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 WritersDigest.com 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 […]

The Search for Beta Readers Begins

I’m pleased to announce that my second novel, Straight River, the prequel to Castle Danger, is nearing completion of the first revised draft. As a result, I’m looking for volunteer Beta Readers. I wrote this book, tentatively titled Straight River, a few years before completing Castle Danger. To my credit, […]

All My Success in Life Started with Mom and Dad

“It takes a village to raise a child,” is a well-known quote of African origin (most likely) that became part of the American lexicon in a big way when Hilary Clinton wrote a book with that title in 1996. Because I think it was either mistranslated or misunderstood, I take slight […]

Getting the Word Out About Castle Danger Through the Local Newspaper

I had an enjoyable interview session with reporter Anna Segner from the Owatonna People’s Press about my upcoming Book Launch Celebration. Check it out. Owatonna First-TIme Novelist to Celebrate with Book Launch

My First Online Video Interview as an Author

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed about my first novel, Castle Danger, by Sandee Hardy-Hagen, host of “Straight Talk” at Owatonnalive.com. Check it out here by clicking the link, then click on the May 24 video. I’m her first interview of the session. Straight Talk Interview Don’t forget, […]