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Author // Represented by The Doris S. Michaels Literary Agency, Inc. // TRACKS: A Novel in Stories (Atticus Books 2011) & Flightless Goose, a storybook for children (Writers Lair Books 2008) available now. Learn more at www.EricDGoodman.com

Monday, November 24, 2014

This Thanksgiving, Save the Goose for Reading


As you prepare you holiday goose*, allow me to put you on track regarding some Black Friday specials that will be good from now through the end of the weekend.


Buy a copy of Tracks: A Novel in Stories for $10 + $3 shipping and get a free audio CD with radio readings from the book—set to music and sound effects.
 

Buy a copy of Flightless Goose for $10 + $3 shipping and get a free DVD Storybook of the book.


Buy a set of both Tracks and Flightless Goose for $20 + $3 combined shipping and get both books, the free CD and DVD AND an unpublished, deleted story from Tracks.


Just visit www.EricDGoodman.com/tracks.html to place your order.


Learn more or place your order at www.TracksNovel.com


Happy Thanksgiving from the Goodmans and the goose!


*Gilbert, the flightless goose, recommends eating turkey and reading about goose.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Novel in a Month?


Tens of thousands of writers are racing through their pages during National Novel Writing Month this November.  Thousands will cross the finish line to complete a manuscript of 50,000 words or more.  Now, what can you do with it?


In a nutshell?  Rewrite it.  Revise it.  Edit it.  Make sure it’s the best book it can be.  Then start looking for an agent.


That’s what I did.  It took me a month to write that first draft of Tracks: A Novel in Stories, then a few years to take the spillage and sculpt it into a novel I could pitch to agents.  The result?  Representation by one of New York City’s top ten agents! 


And a book deal with Atticus Books!


But it all started with a month of intense writing, as you can read in Ally E. Peltier’s story about the beginnings of Tracks as a NaNoWriMo novel.


Here’s a snippet from her article:


Eric began writing Tracks five years ago, during NaNoWriMo. He wrote about 60,000 words that year, then went on to add and subtract stories, rewrite and revise, until he had a final draft ready to take to publishers. “The nice thing about NaNoWriMo,” Eric says, “is that you’re forced to write even when you’re not sure you have it all figured out. And for a first draft, that’s good. Tracks is a different, and better, book than that original draft. But the original draft helped make it possible.”

She also uses Tracks to teach some writing lessons, such as the importance of staring small, reading other writers, avoiding traps like procrastination and perfection-seeking.

 

I’ve attempted and won NaNoWriMo five times. I’ll admit I don’t do it every year, because I have enough rough drafts to sculpt into presentable prose. But this year, I sort of did it again. But this year, it was EarlNoWriMo—Early Novel Writing Month! I wrote my most recent draft novel, a literary thriller set in China, during the month of October. It fit my schedule and deadline better than NaNoWriMo.



Read Ally’s article about Tracks and NaNoWriMo, published in her monthly newsletter, at the following link.
 


 

 

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

For Veterans Day

Baltimore writer and veteran Tom Glenn has some bitter memories about the fall of Saigon. He was there, and under fire, when it happened. Tom regularly shares his (unclassified) experiences with presentations and readings.

He wrote a three-part series for the Baltimore Post-Examiner called Bitter Memories: The Fall of Saigon. Read part one at the link below—and follow along to parts two and three. Good reading material for Veterans Day … or any day.



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Monday, November 03, 2014

America Land in The Loch Raven Review


Halloween has ended, and now the most frightening day of the year is at hand: Election Day! I hope everyone is ready to weather the storm—and the attack ads—and get out to vote.

I don’t have a “rock the vote” story to share. But how about settling for “America Land,” my story that was published in the most recent issue of The Loch Raven Review?

In the same issue, you’ll find the works of other writers and poets, like Charles Rammelkamp, Margo Christie, David Eberhardt, Jacqueline Michaud, and Sid Gold.

Check out the Spring-Summer 2014 issue of The Loch Raven Review at  www.lochravenreview.net.
Visit “America Land” at http://thelochravenreview.net/eric-d-goodman

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GEO-POE at Westminster Hall


Looking for a bookish Halloween event? Or a Halloween Literary event? Tonight’s the night. Join the CityLit Project at Westminster Hall (the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe) for GEO-POE

In October 2014, fourteen writers hid fourteen stories inspired by the death of Edgar Allan Poe or written in a Poesque fashion. Geo-cached in spots around Baltimore, each story is part of a puzzle that is GEO-POE: A Literary Geo-Caching Adventure.

www.facebook.com/geopoebaltimore

Free Fall Baltimore Event
Geo-Poe: The Reading
Oct 29, 7pm at Westminster Hall
Please RSVP for free admission here
http://bit.ly/1yHDH4Y

At last, let the identities of these fourteen warped writers be revealed!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The End Has Come


For the 2014 Lit and Art Reading Series, that is.

