Monday, April 13, 2015

New paperback version of FINDING YOUR VOICE

Hi folks,

I have a bit of cool news. Years ago, I wrote my first craft book, Finding Your Voice, and Writer’s Digest Books published it. Last year, they decided not to bring out an ebook version and graciously gave me back my ebook rights to it. My agent went about the work of getting out an ebook version and it’s continued to do well

Well, Writer’s Digest has recently sold out all the paperback copies of it and again, graciously ceded me those rights also. And, we were able to bring out the paperback version of it along with the ebook and now you can obtain it in a paperback version.

That means it’s now available in three versions—ebook, paperback and also a Snippets version. The Snippets version is really cool. It’s an abridged ebook version and sprinkled with “snippets” (videos) of me discussing various points throughout the book. I had a lot of fun helping create it and I’ve had a lot of people tell me they really like the idea of watching the videos.

The ebook and paperback version are available here on Amazon. The Snippets version is also available at their site and also on the blog here.

Hope you enjoy one of the versions!

Blue skies,

Openings still available...

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Hi folks,

There's still a few spots left in my upcoming presentation on May 16 from 10 am - 4 pm at St. Edwards University for the Writer's League of Texas. Go here  for additional info on registering and attending. Hope to see some of you there!


"Watch to Write: Lessons for Novelists in Thelma and Louise" with Les Edgerton

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704


5/16/2015 From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

$69 for members (please log in for member pricing)

$129 for nonmembers
Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, May 14. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $79 for members and $139 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!

Watching good movies can make you a better fiction writer.
That’s the entire premise of this workshop. The power of visual storytelling can allow writing teachers to demonstrate fiction-writing techniques in a more effective and entertaining way. 

In this class, we will watch the movie Thelma & Louise in its entirety, stopping frequently to desconstruct and discuss techniques that Callie Khouri (the screenwriter) uses to create a wonderful work of art—the same techniques used by the best fiction writers. Virtually every frame of this movie offers a valuable teaching moment for writers, and on top of that it provides an entirely pleasurable way to learn.

Class take-aways will include:

- How actions both inform characterization and provide a dynamic means to create character arc, creating believable, exciting people and not “characters.”

- How to write riveting scenes and set up future scenes up by foreshadowing.

- How to handle exposition and backstory.

- Giving your characters physical actions to define them and show character arc.

- How to utilize setting to define character.

- Surface-problem and story-worthy problem--How each is related and resolved.

- How to write resolutions that satisfy emotionally.

- How to create “watercooler moments”

- A bonus takeaway is learning how to create a novel that is cinematic in nature which could help sell it as... you guessed it...a movie!

This workshop would be valuable to every skill level of writer—from the raw beginner to the polished writer who has been published several times. And, even though it’s an event geared to novel writers, the same principles we’ll cover apply also to screenwriters. So… everybody is welcome!

About the instructor:
Les Edgerton has published eighteen books. His fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Award, Edgar Allan Poe Award, PEN/Faulkner Award, the Derringer Award, Spinetingler Magazine Best Thriller Award, Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Book Award, and the Violet Crown Book Award, among others. One of his screenplays was a semifinalist in the Academy Award's Nicholl's Foundation and another was a finalist in both the Writer's Guild Awards and Best of Austin Screenplay competition. He's taught creative writing for the UCLA Extension Writer's Program, was the visiting writer-in-residence for the University of Toledo for three years, the visiting writer for Trine University, taught creative writing online for Vermont College, Phoenix College, St. Francis University, Writer's Digest, for the New York Writer’s Workshop and others. He currently teaches an ongoing private novel-writing class and provides private coaching. The workshop on Thelma and Louise is the heart of his newest craft book, A Fiction Writer's Workshop at the Bijou.

A native Texan, Edgerton is making several appearances in Texas this summer including this workshop, an appearance at BookPeople Bookstore in Austin, an appearance before the San Antonio Writer’s Group, and will be on staff for the Writer’s Retreat Workshop at the Oblate Retreat in San Antonio, all in May. Details found on his website at

REGISTRATION BY MAIL: If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click HERE for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it.

NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For policies, please visit our Classes page.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at

Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to

The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit

Blue skies,

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Hi folks,

Just got a great review from my friend and fellow writer, Gregory C. Randall, on his blog, Writing 4 Death.

Greg and I met in person at the last Bouchercon in Long Beach and instantly hit it off. I was already a fan of his books and we had corresponded via the Intergnat, and were “Gnat” friends, and when I met him in the flesh, we became great friends. He’s the kind of guy you enjoy having drinks with. And, then, he cemented our friendship when, after I got finished with a panel I was on, he came up and presented me with a San Francisco Giants t-shirt, commemorating their latest World Championship! No one’s ever done anything like that!

