How to help an independent author

Some very sweet readers have asked how best they can help an independent author launching a book, in this case Broken Tablet. Apparently a few folks even refrained from purchasing the book while it was priced at $0.99 because they (correctly!) surmised that I don’t get much from that.…

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How to sound like a Sumerian


For people reading Broken Tablet out loud (including audiobook narrators, hint, hint) here are some guidelines for pronouncing Sumerian words.

Your go-to resource should be the Sumerian Lexicon by the amazing John A. Halloran.

The vowels may be pronounced as follows: a as in fatheru as in pulle as in peg, and i as in hip.

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Broken Tablet Goodreads giveaway

Please enter my Goodreads giveaway to win one of multiple autographed copies of Broken Tablet. I’ve got a box of paperback copies, here, all waiting to be put to various good uses.


Broken Tablet paperbacks. Cat tax not included.

By this time next month, you could have one of these books, autographed, in your hands.…

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Broken Tablet giveaway #1

To celebrate the launch of Broken Tablet, I’m giving away 100 (!) ebooks.

Follow the origin story of Nam-kuzu, the brilliant Sumerian inventor and brewer, brought to life in professional Mp3 narration.

Enter now

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Kindle owners: Read Broken Tablet for free

Did you know?

All Amazon Prime members can read one title per month free on their Kindle device? This is called the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, and t’s like the Kindle Unlimited program, except with no cost beyond what you already pay for Prime.…

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Sumerian Coloring Pages revisited

Re-running this one to celebrate the official launch of Broken Tablet.

I found this on DeviantArt from the amazingly talented Ginger Opal: lovely Sumerian costume line art. Since grown-up coloring books are all the rage, why don’t you print this out and break out the colored pencils?…

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Micah Joel

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