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Spring Housecleaning: An Update (Of Sorts)

Whew— it's been a busy spring...

My new thriller FALLOUT (the third installment in the Beck Casey series) was released April 7.

My new mystery-thriller THE LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES (the first in my new Faulk Carpenter thriller series) was published yesterday (May 28)...…


Added by Earl Merkel on May 30, 2015 at 2:53am — No Comments

Book Marketing: It's Not Just For The Sane Anymore...

Part of any author's life is the "joy" of shouldering the hobo-stick, pulling on the walking shoes... and hitting the highway (literally, or on the Internet's Information Highway) to MARKET the flippin' thing.

That is a "given" for all scribes, whether publisher-published or indie/self-pubb'd variety, if only because nobody will market the everlovin' hell out of your books like YOU will.

It can be akin to an…


Added by Earl Merkel on April 19, 2015 at 12:40am — No Comments

Well— This Video Cracked ME Up...

In this brief "video trailer"for our new, author-centric radio show... uh... I did include my name, as well as the show name, a ...uh... couple of times in the video for "The Book, With Earl Merkel."

Most egregiously, in the closing credits.

In my defense, it is for "branding."

Which I no doubt richly deserve, with a very hot iron.

(Click …


Added by Earl Merkel on September 24, 2013 at 11:46pm — No Comments

Sunday, on "The Book:" Martin J. Smith, & LIVE Call-In...

In a wildly dangerous experiment, this Sunday evening "The Book, With Earl Merkel" will break into our usually pre-recorded programming --in mid-show-- for a "LIVE, on-air listener call-in" chapter-segment...

... where YOU can call in to introduce yourselves --and to interrogate, with waterboarding intensity-- Mary Cummings, the head of the fast-growing publishing house Diversion Books (New York).

In an era where many publishing houses are cutting back, Ms. Cummings' house…


Added by Earl Merkel on June 28, 2013 at 12:39am — No Comments

"E. Merkel Tops Greece In Debt Total" (Author Debt, Of Course)

More indebtedness incurred by author Earl Merkel, rapidly becoming known as "the Greece of the Writing World"-- this from the lovely Lis Wiehl, who writes the "Triple Threat Club" mystery series when she's not doing legal analysis on television:

"If you're at loose ends waiting for Showtime's HOMELAND to return next fall FIRE OF THE PROPHET by Earl Merkel is your salvation. It's…


Added by Earl Merkel on June 25, 2013 at 12:56am — No Comments

Wanna Read YOUR Stuff, On-Air? Our ‘Limits’ Are Flexible…

Re: those “audio essays” I’m asking you Faithful Readers/listeners of Image

to send me for airing on "The Book, With Earl Merkel": this comment to Lori Hays, in response to my parallel request to other AOTA hosts for short…


Added by Earl Merkel on June 25, 2013 at 12:51am — No Comments

Vince Flynn & Neil Gaiman: Featured On "The Book, With Earl Merkel" *** Listen HERE

Attention, Vince Flynn fans --or Neil Gaiman fans, since he's featured there too this week-- Sunday night's episode of "The Book, With Earl Merkel" is now available on the radio archives.

Hearing both these outstanding writers discuss their lives & their works is, IMHO, well-worth the "click" on the link below.

Show Synopsis: After a month's-long "foreshadowing" --okay; sure, it's a hoary writing tactic,…


Added by Earl Merkel on June 25, 2013 at 12:47am — No Comments

Someone To Watch Over Me



Added by Earl Merkel on September 26, 2010 at 1:36am — No Comments

'Content Analysis' & Your Writing...



Added by Earl Merkel on September 25, 2010 at 12:30am — 8 Comments

Be Thankful It Wasn't An STD...

From our ongoing chronicles of "Dogs Are Man's Best Friend," the following heart-warming tale from Reuters.

--Earl Merkel


Dog chews off Michigan man's toe, saves his life…

Added by Earl Merkel on August 8, 2010 at 7:51am — No Comments

Tough-Love In A Writer's Critique...


Added by Earl Merkel on August 5, 2010 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

JOURNOLIST: We WILL Get Fooled Again...

Since a number of us in a Chicago-area writers' group still commit journalism from time to time in the public press (or e-media), it's doubly noteworthy that a series…


Added by Earl Merkel on July 24, 2010 at 12:46am — 1 Comment

In Praise Of The 'Screeching Diva'

In an age where self-awareness has become a kind of reverse cardinal virtue, Florence Foster Jenkins has become a hero of mine-- a forerunning Titan among the many who today populate our empty-celebrity world.

She believed she had a talent for singing... and, by God, she was gonna sing, dammit!

And did. Boy-oh-boy, did she. She even rented Carnagie Hall (at her own expense) for her public performances, which were all the rage during her "career" as the… Continue

Added by Earl Merkel on July 12, 2010 at 1:41am — No Comments

Boy Reads Book; Now In 'Extensive Therapy'

True story from what we'll call "The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword" -Chronicles: After reading a book at his local library, a young lad is now institutionalized and in "extensive therapy."

This article was published earlier this week in the Northwest…

Added by Earl Merkel on July 8, 2010 at 7:14am — 2 Comments

To Outline Or Not: Was My Advice Wrong?

A fellow writer asks: “Aged old debate - to outline or not to outline?”

I respond, and ask you: was I right? …


Added by Earl Merkel on May 1, 2010 at 2:14am — 1 Comment

How Cable TV Fills The 24-Hr. News Cycle...

If you've ever wondered how cable news is generated and produced, don't miss this rib-tickling video from those fine folks at The Onion, one of the few consistent sources of humor around today...

...except, of course, for cable news channels themselves.

It's online at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U4Ha9HQvMo&feature=player_embedded… Continue

Added by Earl Merkel on March 11, 2010 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Audi's Superbowl "Green Police" Ad: Seig heil?

The award for the most off-target (I fervently pray) Superbowl ad is in: Audi's "The Green Police," a fascist nightmare that inexplicably parallels the 1950's-era anti-Commie paranoia films-- in the Audi ad,

presumably to sell eco-friendly vehicles.

It's jaw-dropping in its appalling "vision" of a police-enforced "green" society, in which only the driver of a bio-diesel car escapes the horrific consequences…


Added by Earl Merkel on February 9, 2010 at 7:59am — 3 Comments

Poe's Mystery Visitor... Disappears

by Earl Merkel

January 19, 2010, 5:07 pm

There's an ominous, potentially sad feel to the air tonight, especially in a quiet cemetery in Baltimore. For the first time in decades, Edgar Allan Poe's mystery visitor... failed to visit.

Below, from the AP's Joseph White.

--Earl Merkel

Nevermore? Mystery visitor misses Poe's birthday

BALTIMORE – Is this tradition "nevermore"?

A mysterious visitor who left… Continue

Added by Earl Merkel on January 20, 2010 at 11:24am — No Comments

'Publisher Seeking Authors!' Danger, Will Robinson?

'Publisher Seeking Authors!' Danger, Will Robinson?

by Earl Merkel

October 16, 2009, 9:05 am

A writer e-mails me to ask about ad ("Publisher Looking for Authors!").

I reply-- but is your answer different? Respond, and I'll forward your comments.

--Earl Merkel


Original E-Mail to Earl Merkel:

Sent: Thu, Oct 15, 2009 10:17 am

Subject: FW: publisher looking for… Continue

Added by Earl Merkel on October 19, 2009 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

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