Still not a Dream–Part 2

Always cool to see yourself listed in a major writing magazine for winning an award. A total of forty-four books either won their category or received an honorable mention. More than 2,300 books were entered in the contest. A small sample compared with the hundred’s of thousands of self-published books […]

This Award is NOT a Dream

Pretty cool to see my book listed as one of the 44 award winners in 2017. And yes, I pinched myself! Writer’s Digest Self-published Book Awards *Scroll down to “Genre Fiction to see Castle Danger* Check out all the winners in your favorite genres. I’ll bet you find some hidden […]

Humbling Praise at Thanksgiving Time

Written Review of Castle Danger from Writer’s Digest I’ve never been comfortable bragging about my successes, but I’ve been forced to work on tooting my own horn now that I’m a published author and I’m trying to sell books to help Big Brothers Big Sisters. So I’m still reluctant to […]

Books, Beers, and Bragging Rights

A Beer-Tasting Dinner Featuring Castle Danger, the Brewery and Castle Danger, the Book. I was invited to display my books and talk for a few minutes about Castle Danger as part of a Castle Danger Brewery beer-tasting dinner at the Owatonna Country Club for their Oktoberfest celebration on October 27, […]

Indie Author Day Report

Despite cool, rainy weather (which usually encourages indoor activities), attendance was low for my Indie Author Day presentation at the Owatonna Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 14. Nevertheless, our small group had a lively discussion after I talked about the writing and publishing revolution that I’ve watched unfold over the […]

Castle Danger Wins Another Award!

I was surprised and pleased yesterday to receive this email from Karen Krumpak of FW Media, the owners of Writers Digest magazine: Hi Chris, Congratulations! Your book, Castle Danger, was an Honorable Mention in the Genre category for Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards. You’ve won promotion at and a digital […]

Celebrating Indie Author Day!

Especially for my followers in Southeastern Minnesota! I’ve just signed on to make a presentation on Saturday, October 14, at the Owatonna Public Library (a darn cool library for its architecture alone–let alone the great staff and service). The event is the second Indie Author Day, an international celebration of independent authors. Libraries around […]

Reviews, Re-Boots, Reaching New Readers

The Importance of Reviews for Today’s Authors Back in the days before the Internet, eBooks, and burgeoning social media, book reviews weren’t terribly important in the marketing scheme for most authors. The supply of books was relatively small, most authors were promoted by a major publisher, and publications like the […]

A Look Back at 2016-the Debut of Castle Danger

In a year when the Chicago Cubs FINALLY won the World Series and Donald Trump won the Presidency, perhaps the next least likely thing to happen is the publishing of Castle Danger. That accomplishment is perhaps one of the greater achievements in my life. Woo hoo! (pardon the small indulgence). […]

Two Ways to Give Back in Appreciation of a Good Read

Give Back Once Sales of Castle Danger have been about what I expected. I’ve sold enough books to be nearing my original break-even point, but it hasn’t become a New York Times Bestseller and made me internationally famous in literary circles. I’m typical of most novelists. We write for the […]

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