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So What’s A “Shopping Agreement?”

A very good friend of mine, actor-writer Sam Dalton, has co-developed a possible episodic TV series with his collaborator. They’ve got a producer interested, but rather than a traditional option, the producer wants what is become increasingly common in the film business, a “shopping agreement.”

So what is a shopping agreement? In an industry that is as complicated and as laden with legal minefields as film and publishing, a shopping agreement is an attempt to move a project forward without the time, expense and hassle of engaging a crew of lawyers.

But as this article from FilmmakerMagazine.com reveals, it’s really difficult to get past all that:

Not an Option: The Ins and Outs of Shopping Agreements

Harry James Denton Returns March 31st!

Harry James Denton Returns March 31!

Dead Folks’ Blues, Torch Town Boogie, Way Past Dead EBook Editions Available From All Major Distributors

The first three installments of the Edgar and Shamus-Award winning series featuring Nashville P.I. Harry James Denton will be reissued by Spearhead Press in digital editions on March 31, 2017.

The books will be available from all major EBook distributors, including Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and Apple.com/iBooks.

The books will be available for pre-order approximately one week before pub date.

“I’m thrilled to see these three books available to mystery fans again,” author Steven Womack said. “Harry was a great character to write and I want to see him back again.”

The last three books in the series–Chain of Fools, Murder Manual, and Dirty Money–will be published in late May. Trade paperback editions will also be available at a date to be announced later.

The Harry James Denton novels were published from 1993-2000. Each of the six installments in the series either won or was nominated for a major mystery award.

 

 

Harry James Denton Returns!

For the past several months, I’ve been very quiet on my blog, mainly because–in addition to teaching full-time and the rest of life–I’ve been working to republish the first three Harry James Denton novels under the Spearhead Press imprint.

I’m thrilled to say that the first three novels, Dead Folks’ BluesTorch Town Boogie and Way Past Dead are nearly ready to go! The covers have been redesigned by the wonderful BookGraphics.net. Here are the first two:

And the cover for Way Past Dead will be ready in January.

I’d love to hear what you think. Shoot me a line.

Meantime, more to follow!

 

Joseph Campbell and Donald Trump

I’ve been totally overwhelmed by work and ramping up the new school year at Watkins. I’m teaching my first graduate class and have a whole list of new students, new projects, plus my own work. So things have  been busy.

And since I’m way too overbooked and haven’t had time to come up with anything creative and brilliant on my own, I pass along this wonderful piece that speculates on what Joseph Campbell would think about contemporary American politics, especially Donald Trump…

Fascinating. Take a look!

 

WHY WEALTH INEQUALITY SUCKS Is In Progress!

Why Wealth Inequality Sucks With Just A Few Modest Proposals That Might Make It All Suck A Little Less…

I’m hard at work on the second of a planned eight broadsides on the main issues facing Americans. The first, Why Politics Sucks, was published on July 4th and went all the way to #14 in its category on Amazon.

I anticipate needing another couple of weeks, perhaps a little longer, to get the next one ready for publication. Meanwhile, the cover has come in and I thought I’d share it with you…

WWIS WEB PROMO mediumHope you like it!

 

WHY POLITICS SUCKS Published July 4, 2016

Why Politics Sucks With Just A Few Modest Proposals That Might Make It All Suck A Little Less

…has been published by Spearhead Press on July 4, 2016. The book is available on all major Ebook retail sites. WPS WEB PROMO largeThe day after publication, it landed at the #14 spot on Amazon.com’s Kindle Short Reads–Politics and Social Commentary list! Thanks to all for your support and encouragment!

For more info, click here.

Why Politics Sucks Available for Pre-order

Why Politics Sucks: With Just A Few Modest Proposals That Might Make It All Suck A Little Less

…my first venture into nonfiction in a long time, is up for pre-order with a publication date–appropriately enough–of July 4, 2016.

WPS WEB PROMO largeWhy Politics Sucks: With Just A Few Modest Proposals That Might Make It All Suck A Little Less is the first in a series of eight “broadsides” that will take a good, long, hard look at what’s gone wrong in our society. From Health Care to Wealth Inequality to the role of Religion, the failure of Higher Education, our broken Legal System and out-of-control Corporate Behavior, it seems like every major facet of American society is stumbling, if not downright falling. So over the next few months, we’re going to take each one of these topics and shed a little analysis, make a few “modest proposals” and generally engage in an insightful, thorough, smart-assed rant.

Why Politics Sucks: With Just A Few Modest Proposals That Might Make It All Suck A Little Less will be released in Ebook form only. When all eight broadsides have been published, I’ll compile them into a printed book that will be widely available.

You can find Why Politics Sucks at the following major Ebook distributors:

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Steven Womack’s Seven Rules Of Success

Steven Womack’s Seven Rules Of Success

1) Be The Luckiest Son Of A Bitch On The Planet!

Nothing—not talent, determination, or effort—trumps luck, and if you’re not lucky, then that’s evidence you’re not worthy of success!

2) Always Be Right!

Winners are always right! Only losers are ever wrong!

3) Never, Ever, Make A Mistake!

If you make mistakes, then you’re a loser. The only thing worse than making a mistake is admitting you made a mistake.

4) Always Have Only The Good Stuff Happen To You!

If nothing bad ever happens to you, then by definition you are a success!

5)Never Fail At Anything!

Losers fail. Winners win. End of story.

6) Make A Ton Of Money!

After all, that’s how we measure it, right?

7) Never, Ever Pay Any Attention To Stupid Lists Of Rules of Success

Figure it out on your own. Everyone’s path is different. When you’re successful, you’ll know it.