Three Book Deal and a Film Option!

COMING SOON!COMING SOON!In FallIn FallYeah. Wow. So today's news is BIG. And I've had to wait on it for a long time now. Then, last night PubMarketplace dropped the following (in deals/sales):  

Seth Harwood's IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, about a smart, tough FBI Agent as she tracks a serial killer in Alaska, to Andrew Bartlett at Thomas & Mercer, plus the previously-published THIS IS LIFE and YOUNG JUNIUS, by Stacia Decker at the Donald Maass Literary Agency (World).

Film rights to YOUNG JUNIUS, the story of a fourteen-year-old boy avenging his brother's murder in the housing projects of 1980s Boston, optioned by producer Daniel Wolfe, by Brooke Ehrlich of Brooke Ehrlich Artist Management.

FallFallWhat this means is that Thomas & Mercer (Amazon's crime imprint) will publish This Is Life, Young Junius and In Broad Daylight!! These will be available in both print and ebook format. Three books! It's looking like This Is Life and YJ will come this fall, likely October, with IBD to follow in the spring. And...

AND... And we've sold an option on Young Junius for FILM!!! As you'll see in the above video, Daniel Wolfe, an awesome up-and-coming director is definitely the man for this job. He loved the book, wanted the option, got it, and now we'll see where this leads. I've been really impressed with his work thus far, including this awesome video for Time To Dance by the Shoes (warning: NSFW, disturbing and awesome!) starring a famous actor you'll recognize immediately.

The timing here is entirely coincidental, but I also leave tomorrow morning for five weeks of vacation and writing! I'll be in southern France and Western Mass. Couldn't be more excited! Drop a comment and let me hear from ya!

Happy Palms Mommas Day!

Did you know the day after Mothers Day is now officially Palms Mommas Day? Sure is! Now you’ve heard.

I’m here to say a big thank you to all the lovely and wonderful Palms Mommas out there. Hello, thank you, and I’m thinking of you. Much, much love.

So what do you get that wonderful Palms Momma on your list? I can tell you about a couple of new and cool items in the SH Bookstore online. For every item purchased, I’ll refund $2 as a way of saying thanks. Thanks to you and to help you get that Palms Momma something nice.

First up, in The Name of Palms, we’ve got THIS IS LIFE and, for a limited time, Czechmate to put on your bookshelves.

Also the new in print A Long Way from Disney. This collection is a really big hit with all the mothers and mommas out there! Get yours a copy today and let me know how you want me to personalize her copy.

A few of you have been asking for me to sell audiobooks on the site. Well, I’ve finally done it. In Broad Daylight, featuring the ultimate Palms Momma—Jess Harding—is now available for sale as a big single download. It’s a folder of all the book’s audio files, trimmed just to one good, long listen. Grab a download today and put it in somebody’s ear—gently, and with love.

Thanks for your continued support and stay tuned. Lots more great stuff happening this spring and summer. Just around the corner.

Re-Podcast: What Happened to Everything c/o WordPlaySound

Hey folks!

I'm happy to be back in your ear-piece today with this re-podcast of an old Disney story "What Happened to Everything." (Click to listen)

I met Ryan Singleton at this year's AWP conference in Chicago and he told me about his new literary stories podcast WordPlaySound. We were able to collaborate on this story that he featured here.

I hope you enjoy the story. If you'd like to a copy of A Long Way from Disney, you can find them in print NOW here. Enjoy! I'd be so happy to sign one for ya!

Book Guys Interview and K7 Questions!

Okay okay! Yes, it's been too long since you called in and asked your K7 questions about In Broad Daylight! This goes without saying. My bad. Maximum.

But now I'm here, joined by Paul the Book Guy talking shop, Palms, action and yes, answering your K7 questions whether they're spoilers or not! So come on and give a listen!

Click here to download or listen to Book Guys Ep 40 - Palms Sunday

We're also joined on the show by Sir Jimmy and the amazing teenaged novelist Spencer Brokaw! This kid will knock your socks off! Check out his website: Spencer Brokaw's Web Site and get your copy of The Impenetrable Spy right here. He wrote it when he was ten. Damn! How many ten year olds do you know who can spell Impenetrable!?!?!

Thanks to everybody for being on the show, especially to Paul Alves for putting it together. Enjoy!

The Wrong Kind of Reading with Pinckney Benedict

I can't say enough how thrilled I am to be featured on this podcast with Pinckney Benedict. As someone who has been reading his work in prize story anthologies for a while, it's great to share the stage.

Click here to download or listen to the complete episode.

This episode comes courtest of the fine folks at Booked. The Booked Podcast is a regular weekly installment of fine fiction coming to your ears from live events, along with reviews and interviews. The staff there is Livius Nedin, Robb Olson and Mlaz Corbier. They're as good a bunch of guys as you could ask for.

Thanks to them for recording and distributing this event!

First Pinckney reads from Pig Helmet and the Wall of Life and then after a short delay, I read from Young Junius. Hope you enjoy!

A Long Way from Disney [PAPERBACK] is finally here!

Hey guys! I couldn't really be much more excited than I am about this news today that ALWFD is finally here in a 5" x 8", 172 page paperback edition! Ba-bam!

If you've been around for a while, you remember these stories that I podcasted way back in 2006-2007. This edition contains the stories When they were calling you in for dinner, A Long Way from Disney, What Happened to Everything, Rebuilding Men, White, Don Flamenco's Finest Round, This One Thing, Responsibility, Nilsa, One of Her Good Nights, Too Early, Michigan, Cherry Tree, Huesca and Walden.

You can check it out on the Store page, where you'll find both the Paperback and the eBook.

