Guest Post by Robert Stanek

I’m pleased today to welcome Robert Stanek as a guest on my blog. Robert Stanek is not only the talented author of more than 150 books for adults and children but someone who has been helping other writers ever since his first book was published in 1995.

Back in the early days of the Web, Robert created Writer’s Gallery, Internet Job Center and Internet Daily News to help other writers (archives at These days Robert helps other writers by hosting some terrific writers groups, by blogging about writing-related topics, and through his Read Indie tweets on twitter.

On Facebook, Robert Stanek hosts one of the more popular groups for getting the word out about your promotions and free offerings. It’s called “Free Today” and you’ll find the group at…. On Twitter, you can tweet using the hashtag #freetoday as another way to spread the word about your promotions and freebies.

Go Indie ( is another terrific group for writers that Robert hosts on Facebook. Go Indie is a group dedicated to promoting indie authors, indie books, and indie booksellers. On Twitter, you can also use hashtag #goindie to spread the word about your books.

On, Robert hosts the Read Indies group. Read Indies helps to provide a platform for writers to discuss their books and writing-related topics. Read Indies is at

Robert also writes the Read Indies Blog ( The blog discusses many important writing-related issues and details many of the challenges indie authors face in gaining mainstream acceptance. Some of the more interesting posts:

Taking Your Work from Print to Film –…

Selling Rights to Your Books –…

Viewpoints on Rejection Letters –…

Understanding Bestseller Lists –…

Finding Success as a Writer –…

You can learn more about Robert and his books at

I’m IT! A Game of Tag

My Work-In-Progress has been tagged by the funny and amazing Marion Allen. You may want to visit her at and read about her WIP. But first, since I’m IT, it’s my turn to answer ten questions about my WIP and tag five other writers.

Here are the questions:

 What is the working title of your book?

  Ultimate Game, A Trey Fontaine Mystery.  This is book two of the series.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Basically, I stole it. I watched a movie entitled Human Trafficking and my brain started firing on  at least half of its cylinders.

 What genre does your book fall under?

 It will be sold as a mystery but would easily fit into police procedural, suspense and thriller.

 Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This is really easy because I use actors when building my characters, so readers can easily ‘see’                    them.

                 Alexis Claire Edwards (Angelina Jolie) FBI

                 Trey Fontaine  (Brad Johnson) FBI 

                 Roberto Fausto   Martinez Hopkins  (David Zayas) FBI MCVO

                 Olesia Kasztelewicz (Reese Witherspoon) UC FBI at casino

                 Russell Coleman (Morgan Freeman)  Retired Det/PI

                 Voletta Samantha Drake (Carmyn Manheim) Computer Geek

                 Joan Elizabeth Edwards (Jessica Alba) Victim of Human Traffickers

                 Joseph Dell Papillion (Michael Douglas) Casino Mgr/Drug Dealer

                 Willie Markray (Vin Diesel) Papillions’s bodyguard

                 Mela Klimas  (Jamie Lee Curtis)  JoDell’s Personal Asst

                 Snow Alcibiades (Uma Thurman) Buys women/sells drugs


What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

 A sixteen year old girl trying to settle a score with the attacker of her FBI sister, becomes a victim of human traffickers and the main target of the Ultimate Game.


Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I don’t have an agent but I do have a great publisher:  LL-Publications, who published the first book in this series—Ultimate Justice, A Trey Fontaine Mystery.


How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

 I actually wrote some of this book, while I was writing the first book in the series. Then it sat for a few years. And now I’m at it again. I’m hoping to finish the rough draft by my birthday, toward the end of the year. The editor is patiently waiting. Oh, wait! I didn’t answer the question. At least two years of actual work.

 What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

 Trapped by Greg Iles and Stalemate by Iris Johansen. I’m not comparing my skill to these authors, but there is an element in each of them that reminds me of what my characters are going through and how they react to the situations they find themselves in.


Who or What inspired you to write this book?

 When I wrote book one of the series, Ultimate Justice, A Trey Fontaine Mystery, this story started to intrude.  I blame it on the main character. He didn’t really have time to deal with this part of the story in book one, so  he’s left with finishing it now.


What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

 Mothers and other relatives searching for their missing girls; the only Black detective on a police force in southwest Louisiana; a woman who makes Trey Fontaine absolutely crazy; and villains you love to hate while feeling compassion for them.

So, now that you’ve learned about my WIP, stay in touch, because later this week, I will reveal the five authors I have tagged, so you can learn about theirs.

#Ryder’s Journal–Wednesday December 14, 2011

2011 has been a long year. Yes, my book was published, which was wonderful. And yes, it’s getting great reviews. But personally, life has been hard. I was diagnosed with a third invisible disease this year. My husband’s decline has worsened. But my faith has increased and I feel blessed every day to have a home, and family and friends, and to know where my next meal is coming from–things that a lot of Americans don’t have these days.