The final Lit and Art of the 2014 season takes place the last Sunday in October—this weekend! Featured readers include David Andrews, Shirley Brewer, Anthony C. Hayes, Richard Peabody, and Trish S.

Classical piano will be performed by Tom Glenn. The original artwork of Manzar will be on display, and you can help yourself to free wine and refreshments.  Nithin Jagdish and Eric D. Goodman are your welcoming hosts. Plus, open mic offers the opportunity for you to show us what you’ve got.

Join us for the last Lit and Art of the 2014 season on Sunday, October 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Watermark Gallery, 100 South Charles Street, second floor of the Bank of America Building right across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

 
Pledge your intention to attend the event at the event page:
 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NaNoWriMo One Month Early


Do you do NaNoWriMo? It’s right around the corner. NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, takes place every November—a month of pens and paper, desktops and lap tops, coffee and creativity. The goal: to write a novel of 50,000 words or more in one month’s time.

I used to be a perennial participant. I won NaNoWriMo five years in a row. Then I realized that I had lots of decent first drafts of novels, but not enough polished final drafts, so I stopped.

I had thought of participating again this year, but I just couldn’t wait. So I decided to do it one month early. I started writing when the calendar turned to October, and I expect to have a draft completed before the trick-or-treaters arrive on the doorstep.

NaNoWriMo is more motivator than contest. It’s sort of like a marathon. You have to be a regular writer who practices, have to train yourself for the event. But if you do, and if you’re driven, you can write a novel in a month. And it’s a great feeling.

Then comes the rewriting and the editing. But there are plenty more months for that.

Whether you decide to participate in National Novel Writing Month or you decide on the month that best fits your schedule and mood, write on!

Look for more details on my latest novel, set in China, in the months to come. Until then, check out some of the places I visited earlier this year that found their way into the novel!

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Last Lit and Art of the Year


Last month, the Lit and Art Reading Series took its place once again at the Baltimore Book Festival—the Mid-Atlantic Region’s biggest literary celebration! We were hosted by the CityLit Stage—the hottest stage of the festival! Featured talent included Tom Glenn, Eric D. Goodman, Holly Morse-Ellington, Nitin Jagdish, Nathan Leslie, and Liz Moser. The event was emceed by NPR’s Aaron Henkin, whose program “The Signal” takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.

But we’re not ones to dwell on the past. Let’s look to the future.

The final Lit and Art of the 2014 season takes place the last Sunday in October! Featured readers will include David Andrews, Shirley Brewer, Tony Hayes, Richard Peabody, and Trish S.

Musical interludes of classical piano will be performed by Tom Glenn. The original artwork of Manzar will be on display, and the program will be held together with wine and refreshments. Plus, open mic will offer the opportunity for you to show your talent as well.

Join us for the last Lit and Art of the 2014 season on Sunday, October 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Watermark Gallery, 100 South Charles Street, second floor of the Bank of America Building right across from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Get Your Lit On at Baltimore Book Festival City Lit Stage

For many in the local literary community, this is the Literary New Year celebration. It's time to get your lit on!

Yes, it’s that season again—time for the Baltimore Book Festival. It’s the Mid-Atlantic Region’s biggest literary celebration! The event takes place from Friday, September 26 at noon to Sunday, September 28 at 6 p.m.

Once again, the Lit and Art Reading Series has a place at the Baltimore Book Festival’s CityLit Stage—the hottest stage of the festival! Our program takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 26 and features Tom Glenn, Eric D. Goodman, Holly Morse-Ellington, Nitin Jagdish, Nathan Leslie, Liz Moser, and Manzar. The event will be emceed by NPR’s Aaron Henkin, whose program “The Signal” takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.

Other featured writers participating in this year’s festival include Alice McDermott, Rafael Alvarez, Jessica Anya Blau, Sid Gold, Jen Michalski, Lalita Noronha, and a multitude of others.

Learn more about this year’s Baltimore Book Festival at www.baltimorebookfestival.org.

Go right to the CityLit Stage!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lit and Art at Baltimore Book Fest


It’s that season again—time for the Baltimore Book Festival. It’s the Mid-Atlantic Region’s biggest literary celebration! The event takes place from Friday, September 26 at noon to Sunday, September 28 at 6 p.m.