Anyhoo, here’s Greg’s review of Kidnapping…

Review by Gregory C. Randall
The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping
By Les Edgerton

Les Edgerton and I share a few things, most especially our love and appreciation of baseball and the San Francisco Giants. His latest book The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping is just downright fantastic and tres-tres cool. Les, after more than a dozen books covering everything from baseball to many things underworld in New Orleans, knows exactly how to hit that nerve that is both sharp and edgy. His prose is as crisp and crusty as a backroads Louisiana road-kill and as soft and mushy as a Café Du Monde beignet.

Pete Halliday is a failed baseball player (ex-Giant); seems he has this thing for gambling and it cost him his spot in the rotation and the team. Now in debt to a bookie he needs to get a chunk of money or suffer badly – and the best way out . . .kidnap the head of the local Cajun Mafia, cut off his hand, and hold the thing for ransom. And that’s just the main leitmotif of the story. There’s also the hooker with a heart of gold, a guy who thinks he’s a real Indian (maybe not), a double-cross, a classic case of Tourette’s syndrome in the face of some serious killers, and of course New Orleans. A place that Les says has broken his heart since Katrina. It is relentless and pulls you under like a fifteen-foot alligator in the bayou. It is a five star must read.

That’s it—thanks, Greg! As I’m not one who disbelieves in the philosophy of quid pro quid—I do—I’d like to recommend his own work. A great place to start would be with his DIAMONDS FOR DEATH

I firmly adhere to the principle of quid pro quid but only when the work merits it… and Greg’s work most assuredly does.

Blue skies,

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Hi folks,

I am absolutely beaming these days! My oldest daughter Britney and my son-in-law Ray Robinson just released their book to help thyroid sufferers, my youngest daughter Sienna and my son-in-law Jason Cox keep growing the cutest grandson in the world, and then today... my son Mike was just named the Associate of the Year for Full-Time Employees by his boss at the premier jewelers, Rogers and Hollands. They award one part-time award and one award for full-time employees. Out of their chain of 80 stores! Mike nailed the full-time employee award! He works at the Ft. Wayne store and is always their leading salesperson. Also, just recently, Mike was awarded his 7th Platinum Sales Award in a row for his sales performance. I have to say that Mike got his brains from his mom Mary--the reason I know this is because I still have all of mine...

(Here's a photo of me and Mike getting made-up before one of our two appearances on MSNBC-TV for baseball. He was in the eighth grade then. He's a lot bigger now! Towers over me.)

CONGRATULATIONS, MIKE. Your mom and I are so darned proud of you, son! I'm so proud of all of my children!

(Please forgive a dad for bragging on his kids... but that's what we're supposed to do, right?)

Blue skies,

Friday, March 27, 2015


Hi folks,

This just in... Just received this review of The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping by author B.R. Stateham. Made my day!

Baseball, Crooks, New Orleans . . . what else do you need for a Great Read? March 27, 2015
By B. R. Stateham

This review is from: The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping (Kindle Edition)
I know I'm late for the party reviewing this one. But that's just me. What you need to know is this; when Les writes a story, any story, you're instantly swept up into a world that engulfs you . . . absorbs you . . . into a sensual assault that leaves you speechless. In this one you get the full gamut. Baseball, New Orleans down at its grittiest, back street wonders, sleazy (and not so bright) hoodlums. And a wise ass loser just smart enough to know better, but not gifted with the ability to say "No!" at any time in his life.

Les' writing is three demensional. You do not just read words. You feel . . . taste . . . see things from a perspective few human beings have had the pleasure (or maybe, the bad luck) of experiencing first hand. That, boys and girls, is the mark of a GREAT writer. And yes; just to answer your question, I'm jealous.

Thanks, BR--you just made my day!
Blue skies,

Monday, March 23, 2015


Hi folks,

We’ll be starting our next Boot Camp For Writers session this Sunday, March 29 and, as almost always, the class is full. However, there are unlimited spots open for auditors who are able to see everything we’re doing in class and a great many people have told me that the experience was invaluable.

The class is devoted to writing a novel and runs ten weeks.

Regular participation is $400, but auditors only pay $50.

If any here are interested and have questions, please contact either me at or our class administrator, Holly Love, at

Hope to see a few of you!

Blue skies,
The novel Maegan Beaumont wrote in class and got a several book deal out of.

Me and some of our class members out for a bite to eat and beer in Phoenix.