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Juggling Identities


As a writer, I’ve gone by three different names, Harry Heckel (my real name), Lee Lightner (when I collaborate with Jeff Smith) and most recently, Jack Heckel (when collaborating with John Peck). I’ve also considered writing in other genres and I have a few novels that if I ever sell, I may publish under yet more names. At the Baltimore Book Festival, I was asked how I keep track of my different selves, and I gave a short answer about being organized and branding, but I’m going to elaborate more here.

Today, writers have to do a lot of marketing. From writing blog posts like this one to keeping Twitter feeds going, to doing appearances and writing articles, it’s a lot of work. I keep recalling that fellow Harper Voyager author Bishop O’Connell told me (and I’m paraphrasing), “You’ve been published. Now the real work begins.” Read the rest of this entry

More Baltimore Book Festival

Hi everyone,

A few more details about the Baltimore Book Festival. I’ll be at a panel on E-Publishing at noon on Saturday, then taking a break at 1pm before being on a panel on Crossing Genres at 2pm. Between 3pm and 4pm, I’ll be doing a reading for part of the time, probably from In the Service of the King, then at 4:30-5:30pm, I’ll be signing at one of the book sales tents. It’s a huge event, so I hope that maybe some old friends from Games Workshop, Other Realms or Dream Wizards might be able to come out.

Meanwhile, I’ve been juggling this week, working on Charming and Ashes and Cinders (Book 2 of the Crimson Hawks) while remembering that I have a superhero anthology I should be finalizing and feeling guilty about several fellow authors who deserve some feedback from me. I’m also getting more accustomed to writing on my laptop as my primary story creation tool, since my desktop is in desperate need of IT tech love.

Oh, and I’ve been writing a touch on my epic fantasy novel, The Lantern, because I’ve felt inspired. A friend of mine, fellow author Wayland Smith, once told me to write whatever I felt inspired to write. He’s a smart man who did a book on terrorists attacking Washington DC titled In My Brother’s Name. I’m going to have to dedicate a post to him before too long because I wouldn’t be an author without his direct intervention.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Baltimore Book Festival (and some other updates)

Hi everyone!

This weekend I’ll be attending the Baltimore Book Festival. It’s a great event with tons of authors and books for sale and an all around celebration of literature. Here’s the link. I’ll have both In the Service of the King and Souls of the Everwood for sale there at a special price for the event. I’m doing a book signing between 4:30 and 5:30 on Saturday, September 29 at the book sale booth for SFWA. My thanks to everyone involved in the organization, and I’m hoping that I might get a chance to see some of my friends from the Baltimore-DC area.

As far as writing, I’m making slow but continued progress on Charming and actually got some work done on Ashes and Cinders (Book 2 of the Crimson Hawks). I’m hopeful that I’ll have copies out for beta readers soon.

All the best,


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