Your Badass Marketing Message? It’s Right Under Your Nose, and You’ll Be Surprised At What It Is.

Matt Dillon’s character in the movie Something About Mary is a fantastic example of inauthenticity. He lies, cheats, and manipulates every step of the way to get what he wants — namely, Cameron Diaz (Mary).

Manipulation used to be the name of the marketing game as well. You know, Mad Men style. You did whatever it took to get someone to switch to your product or service.

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Reading in Boulder, CO on July 8th

Please join me for a book signing for “The Heart of Zen: Enlightenment, Emotional Maturity, and What It Really Takes for Spiritual Liberation”

Zen Master Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi and me will be doing a reading, answering questions, and having some fun.

Vouchers are $5 and get you $5 off the author’s featured book or a purchase on the day of the event. Vouchers can be purchased in advance at Boulder Bookstore. Continue Reading



Self Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing

As a writer the bottom line is simple: you want to get your books in front of as many readers as possible.  This article is about how you can do that.

There is a lot of talk these days about self-publication, traditional publishing, the fate of bookstores, and digital versus books. We’ll take a detailed look at the industry, so you can make the best decision for your book.

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Excerpt: Heart of Zen

This is an excerpt from Chapter 3 of my just-released 4th book, The Heart of Zen.  

Question: Does anyone ever completely overcome the ego? The Buddha did, right?

Jun Po: The ego insists on its view.  It does not want to change; it will not be successfully bullied, overpowered, or fought.  Who, exactly, will overpower your ego, anyway?

Keith Martin-Smith: That’s what Zen masters are for.

JP: (laughs) Come here!  (pretends to hit me)  So many of us realize our egos are, pardon my French, full of shit.  Yet we try to use the ego to overcome the ego. (shakes head).  What a pity.  It will never work; it can never work.

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I am an award-winning author and professional writer with three books published and one self-published. I also act as a business writing consultant, bringing compelling ideas to life.

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