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This Crazy Writing Life — Episode 2

Steve Explains The Reality of Publishing In 12 Short Minutes

Ever wonder how traditional publishing has traditionally worked? In Episode 2 of This Crazy Writing Life, Steve talks about his own and other writers’ experiences dealing with the world of tradtional publishing…

And why he finally decided to walk away from it.

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Back In Print At A Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore

I just wanted to share this with everyone. Last night, we went to the Southern Festival of Books reveal party. This is where they announce the authors who will be appearing at the SFB in October…

The event was held at the wonderful Parnassus Books in Nashville, and while there, I saw the print edition of Dead Folks’ Blues.

It’s the first time I’ve seen a real print edition of one of my books in a real bookstore in ages and, brother, did it feel good…

Just had to share it.

 

 

More Reality On The Writing Life…

Thirty years ago, I sold my first novel, Murphy’s Fault. It sold in late 1988, but it didn’t come out until 1990. I remember being so thrilled when Mill’s Bookstore (a long-gone local independent) agreed to give me a book signing.

I sent out something like a hundred invitations (by snailmail, no less) and dozens of phone calls. Invited every friend, every family member… I was one of the founding members of the Tennessee Screenwriting Association, so everybody in that group got an invite.

The signing was on a Sunday afternoon. I was terrified. What if nobody showed up?

When I got there, I was thrilled. There was already a crowd forming. The staffers at Mills (one of whom, Michael Sims, would go on to become one of my closest pals and a writer whose success far eclipsed mine) were already bringing out more folding chairs. My parents, my brother and sister-in-law, my grandmother all came…

It was an amazing day. Mills had optimistically way over-ordered, but every one of the 130+ copies they had on hand were snapped up. By the time the signing was over, Michael and Ron Watson were reaching into the front windows to pull out display copies for people.

I was drained, exhausted, spent, but it was one of the best days of my life…

And I thought “Man, I got this nailed… I am on my way now.”

Then reality hit. I’ve never had a signing like that again, to this day. Nowhere near it…

In the 90s, when I was really working this business, I went  on a bunch of book tours, almost all self-financed. Most of those signings were like the one that Sharyn McCrumb and I did at a Little Professor Bookstore in Birmingham, where we sat next to each other at the front of the store during a weekday lunch hour.

Most of the people who came in thought we worked there. I remember someone asking me what the special of the day was in the cafe…

So when I read Tom McAllister’s article today on a website I’ve just discovered called TheMillions.com , it really put me in mind of those early days. And how much I thought the world would beat a path to my door because I’d written a freakin’ book…

Every writer needs to read this. Take a look:

https://bit.ly/2LgQ8ia

Thanks To Everyone!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the eBook giveaway for Dead Folks’ Blues! It was so much more successful than we ever imagined. The random giveaway was set up on Amazon.com so that every fifth person who followed me on Twitter got a free eBook. They were all gone in a couple of hours!

Thanks again! It was so much fun that we’ll do it again soon!

WizardWorld Comic Con In Nashville

Fabulous writer and wonderful panel moderator Genese Davis invited me to be on a panel at WizardWorld Comic Con in Nashville last Sunday, September 10th. Joe Casey and Jennifer Chesak were also on the panel and it was a great day!

We talked about villains, one of my favorite subjects. Your story’s only as good as your bad guy…

Why Everyone Should Consider Going Indie!

Few industries have changed in the past decade more than the publishing industry. There are some real, viable alternatives to spending your entire career begging for book contracts from mainstream publishers. If you’re lucky enough to get a contract, then you’ll turn to begging for marketing, attention, the next contract…

Not necessary anymore, as this article from Ryan Doughan demonstrates. Great job Ryan.  Check it out: http://bit.ly/2wx3bFh

 

Harry James Denton Goes Live On Eclipse Day!

Today is August 21st, the day of the Great American Solar Eclipse. We watched it from the deck and it was amazing. Coincidentally (as if the eclipse excitement wasn’t enough), this is the day the Spearhead Press Ebook editions of the second three Harry James Denton novels went live for pre-order on all major outlets!

Murder Manual has been republished under it’s original title Nobody’s Chain Lays Straight.  Murder Manual has also been retitled, now called A Manual Of Murder. And the last installment in the series, Dirty Money, has retained it’s original title.

Here are the covers. Look for them on all the major Ebook distribution sites:

While I don’t mean to favor one distributor over another, I will note that there’s a series page on Amazon.com, where all six books are on the same page. Nothing like making it easy!

Harry James Denton’s Amazon.com page