The Paperback, finally.

Yes, it’s really happening: you will be able to buy my book in a real old-fashioned paperback book (made with paper and everything) on March 31. It will be available at Amazon or directly with Createspace (where the book is printed on demand).

Paperback available for purchase starting March 31, 2015.

Paperback available for purchase starting March 31, 2015.

Once again, I did it all by myself. Cover, layout, everything: all me. And I’m darned proud of it, too.

So for all you out there who have been holding out on me (“Oh, an e-book? When’s the real book coming out?”), you have no excuse now.

You can still buy the e-book, too, of course.

Enjoy, and sorry it took so long. Way too long.

31 Things, Day 17: Read more nonfiction

31 things I'd rather be doing right now

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Although I prefer fiction over nonfiction, I find it’s good to read a couple nonfiction books every year to keep myself educated about something real. Also, it helps mix things up a bit.

Over the past few years the topics I’ve read about have been varied:

  • A lot of books about writing, so that I can becoming a better writer. The two best so far that I can recommend are Stephen King’s On Writing and Larry Brooks Story Engineering. Both have totally changed my mind about what it means to be a writer, especially in the creation and the architecture of a story.
  • Books about being a better husband and father. After all: happy wife, happy life. Seriously though, I strive to remind myself of how to be a good servant leader of my family, and these kinds of books help me do that. Recommended: His Needs, Her Needs, Bringing up Girls, and Bringing Up Boys
  • Books about understanding myself better (not exactly self-help, but has that flavor). Some notable ones I’ve read lately are Seeing Through Cynicism, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
  • Books that are just interesting based on my own hobbies or career, such as software engineering (Want to learn to program Java in a fun way? Head First Java)

I’d like to read some history books and biographies, but haven’t gotten around to it.

Currently I’m reading a book that is blowing my mind apart (and scaring me quite a bit) that talks about how Artificial Intelligence will be our last invention – and then it will kill us all. That is, unless we make AI very carefully, which this book hopes to convince AI programmers to do. It’s called Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era. That’s not ominous at all. But it’s also very interesting.

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So that’s another thing I’d rather be doing now, reading more nonfiction.

As We Wait

My wife writes too – you can now buy her book

As We WaitToday my wife Bethany has released her first book, As We Wait: A Family Advent Devotional, for Amazon Kindle.

The book is a collection of devotions you and your family can read together for each day of Advent. You can learn more about the book at her blog. More formats, including paperback, will be available in the coming weeks just in time for the Advent Season.

If this year you are looking for an Advent season with deeper meaning and reflection, consider purchasing today. And let others know, too.

The Rise of Indie Authorship Credibility

great article over at IndieReader continues to drive home the message: readers are smart enough to choose the books they want to read.

Think about all the art out there:

Would you only buy a painting from an art gallery?  Probably not. If you saw someone selling their watercolor paintings at the boardwalk and you really liked it, you’d buy it!

Would you only buy a CD from Best Buy? Of course not. If you see a band play at a local bar and like what you hear, you pick up their home-made album and enjoy it on the way home!

Would you only buy jewelry from a “real” jewelry store or department store? Not if you saw some beautiful hand-made dichroic glass jewelry at  a local festival.

Would you only spend your money on Broadway shows in Manhattan? Chances are, your community theater puts on great shows that are well worth your time and money.

SO…

Why would you only buy a book that was printed by one of the major publishing houses? Why do they get to choose what you can and cannot read?

Send a message to traditional publishing with your wallet: buy indie books. Let the world know authors are finally in control of their work, and that readers are finally free to choose.