I just put several new images in the gallery. Oh look; here’s one now.
New Gallery Images

Artist/musician Randi Russo’s new work at the Thomas Masters Gallery, 245 W. North Ave., Chicago. Tomorrow night (1/9/15) at 6 pm. Music and art, check it out!

For those of you interested in what goes into the “sausage” of the self-published book. You may recall that I self-published “Kiddieland and other misfortunes” with Ingram Spark. Setup fee for both print and ebooks was $49. I had one revision which cost $25. I paid $60 each for listings in their print and ebook newsletters which go out to stores and libraries. I priced the print book at $11.99 and the ebook at $4.99. The listings populated to Amazon and B&N websites in a little less than a week after I finished the revision. I ordered a box of print books for xmas gifts, but since I had to pay for expedited shipping to get them on time the per book cost doesn’t reflect what I would normally pay. Also, Spark was having a special, so since I ordered more than 50 books I received a refund of my $49 setup fee.
Next- I take on the frightening and confusing task of marketing the damn thing.
Happy New Year, y’all!

Red versus Blue,
Arab versus Jew,
Black versus White,
Silent Night.
A Christmas Poem by Tim Chapman

My first short story collection, Kiddieland and other misfortunes, is finally out. It’s not exactly a stocking stuffer, but I hope some of you will pick it up for your own reading pleasure. I’m pretty proud of it. It’s available (of course) wherever fine books are sold, but if you live in Chicagoland there will be signing parties at bookstores in late January and early February, so you might want to hold off (I know, it’ll be tough) until then.
Kiddieland Is Here!

Beginning January 6th I will begin teaching tai chi chuan classes at Chang’s Martial Arts, 681 N. York Rd., Elmhurst, IL 60126. We will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8 pm. Tuition is $80 per month, but for those who can’t make class twice a week there is a per class option.
Info here- http://www.changsacademy.com/

Next Tuesday, 12/9, a bunch of us writer types are appearing at the Panera Bread, 1140 Plaza Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173, for a fundraiser to benefit the Love Is Murder mystery convention. We’ll be there from 4 to 8 pm. A good time will be had by all.
Literary Fun At A Local Noshery

So close. I’m almost done with the final edits to “Kiddieland and other misfortunes.” It should be out in just a week or two.
Short Story Collection—Soon!