“Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away.”

- Clarence Darrow

“You need to be on YouTube.”

“No, I don’t.”

“Yes, you do.”

“No, I don’t.”

“Yes, you do. You need to record yourself reading and put it on YouTube.”

So began a recent supper conversation with the Business Guy. We’d had this chat before. I’d resisted. He’d persisted. I’d resisted again. Now he was persisting, yet again. I paused to chew my – wait a minute. This all sounded remarkably familiar… With one big difference: In 2008, the Business Guy was busy persuading me that I needed to build a website and start writing a blog.

“You’re a writer,” he’d said at the time. “You need to promote yourself and your work if you want your writing to be read.”

He was dead right about that, as I learned after a few months of blog writing. The bonus was how much I came to enjoy writing blog posts. It’s been an immensely gratifying experience, and I can’t imagine not writing it.

Well, I paused to chew my broccoli.

“You need to get yourself out there reading to a wider public. YouTube is a good way to do it. Besides, the holiday season is coming. Readers might want to buy a copy of your book as a gift.”

The thought made my toes curl. Every cell in my body resisted the notion. YouTube? Me?


No way.

I finished chewing my broccoli, then I spoke.

“No, I don’t.”

I thought the matter was closed. Then the Business Guy peered at me over his glasses.

I knew in an instant he was right.

Herewith, Dear Reader, an excerpt from Harbour View.


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