The $1 Sale!

Are sociopaths born or bred? And how many walk among us?

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that my newest psychological thriller, The Orphans of the Creek, is now on sale for $1 at Amazon Kindle!

This “intelligent, complex story” concerns Whiteboy, a small town DJ who seems to have it all until his long-absent father requests a reunion at his deathbed. Whiteboy’s world crumbles after their visit, to the point where he must eradicate his very being – and those of everyone around him.

Only $1 for a limited time!

Order it today from the Amazon US, Canada, UK, Eurozone, or other international sites*. And after you read it, be sure to write a review!

See you out there!

*Prices outside of the US have been pro-rated.

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Author Richard S. Todd
Author Richard S. Todd

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

To My Dear Readers…

Dear Readers,

2013 is upon us. 2013! Can you believe it?

A lot of you have stuck with me since Raincloud was published in 2008. And many more have joined and supported me since that first foray into the writing ring.

To all of you, thank you for all that you do.

For your comments and curiosity, for your praise and prayers, and for just dropping in and saying hi. I couldn’t do any of this without you and your company will keep me going towards completing my goals in 2013.

Have yourselves a safe Christmas and a sage 2013. Keep in touch.

Literally Yours, RST

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Author Richard S. Todd
Author Richard S. Todd

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

Have a Blog? Wanna Make an eBook?

Many people these days document their thoughts on a personal blog. And with sharp social media skills, many of these bloggers build a large following that looks forward to every new entry.

So why not monetize those blog entries by turning them into an eBook?

Check out my latest blog post for The Sparkle Agency to learn more!

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Author Richard S. Todd
Author Richard S. Todd

Richard S. Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

Learning to Celebrate – A New Resolution

If there’s one skill I need to master, it’s celebrating achievement.

Typically, I’m the kind of guy that will accomplish something, take a breath, and then move on to the next task. For example, if I complete a writing project I’ll smile to myself and think about how to market it.  Or, I’ll mark a successful book event with a quick pat on the back and then look towards the next one.

But slowly I’m learning that celebrating even the seemingly small achievements is important. It really gives you incentive to complete things, beyond the personal joy of the completion itself.

2012 was a big year for me. My short story ‘Clive‘ was published in Nod Magazine and then as a standalone Kindle selection. My second novel, The Orphans of the Creek, was also completed and released after a few years worth of on-and-off-again attention. Also, my profile as a copywriter has grown to include blogging for The Writers and Editors Network, The Sparkle Agency, and several web projects for various Clients. And to top it off, thanks to all of you, my Facebook group has more than doubled in size from this time last year.

And although I might have marked these accomplishments with a small indulgence here and there, I believe all of these events (and yours as well) should have warranted a special dinner or a pub night with friends or some self-indulgent gift.

Writers are typically a brooding, lonely sort. But we don’t always have to be.

So I resolve to celebrate whenever I reach a goal in 2013. And here is my partial goal list:

  1. Release the print copy of The Orphans of the Creek
  2. Release my short story collection Darkness Over Scanlon Creek
  3. Release my novella The Forward Sort
  4. Release my eBook My Adventures as a Self-Publisher

Pretty big stuff and definitely celebration-worthy. Why not celebrate with me? We’ll raise a glass together with each new accomplishment, both mine and yours.

So here’s to getting blitzed a lot in 2013!

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Author Richard S. Todd
Author Richard S. Todd

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

Climbing Everest

I’ve just finished reading two books concerning climbing disasters on Mount Everest: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer and Lost on Everest: The Search for Mallory & Irvine by Peter Firstbrook. I was pretty fresh on the subjects too, knowing little about Everest beyond Sir Edmund Hilary and recent news items about people who have perished either attempting the summit or descending after summiting.

After reading the books, I thought to myself: “Is this something I could do?”

For a mere $65,000 US, you can book an expedition with companies like Adventure Consultants who will guide you up the Everest’s south side  to the summit (I don’t know of any guided excursions up the much more treacherous and extreme north face).

You still have to be in top physical condition to climb, and understand that there are no guarantees that you’ll reach the peak. But should you make it, you’ll not only earn some pretty heavy bragging rights but also be treated to the world’s highest vista, where on a clear day it’s possible to see the rim of the Earth.

But the risks are large. The mountain is littered with bodies from people who have fallen, froze to death, or died from some other unfortunate circumstance. To bring this point home, here’s a video of climbers finding the body of legendary climber George Mallory, who, along with climbing partner Andrew Irvine, disappeared on the north side in 1924. Debate still rages about whether or not they actually conquered the mountain:

Still, I would imagine that, to some, the risks make the attempt that much more enticing.

How about you? Have you ever dreamed of climbing Everest?

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Author Richard S. Todd
Author Richard S. Todd

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

The Death of John Lennon

Right around this time, on a cold, Monday night 32 years ago, John Lennon died in a New York hospital after being gunned down by an assailant outside his home.

It was one of those moments where, if you were around at the time, you remember where you were when it happened. Being a kid, I was in bed. But when I heard the news the next morning I thought, “Who would kill John Lennon? What did he ever do?”

Of course, the answer isn’t crystal clear. But we do know one thing: we were robbed.

I don’t mean robbed of a Beatles reunion or more John Lennon music or his witticisms or worldly wisdom. We were robbed of a man who had come to terms with middle-age, embracing home and family while letting go of the rock star lifestyle. John Lennon didn’t die of a drug overdose or with his face in the toilet. He was killed coming home with his wife and to tuck his son into bed.

The example he was setting was something all of us should admire and embrace.

Of course, as a child I couldn’t grasp this concept. I was confused but touched by the outpouring of emotion from musicians and fans all over the world. I listened soberly as radio stations paid tribute and played his music. I watched with disappointment as record stores cashed in on huge profits and supermarket tabloids splashed pictures of him in an effort to capitalize on everyone’s pain.

32 years later, I recognize the media and the music business for what they are. And I recognize that, as time marches on, this anniversary will cease to have the importance it once did.

But one thing will never change – the chills I get when I watch this:

RIP JWOL (1940 – 1980)

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Author Richard S. Todd
Author Richard S. Todd

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

Great News for Canadian Readers (and Authors)!

Today Amazon showed some love to its Canadian customers by making their Kindle books available on Amazon.ca.

This is great news for both Canadian readers and authors. Previously, Canadian Kindle customers had to visit Amazon.com to buy eBooks. Now, they can consolidate all their buying on the Canadian site.

Canadian authors can also market their books on a domestic site, instead of sending their local readers to an outside source.

So let me be one of the first!

To my many Canadian readers, I welcome you to the Canadian Kindle pages for Raincloud and The Orphans of the Creek. And don’t forget that Raincloud is also available in print and for Kobo, with like versions of The Orphans of the Creek to follow.

As always, thanks for your love and support.

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.