is an introductory program for writers that focuses primarily
on the publishing side of the process. The foundation is built
on a simple idea: Things I wish I knew when I started.
presentation will cover a wide range of subjects, approached from
the viewpoint of things I’ve changed along the way, things I would
have preferred to start doing earlier, things I got right, and
mistakes and hurdles and more.
will be the basic ideas of traditional publishing and self-publishing…
different elements to have in mind when considering publishers
and agents… why you should never open your wallet as part of your
efforts (and when to think about opening your wallet as part of
your efforts)… marketing and media… assorted tips and observations.
will be geared toward fundamental thoughts and initial efforts.
This is in no way a guarantee of best-seller status. Instead,
it focuses on organizing things from the first steps any writer
may take to move into the professional world, and provides concepts
that may help in avoiding costly errors and timewasters.
of today, the first event will be held in Utica, New York, at
the Utica Public Library on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Also
confirmed is November 4, 2017, at the Killingly Public Library
in Killingly, Connecticut. Additional workshop dates and presentations
are expected to be finalized and announced soon.
events—such as readings and signings—are possible, and we hope
to have some news to share in the next few weeks. For all of the
news, keep checking back here in Now Playing, and also look over
at the Writing & Books Upcoming
to see all of the bits and news from
the biggest Comic Con of the year? This link
will take you to a page collecting most of the trailers, teasers,
items of interest and so on.
I am nodding in the direction of August’s second release… a batch
of Fourteenth Anniversary material from the web site that features
interviews. And I’m pretty excited about this one.
Swift, Terry Fator, Keris Stainton, Chris VanDahl, Brigitte Valdez,
Kelly Smith, Brian McCullough, Daryl Wagner, Scott Jordan, Christina
Shaw and Brandon Evans are all part of the fun in this book.
not only joined me for an interview based on her efforts, she
is part of two other sections where I interviewed her along with
Denise Alekseev and Terry Hocking. Yes, that’s right, both
of the Harry Potter projects are going to be in this book.
Shaw will be involved in two chapters, with her 2015 interview
and the 2016 “Catching Up with…” piece included.
then… there’s the bonus material…
am really excited about sections with Brian McCullough, Brigitte
Valdez and Kelly Smith.
and Brigitte were kind enough to take on some new questions for
me. And, Kelly—a long-time friend around here, with an original
interview that was featured in Time
Just Drifts Away—was amazingly generous
and took on a full interview. The material with Brian, Brigitte
and Kelly is exclusive to the pages of Conversations.
It won’t appear anyplace else.
is slated to be published on August 22, 2017.
the look at projects and more around the Backpack…
Won’t Pass Me By
month of August will feature two book releases. Each one is a
portion of celebrating the Fourteenth Anniversary of the In
My Backpack web site.
Just Drifts Away was released in 2012
as a Ninth Anniversary collection, the contents of that book included
both essays and interviews. A variety of projects since then…
including releases of travel material and a book devoted to the
sports articles… more or less assisted as part of my decision
to split these areas up this time around.
Won’t Pass Me By features forty-four essays that have appeared
on the web site between March of 2003 and March of 2017. The majority
of them come from work shared in the past five years, though a
couple of them do go back to the very early days.
solid majority of the pieces went through significant editing
and re-writes for this publication. The web site is something
I have always approached as a testing ground for my work… where
at some points the attempt to express things might involve writing
that needed some additional work down the road. Plus… time moves
on… when proofreading things there are going to be places where
things look good and a writer is happy, and there are going to
be places where a writer cannot believe or understand what they
Won’t Pass Me By is headed toward a release on August 8,
we’re going to kick off a run that places a spotlight on some
of the projects taking place around here.
going to start with the monthly newsletter. Next two entries will
feature the upcoming book releases. Beyond that… no clue.
the course of about a week, I’ll have some announcements, new
information, and some special announcements. (I think. We’ll see
how it goes. I should even have a new essay or two along the way.)
month, we released the thirteenth consecutive issue… basically
celebrating an anniversary and starting out on a second year.
Much like the web site, this project promises to be an ever-changing
work in progress.
thing that remains consistent, and should always be a part of
the effort, is that there will be at least two essays included
in every edition. One brand new… the other from the archives…
new essay debuts exclusively on the pages of A Parkside View,
and to date none of them have appeared anyplace else. I do have
some thoughts about possible future use… but can tell you that
they will not be posted on the web site.
archived items are an extension of the From the Backpack idea
on the web site… where older content, from a variety of potential
sources, is pulled out of storage. There is no specific attic,
archive or drawer that I will be reaching toward to find material
for this part. We’ve had months where multiple essays have been
retrieved from the past and placed into the pages of the newsletter.
We’ve also incorporated material from slightly unexpected places…
say a new book release… into this concept.
