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125 Pages and 99 Cents

August 4th, 2015 · Comments Off on 125 Pages and 99 Cents · Sorry I Wasn't What You Needed, Writing

Over the past few years, I’ve met a lot of cool writers and reviewers while reviewing and writing myself. When I was cranking out reviews on Bailey’s Baseball Book Reviews, I enjoyed finding a new author and shouting about their book. I did a number of interviews with authors, most of which ran on BaseballAmerica.com […]

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Ebook sales eating print sales for breakfast

May 20th, 2015 · Comments Off on Ebook sales eating print sales for breakfast · Nine Bucks a Pound, Sorry I Wasn't What You Needed, The Greatest Show on Dirt, Writing

I won’t pretend for a moment that my sales are reflective of book sales in the wide, wide world of literature. I am but a wee bit player in the market, a mere grain of sea salt in the ocean. That said, there is a clear trend in my sales figures over the past three […]

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‘Sorry I Wasn’t What You Needed’ now available for the Kindle

May 11th, 2015 · Comments Off on ‘Sorry I Wasn’t What You Needed’ now available for the Kindle · Sorry I Wasn't What You Needed, Writing

A little less than 14 months ago, I started writing novel #3, working off my disappointment in the worst display of free-throw shooting ever witnessed, in N.C. State’s collapse against St. Louis in the NCAA Tournament. Three hours later I had a solid start on Chapter 1 of what became Sorry I Wasn’t What You […]

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World Series promo aims to buck fall sales trend

October 14th, 2014 · Comments Off on World Series promo aims to buck fall sales trend · Nine Bucks a Pound, The Greatest Show on Dirt, Writing

Two and a half years after releasing The Greatest Show on Dirt, I can say from my experience that sales of baseball books are cyclical. They rise about the time pitchers and catchers report to spring training and slide as the season wanes. I’ve compared notes with several other authors, who have reported similar findings. […]

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Dinosaurs, prime numbers, and fanboys

June 18th, 2014 · Comments Off on Dinosaurs, prime numbers, and fanboys · Writing

I read slowly these days. Actually, I read at the same speed I’ve always read, I just take forever to get through books because I spend so much time working on my own. I used to get through about a book a week. Nowadays it’s more like a book a month or maybe longer. I […]

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Maybe Jeff Pearlman!?

June 4th, 2014 · Comments Off on Maybe Jeff Pearlman!? · Reviews, Writing

Back in 2010, I reviewed a book for Baseball America called Top of The Order: 25 Writers Pick Their Favorite Baseball Players of All Time. What struck me at the time was the randomness of the contributors, some of whom had no discernible connection to the game aside from being a fan. One might make […]

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Letting loose and having fun

April 7th, 2014 · Comments Off on Letting loose and having fun · Writing

At what age do we become too self-conscious to simply enjoy ourselves? We took our four-year-old son to the Strong National Museum of Play yesterday, mainly to see Iron Man, though that was just the first (and longest, as we waited an hour in line) of many activities. The one that brought the biggest smile […]

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The 800 Club: Slow but steady sales pile up for ‘Dirt’

January 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off on The 800 Club: Slow but steady sales pile up for ‘Dirt’ · Nine Bucks a Pound, The Greatest Show on Dirt, Writing

When I released The Greatest Show on Dirt in February 2012, I had no idea whether to expect 20 sales or 20,000. Pipe dreams of crashing the New York Times bestseller list aside, publishing a book independently is a daunting proposition. In some ways, writing the book isn’t the hard part. It’s the marketing and […]

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What to do when your title is played out?

October 5th, 2013 · Comments Off on What to do when your title is played out? · Branded, Nine Bucks a Pound, Writing

What’s in a name? As I learned earlier this evening while reading to my son, quite a bit, at least as far as Tucker Mouse was concerned. In Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse, George Selden’s prequel to A Cricket in Times Square, Tucker has to choose a name for himself. He wants to choose something […]

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I can see the goal line at last on book #2

September 19th, 2013 · Comments Off on I can see the goal line at last on book #2 · Nine Bucks a Pound, The Greatest Show on Dirt, Writing

From start to finish I spent nearly six years working on The Greatest Show on Dirt. Not straight through, of course, and I had to fit it in my spare time outside of my day job. Somewhere in there my son was born, which disrupted sleep schedules and curtailed my late-night writing, which is often […]

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