A Year in (the) Rear-view

Looking back on the first year of New Bayou Books What Does 52 Weeks Get You? It’s been about a year since I started this blog. And on one hand, a lot has happened. On the other, not much.  I’ve been making notes on the lessons I’ve learned over the past 52ish weeks. They fallContinue reading “A Year in (the) Rear-view”

The Meaning is in the Commitment

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein So, coming up on my one year anniversary of writing this blog, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. Not so much about the blog, specifically. More about New Bayou Books overall and what I’m trying toContinue reading “The Meaning is in the Commitment”

Support South-Louisiana Writers

Last year I published two works of modern fiction set in South-Louisiana. Sadly, they might be the only two books set in Acadiana that came out last year. I don’t know about you, but to my way of thinking, that’s an absolute tragedy. The world needs more South-Louisiana writers, and more support from readers. AreContinue reading “Support South-Louisiana Writers”

Goodreads and the New Challenge for Independent Writers

I’m going to keep this blog very short because, to be totally honest with you, I have wasted not just yesterday—which is my designated day to prepare the blog—but today (Monday) as well. I’m not proud of it, but there it is.  Nevertheless, I did make an interesting discovery last week that I want toContinue reading “Goodreads and the New Challenge for Independent Writers”

Jason’s Writing Rules and Habits

“If you’ve already decided that writing is important to you,then everything else is just about actually doing the writing.”  – Jason P. Reed Hi everyone! I’m going to speak to members of a local YA Book Club later this week, and so in preparation for that talk, I wrote up these 10 “rules and habits”.Continue reading “Jason’s Writing Rules and Habits”

Observations on an Inaugural Book Event

“If you think you’ve written something good, read it out loud . . . and then you will know.” Jason P. Reed A few weeks back I made the difficult decision of postponing my trip to visit family and friends in Louisiana over the Halloween/All Saints Day period . . . a trip which alsoContinue reading “Observations on an Inaugural Book Event”

Amazon Categories are Key

“Every great company, brand, career has been built in exactly the same way: bit by bit, step by step, little by little.” – Seth Godin Okay, so last week I talked a little bit about Amazon categories. Remember that? Of course you don’t! Neither do I.  The main point was simply that they seemed toContinue reading “Amazon Categories are Key”

Lessons Learned from All Saints’ Day of the Dead

“If I had a nickel for every mistake I made . . . well, I’d have a lot of nickels, I’ll tell you that much.” Me I’m thrilled that I was able to meet my goal of getting All Saints’ Day of the Dead, my second book, published before Halloween. It’s available now on AmazonContinue reading “Lessons Learned from All Saints’ Day of the Dead”

A Book in a Bottle

“Okay, so I wrote the book . . . now where’s the readers?” – Me October is going to be a big month for me. And not because I’m going to release my second book. Okay, partly because I’m going to release All Saints Day of the Dead, my South-Louisiana religion and music tale ofContinue reading “A Book in a Bottle”

Where’s It All Going?

“Time isn’t holding up, time isn’t after us Same as it ever was, same as it ever was”  – Talking Heads, “Once in a Lifetime”  I started writing Tattoos and Tans, my first book, in February of 2020. Since then, I’ve published the book, written three drafts of my second novel (coming out in October),Continue reading “Where’s It All Going?”