Some insights regarding certain key decisions related to book production and promotion that most guides fail to mention

Last January I self-published Norse Mythology for Bostonians, which is based on a column that I have written for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency since 2010. Originally, I thought that the release date had been smiled upon by the norns because it coincided with the ten year anniversary of my very first…

The complicated plot is full of antagonists (“I’ve got seven women on my mind / Four that wanna own me / Two that wanna stone me / One says she’s a friend of mine”).

Take It Easy

An exemplary entry into the canon of literary crime fiction, Take It Easy drops us directly into the fast-paced dealings of the criminal underworld from the very first sentence (“Well, I’m running down the road / Tryin’ to loosen my load”).

From there the piece effectively constructs a complicated plot…

The plot meanders without focus (“Oh, yeah, alright / Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah / Ah, ah, ah, ah / Oh, don’t leave me so confused, no”).

Whole Lotta Love

An overly ambitious parable about the importance of combating ignorance and providing universal access to education (“You need coolin’ / Baby, I’m not foolin’ / I’m gonna send you / Back to schoolin’”), this piece quite simply fails to reach its full potential. A lack of sophisticated character development coupled…

Start with the decision to write a short humor article

With everything so online nowadays and vastly increasing numbers of people staying at home just browsing the web, it’s become easier than ever before to create original content that goes viral. …

Thunderstruck

A remarkable example of the use of in medias res, this piece delivers us immediately into the action (“I was caught / in the middle of a railroad track / I looked around / and I knew there was no turning back”) as the protagonist, with his supporting cast of…

Hey there everyone, and thanks for coming out to see my presentation for the updated design of your neighborhood’s new public park. …

Are you a morning person, a night person, or a knight person?

Do you have any siblings and if so which ones do you believe might pose a legitimate threat to the throne?

How do you like to spend your time away from Middle-Earth, Westeros, Hogwarts, Narnia, Earthsea, Cimmeria, Pern…

We’ve all seen the multitudes of self-help articles recommending new hobbies for the 2020 lock-down. Non-experts are really good at suggesting all sorts of things to do to keep ourselves occupied while we’re banned from dining out, normal shopping, and just carousing in general. There are tons of suggestions for…

I think that the old saying about the world being your oyster has lost a lot of its potency over the years. It’s just that it seems like it’s a little antiquated is all. …

Hello there, and thanks for joining Flush — the groundbreaking new dating app that’s taking the world by storm! Already deleted by millions of people, Flush is designed from the ground up to be the last match-making app that you’ll ever install on your phone.

That’s because Flush takes the…

Rowdy Geirsson

Promoting Leif Eriksson awareness and failing. Atrocities beyond the Medium Bubble at Metal Sucks, McSweeney’s & Points in Case. www.scandinavianaggression.com

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