Pump Up Your Book Tour Underway!

Two stops today. I have a guest post on CONFESSIONS OF A READER and a review posted by MIKI'S HOPE. You can read them both here. Click on the images below. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm Taking The Plunge!

That's right! As of tomorrow, that would be January 6th, Monday, I'll be on a virtual tour via Pump Up Your Book, hawking my wares, i.e., Then Like The Blind Man to the reading public. Here's a post I made for Facebook, which tells a little more about me and my book and includes a schedule of the tour. The tour runs through March 2014. I'll be posting about this from time to time and hope you'll want to come take a look see!

 

PRESS RELEASE FOR BLIND MAN!

PRESS RELEASE

 

THEN LIKE THE BLIND MAN: Orbie’s Story WINS INDIEREADER DISCOVERY AWARD FOR LITERARY FICTION

June 1, 2013 – Last week, the winners of the first annual IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDAs) were announced at BookExpo America (BEA), a major trade show in New York City. The award in the category of Literary Fiction went to Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie’s Story by Freddie Owens.

Judges for the awards included publishers, agents, publicists, reviewers, authors, bloggers, and producers. The book was awarded 4.5 stars out of five by IndieReader’s reviewers. (For a description and list of judges for this award go to http://bit.ly/11n4cLn.)

 

IndieReader (www.indiereader.com) is known as “the essential consumer guide to self-published books and the people who write them.” Its founder, Amy Edelman, came up with the idea of IndieReader for two reasons. “The first was to create a more level playing field for authors who choose to go it on their own. The second was to give book lovers the opportunity to discover great works that they might not have otherwise found,” she explained.

 

A well-written, evocative and thought-provoking book, which should be read by fans of Shakespeare and of rural American literature alike.       

                                       IndieReader Review

 

(See the full text of the review @ http://bit.ly/11fBKIp .)

 

For further information, please message Freddie Owens on Blind Man’s Facebook Fan Page @ http://on.fb.me/10iu3Ui. Or contact him on this site.

 

How A Collector's Item Comes To be

I once bid on a photograph during a Naropa University auction in Boulder, Colorado. The photo was of Jack Kerouac in New York, smoking a cigarette, standing on a fire escape, looking south over clotheslines, railroad brakeman's rule book sticking out his jacket pocket. (See photo at right.) It was one of (perhaps) two prints created by Allen Ginsberg. This one in particular included a description written in long hand (see photo below) by him (Ginsberg) at its base, a very large photo nicely framed. Well, the bidding was to start at a whopping $800.00, which nobody, and I mean nobody, wanted to make - not for a mere photograph - no matter how uniquely inscribed or nicely framed. I wanted it but was very reluctant to make such an outrageous bid. It was a fundraiser however and my wife, knowing my desires, and also wanting to support the school, encouraged me to make the bid, which I ended up doing and which I'm sure everybody in the room thought foolish, though at the same time professing that I and especially my wife were both very generous patrons.

Years later an article appeared in our local paper about a photo of Jack Kerouac of which two early prints existed, one on display at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, the other missing. The appraisal for these prints had been set at around $17,000 each. I wondered whether the print I had purchased was the missing one.

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More On The Virtue Of Darkness

I guess I should be more circumspect in public and not say that it astounds me that so many people now have read Then Like the Blind Man and actually like it. In fact, there's been a surfeit of praise. I'm tickled of course but is this possible? Am I not dreaming a pleasant dream from which I'll awaken one day to discover the harsh truth, i.e., that the book is sub par, mediocre and yet another example of self published claptrap? I ask myself this. And I'm a little embarrassed, I guess. I mean I'm out there now, publicized in a way I'm only gradually getting to know. It's sort of like having been behind locked doors for years and years and finally finding a key of sorts and using it to open the door and stepping out into the sunshine - where everything is now exposed. The temptation, of course, is to crawl back,

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