Todd A. Zalkins

While growing up in Long Beach, California I enjoyed writing as a kid. I guess I daydreamed a lot and had a wild imagination. When I put my thoughts down on paper it would allow me to travel to places I dreamed of going and it allowed me to escape from often chaotic situations at home. I spent a good part of my adult life being the front man of a punk rock band. I have had the privilege of playing music with some of the best musicians Long Beach has ever produced, some of whom have achieved world fame, and many who haven't. One thing for sure, Long Beach has some of the most talented players of music in the world. While in a band and finding reasonable success in the business world I managed to find myself in the grips of a horrific addiction to prescription painkillers which lasted almost seventeen years. It took getting clean and sober to rediscover the things I loved in life, and my passion for the written word returned. In 2010 I self-published "Dying for Triplicate." This is my memoir documenting my descent into the addiction which destroyed my life and almost killed me. I am grateful to know it has been well received from people of all ages throughout the world, and that others have found recovery as a result of reading it. Hearing from readers that the book has helped them in some shape or form has been a real bright spot in my life. The fire to keep writing was lit inside of me, so I dove into "Kindred Revenge," a book that involves some personal experience of abuse when I was a kid. It's a fictional piece of work, but the foundation of the characters derived from something that changed me deep down as a boy. Writing this book was hard at times, but there was a lot of healing in it as well. I then wrote, "The Most Selfless Love" which is a book about the type of man I've always wanted to be, or something along those lines. There's a blend of things that happened in my life both as a boy and adult as well. It was fun to create a story about a man who had done the right thing for most of his life (which definitely isn't me) and comes face to face with losing the one thing he cherishes more than anything in the world. My latest book, "Frog Forward," is a kid's fantasy story about a young boy who rediscovers happiness after tragically losing his family. He discovers a magical place where only those that are "broken" can heal, but it's the cast of characters that makes "Frog Forward" so much fun, and there's a message in it for everyone, not just kids. The sequel to the book will be finished in the fall of 2010, and it's titled "Frog Forward: The Return to Epicas". Thanks to all of you for your support...I hope you enjoy reading the books as much as I have enjoyed writing them....tz
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Phone Call Alert! 

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

 

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.