Wow! After self-publishing five novels, I've been "discovered"
by a New York publisher, DocUmeant Publishing. It's definitely a
big deal in my career as an author. I'm discovering that
having a publisher, however, means a lot of work - work I should
have been doing all along, but wasn't savvy enough to know what to
do. It's all good though - very good.
Who knew how much stuff an author needs to do to get their book
out there? Millions of books are published every year, so getting
the attention of readers, like you, is challenging. My new
publisher, DocUmeant Publishing, has just provided me with a Media
Kit with tons of incredibly good information and links to sources
of marketing expertise.
I'm still working on my marketing plan, but I can tell you I
expect to be doing blog tours and a book trailer for my upcoming
newest novel, Trouble in Choctaw County. There's lot more, and I'll
let you know more about all that in the next blog, creatively
called, My Blog.
Hellanback was the name of our ranch out in the back country of
San Diego County, California. My wife, Paula, and I had a 50 acre
ranch where we raised livestock (cattle, pigs, donkeys, and horses)
and also had a vineyard and winery. It was a lot of work and we
wanted a change after twenty-some years, so we decided to sell the
ranch and move to Florida. Yep, Florida. We actually met in Florida
way back in 1990, in Fort Lauderdale. We loved the name Hellanback
Ranch and the place. It's kind of a kick back, frame-of-mind place
(when you're not working your butt off, that is).
How did we come up with the name? Before we had the ranch, Paula
and I would ride our horses on the weekends, and she would always
ask me where we were going. Being a wise cracker, I always
told here we'd probably go to Hell and back. When we finally found
the very remote property that eventually became the ranch, we had
to give it a name. Hellanback seemed the logical choice - this was