December 30, 2015

Year-End Report on my Fiction.

As 2015 closes, you may be interested in where things stand with regard to my fiction. Amazon is the measure of how well each of my books is doing, although they are also for sale in half a dozen bookstores in upstate New York and on Barnes & Noble, iTune and Kozo websites. Here are my Amazon numbers: House Divided, which was introduced at the end of January 205, has received 22 reviews, earning an average 4.5 stars. It is ranked #1,210 in the Kindle terrorism category. The book with the highest review average is my suspense novel, Last Stop on Desolation Ridge. Reviewers found it worth 4.8 stars. The Expendable Man, my first novel, has received the most reviews […]
May 15, 2015

Editor Praises Two Books

I received a nice review of In the Game and House Dividied from my neighbor, writer-editor Jo-Anne Surrette. Here’s what she says: “One of the reasons why Peter Pollak’s novels are enjoyable to read is that his characters have “sticking power.” When I hear a title of his, one or more of his characters’ names comes up and I remember some aspect of their issues. Whether it is the way Shannon Lynch mulls over a problem or Jake Barnes takes stock of what his research amounts to, his “people” are realistic enough to identify with and care about. “In the Game presents a dilemma shared by many forced to rekey their life style. Pollak offers a very realistic portrayal of […]
March 27, 2015

Beginning Novelists: Is Self-Publishing the way to go?

If you’re a first time novelist and you think your novel is ready for public consumption, you’re probably haunting author discussion groups looking for advise on whether to self-publish or not. While any analysis can’t cover all circumstances, I hope this broad overview will help you begin to ask the right questions. There are clear benefits to being published by a for-profit publishing house. These include Professional editing Professional cover design Professional marketing (cover blurb, branding, marketing pitch, etc.) Pre-publication publicity, including advance distribution to trusted reviewers Listing with distributors that feed bookstores and libraries Inside edge for subsequent titles The disadvantages of Traditional Publishing are: In most cases you need to find an agent to represent you Finding an […]
February 2, 2015

House Divided Press Release: Peter Pollak’s thriller is now available

House Divided, a thriller depicting how Islamic Terrorism could bring dire consequences to America, is now available in print and ebook formats Peter G. Pollak’s fifth book tells the heart-wrenching story of a war no family should have to fight ELKRIDGE, MD – February 2, 2015 – House Divided, Peter G. Pollak’s 88,000-word thriller, is now available for purchase from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Although fiction, this novel paints a very real picture of the devastating impact that Islamic terrorism could bring to America. What Advance Reviewers Say “Peter G. Pollak gives us a thriller that hits close to home in House Divided,” said Nathan Van Coops, author of In Times Like These and The Chronothon. “Writing from an […]
August 27, 2014

In today’s post I answer the question: “When will I be able to read your next novel?”

After self-publishing four novels in a relatively short period of time––The Expendable Man in February 2011, Making the Grade in April 2012, Last Stop on Desolation Ridge in February 2013, and In the Game in November 2013, I went back to a coming-of-age fantasy I’d started ten years earlier. That book is projected to run over 200,000 words, and has been a struggle to organize. Parts of it have come together easy, but how to handle other parts remain unresolved. Instead of continuing to bang my head against my keyboard, in March of this year I put that project aside and started working on a new thriller. The first draft of House Divided was completed earlier this month. I’ll be […]
January 3, 2014

Shining review of In the Game

Here’s what reviewer Joymarie had to say about my latest novel, In the Game: “Because he is really into his work and he invites you, by his marvelous prose, to travel with him and Jake down a road of mystery, murder and investigative sleuthing. Mr. Pollak just seems to have a tight grip on each of these elements and the genius to put it into tantalyzing prose. If you can read the first chapter and not continue relentlessly to the end of this novel, you deserve some kind of medal which I find hard to classify. This author has just entralled me with his skill at telling a story without skipping a beat. I have one recommendation to the reader…make […]