunting Sheep a nick crowell novella Book 2
Mirror Image  a nick crowell novella  Book 3
Spring 2015  Empath Nick Crowell short story collection


2016
Lives In Ruen
A fantasy novella