• Alphabert! An A-B-C Bedtime Adventure

    You might remember the last time we collaborated, on the goofy-but-strangely-popular anti-self-help book, Unleash the Sloth! 75 Ways to Reach Your Maximum Potential By Doing Less. It’s the self-help book you’ve always wanted. The one that tells you you’re fine just the way you are – and that you can probably get away with doing even less. (Oh, and […]

  • Introducing my new podcast, Listen to the Signal!

    As you might know, I’m totally into the book thing, and the audiobook thing, and science fiction. So an idea struck me, a way to combine all these things I dig and share them with folks for free. (And yeah, let’s tell it like it is, hopefully eventually sell a few more books.) Anyway, here’s the […]

  • Join me at the first annual Indie Author Day, hosted by NY Public Library!

    Indie Author Day 2016    Hosted by the New York Public Library Saturday, October 8, 2016  •  10:30 AM – 4:30 PM Grand Central Library  •  135 East 46th Street, NYC (location/directions) How can you become an Indie author? And why would you want to be? What are the pros and cons? For readers and aspiring […]

  • The Wrong Unit: A Novel

    I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE HUMANS ARE SO CRANKY ABOUT. Their enclosures are large, they ingest over a thousand calories per day, and they’re allowed to mate. Plus, they have me. An Autonomous Servile Unit, housed in a mobile/bipedal chassis. I do my job well: keep the humans healthy and happy. “Hey you.” Heyoo. That’s my name, I suppose. It’s easier for the humans to remember than 413s98-itr8. I guess I’ve gotten used to it. Rob Dircks, bestselling author of Where the Hell is Tesla?, has a “unit” with a problem…

  • Today I Invented Time Travel.

    Before the short story, I have to give you the setup: I was so excited to be invited to the Queens Library Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author’s Evening (reading from my novel Where the Hell is Tesla?) that I decided to write a short story just for the night. Maybe a time travel story. Sounded good. But what could […]

  • How I sold 10,000 copies in one year (and maybe you can too).

    My book Where the Hell is Tesla? launched exactly one year ago, and amazingly, it’s sold over 10,000 copies! I can hardly believe it myself, but when you look at the steps I took to get there, maybe it’s not so unbelievable after all. I’ve written a full post outlining everything I did over at […]

  • Queens Library Presents… An Amazing Evening with Sci Fi/Fantasy Authors • March 8, 2016

    Join us and meet some of NYC’s most creative and imaginative writers — Goldfinch Publishing’s own Rob Dircks, Ilana C. Myer and Alex Shvartsman. This evening will start with readings from the three amazing sci-fi authors. Following the readings will be a Q&A with the audience and finally a lively discission on a variety of topics focused on the role of science […]

  • 8 Ways to Make Your Writing Funnier (My Guest Post on Cat Rambo’s Site)

    Recently, Cat Rambo (President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America – SFWA – and World Fantasy and Nebula nominated speculative fiction writer) offered my a guest spot on her blog. Naturally, I jumped on the opportunity, and decided to offer something just about any writer could get a few tips from: injecting humor into […]

  • My Garageband Settings for Audiobooks (ACX/Audible)

    Hi folks! A while ago I posted about recording an audiobook for my novel Where the Hell is Tesla? (I used Garageband for recording and exporting to ACX/Audible.com).  The post got a lot of positive response, and just the other day I got a request from Mark Clason for the actual settings I used in Garageband. I thought this […]

  • How I sold 1,000 copies of my book in three months (and maybe you can too).

    If you’re like me, a relatively new author without a strong “platform,” no real fan base yet, and no influential connections so far to help promote your book, trying to put together a plan for selling it can be daunting. And if you manage to put something into action, how many copies should you expect to sell? […]

  • Meet our New Author, Michael McCarthy

    “While the novelist is banging on his typewriter, the poet is watching a fly in the windowpane.”  –Billy Collins. Michael McCarthy is, in his words, “a lifelong explorer of the sacred.” Through a deepening poetic lens, he sees profound beauty in the commonplace. The ordinary is indeed richly extraordinary. He is a high school teacher […]