If I could have written only one book in my life, it would have been Skol. Yet the first version of the book, published in 2015, did not sell at all. Yes, this story of the future of shy people, told through one shy young man's odyssey across three centuries, remained the most unread of … Continue reading Skol republished|A return to the 23rd century and the future of shy people
Well, no it isn't. You may have seen the ebook advertised for $1.99 (US) on the Bargain Booksy site, but it remains at $3.99 (Amazon.com), and the equivalent in other currencies. What happened? - Because of a minor change I made on the book's detail page this week (in the book description I believe), Amazon/Kindle … Continue reading Is The Birdcatcher on sale?
Sorry about the lack of posts this month. On a trip to New York City to meet my little 3 month old granddaughter for the first time, I was so mesmerized by her that I left my laptop behind when I returned home. I am going back for it this week - then this blog … Continue reading Sorry about no posts
Thinking this week about how my book Skol has had almost no sales, it occurred to me that I might turn that into something positive. For since I first published the book, I have noticed a few things I would like to change. Why not go back and change them? As soon as I had … Continue reading Sorry – I’m returning to the 23rd century|My book Skol is on hold till I get back
In The Shyness Guide I've said that you can become less shy by being more shy. Most people don't understand this. What I mean is that, instead of trying to suppress your shyness, the best thing to do is to accept it – accept who you are. That doesn't mean giving up and hiding at … Continue reading Being less shy by being more shy
Recently I was reading some pages from my journal written in 2009 when I was 59 years old, and I came upon a forgotten thought: Looking back on the previous decades of my life, reflecting on what I had learned and not learned, achieved and not achieved, I said to myself: "You are 25% social, … Continue reading Rescuing Shyness |Fate of the 25% Man
When I had my previous website, The Loner's Highway, it was accompanied by a secondary blog known as The Society for the Protection of Fictional Characters, or, in short, the SPFC. I liked that name, and the acronym, but the acronym presented a problem. A web search found that SPFC includes: São Paol FC, a football/soccer … Continue reading Rescuing Fiction
When I was writing my novel The Birdcatcher, a book that is, to some extent, an exposé of much that goes on in the North American world of personal injury claims, I began searching for a pen name that would allow me to keep a low profile and remain employed in that business. I tried different names, … Continue reading Who is Alan Conrad?