Free PDF E-Book from The Permanent Press

Whenever aspiring writers ask me for advice on finding a publisher, the first thing I say is to read a wide range of books from a wide range of publishers to find the right “fit.” Of course, that can get expensive after a while, so here’s some good news. The good folks who published my first two novels, The Permanent Press, are offering one of their titles free of charge: The Double Life of Alfred Buber by David Schmahmann. (Click here for a review I posted a while back.) For information on this offer, visit the blog of Martin Shepard, a co-publisher of The Permanent Press: The Cockeyed Pessimist. Even if you’re not an aspiring writer, this is an offer that’s tough to beat — a good book from a press that has my deepest respect, and it’s free!

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Schwartz & Packer Interviewed!

Big thanks to Dan Cafaro of Atticus Books for an inventive interview with two of the most colorful characters from The Grievers, Charley  Schwartz and Greg Packer! I’m a huge fan of the titles that Atticus has produced, especially The Snow Whale, The Great Lenore, and Fight for Your Long Day. I was also blown away by their latest title, Kino by Jurgen Fauth, so it was especially flattering when Dan offered to interview me on his press’s book blog. Needless to say, I’m also struck by his generosity and the generosity of the small press scene in general. After all, how many big publishers offer to help with promoting titles by “the competition”? Then again, it isn’t competition when good people like Dan remind us that we’re all in it together–writing, reading, making art, and changing the world a little bit at a time!