Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What do you remember about 9/11?

I can remember exactly what I was doing when the first plane hit. At first it was reported as just a small plane that went astray. Quickly it became much more than that.

Please tell me what you remember from that day and what followed.

In just a few days, our country will pause to remember on the 120th anniversary of 9/11.

My new book, When the Lights Go Out seeks to help kids understand what happened. Many of them today know little or noting about it, or why the events of 9/11 are so important. I may take some comments and spotlight them in my blog, so you are giving me the rights to do that when you comment.

Thank you.

Aso check out a special blog page for When the Lights Go Out

Help kids understand 10th anniversary of 9/11 .

I want to make sure you are aware of a new book, When The Lights Go Out. This is an adventure / mystery for readers 8 - 13 with a terrorist plot.
In the story, the father of the main character is able to tell his kids why he joined the army instead of going into business. He says, "After what happened on 9/11, somebody had to help keep the country safe." This opens a short discussion with his two children in which he briefly recounts the events of that day.

I found, while speaking in schools, that many children today know little or nothing about 9/11 or why it's important to them. When The Lights Go Out will help teachers, librarians, grandparents, and parents with this issue.

There is a special web page for When The Lights Go Out with lots of information, a video, and a news release. You are welcome to lift any material that might help you in communicating with your circle of influence.

Thank you

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Difference Between Face-to-Face and Online

Earlier this year, I had an experience that caused me to stop, think, and wonder. That’s because for nearly 10 years, I’ve been chugging along, writing action-adventures and mysteries for kids between 8 – 13. What happened this summer was that one of my publishers invited me to a booksellers convention to sit in their booth and sign some of my books. This gave me an opportunity to talk to every person as I signed their book.
As each person approached the table, I said, “I write adventures and mysteries for readers eight to thirteen, especially boys, but girls enjoy reading them just as much.” When I said that, their eyes widened, their mouth opened, and, with a few variations, I heard the following. “Great! That’s exactly what we need right now…more good books for boys.”
I had read several articles online that said the same thing. Librarians, teachers, and parents seemed to be crying out for more good books for boys.

Part of what I do, as an author for children, is to speak in schools. In those settings, there is an almost immediate reaction, and several students want to buy one or more of my books. In other settings, outside of schools, when parents or grandparents hear me talk about my books, they want to buy them, too.
Then we come to the Internet. This blog is often #1 on Google when searching the subject Books For Boys. But the Internet is, by its very nature, an impersonal place where you can’t hear or see the person you’re “talking” to. And as I have been active in online promotion, it doesn’t have the same spark as a face-to-face conversation.
All I can say is this. Parents, teachers, and grandparents have a very positive reaction to my books. I can’t tell you how many have written to say what a difference one or more of my books has had on a child in their family or circle of friends. Kids tell me that reading one of my books is like being in an exciting movie.

I grew up hating to read. My entire life, since shooting my first film at the age of 16, has been involved in visual communication. The same heart-pounding action and adventure from my film experience finds its way onto the pages of my books.
So I invite you to try one for yourself. Feel free to leave a comment here, or to email me privately at  I respond to all questions and comments personally.

Thank you,
Max Elliot Anderson

These links will give you more information

My Youtube Videos

When the Lights Go Out  

Author Web Site

Barney and the Runaway 0984559841

When the Lights Go Out 1936695472

Newspaper Caper 193669526X

North Woods Poachers 1936695057

Lost Island Smugglers 1935600028

Captain Jack's Treasure 1935600141

Friday, August 26, 2011

New Book Release Announcement Coming September 1

Watch this blog on Thursday, September 1, for the announcement of a new book that will be released on that day.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Reader's Digest

I submitted my 150-word story - the "Reader's Digest Version" - to Reader's Digest and want your vote!

If I win, my story might be published and could win $25,000! Please click link to vote for me now! Plus, get a free excerpt of the new book, Life... The Reader's Digest Version, just for voting!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Here's where we are so far.

This October will be 10 years since I began writing adventures & mysteries for readers 8 - 13. I began writing because 9/11 took away the video production budgets of most of my clients. Six of my books were published and then that publisher went bankrupt, unable to survive the economic downturn.

This left me to start out all over again.

On September 1, I will again have 6 books on the market from Comfort Publishing, and Port Yonder Press. In addition to these books in the picture, two more are in production. Comfort Publishing is working on Legend of the White Wolf, and Port Yonder Press is working on book #3 in the Sam Cooper adventure series, River Rampage.

I hope you'll find a place for When the Lights Go Out. In many ways, the book brings me full circle from what 9/11 did to my business. This book is timed for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 so kids can understand what happened and why it's important to them. But the story is much, much bigger than just that.

I appreciate all who have been faithfully purchasing my books. As my dad used to say, "May your tribe increase."

Thank you,

Max Elliot Anderson

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Book News from Rockford for Readers 8 - 13

These have been some of the busiest days I’ve ever experienced since beginning to write adventure and mystery books for boys about 10 years ago. In the space of 30 days, three new books will be published.

(1) NEWS FLASH! I wanted to make sure you get in on a very special deal. The publisher of my book, Barney and The Runaway is offering the e-book version of this exciting book for just $2.99 on Kindle. But it'sfor only this week. Grab your copy today while it's at this low, introductory price

(2) You probably know that on September 11, 2011, America will observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Many children who are 8 – 13 know little or nothing about what happened in 2001, or why it’s important to them today.

It’s very important to Vincent Forras, a fireman who was trapped for two hours in the rubble, after the towers fell in New York City. Find out more about his story at 
One reviewer ended her review with this statement, "The author delivers a well written story that will shock the daylights out of you once you read the ending."

(3) My book, When the Lights Go Out, includes some of the basic facts, but the story is much broader than that. There's a web page with much more information about this new book. It's my hope that schools across the country will purchase this book in bulk for their students, so we never forget what happened on 9/11.  Ask me about that at

* Midwest Book Review says, "When the Lights Go Out" is a fine read and very much recommended for modern thriller readers."

When the Lights Go Out page  

When the Lights Go Out video 
(4) On August 15, Captain Jack's Treasure will be released. This is book # 2 in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series. This book has its own page and video. I’ve also included a link to a video for       
Lost Island Smugglers which is book # 1 in the series.

Captain Jack's Treasure page

Video for Captain Jack's Treasure  

Video - Lost Island Smugglers

(5) Then on September 1,
North Woods Poachers will be released. It also has a brand new video.  
Video - North Woods Poachers


(6) And on June 15, Newspaper Caper was released.
WHEW! I don't know about you, but I'm almost out of breath. But there are many more titles on the way. These are books sure to keep young readers turning the pages, especially boys. Next up, River Rampage which is book # 3 in the Sam Cooper adventure series, and Legend of the White Wolf.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011