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:

Review, Reading and Books!!

now on sale!now on sale!First, let me just say that I'm currently developing a store page for this site that will enable sales of THIS IS LIFE, Young Junius and others in fresh, signed editions. For its part, THIS IS LIFE will be available in a special edition here that COMBINES the stories of THIS IS LIFE and CZECHMATE. I have these now in hardcover AND paperback! More soon. But if you can't wait and want to order a copy now, email me and we'll work it out!

Speaking of COMBINED versions of TIL and Czechmate, Elizabeth A. White stops the presses at her review site today with a fresh, enthusiastic review of the two books. If you're not ready to be gripped up by the plot after that, I have no idea what'll grip you!

Did I say grip? Yes, if you're in San Francisco and you haven't been swept up in Niners action, then come out to a special reading I'll be doing this Sunday (the 22nd) via the Portuguese Artists Colony! With its 5Pm start, don't worry, you can still catch some of the Giants/Niners. I'll be joined at this event by fellow MA native (and hopefully Patriots fan) Brittany Perham. Ira Marlowe adds music! It all starts at 5:00 at Fivepoints Arthouse. Come one, come all! (See flyer image below!)

PLUS: Do not worry. The K7 call-in episode of In Broad Daylight as well as the Final Q&A episode, hosted by John Mireau, are still coming soon!

Bay Area: Three Readings!

Hope you enjoyed the end of In Broad Daylight and that your New Year is off to a great start. I'll be back soon with more podcasts, but for now I just got back from the Yucatan and am PUMPED for two readings this week and another next Sunday the 22nd -- all in the Bay Area. If you're local, I hope you can make it to one (or more!)  

First up is in Sausalito Thurs night 1/12 at: 

Why There Are Words January 12 “Other Voices: Come Together”

This one's a star-studded lineup that I'm really excited to be a part of. Starts at 7:00.

Then on Friday night at Elbo Room in the Mission is Literary Death Match! Doors at 6:30!

I'm making my return reading at this event and will not go down without a deadly fight! Triad Death Match style! Believe it!

Info and tickets are here: http://www.literarydeathmatch.com/upcoming-events/january-13-2012.html

and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/335957923082317/

If you haven't ever seen a Literary Death Match before, you're in for a rare treat. These are awesome! See a video of what goes on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Spi05hnOwE

If neither of those float your booty, I'll be at a fine event in the Portuguese Writers Colony on Sunday 1/22 at 5pm in downtown SF.

Info is here: http://portugueseartistscolony.blogspot.com/p/readings.html 

Musical guest is Ira Marlowe. Will be great!

Hope to see you out and around! I'll be selling and signing special paperback editions of THIS IS LIFE/Czechmate [COMBINED] at all events!


The Final Episode: In Broad Daylight - 17

Click here to download or listen to episode 17 - The Finale - of In Broad Daylight!!

Quite a road we've been on this fall, what with me putting out these weekly episodes, you listening in, and all the turmoil that Jess Harding has been through. But here we've come to an end. I'm packing for a vacation, Jess Harding fights for her life, and you, gentle listener, get an early New Years Eve present in your ears. 

Not even Thursday!

So enjoy the end, the wrap up, the tale. Email in, twitter or Facebook with questions for the Q&A episode to come. That, or call in on the K7 line at 206-350-4998 to make your voice a part of the special call in episode!

And have a wonderful New Years, everybody! More to come from me in 2012! Enjoy!

In Broad Daylight - 16

Welcome to the penultimate episode of In Broad Daylight! Jess Harding, fully on the scene, taking control. Listen up!

Click here to download or listen to Episode 16 now!

What’s new here? Holidays is all. Getting ready for a very Palms Xmas and doing all I can to celebrate Hanukkah with the best of ‘em! Enjoy your present for the third night!

We’ll be back soon with more In Broad Daylight, and by that I mean the final episode… soon! Thanks for listening and enjoy your Holidays!


In Broad Daylight - Episode 15 (of 17)

More this week from Jess Harding, Oscar Linstrom and the crew. Click here to listen to this week’s episode or download now. Enjoy!

Oscar’s in San Francisco and Jess is ready to explore Stephanie Harvey’s apartment. Strap in and hold on!

Here in my little corner of San Francisco, I’m working on the eBook of Further From Disney and upgrading my newsletter-sending capabilities here on the ole machine. Good times! Soon I’ll be offering signed copies of THIS IS LIFE in hardcover and paperback via the website. Stay tuned for that. If you’d like a copy of something from me to your door for Xmas, drop me an email and I’ll do my best.

No visit from Vlade this week unless you listen to the full ep. (wink, wink). He’s a jerk anyway. But still, call in to talk to him at 206-350-4998.

I pick a winner this week from the list of folks who’ve emailed in to show me they bought copies of THIS IS LIFE and Czechmate in eBook form on the kindle place. If you’ve entered, you got to see if it was you who won the hardcover of TIL. If you haven’t entered, drop me an email and get in on it! I asked my friends on Twitter to pick a number between 1 and 20 for our winner. So see who it was…

Are you following me on Twitter? I sure hope you are! Stay criminal.

Note: after this one, we have just two episodes until the end!

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