Category Archives: Puddletown

The Watched Pot

Finally, the reward for patience and not a little hard work – seeing my first novel for sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers.  It’s available now for your favorite e-reader device or software (nookKindleothers), and will be coming soon in paperback.

It’s been called “magnificent” by a professional historian who manages the historical museum for the Ethan Allen Homestead (in the exact place and time where the novel is set), and has gotten a warm reception by all who have read it so far.  And, at four bucks, if it’s not your cup of tea, you’re only out the price of a cup of tea (okay, maybe chai).

Buy it, read it, review it – and please tell your friends, mailman, book club, kids’ teachers, anyone – getting the word out is the biggest hurdle between getting a book published and having it become a success for all involved.

Thanks so much to everyone who’s already jumped on board – this is the first day of my new career as a novelist, and I couldn’t be more excited!

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Play it Again, Sam

I know that’s a misquote, but it fits better misquoted, okay?

With the encouragement and prodding of my editor at Puddletown, I’ve cleaned up the second manuscript in my series, and submitted it late last night. I think it’s pretty good; now we just have to wait and see what their market reader thinks.

Meanwhile, I’m busily sketching out the rest of the series, and thinking about what I need to do to make the third completed manuscript presentable.

If this is what the life of a novelist is like, I’ll take it. Oh, yes, I will take it.

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I’m still not quite breathing, still not quite believing it… but I’ve been offered a publishing contract for The Prize, the second novel I’ve written, covering the events of the Revolution from the vantage of the place where I grew up.

Puddletown Publishing will have it available by the end of next month, if all goes well, for Nook, Kindle and other major eBook formats; a paperback version will come out some time shortly after that.

Somebody pinch me? Still not breathing.

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Interesting Developments

So, after spending several months submitting my first novel to a variety of agents, I frankly became disheartened, and instead turned to writing the second, which came out fabulously well.

However, after my experience with the first, I have been putting off and putting off sending it out to anyone at all, and instead wrote a third novel, which is not so great in its first iteration, and needs a fair amount of work before it can see the light of day.

So here I am, with three manuscripts completed, out of a loosely-planned series of fourteen or so, and something marvelous happens.

A friend of my daughter’s is working with a new publisher, based right here in the Portland metro area, and she suggested that I follow them on Facebook. Checked out their Web site, and they look like a good team, taking an innovative approach to publishing in the modern era, focusing their efforts on electronic books, instead of “dead-tree” versions.

So I followed them on Facebook, and, as is my wont, I commented on a post that they put up there. I mentioned, of course, that I have been writing novels, but haven’t published any yet. One thing leads to another, and before I know it, I’ve got a personal note, asking me to send in a manuscript for consideration.

It’s at the bottom of the heap, naturally, and it will be some time before I hear anything, but I can’t help but feel pretty excited and hopeful. I know that this book is a humdinger of a story, and I think that I’ve done a pretty good job of telling it… so… maybe?

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