I'm working on putting the next set of stories Further From Disney into a paperback and eBook of their own. Stay tuned!


The Tech-Empowered Writer- AWP Panel Resources

AWP Conference in ChicagoAWP Conference in ChicagoAt AWP this year, I'm presenting as part of a panel on "The Tech-Empowered Writer: Embrace New Media, Experiment, and Earn" along with awesome writers Christina Katz, Robert Lee Brewer and Jane Friedman. Check them out, really! These three are ones to watch! The panel is on Thursday of the conference (3/1) from 1:30 to 2:45 in Boulevard Room A,B,C, at the Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor. More info is here: AWP Conference Schedule.

I'll say the names of these three again: Christina Katz, Robert Lee Brewer and Jane Friedman. Outstanding, all! And go here for where I mention Christina's awesome book, The Writer's Workout!

But what I'm really here for is to add more content to the panel presentation so folks can find more links to others I think are doing a great job. I'll be talking about how I raised significant capital for my last two novels This Is Life and Young Junius by doing a highly successful (if I do say so myself) Kickstarter Campaign and a Special Edition Pre-Order event that I ran through PayPal. Both of these really put me in good shape to work with a publisher and to do a lot of the freelancer-comissioning myself! Totally awesome! Of course, none of this would've been possible without the support of my awesome group of fans, the Palms Mommas and Palms Daddies, who I connected with through producing my novels as free, serialized audiobooks (podcasts) that I distributed here and at iTunes. For more on how I did that, see this link and the upcoming online Author Boot Camp class I'll be teaching in April and May. Hurry, just a few spots remain!

So, what other writers are doing awesome stuff?

First, I'll start off with Jeff Shelby, who blogs here about how he set up his eBook Thread of Hope on Amazon's Kindle store and planned a release all on his own. And then guess what? Thread of Hope hit #1 on Amazon!! Yes, it did! Slid right past Stieg Larsson and everything! Jeff tells all in this easy to read and understand blog post about how he listed the book, made it free on Amazon to jumpstart sales, then contacted biggie blogs like Pixel of Ink and eReader News Today to let them know when it'd be free. Next up... well, read it all here. How Thread of Hope Hit #1 on Amazon

Second, let me tell you about Neal Pollack, whose piece in the New York Times Book Review here tells about how and why he decided to leave traditional publishing to put out his book Jewball himself. Neal used Kickstarter to build a source of funding and Createspace to publish the book in Print On Demand format. Know what? Both of these are totally easy to do. Read more about Neal in my post at AuthorBootCamp here.

Mur Lafferty, a fellow podcasting author, really rocked the Kickstarter world and broke the mold when she did this wildly successful campaign. Just look at the funding: 969% funded! Wow!

Want more? Check out podcasts by students of my recent Author Boot Camps and how they're connecting with an audience using just their voice, their words, and a little technology! That, plus more info and lessons from J.A. Konrath, Barry Eisler and Paolo Coehlo are at the site AuthorBootCamp.com. If you're interested in learning how to podcast and release your own eBooks, consider joining me for the online installment of Author Boot Camp in April and May. Filling fast!

Finally: Author Boot Camp Online Class!! Enrolling now!

This has been a long-running request from many of you and I'm happy to say it's finally here: I'm finally teaching a fully online 4-week Author Boot Camp class!! It's this April and May through the Stanford Online Writer's Studio.

The class covers methods and practices for podcasting, but also a lot more: we're going to get into eBook production and distribution, social media (Twitter, Facebook and Google+) as well as blogging and community-building strategies.

This course is limited to 21 students and filling fast, so sign up now!

Course title: Getting Your Story Out There: Social Media, eBooks, and More

Dates: April 16th to May 11. 4 Weeks, all online, all at your schedule and convenience No Matter Where You Are!

Cost: $300 - a steal for the amount of community, guidance and strategy you'll be getting! Download the Syllabus here to learn more. 

Visit the Continuing Studies website to read more about the class, see the full description, and enroll.

More In Broad Daylight - Your K7 calls!

We're back!We're back!

Click here now to download or listen to YOUR K7 calls!

We're back! With great news: check out the new store page of the site here, where you can order your own copies of THIS IS LIFE, Young Junius, you name it! But yes, THIS IS LIFE is now fully-available in print! Holla!

Today I've got the culmination of your K7 call-ins for the finale of In Broad Daylight! Click here now to download or listen!

To those of you who called, Thank you very much! If you didn't, the number is 206-350-4998. You can still get your two cents in for the big Q&A episode about the book. No problem!

I'm working hard on getting the next books ready to release. These will be Triad Death Match, A Long Way from Disney and... Further From Disney. Cranking away here and even writing new material. Soon to come into your ears!

If you miss the old short stories, you can now listen to Fisher Cat as part of the Nil Desperandum podcast. I have also just released both FISHER CAT and TATTOOED PEOPLE for the Kindle platform. Hop on 'em! If you'd like an ePub file, email me

Jack's back... in print!! THIS IS LIFE is here!

click on my face!click on my face!Big News: THE STORE PAGE HAS ARRIVED!! Now you can buy my work here on the site, get it signed and shipped right to you. No middleman! This is what we've been waiting for!

To Kick it off, today I'm announcing that THIS IS LIFE is available IN PRINT!! Jack is BACK!! All editions include both THIS IS LIFE and CZECHMATE rolled together into an awesome new remix that I know you're gonna dig. They're also all personalized and mailed from right here in the lair. Get some!

You can get to my new store here Lots of books and goods there! 

I'm really pumped about the store and expect to release new content there monthly. Stay tuned! Upcoming you'll find:

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