The Heart of the Matter
September 16, 2022
A Request for Your Brilliance


I am happy to announce that I will be publishing my fourth book of poetry in early 2023. The title? "Unspoken Word: Poetry of Love, Longing and Letting Go."

Yes, I am psyched about getting these poems out into the world, but more than that I am looking forward to doing this in a way that I've never done before.

In the past, the promotion of my books has been borderline lame -- kind of like throwing a frisbee into a supermarket on a snow day. While some people did manage to look up from the dairy case, my outreach efforts were not very effective.

Hopefully, that's just about to change.

What I'm in the process of putting together is a robust marketing plan -- a mix of common sense and out of the box strategies to get my soon-to-be-published book out into the world.

Towards that end I'm asking YOU for your cool ideas about how I can get the word out to as many people as possible.

Knowing how precious your time is, I've decided to give my book away to the ten people who send me the most (potentially) impactful ideas. If you happen to be one of these people and live in the US, I will mail you a hard copy of the book when it's published. If you live outside of the US, I will send you a link to the Kindle version.

As you might imagine, I already have some ideas I'm considering. So... rather than run the risk of you sending me ideas already under consideration, I've noted the ones I'm noodling on below. What I'm looking for are ideas BEYOND these -- either common sense ideas I haven't yet thought of or really out-of-the-box ideas that might be worth trying.

Here's what I've got so far:

-- Email my book's Amazon link to all my friends
-- Post book promotions on my blogs and Facebook page
-- Get endorsements from well-known influencers
-- Send my book to a poetry contest
-- Create a two-minute video of me talking about the book
-- Create an audio-book version
-- Hire a publicist

Willing to share your ideas with me? If so, simply forward them to And please be sure to include your snail mail address in case you are one of the ten people who win a free book.

If you want to be informed when the book comes out, let me know and I'll put you on the mailing list.

"If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it." -- Albert Einstein

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May 23, 2017
The Golden Garden Party


On June 4th, just outside of Asheville, North Carolina, Ron and Rachel Clearfield will be hosting their 10th annual Golden Garden Party -- an inspiring fundraiser for TRPF's Food for People program. Everyone is invited. And that means YOU, even if you live halfway around the world. If you can't get to Asheville physically, no worries -- you can get their metaphysically or, should I say virtually. How? By entering the Golden Garden Party Raffle.

As of today, there are 25 items to be raffled off -- for a total of $2,000 worth of goodies. And more items are being added daily. Raffle tickets are $5, or three for $10. And, since a friend of the project is offering a matching donation, every ticket you buy will trigger another donation for that same amount.

If you have a winning ticket, you get to choose what gift you want. You do not need to be present to win, but you will need to submit your top three preferred items. More about the raffle here.

The Golden Garden Party website

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October 04, 2013
There Is a Contest I Want to Enter

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There is a contest I want to enter, but I cannot find a pen. I want to win something big when my name gets called, mount the stage and, in a heroic attempt to speak before tears have their way, thank God and anyone else who might be listening to this moment of pure exaltation.

Words rise within me, bubbles from a newly opened bottle of champagne, but I say nothing, stunned. I just stand there. Grinning.

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January 11, 2010
A Lulu of a Contest

OK, it's contest time!

I just found out from my publisher ( that they are sponsoring a contest for their authors. It's a simple deal. The author who sells the most copies of his/her book in January wins $1,500. Second place is $750. Third place is $500.

All you need to do is buy a copy for $14.97 + shipping. If I win, I'll donate the prize money to TPRF, a non-profit humanitarian foundation. Everyone wins! You in?

Buy the book

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