Once again, the Lit and Art Reading Series has a place at the Baltimore Book Festival’s CityLit Stage—the hottest stage of the festival! Our program takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 26 and features Tom Glenn, Eric D. Goodman, Holly Morse-Ellington, Nitin Jagdish, Nathan Leslie, Liz Moser, and Manzar of the Watermark Gallery. The event will be emceed by NPR’s Aaron Henkin, whose program “The Signal” takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.

Other featured writers participating in this year’s festival include Alice McDermott, Rafael Alvarez, Jessica Anya Blau, Sid Gold, Jen Michalski, Lalita Noronha, and a multitude of others.

Learn more about this year’s Baltimore Book Festival at www.baltimorebookfestival.org.

Go right to the CityLit Stage!

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

A Charming Place for Writing and Reading


Do you know about The Historic York Inn / Smyser Bair House?

It’s just the place for a quiet writing retreat!

Located in the four-block historic district of downtown York, this 1830’s home is about an hour north of Baltimore. The luxurious mansion is filled with historic details—gilded Pier Mirrors, stained-glass windows, inlayed floors, massive wood doors and banisters, crystal and brass chandeliers, and hand-plastered molding. Step into the inn and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.

On the National Register of Historic Properties and the York Walking Tour, the home boasts nine comfortable guest rooms. Whether you’re visiting for a rest or to work, it’s a great place to get away.

For the visitor, it’s centrally located to a number of destinations: York, Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Hershey, Lancaster, Baltimore, Washington DC, and a number of interesting sights nearby. The central location makes The Historic York Inn well-positioned for an extended vacation of day trips.

For the city-dweller, it is also a perfect location — because it is in walking distance to everything: the Visitor’s Center, the Central Market and Farmer’s Market (featured as one of the top ten historic markets in the U.S. by the Food Network), the Strand-Capitol Historic Theater and Performing Arts Center, fine and casual dining, restaurants and night clubs, boutique shops, art galleries, antique shops, museums, the colonial courthouse, Historic Trust, Penn Park, the bus station, the new Baseball Stadium, office buildings, countless historic markers, and even the original Articles of Confederation which established the United States of America. It’s easy to be a "guest about town" when you live in this mansion.

For those wanting a working vacation, it’s a great place for a writing retreat, artist retreat, or just a relaxing setting for curling up with some books you’ve been meaning to read.

The home has been featured on national television, in magazines—and even made the top story on the front page of the York newspaper when we purchased it!

Want to book a stay for a night, week or month, or just schedule a tour? Simply email YorkInn@gmail.com.

Learn more about The Historic York Inn / Smyser Bair House by visiting the website at www.YorkInn.info.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Celebrate Books Capitol Style

The National Book Festival in Washington DC is early this year! This weekend, join lit lovers from across the nation on the National Mall for the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The celebration takes place on this Friday, August 29.

Featured authors and poets include E.L. Doctorow, Claire Messud, Alice McDermott, Lisa See, Billy Collins, and Baltimore’s own Elisabeth Dahl, a previous featured author at the Lit and Art Reading Series.  

This year there are even special evening events on movie adaptations, poetry, graphic novels, and Mexican literary legends.

Learn more and get the full schedule at the Library of Congress website.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Let's Check Out Czech Republic


My travel story, “The Pleasures of Prague (And Proximity),” was published in a recent issue of World Wide Travel.

It’s been a few years since the visit, but it’s as vivid today as it was when we were roaming the stone streets of the ancient city. The City of a Thousand Spires was a wonderful place to spend a week. Learn all about what we did there—and see pictures—at World Wide Travel.

In addition to the many sights of Prague, we ventured off to nearby Kunta Hora, Karlstein, Chodova Plana, and Plzen.

It’s a long travelogue, so you may want to pack an overnight bag for “The Pleasures of Prague (And Proximity).”  Then, join me in exploring this eastern European treasure at World Wide Travel.


 

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Are You Big Enough?


Are you big enough for your own website?

That’s a question a lot of authors ask themselves, and one that I considered. It’s the subject of my latest feature article at Writers Weekly, the world’s highest-circulation freelance writers subscription ezine.

I used to keep individual websites for each book. Then, my agent convinced me that if you have published works to share, you’re big enough for your own author’s website.

So now, I keep it all under one roof at www.EricDGoodman.com.

Where is your online presence?