The plan for 2012 is to finish book two of the Trey Fontaine Mystery series and get it published while promoting book one. I have been close to bed ridden for a while now, able to get up, but without energy or strength. So my health is going to have to come first. My plan for that is to increase my supplements, eat better, and move a little more. And I’m hoping to finally find a solution to the pain issue.

For now, I still want to add to my journal daily and will try again to do that. Please bear with me as I push forward.

#Ryder’s Journal–Wednesday November 2, 2011

The theme of this journal is the dilemma that authors face after we are published. Our job doubles. Now we have to write and we have to promote.

I’m planning a blog tour and looking for authors who write mystery/thriller/suspense/police procedurals and would be willing to interview me on their blog or let me guest blog regarding my book. I’d love to hear from anyone who is interested. Your blog will be posted on every blog where I’m interviewed or where I guest blog, including mine. I’d also consider a review posted on your blog.

#Ryder’s Journal–Tuesday November 1, 2011

It has been an overwhelming week. Four carpenters descended on our house to ‘weatherize’ it. They were here bright and early, at eight-thirty, and stayed until five in the afternoon. The house now looks like we just moved in. There are boxes and crates everywhere, the floor is filthy, and the dishes are stacked halfway up the wall.

I surely couldn’t write with the commotion and yet another four needy men in my house!  I’ve managed a few thousand words in the last couple of weeks, and have noticed that my name, and the name of my book are all over the internet, which is great.

My book will be advertised on for a month as a result of my participation in one of their events. And I came up wi th a possible fourth plot which could mean that my trilogy could truly turn into a series.

Now I’m off to bed with a swollen foot and a tired body and hopefully, tomorrow, I’ll be back to my writing. I hope all you writers out there are pounding away on those keys, and I hope all you readers out there are finding wonderful books that thrill you, make you laugh, or if I wrote it, make you cringe.

#Point of View and The Writer’s View

I’ve been working on a literary romance and it’s driving me crazy. The plan is to write from the points of view of each of the two main characters–hero and heroine in the normal vernacular, though I don’t think these labels fit so well. Both characters are doctors, specialists.

I want to write in first person present for one, and third person past tense for the other. I know this will probably be hard to sell, because it’s not the ‘normal’ way. But I have a very good reason for doing it this way, and I think when I finally get it sold, it will be a big hit. I have a deep belief in this story.

My current publisher doesn’t publish this kind of work, and I have agreed to write book two of the Trey Fontaine Mystery  trilogy, so working on this is postponed, though it fills my mind at times.  But I’m wondering how other writers deal with this process of deciding when to fulfill the vision of the story, and when to do what you know editors and agents want.

#Ryder’s Journal–Thursday August 18 2011

The theme of this journal is the dilemma that authors face after we are published. Our job doubles. Now we have to write and we have to promote.

It’s been one of those weeks. Got my computer back from the shop Tuesday. Power goes out Thursday. I did get another thousand words written on my WIP. And we got a large bucket of tomatoes from a neighbor, which means we need to get busy prepping them for canning. I’m thinking we’ll just can plain tomatoes this time, instead of salsa, or taco sauce, or spaghetti sauce. I don’t have the time or the energy to create in the kitchen. In fact, I think my son will have to do most of the work.

The good news is I received four copies of my book, which can be delivered to the newspaper of the nearest large town. They did an article on me and my book, and offered to place the book for sale in their offices, where other local writers also have books available.  They will run another article saying the book is available through them, so my name and the cover will run again.


#Ryder’s Journal–Wednesday August 17 2011

The theme of this journal is the dilemma that authors face after we are published. Our job doubles. Now we have to write and we have to promote.

Got 1000 words done on the WIP. Not great words, but words. I solved the problem with the last of the characters who gave me problems with the character sketch. I was needing to find the perfect background and the perfect cover for a woman who is searching for her missing daughter. With that puzzle piece in place, the plot gets from A to Z. Granted it’s a really scant plot. But for someone who has never been a plotter, it works.

A thousand words a day would be great. I have no plans for tomorrow except to rest, and to write, so maybe I can make that goal. Wish me luck.

#Ryder’s Journal–Tuesday August 16 2011

The theme of this journal is the dilemma that authors face after we are published. Our job doubles. Now we have to write and we have to promote.

This week has been full of surprises. The computer took a dump. A local company did an assessment on our house to see if we could decrease what we pay in utilities by upgrading appliances and insulating doors and windows better. A water heater was delivered. A fridge is coming later in the week. The  bathroom sink faucet stopped working and we ended up having to get a new one. And to top it off, I’ve had a major headache and  the rest of my body is protesting everything.

The good news is my computer is back, and I’m still able to post a few short blogs. There is no energy left for promoting and so far I’ve only written 1000 words on my WIP in the last week.

As with all things, when it rains, it pours. We can go weeks with no unusual events and then have half a dozen in a few days. I hope the barage is over and things can get back to normal soon.  They say life is an adventure. I’m about ready for some good old boring days filled iwth writing and rest and maybe a glass of wine!