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The Place Matters: from Michael McCarthy’s Blog

The Place Matters It’s funny how things happen.  After 17½ years working in a primarily administrative position directing a youth and young adult ministry office for the Rockville Centre Diocese, I was now seeking new employment.  Since I liked what I did and felt good about the work I did …


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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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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Get a Sneak Listen to the audiobook for Don’t Touch the Blue Stuff!

This month, I’ve got something SUPER SPECIAL for you at the Listen To The Signal Podcast… the first three chapters of the audiobook for my brand new novel, Don’t Touch the Blue Stuff! It’s the sequel to the Audible bestselling Where the Hell is Tesla?, and is just as absurd/heartwarming/ridiculous as the first book. But there’s much more that’s new, and it’s not all rainbows and unicorns…

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Rob Dircks’ Self-Publishing Panel at Writer’s Digest Conference ’17

A past attendee of the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City, I was shocked when they contacted me to speak on a panel this year. Me? At the front of the room? Yes, they were in fact serious, and our panel (I hope) was a serious help to budding writers …


I can actually hear your sigh. Rich blessings to you, Paula, in the new school year. Michael

Paula Goggin

Timely thoughts and a little sigh of recognition. Paula

Rob Dircks

I try to keep it to digital, offering three file types: .MOBI, .EPUB, and .PDF. (Most people from my experience wind up using the .MOBI). I also have a handful…

Sally Stone

What exactly do you give to your advance readers— a print book, a pdf file, an ebook file or something else? Thanks for sharing your success tips, Rob.


God allows pain and suffering to happen to the innocent only if through it He can bring about a greater good. He is not the author of pain and suffering,…

Herve Da Costa

Super useful. Do your offer coaching on Skype? I need a couple of hours of your time to help set up my plan of actions. This is great. Hervé Da…


You are an absolute lifesaver! Thank you so much for this post - I'm just about to record my first audio book and trying to figure out how to use…

Rob Dircks

Hi Andrew - Sure! I've emailed you with specifics. Cheers! - Rob

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