Read my article, “You’re Big Enough For Your Own Website,” at Writers Weekly.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

My Daughter Helps Save Trees


Nicole, my teenage daughter, has never expressed an enthusiastic interest in writing. But she was just published in The Baltimore Sun twice this week. Her letter to the editor regarding the Dumbarton trees in Rodger’s Forge was published in the July 30 edition and again on Saturday, August 2 in the “Maryland Voices: Your Turn” section.

In “Spare the Dumbarton Trees,” Nicole says that the county’s plans to expand Dumbarton Middle School at the expense of century-old trees must be scrapped.

And her letter just may have made a difference! Not only did she get two personal letters from local politicians, the Saturday edition’s Editor’s Note said that some executives have withdrawn support for parts of the plan that involve destroying the trees.

Read Nicole’s letter at the following link.


And, a reply to her letter from another reader, “When nature is in your schoolyard,” was published in the Sun on August 3. You can read the letter here.


 

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Friday, August 01, 2014

The Good and Bad of Family Reunions


Recently, I went to a family reunion of sorts in celebration of my surviving grandmother’s 90th birthday. In the room were dozens of cousins, uncles, and family members, some of which I hadn’t seen in fifteen years. Five generations stood together in that room—a first in our family history. And best of all, we were not here for the more common sort of forced family reunion. We were here to celebrate 90 years of life well lived.

The other sort of reunion I mention reminds me of her husband’s funeral in 1988. I remember when my grandfather passed away, and the feeling that it was a shame we didn’t get together more often under happier circumstances.

The same tone was present last year at my other grandmother’s funeral. So it is refreshing to be celebrating life at a family reunion.

Not long ago, an abridged version of my short story, “Reunion,” was published in Syndic Literary Journal. Although it was written before my maternal grandmother’s death and paternal grandmother’s birthday, it hits on the theme of the unfortunate sort of family reunions and why it sometimes seems to be the most common kind.

In addition to “Reunion,” you’ll find a nice collection of fiction and poetry you can read or listen to in the latest issue. All available to read in digital ink, or to listen to in audio format.
 
LeRoy Chatfield founded the original Syndic in San Francisco and published it from 1958 to 1960. Fifty years later in 2010, Chatfield revived his Syndic Literary Journal and publishes it online at http://syndicjournal.us.
 
Go directly to “Reunion” at the following link.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Get Tangled in the Ivy with Loch Raven Review

Anytime is a good time to get tangled in The Ivy Bookshop. But Friday, July 25 at 7 p.m. is an especially good time.
That’s when The Ivy will host the Loch Raven Review reading and a Memorial Tribute to the late Baltimore poet, Dino Pantazonis.

The event will feature a host of authors, including Grace Cavalieri, Clarinda Harris, D.R. Belz, Carol Bindel, Brett Busang, Dan Cuddy, David Eberhardt, Christopher T. George, Sid Gold, Eric D. Goodman, Keith Alan Hamilton, Danuta E. Kosk-Kosicka, Charles Rammelkamp, Steve Weaver, Katherine E. Young, and surprise musical guests.

Admission and refreshments are free.

Learn more at The Ivy’s website.

http://www.theivybookshop.com/upcomingevent/10489

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Get on Board at Litmore

Hop aboard for a literary event that will take you from DC to Chicago! It takes place this Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m. at Litmore, located at 1702 South Road in Baltimore.


Join Litmore in welcoming Kathleen Rooney, Tom Glenn and Eric D. Goodman for the event “Get on Board: Readings from DC to Chicago.” They will read from their novels which range from DC to Chicago by way of Baltimore
 

Litmore is a brick and mortar nexus for writers with a mission of supporting community-based organizations and programs and creating a foundation for the long-term sustainability of the literary arts in Baltimore.
 
Following the “Get on Board” readings will be an opportunity to ask the authors questions about their books, their own tracks to publication, and writing in general. Then, be sure to chat with the authors during the book signing.
 
Learn more about the event—and sign in—at www.facebook.com/events/282868091874281/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming.
 
 


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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Lunch is on Me at Syndic

Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? An abridged version of my story, “Late Lunch” was published in the most recent issue of San Francisco’s Syndic Literary Journal.

Syndic Literary Journal finds its roots in 1958 San Francisco when LeRoy Chatfield first began the journal. Today, LeRoy continues to publish the journal with every story and poem presented in digital ink as well as audio format.

In the current issue, you’ll find a story by Nitin Jagdish and poetry by Charles Rammelkamp. Check out the current issue at http://syndicjournal.us/cover-syndic-no-11/.

Whether you want to read it or listen, Lunch is on me at http://syndicjournal.us/cover-syndic-no-11/story-late-lunch-by-eric-d-goodman.


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