Cover of novel Confessions of an Internet Pornographer

Cover of novel Confessions of an Internet Pornographer

Monday, September 15, 2014

Why you should read Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King

I have not read Stephen King in many years, although I loved him from Carrie to It. It was both an urge to read his writing again, and to find out what happened to the two people who survived the Overlook Hotel, that made me read this book.

The novel was fully satisfying. It answered almost all of the old questions I was hoping he would not ignore. He embraced the old story and weaved it nicely into a new century. Characters are classic King. It is a horror story wrapped in pure Americana - making the incredible seem familiar and thus possible.

I recommend no one read this book before reading The Shinning first, those who do will be rewarded. However the book does stand on it's own and provides a full story to new readers. And yes, Jack Torrance does make a guest appearance!

I now go back to writing into the wind, until next time!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference


I know I have not written in a long time. I've had nothing new happen, and have no advice worth giving. Confessions of an Internet Pornographer is still out there looking for an audience. I've got great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads but marketing is a nightmare. But I will keep trying, like they say in Finding Nemo, "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming." I'm working on my second novel, trying to finish a first draft before I start the night shift at work. 

I do however bring tidings of great joy for anyone with a finished book. Got this message from my writing Sensei Marcela Landres and I wanted to share it with any wandering writers passing bye. I will not attend. See you there in 2016 or die!

WHAT: Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference
The 3rd Annual Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference will provide Latino writers with access to published Latino authors as well as agents and editors who have a proven track record of publishing Latino books. We invite you to join us as a sponsor, advertiser, and/or attendee.

WHEN: Saturday, September 27, 2014

WHERE: Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY

WHO: Esmeralda Santiago, author of the New York Times best-seller Conquistadora, will serve as keynote speaker. Panelists include: Meg Medina, author of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass; Johanna Castillo, Vice President & Senior Editor, Atria/Simon & Schuster; and Jeff Ourvan, Literary Agent, Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. 
For more details regarding the conference program, visit  

“I am thrilled to tell you that as a result of my participation in the Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference, I have an agent, Diane Stockwell from Globo Libros Literary Management. She sold my book to Johanna Castillo at Atria Book, a division of Simon & Schuster. I’m so grateful for the conference and for everyone involved. It was worth every penny.”
—Maritere Rodriguez Bellas, author of the upcoming book, How to Raise Bilingual Kids: 101 Tips for Today’s Very Busy Immigrant Parent,  

“I’m a huge fan of this conference! I pitched my book project to two agents, one of whom later offered me representation and succeeded in getting me a book contract with Kyle Books, a small publisher based in London. I couldn’t have done it without the Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference. Overall, it was a really inspiring, action-packed day, and I would highly recommend it to any writer who wants to network and learn more about the craft.”
—Lesley Tellez, author of the upcoming book, Eat Mexico,  

FOR MORE INFO: Early bird discount deadline is 9/1/14.

Kind thoughts,
Marcela Landres
Author, How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You  
 If you go to the conference, good luck! I hope all your dreams come true. 

Luis Mario