Welcome to Phase 1 of My Website.

I’ll be using this space to promote books already in print; to provide information about my parallel work as a book editor and collaborator, a business I share with my son and partner, Nathan Means; and to glean suggestions for books in progress.

I’m now working on a look back at the Kent State shootings: May 4, 1970. Should you know anyone who was there at the time — as student, Guardsman, faculty member, or townsperson — please send me names and possible contact points.

I will also occasionally be posting book proposals that never quite caught a publisher’s eye. I still believe the books have merit. Maybe by making the proposals public, I’ll inspire someone better able than I to finish the job.

If you are here to download Sultana: The Novel, I hope you will enjoy the read and spread the word. I’m thrilled to finally be setting my five “Muncie men” free.

sultana-howard-means For the 150th anniversary
of the Sultana tragedy–

Early on April 27, 1865, the 260-foot wooden steamer Sultana exploded on the Mississippi about nine miles north of Memphis. On board were more than 2,000 Union troops. Of those, anywhere from 1,575 to 1,800 died…

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