Author Archives: Mike Jastrzebski

About Mike Jastrzebski

In September of 2003 my wife, Mary, and I moved aboard our 36-foot Sailboat, Roughdraft. It was our intention to take the boat south from Minnesota to warmer climates where I would write a novel. Six years later I have completed 3 mystery novels. I have published the first two books, The Storm Killer and Key Lime Blues as e-books and trade paperbacks. The third book, Dog River Blues will be released in early 2011. It is my intention to use this blog to share what I’ve learned while trying to get published. I will also blog about the trials and tribulations of living on a sailboat. We sailed the boat from Minnesota to Mobile, Alabama where we lived for two years. We also spent three months living in Key West. Currently, the boat is docked in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2011 we plan to take the boat to the Caribbean where we plan to drift until it is no longer fun.

And the winning cover is!

By Mike Jastrzebski Before I go any further I want to say that picking a cover for Stranded Naked Blues was hard. 38 designers submitted 318 cover designs. Now this included revisions on some covers, but still, that’s a lot of covers … Continue reading

Share on Facebook
Posted in Sailing, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

I am a do-it-yourself junkie.

By Mike Jastrzebski I hate to admit it, but I think I’m addicted to do-it-yourself projects. I was in my twenties when I was bitten by the bug. My first wife, my two-year-old son, and I moved from Detroit to … Continue reading

Share on Facebook
Posted in Boatyards, Living on a boat, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Cover poll-the top two designs were…

By Mike Jastrzebski First I’d like to say thank you to all of our readers who responded to my call for help last week on selecting a cover design. Number 1 was the dark cover of a man running in … Continue reading

Share on Facebook
Posted in Writing | Tagged , , | Comments Off

A little help picking a cover?

By Mike Jastrzebski Ever since Christine Kling ran a cover contest last year through 99designs I’ve been thinking about running one myself. Now that Stranded Naked Blues is nearing completion I’ve decided to take the plunge. I chose the Bronze, $299 package … Continue reading

Share on Facebook
Posted in Writing | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

At war with myself.

By Mike Jastrzebski Both Christine Kling and I have written in the past about the difficulties of writing and living on a boat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but after all, the subtitle of this blog is So you … Continue reading

Share on Facebook
Posted in Living on a boat, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tracking book sales.

By Mike Jastrzebski Thanks to Christine Kling I’ve found a great program that allows me to track my book sales going back to 2009. The program is TrackerBox, and I’ve just finished importing my sales from Amazon KDP, Pubit, Smashwords, and … Continue reading

Share on Facebook
Posted in Writing | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

Out and about in St. Augustine

By Mike Jastrzebski I haven’t posted in several weeks. Mary works Saturday, Sunday and Monday and those have become my writing days. As a result I’ve been working hard on the rewrites of the new Wes Darling book, Stranded Naked Blues, … Continue reading

Share on Facebook
Posted in Living on a boat, Writing | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Happy New Year

By Mike Jastrzebski Just wanted to wish all of our readers a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2015. Share on Facebook

Share on Facebook
Posted in Living on a boat, Sailing | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off

Movin’ on up.

By Mike Jastrzebski This week we moved up from ball #32 to ball #1 in the St. Augustine south mooring field. Not only does this mean that our dinghy ride from the boat to the dinghy dock only takes us … Continue reading

Share on Facebook
Posted in Living on a boat, Writing | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Conflict

By Mike Jastrzebski It’s true that a good book needs conflict, but that’s not what I’m talking about today. I’m talking about the conflict that arises from trying to write and living the cruising lifestyle. As an example. Saturday I … Continue reading

Share on Facebook
Posted in Living on a boat, Writing | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment