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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Robert Reoch

This is the life...of the undead!

This is the life…of the undead!

Have a safe, fun Halloween!

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Robert Reoch Rolling Thoughts

Robert Reoch Rolling Thoughts is just me babbling when expressing myself won’t fit on Twitter. I’ll be adding to this same post over time.

October 22, 2014

Dear American Youth: Please read a self-help book on any topic. It will, at the very least teach you how to use your brain to accomplish something useful. Perhaps you might even avoid behaving badly like those fools that rioted in Keene, NH, during the annual Pumpkin Festival. What a bunch of douche bags. People with half a brain don’t pull this kind of shit—even if they get drunk. Only idiots riot out of boredom. Sad, stupid, no-common-sense morons. Like I said, please just read one self-help book on any topic. Try reading The Power of Positive Thinking, or Think and Grow Rich, or I’m Okay-You’re Okay.

Good luck. I hope you make it another year without injuring yourself, or someone else.

P.S. This is funny. I sound like a really old person. I’m getting there though. I’ve earned this. pht-t-t!

Robert Reoch

Robert Reoch Waterfire Providence Rhode Island

Robert Reoch Waterfire Providence Rhode Island

Robert Reoch partakes of Waterfire 2014 in Providence RI

Robert Reoch at Waterfire 2014 in Providence RI

Robert Reoch at Waterfire 2014 in Providence RI

It was a mystical night in Providence, Rhode Island for Waterfire 2014. Or maybe I should say, “mystifying” night—read baffling—in Providence… For more information about this unique event, visit: Waterfire.org.

Providence Rhode Island Gateway Arch Pine Cone

Providence RI, Federal Hill Gateway Arch Pine Cone

Providence RI, Federal Hill Gateway Arch Pine Cone

The Federal Hill Gateway Arch has suspended from it a sculpture of a pine cone (not pineapple). It’s the Italian symbol (La Pigna) representing welcome, abundance, and quality.

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Cookies for Summer

Summer Cookies with Flair and Flavor

Cookies Ease the Mind and Satisfy

Cookies are my weakness. What better way to feed a sweet tooth than by baking them yourself. I’ve been collecting some great cookie cutters for months and finally found time to put them to use. You can use your favorite sugar cookie recipe to bake these. This summer, I came up with an idea to give my cookies a fruity summer twist. Yum!

The secret ingredients for my Summer Cookies are cardamom and ground coriander seed. Also, for a refreshing fruity twist, I’ve added orange, lemon, and lime oils to the mix—just a 1/4 teaspoon of each will do. Always use fresh ingredients (butter, eggs, and flour). Remember, when you bake cookies at home from scratch, it’s real food with actual food value—even if they are a little high in calories and fat. Moderation is the key. It’s fun to decorate them too!

Robert Reoch Summer Cookies

These won’t last long. . . nom-nom-nom….

Happy baking!

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deCordova Museum Visit Images by Robert Reoch

deCordova Sculpture Park Museum Visit by Robert Reoch

More Robert Reoch Images

A great way to spend a free day is by visiting the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. On our second visit four years, it was delightful to see new exhibits on the beautiful outdoor sculpture park, as well as the indoor museum. Should you get hungry for a snack or a light lunch, the museum has a small cafeteria with some delicious menu items. The staff is personable and helpful. Now on with my photos. Here are just a few. It’s easy to see the lure of this gem hidden along the back roads of Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Robert Reoch deCordova Museum

Just one area of the expansive outdoor sculpture gardens.

Robert Reoch at deCordova

Robert Reoch deCordova terrace

The museum rooftop terrace currently features works by Roberly Bell.

Robert Reoch deCordova Balloon Man

This Balloon artist kept several children (and adults) entertained.

Robert Reoch deCordova Pipes

That’s the museum rooftop terrace behind me, up the hill.

Robert Reoch deCordova

A friendly creation by artist Roberly Bell.

Until our next visit!

Robert Reoch

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Robert Reoch Lives

Robert Reoch Lives

Robert Reoch Doesn’t Live to Blog However

Hi folks! Just checking-in. I have a fairly idyllic life, but that doesn’t mean Robert Reoch has time to write regularly. I abhor writing useless fodder just to take up space (like this). Who wants to read that?

Meanwhile, I’m still updating dozens of old posts that were transferred from my old blog. It’s a tedious process, but I don’t want to lose those earlier articles. I like to think that what I write has value.

Speaking of value, how about our president? Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse, our country is being invaded by children—by the thousands. Even this is too much for the Obama administration to handle expeditiously. But let’s give it some time…like Syria (and umpteen other crises too numerous to bore you with right now).

Be well,

Robert Reoch

Robert Reoch Boston Seaport June 2014

Robert Reoch Boston Seaport June 2014

This past Saturday, Joon and I went strolling around the Boston Seaport area. There’s so much to see, one can make a day of it. There’s the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, all the historic sites of Boston—the list goes on. Here are a few images from our Saturday.Robert Reoch Boston Seaport

 

Robert Reoch Boston

Guess where this is?

It's the Northern Avenue Bridge at Boston's Seaport. See the bridge rotating open?

It’s the Northern Avenue Bridge at Boston’s Seaport. See the bridge rotating open?

 

The Courthouse on Fan Pier

The Courthouse on Fan Pier

Robert Reoch Rose Kennedy Greenway

Along the Rose Kennedy Greenway

Boston Strong

Ever strong in Boston, even at this construction site at Fan Pier.

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Robert Reoch Writes “Mind Pastry”

Robert Reoch is Mind Pastry

Robert Reoch Bakes

Robert Reoch measures, beats, and sometimes whips ideas to death. Welcome to “Mind Pastry,” a bakery of thoughts from my mind to yours. 

Robert Reoch is the Name

My last name, Reoch, is pronounced, Rē’ŏck (rhymes with Reebok). That  image of a piece of cake floating among the palm trees in my page banner is a slice from a red velvet cake that I actually baked! Robert Reoch's Mind Pastry CakeThere’s more to Mind Pastry than just the analogy, though. I actually love pastry—and I bake it too!—but that’s another post.

Mind Pastry is Layered

I offer a dose of conscience to the Internet through many of my posts. I believe we have too many “reality TV” shows and deceptive news outlets in the media. Too often, issues are discussed from just one point of view in the news. Many pop “journalists” aren’t doing their homework. They aren’t getting out to the field to research their stories. Much of current reporting relies solely on popular social memes—mass hysteria, as I see it—rather than on verified facts and nuanced examination of the gray areas. Please, people, stop thinking only in black and white. Look for what’s in-between. Ask what is the back story you’re not getting from the media. I try to present layers and perspectives that encourage people to discover full truths. I live by three principles: Love, Truth, and Knowledge. I resent journalism that ignores these values in favor of ratings and profit. I hope you find something new and thought-provoking in Mind Pastry.

Robert Reoch Writes

I’ve written a couple of books of short stories under pen name, Robert George Reoch. I wrote my Travelers’ Shorts books with the traveler in mind, even though my stories not about travel. The idea was to provide short stories for the traveler who didn’t want to start a heavy novel. Short stories provide entertainment in manageable chunks for the person on the go. My short stories are written with taste and richness (just like pastry). These epic tales offer drama, adventure, and laugh-out-loud humor. You can order them here:

Travelers Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move

 

Travelers Shorts 2: Tethers by Robert George Reoch

Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers

Please enjoy my books!

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Robert Reoch Images New York City

Robert Reoch Visited the 911 Museum and 911 Memorial During Memorial Day Weekend

Robert Reoch, that’s me, aka Robert George Reoch took the train from Boston to New York City this past Memorial Day Weekend with his long time partner Joon. We stayed at the elegant Conrad (Hilton) hotel in Battery Park. We had a fabulous view and were just steps away from the 911 Museum and 911 Memorial. I’ve included a few photos in this post.

New York Memorial Day Weekend:

Robert Reoch Freedom Tower

We won’t be base jumping this.

The Freedom Tower also known as One World Trade Center, up close, seems smaller than any one of the original twin towers of the World Trade Center. In fact, the overall square footage is less, and it has fewer floors than either of the original towers. I found it underwhelming.

WTC Remnants

Remnants from an original tower reach upward toward the Freedom Tower.

From inside the 911 Museum, these remnants from one of the original World Trade Center towers seem to be reaching toward the new Freedom Tower outside.

Robert Reoch Brooklyn Bridge

Reflections on the Brooklyn Bridge

Here I am trekking over the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade (above). Reflected in my wicked awesome shades, notice Joon snapping the photo, and the distinctive architecture of the span.

Freedom Tower Topper: Antenna or Minaret?

Freedom Tower Minaret Antenna

Who designed the antenna? Intellectual honesty says it resembles strongly a Minaret.

Seeing the Freedom Tower up close for the first time, I am struck by the appearance of the antenna atop. If I’m being intellectually honest, the antenna clearly resembles that of a minaret (see left image above), which is the traditional tower on a Muslim mosque from where Muslims are called to prayer. I cannot possibly be the only person who has noticed this with concern. Is this structure complete as it is? Are they perhaps planning to streamline it with some type of architectural covering? Is it intended to resemble a minaret by design? What is the story here? I have been researching and have not yet found the answer. Apparently, a few separate creative entities have combined and cooperated to design and construct the antenna. I will continue to investigate and provide updates when I learn more. I’d love to be able to shed some light on this.

911 Memorial and Museum

I have a couple of final thoughts at this writing. The 911 Memorial with its World Trade Center Towers’ square-footprint-shaped pools of water cascading into a seemingly bottomless pit are a tad depressing. The water ultimately rushes down into those massive dark square holes in the center of each of the two pools. It evokes a sadness, even an echo of horror and loss, as though the victims are being drawn down into an abyss. Perhaps that is the intent, or maybe not. That’s just my impression.

The 911 Museum, on the other hand, is well thought-out. It pays tribute to victims in all three sites where jetliners were crashed due to the actions of radical Muslim terrorists. The remnants on display in the museum and the multimedia displays do well to convey the subject matter thoughtfully and with due respect.

Until next time, my deepest sympathies to victims, friends, and families of those lost on 9/11.

Robert George Reoch

 

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake is a Tradition in Our Home

I baked another Birthday Cake for Joon this year. This  birthday cake has pockets of soft chocolate fudge swirled inside each of the two layers, plus a rich chocolate butter cream frosting. That’s love, man. Ha!

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Happy Birthday Joonyo!

I’ve really been getting into baking over the last few years. It’s a lot of fun, but it takes an investment of time and love (and using the right tools). Anyone can learn. Just remember this one important rule about baking: Measure, measure, measure. You can’t mess around with recipe proportions. Also, don’t substitute ingredients like baking soda for baking powder, or powdered sugar for regular sugar. It just doesn’t work that way. I’ve learned a ton about baking by watching Martha Stewart videos on TV too. She is the best at explaining all the tricks.

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Robert Reoch Images

Robert Reoch Images

Robert Reoch uses the pen name, Robert George Reoch

Look for Robert Reoch’s Traveler’s Shorts Books available worldwide.

Robert Reoch at Grand Tetons in Wyoming, U.S.

Robert Reoch Grand Tetons

Robert Reoch in Chatham Massachusetts on Cape Cod

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Robert Reoch Cape Cod

Robert Reoch in Old Quebec City, Canada

Robert Reoch Quebec City

Robert Reoch in Quebec City, Canada

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Robert Reoch in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Robert Reoch Amsterdam

Robert Reoch Amsterdam

Robert Reoch at Tanglewood in Massachusetts

Robert Reoch Tanglewood

The other place to enjoy the magnificent Boston Symphony.

Robert Reoch in Italy

At the top of Il Duomo in Florence Italy. It's only 422 steps to the top.

At the top of Il Duomo in Florence Italy. It’s only 422 steps to the top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Reoch in Venice Italy. Yes, it really looks like this. (sigh)

Robert Reoch in Venice Italy. Yes, it really looks like this. (sigh)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Reoch writes short stories that have nothing to do with travel. Figure that out.

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Halloween Again. Yay! Robert Reoch

It’s Halloween Soon!

I love Halloween.

Halloween images are colorful and spooky, but not as scary as real life these days. Boo!
Here are a few of my Halloween decorations at home. We’ve been collecting for years.

Decorate for Halloween. It’s fun!

Robert Reoch Halloween
Another Halloween Haunted House.
Notice the Peanuts characters?

Robert Reoch Halloween

Robert Reoch Halloween Skeletons
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
….or else!

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Robert Reoch in Paris Brussels and Amsterdam

Robert Reoch Visits Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam

Robert Reoch August 2013 Travel in Pictures

We took another vacation, Joon and I. We began in Paris, France this time. We also visited Brussels, Belgium, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It was an eye-opening and exhausting-in-a-good-way experience. We covered lots of ground including some of the great museums (The Louvre, in Paris, the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, and several others). More bucket list items are now checked off. I feel richer for having made the the journey and covered an amazing lot of area.

Below are selected photos from the thousands we snapped. The great thing about the digital age is not having to worry about using up all your film. Now it’s about keeping a big enough memory chip on hand, but we were well equipped. The photos tell the story. I won’t bore you with too many details.

Paris, France

Robert Reoch Eiffel Tower

The strobe lights flashing on the Eiffel Tower at night.

 At the bottom.

Robert Reoch Eiffel Tower Base

To get to the top, you have to start at the bottom.

At the top.

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At the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Love locks on a bridge over the Seine.

Robert Reoch love locks

This is apparently becoming a weighty problem… c’est la vie.

The gardens at Versailles.

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The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.

Robert Reoch Hall of Mirrors

Inside the Palace at Versailles.

Outside of the Louvre in Paris.

Robert Reoch at the Louvre

Heading in to the most famous museum in the world.

The most photographed thing in the world and still smiling.

Robert Reoch meets Mona Lisa

Not exactly how you pictured her, eh?

Brussels Belgium

Robert Reoch Grand Place

Belgium is lovely.  Robert Reoch Belgium 2013

The peeing boy statue, “Manneken Pis” (making piss?)

Robert Reoch Manneken Pis

This kid really has to go…

Galeries Royales Saint Hubert in Belgium. (It’s a mall.)

Robert Reoch Belgium

There’s lots of chocolate to found here. (Waffles too.)

Amsterdam The Netherlands

Robert Reoch Amsterdam Canal

Everywhere these canals enchant. So serene.

This is why the people of The Netherlands are among the happiest in the world. They’re smart, they’re serene. Maybe it’s what they smoke. (I think it’s in the water.)

Robert Reoch Amsterdam

Robert Reoch Amsterdam

 Revelers in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. It’s all here.

Robert Reoch Red Light District

Amsterdam at night in the old red light district.

Grasshopper Green Building

The Grasshopper Green Building

What is Amsterdam without a historic windmill?

Robert Reoch Amsterdam Windmill

This windmill dates back to 1755.

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Cape Cod July 2013 in Chatham and Sandwich

Cape Cod July 2013 in Chatham and Sandwich

Robert Reoch and Joon Visit the Cape Again

Joon and I spent a few days in the town of Chatham on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We’ve been to the Cape in the past, visiting Hyannis and Provincetown on two previous trips. This time we did the “elbow” for a different perspective.

We stayed at the beautiful “Captain’s House Inn,” which turned out to be one of the finest guesthouses at which we’ve ever had the pleasure of staying. I could go on at length about the comfortable rooms, lush grounds and gardens, and the delicious breakfasts. Take my word, it’s worth every penny.

We toured the area by car. We also enjoyed a few strolls down Main Street in Chatham. We hiked along the shore at Monomoy Wildlife Refuge and snapped photos of the lighthouse and driftwood. You don’t have to go far to find interesting things to see and do.

Robert Reoch Cape Cod


We stopped in Sandwich during our return drive. There you’ll find the Sandwich Glass Museum. We were fascinated by a glass blowing demonstration as well as a superb multimedia presentation on local history, and the origins of glass manufacturing in Sandwich.

Robert Reoch Cape Cod


While in Sandwich, don’t miss Beth’s Bakery and Cafe! Stop in for a sandwich or some quiche, but especially for the spectacular selection of pastries. We pigged out on an éclair, a huge cream puff, a carrot cake/bread pudding, and a pecan tart. There were dozens of other handsome pastries too choose from too. If left to me, I would spend a day sampling one of everything. I’ll be working off those sumptuous calories for a few weeks before we head off to Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam at the end of this month, where I’ll probably throw on the pounds again. What the heck, life is short.

Robert Reoch Captain's Inn

We stayed in the “Whirlwind Room” at the Captain’s Inn in Chatham



Our stay on Cape Cod was just right. We’ll be back. It’s fun to hit one area for a couple of days, then go back another time, and visit another region of the cape. I always recommend reading up (on the Internet) the places you visit before you go. Use Google maps at street level and gain a little footing in advance to minimize confusion.

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Monomoy Wildlife Refuge



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Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers

Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers

A Wild Ride: “Chance and Keanan: Adagio for Windowpane and Gazebo”

The above title is just one of several new short stories in my second book, Travelers’ Shorts 2.

In this riotous tale, two friends named Chance and Keanan explore Disneyland on acid—in a form known as “windowpane.”Fly with them along the I-5 freeway from La Jolla Cove to Disneyland and back. Who does that?

Chance and Keanan, that’s who.

Click the images below to order.

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Travelers’ Shorts 2

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Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move

Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move

What Are Travelers’ Shorts?

Travelers’ Shorts are my short stories. Although originally written with the traveler in mind, my short stories are for everyone. In fact, they’re not even about travel. I just thought travelers might enjoy reading short stories as opposed to a lengthy novel. Thus, the title: Travelers’ Shorts.

I used to travel on business often. I was never in the mood to begin a heavy book while jetting. I didn’t like reading long tomes on vacation time either. I craved something interesting to read (on a plane, train, boat, or bus) instead of the usual newsstand pulp and in-flight magazines. I realized that other people likely shared my sentiments too. Thus, I came up with the idea of writing short stories with the traveler in mind. I knew I could write interesting content. I had a flair for the dramatic and definitely a sense of humor that other travelers might appreciate. The results came pouring out.

I wrote several epic stories—if you can call a short story epic. Some are made-up, but most are based on real life experiences. They say, write about what you know. The truth is always more interesting. I’ve been around for a while. There’s been a lot gone on in my life that makes for first-rate story telling. You’ll be convinced when you read my books. You may find a bit of yourself in them too. 

From Batman to Bobby Kennedy and even Arnold Schwarzenegger. Scenarios in my tales go from mausoleums to outer space. From Southern California swimming pools to New England. There’s a rich mix of heroes, soaring icons, everyday slobs, and royalty.

My books are available in print as well as Ebook, including wireless delivery. Enjoy my short stories at your own pace, in your own time. You’ll want to read them again and again (unless I exposed you in one of my stories). Order today and see what’s inside my “Travelers’ Shorts.”

Robert George Reoch

Travelers Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move

Travelers Shorts 2: Tethers by Robert George Reoch

Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers

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Bullying and War

Bullying and War

“John Brake’s Wars” is About Bullying

Bullying has reached new levels in the information age. Youths and adults use new tools in cowardly ways for the purpose of intimidation. Bullying has been a social ill long before cyber bullying. I wrote a short story about a tragedy involving a childhood friend of mine. The story, “John Brake’s Wars,” is based on true events. It’s about a friend of mine, a school aged boy named John Brake, who was relentlessly bullied in school while his father, a U.S. soldier, was away fighting in Vietnam.

We have seen an increase in this hostile behavior in recent years. Cyber bullying has given small minds effective tools with which to wreak havoc. The consequences are too often becoming deadly. The effects are always lasting.

“John Brake’s Wars” is just one of the short stories in my book, Travelers Shorts.

Travelers Shorts

Travelers Shorts

 

Travelers Shorts 2

Travelers Shorts 2

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Books and Self-Publishing by Author Robert George Reoch Part 2 Marketing

Books and Self-Publishing by Author Robert George Reoch Part 2: Marketing

Books Don’t Pay Unless . . .

Books don’t pay unless:

A) Your book comes with built-in name recognition, or a signed book deal with a major publisher eager to profit from your celebrity (in other words, you are already rich and famous, or at least in the midst of your 15 minutes of fame), or

B) You’ve written a true literary masterpiece and have a well-connected saint for a book agent. There’s a caveat to the latter too. Most agents won’t touch you unless you can show you’ve already sold at least a thousand books! (See A).

Books Only Profit When They Sell Tens of Thousands of Copies

If you’ve been thinking of having your book published in hopes of making tons of money from royalties, read the above paragraph again. Depending on the price of your book, your cut will be small
compared to the actual retail price. Printers, distributors, and retailers (even Ebook retailers) take a big cut. If you sell 100 books, you will likely receive less than a thousand dollars. If you sell 1,000 books, you’ll probably make less than $5,000. If you are distributed through a site like Amazon, you’ll be
competing with millions and millions of books. Millions!

Why Your Book Won’t List at the Top

On Amazon’s site, your book title won’t necessary be listed in order, alphabetically. Algorithms decide how to list your book as befits the retailer. These secret formulas are dictated by consumer demand and will determine how early-on in the list of publications your book appears—even if your book should be first alphabetically. More popular books with similar titles will be positioned near the top of the list. If you are a new author, or unpopular, your book will quickly be lost in the morass. Again, even if someone searches for your book title by typing it in alphabetically exactly correct, it won’t pop up near the top of the list unless it’s already a big seller. (I know this from experience. Go ahead, experiment with my book titles if you like.)

Travelers' Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts—Short Stories by Robert George Reoch

Marketing is Key

I ran out of time for marketing my books. You may laugh. Seriously, I had an entire strategy, but life happened and I had to move away from my book projects before I could delve into serious marketing. I had given myself a timeline. Even with a solid year dedicated, life gave me too many interruptions. I finished self-publishing my books, but I needed to go back to my day job. I didn’t have time to market my books properly. However, I missed a window that would likely have been fruitless anyway. (See A in paragraph 1).

Book Marketing Requires Research

Even though I ran out of time, I still made a modest effort to market my book. I quickly discovered that book agents put up walls. While searching Online, I found websites for agents who advertised, openl, that they don’t take clients whose books have not already sold at least a thousand in number. Was I discouraged? Of course, so I moved on. I could have continued looking, however I feared I might spend more time and money for naught by falling victim to someone preying on another new author’s dreams. Some unscrupulous agent might take my money and just make a few empty promises. Perhaps they would make some weak gesture such as offering to issue a press release—something I could have done myself. That’s how things panned out.

I put up a couple of websites for my books, which was a hopeful idea, but even that doesn’t help  if people never see the websites. Meanwhile, social media explodes. This could be good. Yet, even putting one of my books on Facebook did nothing measurable.  Facebook wanted me to purchase ads (like the ones you can block). Those Facebook ads cost me more than all of the royalties I’d ever received. Ouch! (Yes, you can laugh.)

My Books Have Been Purchased

The few purchases of my books were probably made by distant relatives of whom I’ve never heard. Perhaps I made a few sales from people who happened across one of my websites, or one of my Twitter accounts. Maybe they saw the poster I tacked up on a bulletin board along the bike trail near my house that was later mowed down by an errant bicyclist. (How’s that for sophisticated marketing?)

If you want to market your book and you don’t fit the profile in item A of paragraph 1 above), you’ll need a lot of luck, plain and simple. Maybe you have a big congregation at your church who can be easily guilt-ed into buying your books.

At the end of the day, at least books should be written if only for the love of writing. Keep writing…or don’t. Be happy.

Robert George Reoch

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Books and Self-Publishing by Author Robert George Reoch Part 1

Books and Self-Publishing by Author Robert George Reoch Part 1

Book World and Self-Publishing

In the book world, self-publishing has taken off over the last ten years. I learned about self-publishing in 2009 as I was writing my first book of short stories, Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move. I discovered on the Internet a company called iUniverse and decided to give myself and them a try at publishing my stories. I had no idea what I was doing, yet I was determined to give it my best shot. I was certain people would love my short stories. Once my books were published, and once people began buying my books, I would get rich! I’d have a best seller!

Books Don’t Sell Themselves


“…once people began buying my books.”—that’s the telling phrase. Nobody buys your books if they haven’t heard of you. I worked for nearly two years with iUniverse and finally finished my project. When all was said (written) and done, I eventually realized that if iUniverse had things their way, I would have bought hundreds of my own books myself.  They actually expected me to buy caseloads of my own books from them so I could peddle them on the street myself. They aggressively offered me discounts for buying quantities of my own books. I live in an apartment. I don’t have room to stockpile books. Fortunately, being a salesman from way back, I could see their angle. Get me all happy that I’ve written a book, then turn around and sell it to me for their own profit! Nuts. I’m the type of person who has foresight. I can usually see the end-game coming. iUniverse had already charged me hundreds of dollars for holding my hand and doing some minor editing (which mainly threw me off my rhythm). They reformatted my pages to fit the printed book (tasks that, later, I realized I could have done myself for free). Yes, I was that green.

Books on the iUniverse Shelf

iUniverse offered marketing and distribution options for my books, including some expensive ad campaigns. I remained leery because they were still constantly trying to sell me box loads of my own books (and I wasn’t biting). Once—just once—I paid them a large sum to show my book at a book fair in Miami. Unfortunately, there was never any concrete evidence that my book even made it to the fair. I never received any sales as a result of the fair. In fact, in following-up, I checked my account records online at iUniverse and discovered that nobody at iUniverse had procured a copy of my printed book prior to the fair, which they would have needed in order to show it. When I mentioned this to iUniverse after the fair, they refused to refund the promotional fee. There later appeared a post-fair record of an internal request for a copy of my book on my account records. Someone had attempted to manipulate the records and backdate an order to make it appear as though they had procured a copy, but the system wouldn’t allow it. It showed the true date confirming the internal book request was made well after the date of the Miami book fare. They were trying to cover their tracks, it was obvious. It wasn’t worth  pursuing. Without having flown to Miami on the day of the book fair, I couldn’t prove anything. I laugh at the absurdity of the book fair ploy (and my gullibility). Nobody bought my book in Miami, and it took months before anyone purchased my book through iUniverse, or from any of the other bookseller’s to whom they claim to distribute. By the way, your books are not sent to retailers at all. These books are printed on demand by those who sell the printed copies online. iUniverse did nothing to promote my book. It sat on their online shelf in virtual reality. Of course, they offered other advertising options costing thousands of dollars, but . . . are you kidding?

Second Book Similar Fate

I also published my second book, Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers, with iUniverse. Am I crazy? Well, since I already knew the process, I went ahead with iUniverse again. Once you understand the mechanics of self-publishing, the venue at iUniverse works fairly well—enough to get a book out there. Your books find their way to Amazon (see Part 2). I wanted to get my second book published quickly as a way to show legitimacy. I had written several good short stories. People who read them loved them. For my second book, I made the mistake of using one of iUniverse’s book cover designers. (I designed the cover of my first book myself and was quite happy with the way it turned out. It kept with my vision.) For the second book, instead of trusting my gut and going with my own cover design again, I used one of iUniverse’s “professional” designer’s. That was a mistake. I had created a design of my own, but I took a chance with the iUniverse designer and it isn’t what I had pictured. I should have taken the time to change it. One day, when I publish a compilation of all of my short stories, in a single volume, I’ll design that cover myself. I may republish the second book and use my cover. At least, I discovered I’m a better cover designer than at least one paid professional. See my book cover (below) for Travelers’ Shorts? Those shorts are an actual pair of mine that I photographed and photo shopped.

Travelers Shorts

Travelers Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers

Travelers Shorts 2

Travelers Shorts 2

Travelers’ Shorts Contain Gems

My books are gems. Of course I say that because I wrote them! The stories speak for themselves. In my first book, Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move, my prose leans toward being overly rich, or “purple,” as my aunt would say. However, I learned to move the story telling at a more contemporary pace in my second book, Travelers’ Shorts 2: Tethers. You can click on the image below to find out more. Don’t let me stop you.

Travelers' Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts—Short Stories by Robert George Reoch

Self-Publishing Book Companies Have Their Own Agenda

Most self-publishing companies are in it for their own profit, not yours. They profit from the process of publishing your book for you. They will charge you for editing services, formatting, cover design, advertising, etc.  They will then push your finished book right back at you to buy it from them (in quantities) so you can go out and peddle it yourself. They want you to buy your own book from them in large quantities (at discounted prices, of course). Just remember, the marketing onus is on you. Nobody sees your book if you don’t market it, but that’s another story which I’ll cover in my next article about self-publishing. Also, in my next article, I’ll talk about my positive experiences in self-publishing with Amazon and their affiliate company CreateSpace.

Good luck with your writing. For more information, read Part 2.

Robert George Reoch

Copyright Robert George Reoch Publishing

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium

On my first trip to Atlanta, Georgia, we visited the Georgia Aquarium. It was just what I had hoped. There are an abundance of creative exhibits, and the dolphin show is spectacular! It’s all indoors, so you can visit anytime. Here’s a shot of some of the colorful fish there:
Georgia AquariumFish Tales

Speaking of fish tales, check out my books of short stories. Look for the links on this page. Travelers’ Shorts: Stories That Move

Travelers' Shorts

Travelers’ Shorts—Short Stories by Robert George Reoch

 

Happy travels!
Robert Reoch

Copyright Robert George Reoch

Maine Visit June 2012

Maine Visit June 2012

Cape Elizabeth Light Maine

We drove north from Boston and up the coast of Maine to Rockport. Along the way, we stopped at the Cape Elizabeth Light (it’s a lighthouse). Here are photos from some of our stops in Rockland, Rockport, and Camden.

Robert Reoch Cape Elizabeth Maine

Cape Elizabeth Light Maine

 

 

Cape Elizabeth Light

Robert Reoch Camden Harbor

Camden Harbor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camden Harbor

Robert Reoch Camden Falls

Camden Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camden Falls (smack in the middle of town!)

Robert Reoch Mount Batty

Mount Batty View

 

 

 

 

 

 

On top of Mount Batty. (Do these shorts make me look fat?)

Robert Reoch Rockland Jetty

Me and Joon at the Rockland Jetty

 

 

 

 

 

 

Me and Joon on the Rockland Jetty

Robert Reoch Rockland Jetty

That boat is available for tours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can sail on that schooner out there.

 

 

 

 

Get out and travel when you can! We are lovin’ New England!

Robert Reoch

Copyright Robert George Reoch Publishing

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

Robert Reoch Cupcakes
Leave these babies out
for the Easter Bunny.

 

Happy Easter!

Robert Reoch

Copyright Robert George Reoch 2009-2013

Peanut Butter and Jelly Squares Chocolate Ganache Drizzle

Peanut Butter and Jelly Squares Chocolate Ganache Drizzle

I baked these babies from a favorite recipe and took them up a notch by drizzling-on some homemade chocolate ganache. Oy! Just an example of my little baking hobby (and dedicated to my someone special who loves these!) I wish everyone could eat one of these melt-in-your-mouth monsters! Ha!

Peanut Butter Jelly Squares
“Oink, Oink!”

Thanks for reading and see you at the gym. Yikes!

Robert Reoch

Copyright Robert George Reoch Publishing

Six Hour Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake Took Six Hours of Love

Monster Birthday Cake

Robert Reoch 6-Hour Birthday Cake

This is devotion.

Robert Reoch Cake 2

Tasted even better than it looked. Happy Birthday Joon!

I spent around six hours baking this monster birthday cake for someone very special to me. This chocolate and cherry bomb had it all goin’ on, including the most decadent chocolate ganache frosting dripping with cherries and little mandarin orange segments (some of Joon’s favorite things.) The best part was in the eating—

Yum!

Robert Reoch

Copyright Robert George Reoch Publishing

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Cookies Cookies Cookies I’m a Cookie Monster

The main reason I enjoy baking Christmas cookies is to eat them! My recipe for butter cookies includes cardamom (the secret spice that reminds your taste buds it’s holiday season). With a few well-chosen cookie cutters, some colored icing, and a little finesse, these tasty gems make the season right. Ha!

Christmas Cookies Robert ReochChristmas Cookies Robert Reoch

 

 

 

Christmas Cookies Robert Reoch

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!

Robert Reoch

Copyright Robert George Reoch Publishing