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The dramatic turnaround of a depressing day

The dramatic turnaround of a depressing day

My books have always received great reviews from both amateur and professional reviewers. Cool Creatures, Hot Planet has received 88% 4 to 5-star reviews, Endangered Edens has received 94% 4 or 5-star reviews, and my latest, Time Is Irreverent is currently at 79% 4 to 5-star reviews. Because Time Is Irreverent is a controversial satire, I […]

“Oh, yeah? You can’t make me not buy it!”

“Oh, yeah? You can’t make me not buy it!”

Despite quite literally putting a warning on both the Amazon and Goodreads pages for my science-fiction political-comedy, Time Is Irreverent, conservatives keep buying it and are then surprised when they hate it. I should have thought of this marketing tactic years ago: Tell someone not to buy your book and they go, “Oh, yeah? You […]

My day at MisCon

My day at MisCon

Marty’s photo of the day #2553: Yesterday, I was at MisCon (Missoula’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention) for several events. First I did a reading from “Time Is Irreverent.” I read the section where Nellie Dixon handles the cops expecting a sexual favor in her own “special way” and shocked the audience. But hey, I […]

Time Is Irreverent is now an audio book!

Time Is Irreverent is now an audio book!

  The audio book version of Time Is Irreverent is now available on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon! Perhaps someday Time Is Irreverent will become a movie. In the meantime, the audio book is the next best thing to seeing the adventures of Marty Mann, the Holy Smokin’ Hot Nellie, Chrissie, and Tina on the big […]

Bizarre encounters with cops

Bizarre encounters with cops

I understand that there are dedicated, ethical cops out there. Nevertheless, I’ve had some bizarre encounters with cops over the years: When I ran the Bitterroot Baseball League and managed one of the teams, a cop who was on my team called me drunk one night and tried to intimidate me because I didn’t give […]

Bigotry in the book promotion industry

Bigotry in the book promotion industry

I expect bigotry from conservative Christians and from the Republican Party, but I have to say that I’m surprised by the bigotry I’ve witnessed in the book promotion business. Books reach the top of the charts in three ways: the author is already a celebrity, everything goes right and the author gets a big publishing […]

Bison

Bison

Marty’s photo of the day #2523: Today is dedicated solely to doing the final pre-publication listen to the audio book for Time Is Irreverent. The audio book is going to be awesome! With no time for anything else, my description of today’s photo will be brief: bison.

Time Is Irreverent is a #1 Best Seller in LGBT Science Fiction

Time Is Irreverent is a #1 Best Seller in LGBT Science Fiction

My goal this week was for Time Is Irreverent to become an Amazon #1 Best Seller in at least one category. Yesterday I accomplished that when my novel hit #1 in Parodies. Then, even though I sat at #2 in multiple categories, all the books ahead of mine had such strong sales that they looked […]

Time Is Irreverent is #1 in Parodies

Time Is Irreverent is #1 in Parodies

I’ve been working incredibly hard to push Time Is Irreverent up Amazon’s charts. Today the book reached Best Seller status for the first time in the United States. It’s now the #1 Best-Selling Parody! The novel is also #2 in LGBT Science Fiction, #2 in Humorous Science Fiction, and #3 in Political Humor, so I […]

There’s only so much I want in common with Douglas Adams

There’s only so much I want in common with Douglas Adams

When I finished writing “Time Is Irreverent,” and pitched the novel to various people in the industry, I often had to answer the question “What book is yours most like?” Because “Time Is Irreverent” is unique, my honest answer should have been “none.” But that’s not the way the game is played. So for lack […]

Climbing the Amazon charts

Climbing the Amazon charts

On Tuesday, I began a week-long promotion with the goal of moving “Time Is Irreverent” to #1 on Amazon in at least one US category. Yesterday turned out to be my best sales day ever, and my novel is currently at #2 in LGBT Science Fiction, #5 in Humorous Science Fiction, and #6 in Dark […]

The first major review of Time Is Irreverent

The first major review of Time Is Irreverent

The normal process for books is to submit them to major reviewers months before publication, so that their comments can appear on the release date. Because Time Is Irreverent satirically skewers today’s Republicans and predicts their future course, I couldn’t follow the normal process and risk that it become dated before its release. Not that […]

Scary times ahead?

Scary times ahead?

Marty’s photo of the day #2505: It’s unsettling to know that some of the things I wrote about in Time Is Irreverent, depicting America in 2056 as a theocracy, are starting to come true. Yesterday, Donald Trump signed a memorandum to deploy the National Guard along the Mexican border. In my book, the guards are […]

Selling with the dead guys

Selling with the dead guys

For much of the past week, my new novel, Time Is Irreverent, has been occupying Amazon’s Humorous Science Fiction top-20, alongside books by Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut. Way to go, Marty! I can sell books with the best of the dead guys!

The solar system via Chromosphere Cruiser

The solar system via Chromosphere Cruiser

Marty’s photo of the day #2496: From my novel, Time Is Irreverent, in the year 2020: “Can I drive?” “I’ve read about how you human males always like to be in control. But in my society, pilots are chosen based on skill, not sex.” Reminiscent of the big ship, the cruiser had a vertical cockpit. […]

Time Is Irreverent: Canadian Best Seller

Time Is Irreverent: Canadian Best Seller

If you follow my posts, you know: “Time Is Irreverent” wasn’t supposed to be published until March 1st, but a miscommunication with Amazon resulted in an accidental publication date of February 7. I wasn’t prepared and was in a near-panic because none of my promotions were in order. I quickly did what I could on […]

Writing fiction is more scary than writing nonfiction

Writing fiction is more scary than writing nonfiction

Now that I have written two nonfiction nature-travel books and one science-fiction political-comedy, I have to say that writing fiction is more fun than nonfiction, but also more frightening. With “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents” and “Endangered Edens,” I was pretty much limited to telling stories of adventures that I had already […]

Holy cow Batman!

Holy cow Batman!

Holy Cow Batman! Time Is Irreverent is off to a great start. I just checked Amazon, and the book is listed on the Hot New Release charts in twelve categories:   Dark Comedy Satire Humorous Science Fiction Fiction Satire Humor & Satire Fiction LGBT Science Fiction LGBT Science Fiction & Fantasy Alternative History Time Travel […]

Outselling millions

Outselling millions

Whenever I publish a new book, I become obsessed with watching the Amazon charts (it’s a sickness, I know). Since Time Is Irreverent was published four days ago, it has shot up the rankings and become an Amazon “Hot New Release” in multiple categories. Still, the success of the book depends on how you look […]

What a week it’s been!

What a week it’s been!

This has been one of the most unexpected weeks I’ve had in a long time. First, Deb and I streamed a Within Temptation concert and decided the band was so good that we had to experience them in person. Next thing you know, we have tickets to their concert in Milan, Italy this December. Hey, […]

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