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In 2016, my second novel, Broken Angels, was published by a small publisher in California. A real publisher. I wouldn't have to self-publish again. I was over the moon. Unfortunately, my lunar orbit didn't last long. In 2018, I terminated the agreement for breech of contract. I hadn't been paid any royalties for eighteen months. I did eventually receive some of the money, but now I had an unpublished manuscript that nobody would touch because it had been previously published.



Back to self-publishing. I dusted it off, gave it a new cover and ISBN, and put it back out there. There were challenges. For example, all the great reviews I'd received on Amazon were attached to the old book that was no longer in print. Bummer.


My hope is that the three unpublished manuscripts that I'm sitting on will find success, and Broken Angels can ride their wake.

Last year, I said I'd be back. I was only half right. While I didn't attend the 2018 Beverly Hills Film Festival, my revised screenplay did. Did I say revised? I meant overhauled. With a new title, Reason to Live, it was in the running with many of the same characters and a similar story, but a much different approach to the way it is told. So much so, in fact, that I have written a book under the new name to closely follow the screenplay.


I plan to replace A Lifetime Last Night with Reason to Live when it's ready for publication. Having them both out there doesn't make sense. I'll self-publish it with the intent that the book and screenplay (when it's made into a movie) will feed off each other.


Stay tuned...

I spent five days in LA LA Land. I visited the Santa Monica Pier, Paradise Cove in Malibu, and the Griffith Observatory. I cruised Hollywood Boulevard and watched some very good indie films. The highlight of the trip was the black-tie Awards Gala. Surreal. Although I went home without an award, inspiration was my prize. Since I’ve been home, I’ve balanced my novel writing with a screenwriting skills upgrade in anticipation of a summer re-write. The festival provided some serious validation as I placed in the top 10% of over 5000 screenplay submissions.d to attend? A VIP pass to the screenings and after-parties?


It was a great opportunity, the kind a writer dreams of, but this was well past the edge of my comfort zone. I’ve always been the guy behind the camera, not in front of it. I called my ex-wife to share the news. She was very enthusiastic. When I told her that I wasn’t sure if I could go, she said, “You’ve GOT to go!” She was right. What was I thinking? When you’ve asked the Universe to provide the opportunities to fulfill your dream, you don’t turn the other cheek when it obliges.



I spent five days in LA LA Land. I visited the Santa Monica Pier, Paradise Cove in Malibu, and the Griffith Observatory. I cruised Hollywood Boulevard and watched some very good indie films. The highlight of the trip was the black-tie Awards Gala. Sureal. Although I went home without an award, inspiration was my prize. Since I’ve been home, I’ve balanced my novel writing with a screenwriting skills upgrade in anticipation of a summer re-write. The festival provided some serious validation as I placed in the top 10% of over 5000 screenplay submissions.


In the immortal words of Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator, 1984), “I’ll be back.”

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