Is Raiders of the Lost Ark the most perfect film ever made? I like to think so and I explain why over at The Retroist! Join me as I discuss all the fantastic elements that came together in just the right way to make Raiders absolutely perfect. Hope to see you over there and thanks for reading!
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Heading out to see Trans4mers this weekend? Be sure to head on over to The Retroist and read my latest essay first. It's all about the only GOOD Transformers film, 1986's Transformers: The Movie. Take a look and thanks for reading!
The Retroist published another one of my articles. In celebration of Batman's 75th Anniversary, this one is about Batman: The Animated Series, arguably one of the greatest cartoons ever produced. In the essay, I detail my love of Batman and the show and make the argument that Batman: The Animated Series is the definitive Batman.
Head on over to The Retroist and take a look! You can also find my other Retroist Essays there too! If you still have to scratch that Batman itch, head on over to The Hodgepodge Podcast. Episode 32 was our celebration of Batman's 75th Birthday, while Episode 22 was our Cartoon Spectacular, where we covered Batman: The Animated Series. Take a listen!
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As you’ve no doubt noticed, spring is unofficially over and there has been no announcement as to when Great Big World will be available. Unfortunately, the book has been slightly delayed. Sometimes real life gets in the way and unravels our well-laid plans. Not to fear, though, I’m shooting for a release sometime this summer as the final plans are put in place—early fall at the latest. I’ll be posting some character cartoons I’m whipping up as well as some other little teasers in the ramp up to the release, which will initially be digital only before moving to print copies.
Hey, that’s how self-publishing goes. There are several little problems you can encounter that can seriously alter your plans. So why did I choose this path? Freedom, mostly. By self-publishing, my novels can be whatever I want them to be. I can tell the stories I’m passionate about without a publisher telling me to change this or that to make the work more “marketable.”
The other reason I chose to self-publish is because life’s too short. I didn’t want to waste a year or more of my life shopping my book around to literary agents who were disinterested because it’s not exactly like what’s selling right now. I did actually send it out to a sampling of agents and received several polite, but form letter responses. So, that was enough for me to determine I wasn’t going to waste my time when I should be writing. I have confidence that the book is good and I don’t need the gatekeepers of a shifting—some would say dying—industry snubbing me as they cling to relevance.
I realized that while financial success would be nice—if I was lucky enough to score a fat contract in the first place—I really just wanted to get the work out to readers. And if I want to write Great Big World and then shift over to the more adult Maxim Ultra and back again, I can. There won’t be a lawyer or editor hovering over me telling me to stick to my contract. Unless a book is a runaway hit, a lot of authors end up doing all their own promotion anyway, so why not do that with the freedom to do it my way? I don’t need an editor, thanks to the fantastic writing group I work with, so if I have editing and marketing covered, what do I need a publisher for? Of course, a publisher has a much longer reach than a single person, but you only gain the benefit of that reach if you’re one of “the chosen.” It’s maddening, but if a publisher wants to come along and offer me a distribution deal, I’m all ears.
So, that’s why I’ve chosen to self-publish. It will bring me the freedom I desire to steer my writing career where I want it to go, but it’s definitely exhausting work.
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As I continue to prep Great Big World for release - more on that coming this week - I've continued with my non-fiction writing. Today, the great nostalgia site, The Retroist posted one of my essays. This one is about Star Wars and its impact on my life. You can read the post here, and then be sure to get lost in the gossamer memories of your childhood as you peruse The Retroist's wares.
Welcome to my author site!
I have big plans for this little corner of the web, so watch this space. For now, though, feel free to poke around and get to know me a little better and learn about my current projects.
First up is my Young Adult novel, Great Big World: The Trouble with Dr. Beamo, which is on track for publication this spring. I'll be posting updates as we get closer to the big day as well as little teases, character bios, etc. Don't worry though, I won't spoil the whole thing for you.
After that, you can check on the current novel I'm working on: Maxim Ultra. It's more adult sci-fi as opposed to the family-friendly adventures of Great Big World, but no less entertaining. I'm having a blast writing this one and I can't wait to share it with you. Right now, I'm hoping to have it out this Fall.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be a frequent visitor to the site!