Parkside View is designed to celebrate all things Backpack,
and looks around The ‘ville to do that. Other areas if the In
My Backpack community, such as ComplemenTerry
Designs and Local
Friends for Local Business, have made occasional
issue is saved as a PDF file and sent out by e-mail. If you’d
like to join the mailing list, send us an e-mail and we’ll get
everything set up. (You can also reach out to us through one of
our social media pages—Facebook and Twitter—and we’ll contact
you to make all the arrangements.)
today there isn’t much ground to cover in the post itself, but
once we’re done today most things should be in place and back
up to date. (And we’ll even wrap it up with a new piece.)
Friends for Local Business continues its July
challenge… Sum-Sum-Summertime. The idea is to look toward seasonal
specialties, including food and activities, and enjoy some of
the local treats summer has to offer in your area.
weekend I plan to have some more information to share about the
upcoming book releases.
great run of details about the
changes coming to Disney World.
to close things off today… “Horsefly”
entry today… just a couple of links. New essay coming on Thursday.
13th Doctor – Jodie Whittaker. Looking
forward to this.
few details about upcoming
movies and recycling. Overall, I know there
is a ton of material not being covered by this specific effort,
but the idea it presents was incredibly interesting.
you want the long version or the short version?
kidding… long version it is.
the past few weeks, well, chaos would be a good word to use for
description. Both of my sisters arrived for visits of varying
lengths. My parents celebrated their fiftieth anniversary. And…
yup… Life Won’t Pass Me By and Conversations
are in the process of being edited and assembled for release.
(Not a bad grouping for surface scratching. Side note: Lawn needs
to be mowed and there is a ton of laundry piling up.)
has been almost four years since we have been able to get the
entire family together (and counting), and about two years since
we have assembled the majority of the group. Since the process
to bring us together begins with planning cross-country and international
travel, we try to take advantage of it when the stars do align.
So… past three weeks… card playing, dinners, driving, shopping,
driving, various adventures, lunches, driving, craft projects,
LOTS of clam chowder and clam cakes, and more.
doesn’t mean a good amount of work hasn’t been taking place though.
Books are being edited and finalized. And here’s where a few things
stand right now…
Won’t Pass Me By
had been chasing a July release for this effort, but I am switching
things up. A proof copy of the book revealed a couple of issues…
small issues, but things I want adjusted.
text is done… cover wrapped up… and I think everything is now
in place (just waiting on a new proof copy). I feel very comfortable
announcing that Life Won’t Pass Me By will be out on
August 8, 2017.
an image that is being used for the cover. Jay created it a few
years ago for Terry and I.
22, 2017. That’s the release date of this effort.
wanted a bit of separation from Life Won’t Pass Me By…
wanted to get it out ahead of this year’s National Buy Bob’s Book
Day festivities… and everything in general is going well.
the next few days I will be sharing a bit more about both of these
projects. Moving along…
addition to releasing the two new efforts, plans are being made
for some appearances. Signings and readings are being scheduled.
And, a new workshop is being designed and set up.
this month I will be announcing the first wave of specifics… which
will include details about the first three dates of A Writer’s
Workshop, which have pretty much been finalized.
up on all things writing by checking out the sections in that
area of the In My Backpack site.
Friends for Local Business
July effort has begun. Continuing with the recently adjusted,
now full-month design, Sum-Sum-Summertime is the challenge theme
and it continues until July 31st.
things do you enjoy doing in the summer? Is there a specific food
stand that opens seasonally or serves a specific type of food?
Do you head out to a specific park for a picnic, take a boat ride,
or participate in some outdoor adventure?
summer celebrates what it offers in ways other seasons cannot
imagine. The longer days and warmer weather, getting outdoors
for yardwork and grilling, activities with friends… the list has
is looking at all things summer fun. The cravings, activities,
people and food and more.
honestly doesn’t seem possible… but it’s true… the next wave of
craft fairs and community festivals and holiday events is approaching.
We’ve already confirmed our participation in two events for the
annual Fall-Harvest-Christmas run. We should have specifics posted
soon, and expect to add at least one more to what likely will
be a slightly abbreviated schedule.
with a reduced in-person-cars-on-the-road run, you can reach out
to us if you have special requests. The lights are on over the
crafting tables… the elves are busy… and it’s never too early
to think about some decorations for your home.
even though that covers it nicely enough… that is the short version
of things after all.
visits… book releases… community activities… calendar of events…
and that’s just the start.
brand new books coming up in August. I have lots of details to
share about those projects as the release dates approach.
the next couple of days, I will have at least two new essays to
fall, a strong run of travel and appearances kicks off.
I’m looking forward to sharing some of the information about all
of this with you.
is going to be a massive turning point for things. Thanks for
hopping on for the ride.