Selling Art; the Trifecta of Working in the Connection Economy

“Why Make Art? Because you must. The new connected economy demands on it and will reward you for nothing else.”   – Seth Godin I read Seth Godin’s book, The Icarus Deception, recently, and it helped to put some observations I have made, but wasn’t quite bright enough to articulate, into perspective about the modernContinue reading “Selling Art; the Trifecta of Working in the Connection Economy”

The Holy Trinity of New Bayou Books

I’m on the cusp of finishing the second novel from New Bayou Books. It’s an adventure called All Saints Day of the Dead, and there’s a lot of religious imagery in the book. Also, in a few weeks we’re going to publish an open letter to Louisiana authors in which we challenge writers to joinContinue reading “The Holy Trinity of New Bayou Books”

One Man’s Approach to Organizing a Novel

Last week, I offered some personal insights on how I approach creative writing. Novels, specifically. This week, to round out the picture, I want to outline the structure I use to organize the books. For me, I found that once I had a specific organizational scheme, it’s been a lot easier to get the workContinue reading “One Man’s Approach to Organizing a Novel”

How Reed Writes; 9 Techniques that Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

I’m a veteran writer, but a new novelist, and since I’m getting a late start—entering the competitive market of commercial fiction at the ripe old age of 46—I took a pretty deliberate approach to studying the best practices of others. Over the past year I’ve synthesized those lessons with my own experience to customize aContinue reading “How Reed Writes; 9 Techniques that Stand on the Shoulders of Giants”

Launch From a Long-Ass Runway

I had a kind of epiphany this week, triggered, in a way, by something from last week’s blog. It involved the word “highfalutin”, which I’m pretty sure I’ve never actually uttered or written before or since. But the actual bit of clarity I had–which relates to how we’ve been describing the mission of New BayouContinue reading “Launch From a Long-Ass Runway”

Write for Yourself, Edit for your Characters or Fuck ‘Em and Feed ‘Em Fish Heads!

This week I spent some time and energy—of the intellectual and emotional variety—in the final stages of editing our first book, Tattoos and Tans. And the process brought out some very real lessons for me as a writer that I’d like to pass on. These will be especially useful for anyone who occupies the uniqueContinue reading “Write for Yourself, Edit for your Characters or Fuck ‘Em and Feed ‘Em Fish Heads!”

The Art and the Science of Style

I like to think I’m reasonably well informed when it comes to the public side of managing a creative business. New Bayou Books is my first entrepreneurial effort, but I have some pretty deep practical experience with marketing and outreach. At least, I like to think so. As in, it gives me pleasure–comfort–to believe that. Continue reading “The Art and the Science of Style”

Karma, Tech Support, and Breathing or Everything Takes Longer Than You Think

I still remember how it felt to believe that starting a creative business was easy. It was only a couple months ago. I’d been listening to a podcast–some guy talking ‘bout how it’s never been easier to start your own business. How you don’t need a store, or a warehouse, or even seed money. PutContinue reading “Karma, Tech Support, and Breathing or Everything Takes Longer Than You Think”

Kick Start a Revolution, One Way or Another

Today’s the day I come out as the proud, arrogantly bold son of a bitch behind New Bayou Books. It’s a Louisiana based LLC I started a few weeks back, and one way or another, it will be the spark that ignites some kind of revolution. Literary or personal, something amazing is fixing to happen. Continue reading “Kick Start a Revolution, One Way or Another”

It’s Not a LOGO, it’s a Flag — a Signal to Louisiana Writers to Come Out of the Shadows

Our small start up team is super psyched that our New Bayou Books logo is ready. Check it out! Take a look at the image of the state of Louisiana. Each one of those little dots represents a wonderfully complex and compelling town that is rich with stories and characters. There are stories waiting toContinue reading “It’s Not a LOGO, it’s a Flag — a Signal to Louisiana Writers to Come Out of the Shadows”