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Next New Book

May 28, 2012

Newest TINKER Cover-RLHerron
© Front cover of my new book, “Tinker”

The first part of this year has been extremely busy. I sometimes think I’m working harder now than when I had a nine-to-five, and I have no one to blame but myself.

I just published my third book, a general fiction short-story collection entitled, “Tinker.”

As a teaser, here’s the first two paragraphs of the lead story:

I was eleven when my dog Tinker died. He hadn’t been sick or anything like that. Far from it. If he had been, I might have seen his passing as a blessing and an end to his torment. But he was only five years old, in the prime of his dog-years life. He’d been chasing a Frisbee, his tongue hanging out and his mouth open in a big, lolling doggie grin when he was hit by a car, right in front of my eyes.

In the days that followed, I was struck by the way grief, relief and guilt could co-exist in such a cozy fashion. I cried my eyes out as I carried his broken body back to the house. “Omigod, Dad, Tink’s hurt bad!”

The e-Book version is already available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The paperback will follow at both venues soon. You can already purchase the paperback on my secure “Books by Ronald Herron” site.

Now, like before, comes the hard part. Marketing. It’s something I’ve been thinking about lately … a lot. I spent my whole working career in public relations and marketing, and a lot of people think it might be something second nature to me by now.

It isn’t.

The more I think about it, the worse my headache becomes.

I’ve come to the conclusion, after reading the advice of all the online “professionals” out there, and seeing where publishing has been heading for the past several years, that I’d be much better off just asking you for feedback.

What have you liked about what I’ve written?

I know that’s a bit presumptuous, assuming you’ve purchased one of my books … but if you have done so – what did you like about it? Perhaps a better question might be, what didn’t you like?

I don’t seem to be getting much feedback here. Comments are posted infrequently.

Perhaps you have negative comments and don’t want to hurt my feelings. Trust me … you won’t. How will I ever improve, if you don’t tell me where I’m making mistakes? How can I make my writing better, if you don’t tell me about the parts you found difficult to follow? Or totally insipid?

The best possible marketing I could do is to find out what you think. I need you to tell your friends about my books. Let them give me some advice, too. Share this post with them.

I just started my fourth book, another novel, so I’ll have some time between brain spasms to actually respond to your comments. Whattaya say? Care to let me work a bit?

I promise to answer. In fact, I’m looking forward to it.

You can post comments here to start a discussion, or leave them on my work email: ron@ronaldherron.com.

 

First Reviews

May 23, 2012

Reichold Street cover
5-Star Review for “Reichold Street”

It’s always nice to find out someone likes your work.

I have a lot of family and friends who praise the things I do, and my novel “Reichold Street” has been no exception.

Still, there is always something inside you that, no matter how much people who know you say they like it, makes you hope someone you don’t know, someone who may never have heard of you before, will like it, too. A person who doesn’t feel obligated to say nice things.

Little things, like a reader commenting: “Oh, my goodness. This is a good book!”

Or online reviews that say things like: “masterfully written.”

And then there is that outside reviewer, that stranger you hoped for, who writes things like this:

  • “Reichold Street” is an extremely moving coming-of-age account during the turbulent 1960’s
  • This book will appeal to a vast audience
  • You will be moved by Albert’s shady beginnings to find out the real story behind all the madness
  • A great piece of literature…wonderful addition to any library

Then there’s my personal favorite:

  • Ronald L. Herron is a master of the art of character development

If this all sounds like a bit of bragging, you’re probably right. But the press releases don’t go out until next week. Until then, the book is still on sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Perhaps you should head on over and get your copy, before the crowds gather. LOL!

Seriously, it’s a lot of fun but, all things considered, it’s probably a good thing I’m retired and don’t have to worry about my day job. I don’t know how most writers survive.

Find out more about my books on the web site: Broken Glass

Next Book

April 17, 2012


© Cover art for the next book, designed by R.L. Herron

So, before you ask, what does the title “Zebulon” mean?

Good question. I looked it up for you:

Zebulon \z(e)-bu-lon\ as a boy’s name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Zebulon is “dwelling of honor.” Biblical: the name of one of Jacob’s son.

What does that mean as far as my new book is concerned?

Nothing. I just like the word.

My next book is a collection of short stories. The best definition of genre would be fantasy.

The collection contains stories that range from the ultra-short fiction of “Conversations with a Lonely Island God” to the 8,600 words of “Zebulon.” They run the gamut from sad, and maybe sentimental, ghost stories to pure and simple fantasy.

However, while there might also be a touch of science fiction, there is no sword and sorcery here, no epic fantasy or horror. Most stories here would rightfully be called low fantasy; stories that are set in a relatively normal world, containing fantasy elements.

More than anything, they are stories of life and love, and the experiences of ordinary, if not exactly normal, people.

Hmmm, sounds like I may just have written something I can use in the forward!

As a teaser, here are a few sentences from one of the stories in the book, “The Devil & Charlie Barrow.”

When he stepped into the bar that cold night in December, Charlie acted as if Flanagan’s was definitely not the first stop he had made. If anyone had asked, everyone, and I do mean everyone, from me to Mayor O’Reilly, would have said Charlie looked like he had been partying since noon.

Still, he somehow maintained the dignified presence that seemed to follow him wherever he went.

As Charlie slowly wobbled his way through the tables, I shook my head in wordless wonder. Charlie ignored many empty seats and finally plunked himself down at the bar.

He took the stool right next to old Beelzebub.

Interested yet?

Find out more about my current book, “Reichold Street,” and plans for the next books at my writing web site: Broken Glass.


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