Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"The Reconstruction:" A mystery novel by Karl Wiegers

Okay, so it doesn't have anything to do with consulting or with software, but I'm excited to announce that my first novel, The Reconstruction, was recently published. Here's the description:

When 34-year-old forensic sculptor Jessica Sanford completes a facial reconstruction on unidentified remains found in a forest outside Eugene, Oregon, she discovers that she has a shocking personal connection to the victim. Jessica is driven to identify the victim, confirm their relationship, and deliver justice for her death.

Adopted as an infant, Jessica cleverly exploits connections with other adoptive families in her quest. Once she understands her link to the victim, Jessica finds herself more immersed in this case than in anything she has done before. Those involved in the apparent homicide are still out there—and Jessica intends to find them. Her relationships, her career, and her life are at risk as she strives to reconstruct the victim's last days.

Not just about uncovering a crime and hunting the suspects, The Reconstruction is also about a young woman's search for her own identity. Jessica is a strong, independent woman who strives to balance her career, her passions, and her social life. The reader accompanies Jessica as she applies all of her skills and all of her smarts to try to solve the mystery of a lifetime.

Learn more and read sample chapters at TheReconstructionBook.com.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ebook "Writing Your Way to Success" is now available

I'm pleased to announce that you may now purchase my Kindle book titled Writing Your Way to Success: A Handbook for the Aspiring Author. Priced at just $2.99, this eBook compiles all the articles from this blog that deal with writing for publication. It presents a wealth of guidance to anyone who is interested in writing magazine articles, website articles, books, or even blog posts. It draws from my extensive writing experience, spanning more than 40 years, to offer many insights about shaping your own writing style, reviewing and editing manuscripts, targeting articles for magazines and websites, and conceiving and drafting a book manuscript.

A lengthy chapter offers much guidance for wending your way through the maze of getting a book published, including selecting a publisher, writing a proposal, negotiating a contract, and tracking your progress. Another chapter addresses going the self-publication route. If you have any interest in sharing your insights, ideas, and experiences with the rest of the world, you'll find this information valuable.

The eBook contains seven chapters:
  1. Writing Your Way to Success
  2. Four Eyes Are Better Than Two
  3. Writing for Magazines and Websites
  4. You Say You Want to Write a Book?
  5. Getting Your Book into Print
  6. Self-Publication
  7. On Co-Authoring a Book