New release Scapegoat!

Readers of this blog may know that I am also an author. My first book 35 Miles From Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 tells the true story of an airliner that ditched in the Caribbean Sea and the efforts to rescue those who survived. On August 1, I released my second […]

Two books for your consideration

I rarely use to promote my own work. Today is an exception. I want the readers of Everything Nonfiction to be aware of recent developments concerning my two books 35 Miles From Shore and Scapegoat.  My book 35 Miles From Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 tells the true story of […]

January 2014 promotion for 35 Miles From Shore

So you got a new e-reader for Christmas and you’re looking for something good to read. If you’re a fan of nonfiction narratives, then you may find this January promotion exactly what you’re looking for. For the entire month of January the electronic version of 35 Miles From Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM […]

Fire and Rain: four albums, one great year

Review of Fire And Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY and the Lost Story of 1970 written by David Browne Rating ***** This book takes you back to 1970 and chronicles events from that year along with the story of four pivotal albums released during this period: James Taylor’s Fire and Rain, […]

Adwords for Authors Update

It’s been a while since I updated my experience using Adwords to promote my book 35 Miles From Shore. What had originally been planned as a three-month experiment back in 2010 continues to this day. You can read about the original goal of the case study in the post Adwords for Authors: A Case Study. […]

Amazon and IPG agree to Terms

I am happy to announce that Amazon and IPG (Independent Publishers Group), the distributor for 35 Miles From Shore, have agreed on new terms for Kindle titles. I applaud IPG for standing firm and not accepting terms that would have greatly affected their ability to remain profitable. It’s easy to argue that there is no […]

My perspective on the IPG vs Amazon battle

The Internet is a wonderful thing. If you know how to use the medium to market a product, you can reach a wide audience at very little cost. That’s exactly what I’ve been able to accomplish with my book 35 Miles From Shore. So when my distributor informed me a few weeks ago that the […]

35 Miles From Shore is featured on Amazon

Amazon recently tested a marketing program called 100 books for under $3.99. This is for Kindle books only. The test program went so well that they decided to make it a regular feature. Hey, everyone likes a good deal. So when my distributor asked me a few weeks ago if I wanted to participate I […]

Borders: End of one era and the beginning of another

It’s now been a little over three years since the release of my book 35 Miles From Shore. The picture on the left was taken at my very first book signing, which happened to be at a Borders store in Chicago. By now I had fully expected that the book would have made its way […]

A review of Overboard

A review of Overboard by Micheal Touglas Rating ***** This is the story of two sailboats, a storm, and two men tossed overboard. The incident took place in May of 2005. The 45 foot sail boat Almeisan was sailing from Connecticut to Bermuda when it, like the other sail boat, got caught in a massive […]

Unbroken campaign review

The Unbroken campaign was shut down as planned on January 22 after a two month run. It was a tough decision. I contemplated letting it run a while longer. I won’t have final sales numbers for another few weeks, and even then I won’t have sales figures for the exact period in which the campaign […]

Unbroken campaign all out blitz

As I approach the final three days of the Unbroken Adwords campaign, I made a number of changes that will hopefully drive more sales and give me one last opportunity to make it on to the Amazon book page for Unbroken. While there’s little chance to make it on the regular book page, I might be able to get on the Kindle book page. The Kindle version of 35 Miles From Shore has been in the top one through three position for aviation titles for the past week.

35 Miles From Shore has a new website

It’s only been about six months since my last redesign, but I have acquired some new skills that allow me to do more creative things with the site. The main impetus, though, behind this redesign is what I see as a big upcoming year for eBooks. I think 2011 is going to be the turning […]

Adwords for Authors: A Case Study

The idea for this case study was born in January of 2009. That date may not seem significant to you until I mention the fact that this was the day that USAir Flight 1549 ditched in the Hudson River. The accident was especially significant to me personally because I had written and published a book about a lesser known airline ditching that had occurred in 1970. My book 35 Miles From Shore: The Ditching and Rescue of ALM Flight 980 tells the true story of the first and only open-water ditching of a commercial jet and the efforts to rescue those who survived.

Forty years ago today ALM Flight 980 made aviation history

It was May 2, 1970. A DC-9 with 57 passengers and a crew of 6 left New York en route to the tropical island of St. Maarten. They never made it to their destination. Instead, the passengers and crew were thrust into a life and death battle for survival as their plane ran out of fuel and was forced to ditch in the Caribbean Sea.