When I published my first collection of short stories back in 2013, I used an online tool to create the cover. It was provided by the company that prints the book and was limited in what could be done. I was never really happy with the cover. I recently hired someone better at Photoshop than I am and my book now has a new cover. In celebration I am having a contest.Continue reading “A New Cover Means A Contest”
Saturday November 1st is the start of the annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This is where writers across the country try to write a novel with at least 50,000 words by November 30th. This year I plan to participate for the first time. In connection with the project and to help sell my previous book, if you write a review for it, I will use your name in a future story. It’s win-win.
Good news. My book of short stories, ‘Dancing in the Banana Factory’ is now available on Scribd.com
Scribd.com is known by most people for being the place to upload documents in order to embed them on websites, but it also has a book subscription service that operates like Netflix – you pay a monthly fee and can read unlimited books on their site.
I now have a book and it has little to do with the political and social issue essays I write about here on Doug’s Views. It is a collection of short stories that have been taking up space on my computer, and in various notebooks, over the years. Late last year, I decided to finally self-publish the stories and the final product is available for sale.
This debut collection is 18 short stories that were written from the late 1980’s to last year. The average is no more than 10 pages per story but there a couple that go longer. I also included a couple of short-shorts that I wrote for a contest I didn’t win.
Saw an image on another site of the three Republican leaders in Congress together at a press conference – Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) – and it gave me an idea for an image that expresses my frustration with the obstructionist GOP. Enjoy!