It had been absolute donkey’s years since I’d read the 761pages of The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, published in 1750 by Henry Fielding and frequently praised ever since for, among other things, the intricate structure of the plot.  I had thoroughly enjoyed it back when I’d read it in my 18th century novel […]

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The books ought to arrive in about two weeks now, and though there are things I could be working on (a short story, the next novel, learning how to run the website) I’ve been reading instead, and being generally lazy.  So lazy that I’m going to punt on today’s entry, and just put down a […]

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Advance readers have begun reporting back, and if there is a consensus about the book, it is that I have managed to create a sense of place.  A reader from central California says the writing reminds her of Steinbeck’s descriptions of the Salinas Valley.  Another, who grew up outside of St. Louis, is reminded of […]

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DIY

To self-publish, or not to self-publish; that is the question.  The wisdom in the industry is that if you do, you will never be taken seriously and will never get reviewed.  Your book will never make the front table at B&N, it will never be chosen as the book of the month, and you will […]

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Welcome to Iconoclastic Press, publisher of The Great American Desert, that peculiar and strangely compelling new novel that breaks new ground in the world of narrative prose.  I am Brian Kruse, author of said novel and sole proprietor of Iconoclastic Press. In this blog, I will be writing about the sometimes utterly maddening process of […]

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