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I'm co-author with my wife of Boob Tube, a novel that explores the wild and wacky world of daytime television soap operas. Lesleyann is a former reporter for Soap Opera Weekly magazine. As research for the novel, we moved to Burbank for two months and interviewed about 50 soap opera industry insiders, including actors, writers, hair & makeup professionals, fan club managers, and publicists. We collected hundreds of pages of over the top stories. Next, we moved to a cabin in woods of Vermont and wrote our novel.
Despite representation from an excellent literary agent at one of the top firms in NY, publishers refused to publish the book because previous soap opera themed novels had not performed well in the marketplace.
This lead me to start Smashwords in 2008, which is now the world's largest distributor of self-published ebooks. We represent most of the world's bestselling ebook authors, including many NY Times and USA Today bestsellers.
Since founding Smashwords, most of my writing has been about the topic of ebook publishing best practices. I've written three books which have now collectively garned nearly 1/2 million downloads:
1. The Smashwords Style Guide (how to format, produce and publish an ebook)
2. The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide (how to market any book for free)
3. The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success (the best practices secrets of the bestselling ebook authors)
In a prior life, I ran an award-winning Silicon Valley PR agency for nearly 20 years focused on venture-backed startups. Drawing on that experience, I wrote The 10-Minute PR Checklist which teaches entrepreneurs and marketing folks how leverage the power of honest PR to achieve any business objective.
You can find all my books here on Amazon as well as at other major retailers.
When I'm not writing or working on Smashwords, I enjoy gardening, traveling and hiking tall mountains, the tallest of which has been Mt. Kilimanjaro.