Welcome to the Next Draft ‘Zine, a monthly roundup of my writing and interesting tidbits I’ve picked up along the way.

In case you missed any of October’s articles, you can catch up now:

  • On Being a Writer – Part One: Becoming. “On Being a Writer” is a new series about the writing life. It digs into what happened to help me shift to being a full-time writer. Part Two will be out next week.
  • A Birthday Note to Myself – I’m getting up there in years, and I wrote an article to remind myself that getting older really is getting better.

October was another month mainly focused on the book. The process of indie publishing and promotion is much more work than I imagined it would be, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Except maybe schedule double the amount of time for the next novel. Which I’m working on!

Various updates and media around Rock Gods & Messy Monsters.

  • The Indie Bookstore is promoting the book and has an author page. Unfortunately, it only links to Amazon because I had massive headaches getting the book published, and, well, don’t ask….
  • Happy to report, though, that RGMM is now available at Bookshop.org, “the” online indie bookstore. You’ll notice there are two selections for the book – pick the cheapest. That version exists. Again, don’t ask. There might be a future article about all the drama in getting this book out. At least it’s funny now….
  • And you can always get a copy of the book on any of the Amazon sites. $14.95 paperback; $4.99 ebook; FREE if you have Kindle Unlimited.

If you’ve read the book, can I ask you a favor? I could really use more reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Link for a paperback review

Link for an ebook review


Also, Diane Donovan, Sr Editor at Midwest Book Review, published an amazing review for the book. An excerpt,

“Modern creative writing classes looking for discussion points in experimental literary styles will find Rock Gods & Messy Monsters promises many lively debates about the elements of social examination and the impact of truly creative writing.” 

Full review is on the Whole Healthy Group website

I’m grateful to Valorie Clark for including an interview with me in her Substack “Collected Rejections”. Check it out.

I’ve also been on a virtual blog tour for the past month through Goddess Fish Promotions to promote the book. Each stop has an original article or interview. Stops so far are:

I think that’s it for October. Today is the start of NANOWRIMO – National Novel Writing Month. It’s become a global sensation, and even though I’m not doing it through their website (their interface is a nightmare), I’m using it as a way to encourage myself to get the first draft of the indie publishing book done. While also working on the next fiction novel.

I’m beginning to think focus is my main challenge right now!

If you’d like to stay in touch, please do!

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Happy November!!

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Until next month, let’s read a book!….