Steve Bensinger

Three novels I've written are now on sale via the Amazon Kindle site. "A Chance of Rain" is an action comedy about Harry Felix, an over-the-hill screenwriter. Harry tries to sell a story idea to movie executives, but problems arise when the CIA becomes upset that the story Harry is trying to sell sounds too much like an ongoing CIA operation. The main character of the romantic comedy, "I.P.O.: A Comic Novel" is a brilliant businessman named Scooter. The novel chronicles Scooter's attempts to find a steady lady-friend and his efforts to address a variety of issues that jeopardize the upcoming sale of his company's stock. Scooter is funny and many of the situations he wanders into are hilarious. The characters make a variety of observations about life and love, relationships and business. And there are witty comments about topics as varied as Pop-Tarts, bureaucracies, coincidences, Star Trek, and MIT. I hope a wide variety of readers will find the characters, plot, and the humor in "I.P.O." appealing--and that the universal aspects of Scooter's story and the novel's literate underpinnings will be just two of the reasons readers will return to it again and again. In "Freshmen: A Novel" three young men meet, become friends, and roommates. They savor the good times together and help each other through the tough times. Stan is a Mexican-American from a very rural area. Lenny comes from a wealthy family, and though he is enrolled in college, he spends most of his time attempting to launch his career as a comedian. Darius is an African-American with a near genius IQ. Like most freshmen they must adjust to a new and challenging academic environment, dating, dorm life--and dorm food. Stan's challenges are particularly daunting: he must learn how to live in a world he thinks is strange, convoluted, and very confusing. The novel is set in 1969-1970 so the young men also must deal with the draft, the war in Vietnam, and the campus unrest that followed the invasion of Cambodia. Reviewers have commented that the novel is warm and witty, funny and provocative. "Tips for Teaching High School English" catalogs a variety of teaching techniques I have found, discovered, and developed in the thirty years I have taught.
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Phone Call Alert! 

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Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

And since nobody reads anything, I've simply removed the phone number from the site.  

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.