Boys Life Magazine



Writing a feature for Boys Life Magazine, a publication that reaches 1.4 million boys across the country, was truly an honor. The December issue hit newsstands on November 17, 2014 and the story I wrote is entitled 700 Feet of Terror.

I think the reason I enjoyed this assignment so much is that it enabled me to continue writing stories that not only entertain young readers, but teach them about life as well.

I believe this is where I am doing by best work, which started when I wrote Saltwater Taffy. Authors who are looking to write for children and ultimately teach them how to leave behind fear, doubt and all the worry of growing up, my advice is to make sure you take them on an adventure where you can weave in your message organically.  If you don’t, they see you coming and immediately tune out.

While I am thankful for beginning my career with Dick Wolf on NBC’s Law & Order, I now know that I am at my best when I am writing for children.  Imagine the possibilities of being able to enhance the life of a child through writing narrative fiction….it’s awesome.  Or, as we like to say here at Saltwater Taffy….it’s SAWEET!

If you love adventure and have a tweenage son, pick up the December 2014 issue of Boys’ Life Magazine and take a read on 700 Feet of Terror.  I think you’re going to love it.  If you would like the chance to win an autographed copy of my award-winning adventure novel, Saltwater Taffy head over to the Bookzone page on Boys Life’s website.  Oh…and always remember, every moment is a new adventure waiting to happen.



Writer's Digest ConferenceI am pleased to announced that I will be speaking at the Writer’s Digest Conference 2013 in Hollywood on September 27 through September 29th.  My first talk will be part of the ‘pre-conference’ show, Self Publishing.  The mini-conference was such a hit during our April conference in New York, Writer’s Digest is bringing it to the west coast for the first time ever.

If you are considering the route of self-publishing, and why wouldn’t you, this mini-conference brings together some of the best minds in the business.  Will you go the indie route and print your own books, secure worldwide distribution or are you looking to hire a self-publishing company?  Which is the best route for you?  At this amazing conference for writers in the new era, you will learn about metadata (if you have no idea what that is, you should) and how not to get ripped off from the digital downloads of your hard work.

I’ll be sparking up the panel discussion of, “Congratulations! You published it, now how do you sell it?”  Moderated by the amazing Porter Anderson, we’ll cover every aspect of “WHAT’S NEXT” in self publishing.

On Saturday the main Writer’s Digest Conference West kicks into gear.  Here’s a description from the Writer’s Digest website:

Expand Your Brand: 10 Secrets that Every Self-Published Author Must Know


Eric DelaBarre, Filmmaker/Speaker/Author

Join successful self-published author Eric DelaBarre as he shows you how to leverage your own personal experience to expand your brand and turn your self-published book into a bankable product that’s attractive to everyone from book buyers to Hollywood executives. Eric shares his wild adventure of securing worldwide distribution rights for his book, Saltwater Taffy, with Perseus Distribution (even when the ‘proper selection channels’ turned him away), selling through 6500 copies of his book, and grabbing the attention of Hollywood producers.

As major publishers and the business of Hollywood continue to downsize, merge, and focus their attention on brand-name talents and proven ideas, self-published authors need to maximize their experience and talents or get left out.  If you want to see your book represented by a major distributor, sell through your print-runs, get the attention of Hollywood Producers, and know how to effectively market your socks off, you won’t want to miss this breakout session with someone who’s actually done it.


wisdom for kids


Saltwater Taffy offers everyday wisdom for kids.  The book is a different kind of children’s book in that it not only entertains the young reader with an epic treasure hunting adventure, but it teaches them along the way.  Now endorsed by 12 Teachers around the country, Saltwater Taffy is an Accelerated Reader title, a children’s book club favorite, and an award-winning children’s book.

Set to become a major motion picture for the entire family, Saltwater Taffy is a book for the entire family.  Pick up your copy today and watch your reluctant reader say, “One more chapter…please!”  This was the reason the book was created in the first place…to bring families together through reading.




Please join me at the Writer’s Digest Conference East 2013 in New York City!  I’ll be speaking on Friday April 5th, and twice on Sunday April 7, so please come out and join in the fun.  Register here!

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