Leading up to a Book Review

So, writing a book is challenging. The creative process can occasionally be like wandering around a junkyard, looking for parts to a car that is too rare and too strange for the highway. You look anyway.

I wrote the stories in ‘Or Something Like That’ over the course of about a year while working on a novel and a collection of poetry. (Go ahead, lob rotten fruit at me)

After the writing is somehow done, the editing begins. When you think it’s complete (you’ll tell yourself “I’m Done!”) you’re about 1/4 of the way done. You’ll have to edit it about 2 more times, extensively.

Extensively means: sober.

If you don’t pay to have it done professionally or if you yourself aren’t a seasoned editor, you’ll have some typos and strange formatting glitches.

Ok … but then … done!


Nope. Now, design your book cover, lay out the interior. Wait for proofs. Find out the proofs look like crap. Glitches, blurry. Redesign everything.

Then, give out some test copies to your friends. A few will read (a few will not even pretend to read it). The few that do read it will say, “YOUR FINISHED PROOF IS FULL OF TYPOS!”

1. You’ll vomit.

2.  They’ll point out some more typos.

3.   Now … edit everything one more time. Re-design the cover. Reformat the text. Lay out the table of contents again. Fix the formatting.

Ok! Now, order a big bulk shipment of the book … become annoying. Start talking about your book (you’ll have to). Sell your book. You will. Make a little money. Spend it at the bar and the rest of it invest back into your next book.

Also, you’ve got to figure out where to submit your book for review. Write them emails. Keep track of what went where when.

All this stuff. All of it and more. Then, finally– a review.

Real happy to say, I got a book review for my collection of short stories ‘Or Something Like That’ and they didn’t kick me in the throat and take my lunch money or anything. A pretty thorough analysis of the book and some points and thoughts concerning the writing, the characters and all the stories (of which I’m not sure are about 10 too heavy … what a problem to have, too many stories).


The book is currently $2.99 at Kindle

available in print from lulu

Or available from me on the cheap and I sign the thing, send some handmade zines with it. Contact me however you’d like. Carrier Doves get preference.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for being cool as ice. Thanks for the peach cobbler pie, whoever sent that.



11 Replies to “Leading up to a Book Review”

        1. I’ve got two of them left here in the apartment. $15. I’ll mail it to you and send you 4 handmade zines from NJ.

          Or, you could always order it through the Lulu link.

          Thanks for your interest.

          … guess I gotta order more books. You peeps keep buying em all from me.

        2. I became aware of the blog via the VOR brcosaadt. It’s great to see that people of like mind are taking the time to raise awareness about our role and place within the natural world. This is a much needed perspective.

  1. Please stop being so prolific. You’re making your other writer friends feel like lazy bastards.
    Kudos for the nice write-up on Drunk Monkeys.

    And, yes, I need a new book to read as well. Hook a brother up!

    1. Gus,

      Daily writing … It’s quick, it’s easy. Bing bang boom. An hour in the morning before work … Half an hour at lunch. Before you know it– you got a bunch of stuff.

      Been thinking about this November. Lets do the daily writing and keep each other accountable. Something easy …

      1. I liked seeing Liesel’s pesetrcpive because everything I read about this subject before was from a Jewish person or American soldier’s pesetrcpive. It is interesting to see how kids grow up to form opinions and how people can only keep them to themselves so much. Sometimes it is too painful not to be kind! If you like this book, you should read The Red Scarf Girl too. It deals with similar issues for a girl coming of age in communist China who is torn between the values of her family and the values she is learning in school and society. This book also reminded me of Skellig in a way because I kept thinking that Max was like the weird, magical man who the kids found in the shed. If they do make it a movie, I hope that Jean-Pierre Jeunet directs it and it looks something like City of the Lost Children !

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