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Read My Book For Free And I’ll Plant You A Tree!

In the seasonal spirit of giving I am offering a free e-book copy of my novel The Guardian of Detritus throughout the month of December. As an added bonus, when you order the book I will make a one dollar donation to One Tree Planted (, a non-profit organization that plants a tree for every dollar they receive. (If you read my book you’ll see why this donation is so appropriate.)

To get your free book:
1. Click here:
2. In the checkout area enter CITYOFTREES in the Promotion Code slot and get a free ebook instantly.

Give the book to yourself or send it as the world’s cheapest gift to a friend or family member. I’ll keep track of the orders and at the end of the month will send that number of dollars to One Tree Planted. Is there no limit to my generosity? Of course there is, but I can assure you it is a very high number – and I will let everyone know what it is when I make the donation.

No trees will be harmed in the reading of this book! Order yours today!

Speechwriters Are The Most Important People In Any Organization

My apologies for the clickbait headline. It is a fictional construction designed to help make a serious and valid point. My hope is that your instincts kick in and you keep reading to see what happens next. Speechwriters have long known what neuroscientists, psychologists and evolutionary biologists are now proclaiming: humans are hard wired for… Continue Reading

The Ugly American

My Journey to the Top of the Best Seller List I played the Trump card a few months ago and not much happened.  I am playing it again now with lowered expectations but no loss of hope. The circumstances and timing are too good to pass up:  Trump is in Scotland bragging about how the… Continue Reading

Playing the Trump Card

My Journey to the Top of the Best Seller List Desperate times call for desperate measures. It may be time for me to play the Trump card. A little background: I am not a political person, at least publicly, and especially not over the internet. From what I have observed, there are only two sides,… Continue Reading

The Review is In!

My Journey to the Top of the Best Seller List I entered my novel in the 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards last year, and have just contacted me with the results. No, I didn’t win. But they said so many nice things about my book that I find it hard to believe I… Continue Reading

You Pays to Advertise

My Journey to the Top of the Best Seller List I haven’t posted in awhile because I was waiting to see the results of my experiment in advertising. The results are in. They are encouraging, but inconclusive. Here’s the story: After looking around and comparing audience demographics, reach, cost and other factors, I decided to… Continue Reading

You Gotta Have Art

My Journey to the Top of the Best Seller List “You Gotta Have Art” was a series of TV commercials that aired in the 1970s to promote the Detroit Institute of Arts. It is also an accurate description of what you need for your front cover when you publish a book. The snappy jingle from… Continue Reading

Secret: Agent, man!

My Journey to the Top of the Best Seller List As is the case with virtually everyone else who has ever written a book, self-publishing was not my first choice. I wanted a major (or minor, or any) publisher to take on the task of making my novel available to the public. And why not?… Continue Reading

Origin Story

My Journey to the Top of the Best Seller List Before we proceed any further on our climb to the top, in the tradition of comic book heroes and movie sequels I would like to take a moment to explain the origins of The Guardian of Detritus. I’m hoping this will be interesting to curious… Continue Reading