January 22, 2017

Book and Writers’ Conferences: No Shortage of Opportunities

I’m scheduled for four conferences this spring. That’s a lot, but I go because I always come away with something of value. Writers’ conferences offer speakers touching on subjects of import to me as I seek to perfect my writing and reach more readers. The largest writers conference in the country is sponsored each year by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs(AWP). This year’s conference will be held February 8-11 in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Convention Center. Past events have attracted more than 12,000 participants. This will be my first visit to an AWP conference. The schedule of workshops is overwhelming. I’m sure my head will be spinning. The Maryland Writers Association is holding its first conference in […]
March 7, 2015

Reviews extol House Divided; E-sale ends March 13

Four and five-star reviews of Peter Pollak’s thriller House Divided are pouring in to Amazon and Goodreads’ websites. Aly writes: “I was intrigued by the unique flow of the story. It was a well-written plot. The characters seem to come alive for me. This book was very good and I’m glad I gave it a shot.” E.M. writes: “Mr. Pollak certainly knows how to craft a thriller. This book is hard to put down and reminds us of our vulnerabilities to terrorism. Great read.” Classy writes: “Mr. Pollak’s handling of the extremist characters was realistic without being overly drawn. The young protagonist was true to that age group.” Jack writes: “This is a very good read for anyone looking for […]
March 8, 2013

Typos, Facebook Likes, Book Selling, et al

A dear friend found some typos in the paperback version of Last Stop on Desolation Ridge. As a result, I’ve uploaded revised editions for e-book readers. If you try to buy it on Amazon for the Kindle it may say the book is under review. It’s an automatic process that takes a day or two at the most. The paperback version is also being updated and as a result it also may not be available for a few days. Of course, it’s frustrating to an author when someone discovers typos in her/his book. I recognize that I am not to be trusted to edit or proof-read my own writing. Too many self-published writers do not. Likes on Facebook of Last […]
March 12, 2012

I Agree and Disagree with Richard Russo

Upon his return to Tucson, AZ to participate in the 4th annual Tucson Festival of Books March 10-11, 2012, Richard Russo recalled spending many hours in room 350 in the Modern Languages building where his first TFB presentation was held and where he recalled only a small audience turned out to hear Richard Yates read one of his brilliant short stories. (Russo would later write the introduction to Yates’ collected stories.) Russo spent 13 years getting a B.A., M.A. & Ph.D. at the University of Arizona before moving on to teach and then to begin writing fiction. His observations Saturday March 10 on writing and his particular focus were insightful, but the most interesting and controversial comments he made that […]