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Chris Backe’s Review of Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm

There hasn’t been much press about my recent book, Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm, but Chris Backe has some good things to say about it in his review last December. This was going to be the book that I had thought about writing in 2009 when I wanted to compile all […]

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Review in Three Wise Monkeys

War Remains recently got a nice write up in Three Wise Monkeys; immediately it was linked to another Korean website. It’s nice to see the novel finally getting more press here in Korea and other places. On Amazon, seven readers have left reviews. Word of mouth. That’s what it’s all about.

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Writing is easy; Promoting your book is harder

That’s what I’ve been finding out ever since War Remains was published seven months ago. I’ve done everything that was suggested by authors and indie publishers, from setting up a page on Facebook to having its own blog. I’ve sent out press releases, have had two newspaper interviews, and have recently entered the novel into […]

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Book sales are good, but….

Sales of War Remains have been good thus far thanks to getting out the word on Facebook and this blog, as well as War Remains but I am a little disappointed with the lack of sales in Korea, a market that I thought I would do better in given the expat community, the article in […]

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Spreading the word…one blog post at a time

War Remains got mentioned on another website, this one a digest of the best blogs in Asia. All it takes is one or two people blogging about your novel and the next thing you know, it’s popping up on various websites and blogs. The digest is worth looking at for other interesting blogs about life, […]

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With a little help from my friends….

Let’s face it, marketing a book on your own can be a little difficult and daunting at times. You don’t want to get “in the face” of too many folks at social networking sites or on your blog by reminding them to buy your book. On one hand, you don’t want to be too aggressive […]

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With a little help from my friends…

Let’s face it, marketing a book on your own can be a little difficult and daunting at times. You don’t want to get “in the face” of too many folks at social networking sites or on your blog by reminding them to buy your book. On one hand, you don’t want to be too aggressive […]

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Blogging about War Remains

Robert “Bobby” Washkowiak battles his way through the bitter first winter of the Korean War, longing for home, his wife, and newborn son. Fifty years later, his son and grandson come across his wartime letters and together, they try to find out what really happened to him on one of the battlefields of that “forgotten […]

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Don’t be discouraged

That’s what I tell myself with every rejection that I get. Don’t be discouraged. You can’t. It’s that simple. You can’t be discouraged and you can’t take a rejection personally. You’ve got to be a little thick-skinned or better yet, Teflon coated. One person’s opinion, or two or three or even a dozen does not […]

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All quiet on the Eastern Front — the Monday night edition

I’m sitting in the Cybernet 2 room–which sounds too much like Skynet, evoking images of Terminators and machines rising up against us all–located in the Solbridge International School of Business where I have my evening Writing Center hours from 7-9. It’s week 2 of the autumn semester and I don’t expect anyone to be coming […]

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