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Hey Pal, Wanna Buy a T-shirt?

So with the release of Leather to the Corinthians almost upon us, I thought it might be cool to set up a little online kiosk where you could pick up a T-shirt or something cool.

After a bit of research, I picked. Zazzle.com. Wow, it was super easy to get this up and running. I spent a few hours putting this fine array of knick-knacks and wearables together. Some are just for laughs, I am thinking you’ll figure out those products right away. Some are pretty damn cool, and I will be ordering them for myself as well.

I’m grateful that I knew a great artist as I have some great art to work with. Thanks again to Sean Bieri for being available to do this stellar work.

Now, take a moment to drool over the awesomeness. Click the image below to travel to Zazzle-land.

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On Self-Publishing: Getting my Novel to the Masses, Part 5

The book cover!

The gateway for your reader. The reason they pick up the book. The reason they read the book. The book cover is an opportunity.

It’s a big reason that I will check a book out. A good cover evokes a mood, offers an idea of what it’s all about. It intriques, and should look damn good on a table. It should also make you look really cool when you sit in the corner of your favorite coffee shop reading it.

Book covers change with the times, some of my favorite old Sci-fi novels have covers that are completely unrelated to the story. It’s just a celebration of the genre. Today’s book covers…many don’t appeal to me. Most seem very minimal, almost shy.

A big reason for this is, once again, the Internet. As most buy books online, a book cover must look good and be identifiable as a thumbnail image — tiny. It still has to catch the eye, but it needs to be able to work in a small space.

Ok, before I move on I have to share a quick story with you. I went to a self-publishing group meeting several years ago. The guy running it had success publishing books on Internet law. All of them had pictures of dogs sitting at computers for the cover art. He proudly explained that his research had determined that books with dogs on their covers sold better. I almost choked on my coffee. Do what you will with that ridiculous tidbit.

For those of you that are planning on publishing a book, don’t cut corners on the cover. It’s critical. Look at books in your genre, then do something appropriate but different to stand out. Use a picture of a dog.

Purchase high quality stock photography from a site like www.fotolia.com or www.shutterstock.com. There’s even more sites like these, so don’t take this as an advertisement. Use Photoshop, or find someone that can use it. Take your time. Do it right.

Or you can be like me. I hired an illustrator. Lucky for me, I know one of the best. My old friend Sean Bieri is incredibly talented (take a moment and visit his blog, The Man Who Japed), and he is currently putting the final touches on this insane cover…and don’t worry, I’m gonna have T-shirts and mugs for ya too — it’s too good not to.

Enjoy this preview…

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Why You Need to be an Artist

The need to write, the need to create, the need to express.

These urgent wants kicked in very early in life for me, and I am hard-wired for it. I cannot remember a time when creativity wasn’t a part of my daily requirements, as necessary as air and water.

However these desires do not assure that everything I create will be solid gold, top-of-the-charts awesome. That’s never stopped me. I am typically very critical of everything I write, and it’s rare that I sit back and stare at my screen impressed with myself. And that’s a good thing, because it puts me in the position to constantly push myself, and I know that one day all the gears will click, and something truly amazing will occur.

This quote was floating around my social media channels the other day, and it spoke to me. I hope it speaks to you as well. Keep writing, drawing, making music. Don’t ever stop.

Why do you Write?

Anais knew how to get you hot and bothered.

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.
Anais Nin

Sober thoughts in a time when something like 50 Shades of Grey sells a shitton of copies. They are crap books filled with crap writing. Pure pablum.

Read Anais Nin instead. Actually challenge your brain…and your heart.