Category Archives: On Publishing

Found an iPad – Not Giving it Back

Some people make it too easy.

I was walking through an alley and found a bag. It must have fallen out of someone’s car. Inside I found some Medicare brochures, a pack of gum and-

An iPad

I have no way to plug it in to charge it, but now I’ll at least have a way to post to the website about my travels. Right now I’m setting up shop under the Whittier St. bridge, but I totally plan on finding a warmer spot in the near future.

The other dudes around here are fine, but they’re not always too happy to see me. I think they can tell I’m not one of them.

Every once in a while a truck comes around and drops off some food. I haven’t been around for that, but if it happens I’ll keep you posted.

Homelessness in the US

Homelessness is a complicated subject when it comes to crime. It has been shown previously that homelessness is a strong predictor of criminality. I don’t know why this is the case. It could be that homeless people simply have no options other than crime in order to fulfill basic human needs. It could also be that the over-representation of the mentally ill in the homeless population could cause an increased tendency toward criminality. It could also be that people are homeless because they have committed crimes in the past and cannot get jobs because of their criminal records. Homelessness might also just drive people crazy.

I don’t know if any of that is true. I’m really interested in this topic. Does anybody have any insights into the reason why so many people who are in jail have also been homeless at one time or another? Why do so many homeless people have criminal records? As someone who writes about crime for a living, I feel that it’s my duty to understand every aspect of criminality.

Help me out.

I need some insight.

The Great Novel Contest

Hey fellow writers. A new contest, The Great Novel Contest, is opening in January. I know. I know. Many people believe that the Internet is filled with scam artists, myself included. (Not that I’m a scam artist but that I agree the Internet is filled with them!)

I researched it and “talked” with the guy who runs it. (No I didn’t work him over too badly.) It’s totally legit. They even have a New York agent judging the thing, Terra Chalberg. My publisher, The Columbus Press, will publish the winner’s novel.

Even if you don’t win, you still have a chance to win street cred as a runner up or finalist. I’ve won a contest in my day and attribute it to helping me snag a publisher for my novel, www.capitaloffensebook.com. So polish your novel and submit. Tell them Kurt sent you.

Check out the contest details at http://columbuscoop.org/2014_great_novel_contest.php.

Parts 1 & 2 are here for $0.99!

Hi everybody,
Parts 1&2 of Capital Offense are on sale for Kindle today for $0.99. This includes the entire novel so far, as well as three chapters from part three.
 
But now we need people to get on board. $0.99 is a pretty good price for a book like this. It’s fun, sometimes frightening, and always a little off-kilter. If anyone has a Kindle, it would mean so much if you would download it today.
 
Part 3 will be available at the end of January.
 
Thanks,
Kurt

Kurt’s Assistant: Looking Awkward in Public

ashleyAs Kurt’s assistant, I’m starting to think my main job is to appear maladjusted.

I’m Ashley, and I take care of most of Kurt’s social media.  Recently, I drove downtown to get some photos near the Statehouse for our Instagram account.  After wandering around the building for a while, I decided to get a few shots of a COTA bus for Chapter 39.  I saw one coming and got out my cell phone, took a few, and rounded the corner to get some more.  Then I heard someone behind me.

“You takin’ a picture of the bus?”

I kept walking.

He wasn’t going to let me off that easily.  “Hey lady!  You takin’ a picture of the bus?”

I looked over my shoulder.  There were at least a couple of guys following me now.  “Yes, I’m very interesting,” I said, and headed toward the bus stop.

Apparently they had nothing better to do, and they went with me.  One guy said to me, “I thought you was takin’ a picture of that building.”

Then the other guy was like, “naw man, she’s takin’ a picture of the bus!  I said take a picture of me!  Don’t take a picture of the bus!”

I had nowhere to go while I was waiting, and my audience was about to see me snap a few more bus shots, so I figured I’d explain.  “It’s for a project,” I said.

“Ohhhhhh I gotcha, I gotcha.  I was lookin’ at my buddies like, she’s from the country or

bus

somethin’, takin’ a picture of the bus.”  I laughed, got my shots, and left, glad I didn’t have the peanut gallery with me when I crawled out of a drain pipe for Part I.

How Can I Buy Capital Offense?

I love what I’m reading at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com, but when is the book available? Good question.

After the complete book is posted to the web site, my publisher, Columbus Press, will release the book in January in traditional (print and e-book) formats.

Why are you making me wait? Another good question. The reason is that I want you to be tuned in. I’m trying to build suspense so that more people will return each day to see what’s happening next with Kurt. I also want you to tell your friends so they’ll tune in. And then, if you’ve been entertained, I hope that you’ll support my work and purchase the book.

My publisher and I also agree that it’s time for the publishing industry to evolve, and offering this content for free online, and putting the reader first, is a great step.

If you’re finding it difficult to read on your web browser, consider subscribing to the content via Amazon’s subscription service here. Either way, enjoy www.capitaloffensebook.com.

Blazing a New Trail

Books are dead. At least, that’s what the media tells us. With fewer people buying books, which is a fact, the few people that are purchasing books tend to buy books from the old reliable authors. That leaves new authors without a chance to showcase their art.

So, with the cooperation of Columbus Press, my esteemed and wise publisher, we are releasing a chapter a day, or at least five chapters per week, at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com. We’re going to release the whole thing online.  Free.

We’re giving you the chance to try out the story and see if you like it. The whole story. And if you like it, which I’m sure you will, you will have a chance to purchase the full novel on January 31. You, the reader, win.  We thought it was about time that publishers started putting you first.

Sometimes it’s fun blazing a new trail.  Thanks for being a part of this with me, and don’t forget to check out the book on Facebook and Twitter too.