My blog is focused on one topic alone: the process of publishing my second novel. I’m seeking a publisher, but if one to my liking doesn’t bite, then I will self-publish. If you’re interested in the process of fiction writing, publishing and self-publishing, then I hope you’ll find a few nuggets of useful information herein from my blow-by-blow reports, my successes and failures. And please feel free to post any advice or suggestions you have as well. Here’s to creativity.

Best-selling author Jeff VanderMeer gives A Greater Monster 4 stars out of 5

By on June 25th, 2014
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Best-selling fantasy author Jeff VanderMeer, the author of Annihilation and Authority, rated my novel A Greater Monster 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads. I thanked him on Twitter, and he said it was “…a really cool and unique read! Beautiful book, too, in the design.”

Jeff VanderMeer rates A Greater Monster 4 stars

It was really quite a thrill for me to get this response because VanderMeer is one of my favorite authors. Here’s my review of Authority, book two in his Southern Reach trilogy.


A long and painful process

By on February 15th, 2014
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David David Katzman reading in Brooklyn

A Greater Monster is now available in ebook format. PDF, EPUB, or MOBI (for Kindle and Nook) versions can be purchased directly from me here and the Kindle version is also available direct from Amazon here The EPUB is in the iBookstore here.

Due to the unusual graphic design in my book, it does not lend itself well to the reflowable text found in ebooks. For that reason, the PDF is actually the only one that exactly matches the print edition. I had to make some compromises in the other versions. It was a long and painful process to get them done, having fired two different ebook developers. It took me two and a half years, but I stuck with it. My third vendor finally delivered. If you are an author looking for a reasonably priced professional service, check out Aptara at aptaracorp.com. They were politely agreeable to my demanding perfectionism.

Oh, and here’s a silly interview I did a while back. It’s a game of “Would You Rather” on The Next Best Book Club blog.

I think I’d rather eat my own hand than go through that ebook design process again.


A long and thoughtful review of A Greater Monster

By on September 3rd, 2013
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For anyone who has read or is considering reading my second novel A Greater Monster: a popular, critical and highly intelligent blogger-of-unusual-books has posted a long and thoughtful review and has invited discussion/posting of comments.

http://bit.ly/oddbooksMonster

She begins the review by writing…

Jesus Christ. The best way I can begin this book discussion is to dare every single one of you to buy the book and read it.

And she concludes it…

I have to stop here because I could keep going for another five thousand or so words and still not cover all this book brings to the table. [...] But the interpretation, as I mentioned before, is half the fun. You should read this book and not just because I dare you to read it. You should read it because it’s not like anything I have ever read before and in spite of being one of the more challenging narratives I’ve tackled for [I Read Odd Books], it remained compelling and interesting, even as I had to put it down and return to it. Highly recommended.


Podcast mania

By on June 29th, 2013
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The Kickstarter LettersJust a brief post today to call out two podcasts. I was interviewed for about 15 minutes about The Kickstarter Letters as part of the summer podcast at WordPlaySounds. I’m the first one in the session, and I read the first letter from my collection. Sounds quite nice, I think. Play it here. This interview was arranged for me by Lori Hettler, the publicist for the Chicago Center for Literature & Photography (CCLaP). Thank you, Lori!

My publisher, Jason Pettus of CCLaP, also had an hour long rambling conversation with me that covered bits about Death by Zamboni, A Greater Monster, The Kickstarter Letters, the Chicago lit scene, self-publishing, and more. You can hear it here.

Oh, here’s a tidbit of news, which was quite a pleasant surprise. I received an email from a Board Member of the Chicago Writer’s Association. (Check out their blog here: http://windycitywriters.com/) They have an annual Book of the Year writing contest, and she invited me to be a finalist judge of the competition. She said that she reached out to me because she had read A Greater Monster and thought it was “pretty awesome” and “such a good read!”

If you’d like to pick up the beautiful hardback edition of The Kickstarter Letters, it’s available at bit.ly/THEKICK. Or the ebook is “pay what you want” at the same location. Lastly, if any of you would like to follow me on Facebook, the page is facebook.com/DavidDavidKatzman. I primarily post pictures of street art and pop surrealists that interest me.


Get your Kicks from Kickstarter Letters #66

By on April 4th, 2013
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After what feels like decades of hard work The Kickstarter Letters is finally available to the public from the Chicago Center for Literature & Photography. What is The Kickstarter Letters? Why, my third book of course. The entire story of how it came to be and what it is is best told in song.

Just kidding. In video. Watch the one I created for our successful Kickstarter project.


The Kickstarter Letters is available for purchase on the Chicago Center for Literature & Photography (CCLaP) website at http://bit.ly/THEKICK. The response so far from those who have received the hardback book via Kickstarter is that it is beautiful. It’s the most deluxe book Jason Pettus, owner of CCLaP has ever released, and that’s why it has taken so long to produce the 65 copies sold via Kickstarter to launch it.
The Kickstarter Letters cover
A spread from The Kickstarter Letters
A foldout handwritten letter from The Kickstarter Letters
A color illustration page from The Kickstarter Letters
To have some fun with the awesome cover art created by my friend Mike Wilgus, I designed a photo album of cover art remixes that you can view on my Facebook page.

I’m so thrilled to be published by CCLaP, an up-and-coming indie press that has received some major press, being featured in both Poets & Writers magazine and The Chicago Tribune.
Please take a peek at the video and if you like what you see–the ebook version is “pay what you want,” and the handmade hardback version is truly a work of love. Visit the Chicago Center for Literature & Photography page here: http://bit.ly/THEKICK

In other news, I was shortlisted for another literary prize entitled The Time & Place Prize whose award was travel and room & board for a month in France at a small cottage. The purpose is to allow a writer time and space to write. I submitted a 5000 word selection from A Greater Monster as my entry. I didn’t win, but it was nice to be a finalist.

Lastly, I was interviewed by “Authors Showcase” at the Empty Bottle Pop Up Book Fair a few months ago, and I finally tracked down the video. My portion is from 1:40 to 3:39.