Category: FAQ

I get asked these questions, well, frequently. Just click for the answers. I can’t guarantee that they are the right answers, but they are my best attempt to balance hope with reality. Many of them are lifted straight from emails I sent to some of the folks who have asked these questions previously. Some of the answers are a little disappointing or daunting. A guy sure doesn’t want to be a downer. But I wouldn’t want to insult you with anything less than a frank answer. When I say I’m a lucky guy, I mean it. I just wrote and wrote and wrote for years, and then one day (after nearly a decade of writing every day and submitting work every month) the marbles aligned, not that the metaphor is perfect. I’m still trying to keep those marbles in line, and the table is forever tipping.

“Roughneck Grace” Inner Peace With A Motörhead Soundtrack

Every week the Wisconsin State Journal runs “Roughneck Grace,” a weekly column written by Mike (many of the columns will be adapted from Mike’s Tent Show Radio monologues). This week’s column, titled “Inner Peace with a Motörhead Soundtrack” can be seen online here.


I tend to write like I talk, which is closer to my boots than my brain. As such (and despite the loving care of any number of despairing editors), I tend to run afoul of grammarians now and again (sometimes two or three weeks in a row). As I am on a lifelong quest for…View post

How Can We Help You Make the Most Money?

Every now and then someone asks a question along the following lines (in this case I am quoting a fellow named Dennis): Do you make more money if I buy the new book through sneezingcow rather than a local bookstore? What about through Amazon? Does your take vary w/ where things are purchased?      I ask…View post

Coop Discussion Guide (plus a ham joke)

(hardcover version here) First, a thank you to Redbery Books and the Brick House Cafe in Cable for hosting the recent Spring Book Club dinner in Cable, Wisconsin, where the group discussed Coop and Coop. I get so many kind requests to attend book group meetings, but time, geography and calendar generally prevent it. I…View post

Will You Read/Review/Write About My Book?

[UPDATED in 2014] Every week I receive a number of manuscripts, books, and email attachments from authors requesting that I read the material and provide them with a review or other comments.  I receive many more emails simply asking if I would be willing to read and review a manuscript if it was sent my…View post