Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

The Writing Process

New Blog Site

On March 18, a new blog site for writers and readers will debut at www.ProWritersWriting.com. It will feature six regular indie writers as contributors and numerous other writers on an occasional basis. My regular posts will be on Tuesdays beginning on March 19th.

I sure you will enjoy the variety and talent of all the contributors. Just go the website mentioned above and subscribe (it’s free with no obligation) and join the fun of hearing from some outstanding authors!

This blog obviously will continue. The next post here will return to the state of the murder investigation of Stacey Burns.

Thanks!

Duke

The Parker Havenot Series

As a change of pace, this post will not deal with the still unsolved murder of Stacey Burns. (Eighty two days to the tenth anniversary of that barbaric crime-are we any closer to an arrest? By the way, is anyone planning on making the tenth anniversary special by demanding information on where this investigation stands?)

Anyway, on Saturday I led a two hour workshop for the Society of Southwestern Authors on the subject of developing and sustaining a series in the novel format. With over twenty writers in attendance, the discussion was lively and varied. I used the four novels… Continue reading

Amazon Ratings?

This post is a bit different for this blog so apologies in advance to readers if it disappoints.

I am completely confused about how book sales ratings are compiled by Amazon. I know that my latest book, The Final Tipping Point, has sold more copies (by far) than the anthology, The Fallacy of Closure and other award winning stories and essays, has. Both were published this year yet the novel is rated far below any of my books, even A Favor Returned, which was published in 2014.

Again, sorry for straying from the usual topics… Continue reading

Goodreads and Bookbub

         

Finally, seven of my eight books are now available on both Bookbub and Goodreads. If anyone is a member of either of these, it would be nice to get a follow or a review if you’ve read any of the books pictured. This sort of exposure really helps, as does an Amazon review.

Currently, my books have forty Amazon reviews (thirty five stars and ten four stars) but can always use a lot more.

THANKS!

Duke

On Writing -Sorry, Mr. King

All right, I admit to stealing Stephen King’s title from his outstanding book for writers.

This will be brief.

I’ll also admit to being “old school” when it comes to writing. We subscribe to two newspapers on Sunday. Curious, after just completing a copy-editing project for a full-length novel, I placed the same template of expectations over the two newspapers. My guess is that editing in its truest sense in the newspaper business is a by-gone art form. My high school English classes would have done better as far as basic rules of syntax, grammar, and punctuation are concerned in… Continue reading

Never too old to be discouraged?

This will sound like a whiney old man’s kind of post, but here it is!

The topic is obvious. When do we lose the ability to be discouraged?

Is it when we’re twenty-two and don’t get a job we applied for?

Is it when we’re thirty, and realize that we’re two steps behind on the basketball court?

Is it when we’re forty, and don’t get the expected promotion?

Is it when we are fifty, and are told that a new person could do our jobs, and at half the cost?

Is it when we are sixty, and realize that we’re… Continue reading

Nice Post Plus Book News

 

At the Tucson Festival of Books, I met Terry Lee Marzell, author of Chalkboard Champions, and a retired educator, school librarian, and public speaker. Her outstanding book about a  number of remarkable  teachers is available on Amazon and other outlets as well as the website below.

In a recent blog post, she was kind enough to feature my literary efforts and a biography. Just click on the link below or type in it our browser to go to the site and read her post.  

www.chalkboardchampions.org  or   http://chalkboardchampions.org/

Other news-   The Fallacy… Continue reading

New Book

I’m excited! This anthology of award winning short stories, personal essays, and memoir is now in the publishing pipeline. More information will be forthcoming as publication date gets closer so please be watching for it.

You will be treated to  a wide variety of short pieces, including A Night on the Ice, a first place finisher in the 2017 Society of Southwestern Authors Literary Competition. Some of my former Kingswood Regional High School students from way back will appreciate and remember the story. The Fallacy of Closure, a short memoir based on my book, The Week from Heaven… Continue reading

A Revised Literary Plan-2018

As of last Wednesday, the Duke Southard literary plan for 2018 changed yet again.

A collection of thirteen short pieces, a combination of [personal essays, memoirs, and short stories, has been submitted to the publisher to begin the editing process. This likely will not take long as these stories have already been through a rather thorough content editing and most have also been judged in writing competitions. Watch for the release date in upcoming weeks. The title will be “The Fallacy of Closure” with a subtitle of “plus many more award winning essays and stories ” It is an eclectic… Continue reading

A New Literary Plan

We (Barbara and I) have decided on a new literary plan for this year. After meeting with my publisher today, we’ve decided to release two relatively short anthologies, one fiction nd the other personal essay/memoir before the new novel. These anthologies will include my award-winning short pieces plus others which have not previously published. Since these works are already written and will need only copy editing, the books should be out fairly quickly.

I anticipate the novel, the fourth in the Parker Havenot series, to be published in late fall/early winter of 2018.

Watch for additional information on the anthologies… Continue reading

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