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September’s FREE audio sci-fi short, “The Last One,” posted to Listen To The Signal Podcast

Hi guys! I don’t want to give too much away on this story, so I’ll just say it was inspired by something I saw that made me thing that some people are so gifted, it’s impossible for me not to think they somehow touch something divine. Let’s get right to it!

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August’s FREE audio sci-fi short, “Dakō,” posted to Listen To The Signal Podcast

Hi guys! Today’s short story was inspired by an article I read in the New York Times about a couple of men who, many years after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011, still go diving every day looking for remains of their loved ones. It’s so sad, they understand I think the futility of the search, but something compels them to never give up, and it becomes a ritual to honor the dead, or sorts, or at least that’s what I thought of it. So as I’m reading this article, of course, I say to myself, “What if…?” and this story spilled out of my head, complete.

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Goldfinch DIY

This stuff works!  (No, I’m not selling vitamins, I swear)

Part of Goldfinch’s mission is to help folks with their own self-publishing or audiobook production through free resources and personal Q&As at Goldfinch DIY. So every week I get a few emails asking for pointers on selling books, or finding the right audio gear, or how to work with ACX/Audible/Amazon. But …

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Rob Dircks Narrates Bob, the New Middle Grade Book by Wendy Mass

Wow. So this actually happened: an author tweets that she likes one of my audiobooks, so I tweet back “thanks,” and one thing leads to another and suddenly I’m in New York City at Penguin Random House Audio, recording the narration for her next book! That’s Wendy Mass up there in the photo …

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March’s FREE audio sci-fi short, “Their DNA Was No Longer The Same,” posted to Listen To The Signal Podcast

Hey guys! I just read an article yesterday, about Mark and Scott Kelly, the twin astronauts, and how Scott came back after a record length trip aboard the International Space Station, and they found that his DNA was no longer identical to his twin, Mark. What an intriguing premise for a story, right?

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Michael McCarthy

The Art of Conversation: from Michael McCarthy’s Blog

Conversation – a spoken exchange of thoughts, opinions, feelings; talk. A New World Conversations may be becoming a lost art in our digital and technological world. The ability to slow down and simply spend quality time with each other seems more and more of a challenge these days. We have …

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Rob & Dave Visit Garden City Park Elementary with Alphabert!

Rob and Dave kicked off their author school tour (okay, it’s just one school so far) with Mrs. Cipolla’s 2nd grade class at Garden City Park Elementary, sharing their first children’s book collaboration, Alphabert! An A-B-C Adventure!  The kids loved listening to Rob read the story and show them the …

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Rob Dircks on Author’s Cut Live with Tabitha Lord

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of being interviewed on Book Club Babble’s “Author’s Cut Live” with author Tabitha Lord. It was a rip, as we got to trade notes on our writing process, working for a client, and navigating the self publishing world. Check it out: …

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Rob Dircks Moderates Indie Author Day 2017 for NY Public Library

On October 14th, libraries across North America celebrated the second installment of Indie Author Day: a day where aspiring writers, published authors, library professionals, publishers and literary marketers come together to create community around local, independent authors.  This year over 2,000 authors participated in nearly 200 libraries across 40 states …

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Don’t Touch the Blue Stuff! (Where the Hell is Tesla? Book 2) Now Available!

The sequel to Where the Hell is Tesla? is HERE!
SOMETHING CALLED THE “BLUE JUICE” IS COMING. FOR ALL OF US. Luckily, me (Chip Collins), Pete, Nikola Tesla, Bobo, and FBI Agent Gina Phillips are here to kick its ass, and send it back to last Tuesday. Maybe. Or maybe we’ll fail, and everyone in the multiverse is doomed. (Seriously, you might want to get that underground bunker ready.) Either way, I’ve got to get home to Julie and find out… woah, I’m not about to tell you that right here in the book description! TMI.

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