About Alan Jordan

On February 16th, 2010 by Alan | No Comments | Posted in Personal

Thank you for visiting

If you’re interested in knowing more about me, I’ve included some information about me immediately below the picture of my e-books that are available on the Kindle (.mobi),  nook (.epub) , and Adobe (.pdf) formats.

Meanwhile, I invite you to explore some of my Kindle booksYou don’t need a Kindle to read them. You can read them on any iPad, iPhone, Android phone, Windows phone, PC, Mac or other device that has a free Kindle app. In fact, many of these devices display the books in color.  (The only color Kindle tablet is the upcoming Kindle Fire.)

Enjoy these Kindle Books by Alan H. Jordan. Many are available at the friendship price of $.99 despite the fact that the printed editions sell for up to $20.

A little bit of background

I am a professional writer and computer programmer.

Much of my writing is for companies and governmental units.  As an example, I’ve documented the computer systems of major companies, ghost written speeches for executives and created many presentations for clients that range from small companies to state governments.  My consulting clients include companies like Hewlett-Packard, VISA International, Dade-Behring, Synthes, Bell Atlantic, Group I, LLC; GMAC Mortgage; and Intuit.  As a Management Analyst for the State of Nevada, I’ve done a lot of writing as well as database development.

I write for love

Much of my writing is for love.  For example, my children’s book The Monster on Top of the Bed was written because I wanted a way to pass on my strongest beliefs and values to a grandchild, just in case I should pass away before my daughter got pregnant and had a child.

I write to make sense of life

I write many poems, plays, short stories and books without being concerned about making money from them because they help me to make sense of life.

I write for the thrill of writing

To be perfectly honest, writing could be considered an addiction with me.  True, it’s a socially accepted, even positive addition (there’s an oxymoron for you) but an addiction, nevertheless.  Many times, it’s all about writing, not about marketing.  I have written hundreds of things that were not commercially viable, but that I feel have value.

Value and Friendship Pricing

Okay, many of my books have value, but they won’t sell big time in a bookstore. But, the world is changing, and it’s now possible to share my writing through platforms like Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.  This idea appeals to me because it means that people can search out one of my books on an arcane subject, and for less than $5.00 get a copy instantly.  I want to share these with you, and I’ve decided to make them available for what I call friendship pricing–$.99 to $2.99.  The idea is to make it easy for you to become a friend even though we’ve never met my buying many of my books, and getting to know me.  I feel that for $.99, it’s easy for you to take a chance on one book.  I also feel that if you like one book, you’ll be motivated to buy more than one, possibly all of them.  After all, you can buy 10 or fifteen of my e-books for less than the price of one of my books in a bookstore.

An invitation

So, I invite you to buy one or more of my books, and to keep in touch.  I have over 100 books that I’m interested publishing and I hope that you’ll tell me what you value about my writing, and what you’d like to see in the future.

Use the above button if you care to share your thoughts with me.

Click the button below if you truly enjoy my work, prefer to stay in touch and truly influence my future writing.

I’d love to hear your comments about my books, and any other suggestions you may have.  Please use the contact page to get in touch with me.  It may make take me a couple of days, but I will get back to you.

I have a children’s book, The Monster on Top of the Bed.  It comes as a full-sized book and also as a CD with a small booklet.  The CD reads the story in three languages.  The book is improving the lives of children, and LB Creative, LLC Press offers a unique fund raising plan for schools and libraries. In a nutshell, if there are 200 children in your school who sell 5 copies each, your school can raise $10,000 in a couple of weeks, and the investment up front is as little as $20 for a single sample plus order forms.

Celebrity Magic a forthcoming book that relates the charitable interests of celebrities.

Celebrity Magic a forthcoming book that relates the charitable interests of celebrities.

I’m also writing two non-fiction books for adults, Celebrity Magic:  Celebrities, their Causes and the Magic that they Weave and Platform Magic: The Art and Science of Raising Public Awareness about Yourself or Your Company.  If that’s not enough, I’m working on a novel.

Ian Anderson, leader of the Jetro Tull Band, is interested in the plight of wild cats

Ian Anderson, leader of the Jetro Tull Band, is interested in the plight of wild cats

Nick Chavez, hairdresser to Maria Shriver and many other celebrities and also a supporter of the Race to end MS.

If you’re interested in the charitable interests of celebrities, feel free to take a look at some of the interviews that will be in Celebrity Magic. These include Nick Chavez, Hairdresser to the Stars and owner of an internationally-acclaimed line of hair care products, and Ian Anderson, leader of The Jethro Tull band, and known world-wide for bring the flute to prominence outside of classical music.

I have received a grant from the Nevada Arts Council to support me in my writing, and I have many superb references.

Alan Jordan received a grant from the Nevada Arts Council


Reno Gendre Writers – Meetup Group – 4 Types of Editing Most Books Need

On September 2nd, 2012 by Alan | No Comments | Posted in Writing Tips & Techniques

On August 29, 2012, I discussed the four types of editing that I feel many books need with the members of the Reno Gendre Writers meetup group.  Here are the raw audio files from that meeting.  They will be downloadable through September 10th only.

  • Part 1 – Discussion of developmental, copy, congruence and performance editing. Why they are important and how to obtain them cost effectively.
  • Part 2 – More details on performance editing.
  • Part 3 – Discussion of Launch Party

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Writing the Novel for Young Readers – An Interview with Richard Peck

On May 29th, 2010 by Alan | No Comments | Posted in Writing

I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Bookwriters and Illustrators. The other day I came across this video which is a master class by Richard Peck, fellow SCBWI member. I was impressed. Perhaps you’ll find it valuable too.

Richard Peck has been a preeminent and prolific voice in literature for young readers. He has twice been honored as a National Book Award finalist, and garnered both a Newbery Honor (A Long Way From Chicago) and a Newbery Medal (A Year Down Yonder). Now, SCBWI Master Class takes you inside the craft and creative process of a writer whose beloved and award-winning novels have inspired generations of readers and writers alike.

Hosted by SCBWI Executive Director and best-selling childrens book author Lin Oliver, each SCBWI Master Class offers a one-of-a-kind conversation with the most important writers and illustrators working in childrens literature today. Filled with practical information and inspiring insight, SCBWI Master Class is an essential tool for every author or illustrator whether aspiring or professional.


Reviews of The Monster on Top of the Bed

On May 24th, 2010 by Alan | No Comments | Posted in Book Reviews

The Monster on Top of the Bed The Monster on Top of the Bed by Alan H. Jordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I wrote this book, so I’ll post some of the reviews that others have written:

Princess Sleeping Beauty book review of The Monster on Top of the Bed

“Like Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc., children. . . [who read:] this book . . . [like:] the fact that a monster, as might be afraid . . . of them, but it does so in a very different, almost cerebral way. Also, as children read the story, it [has:] a mantra that they can say . . . to banish monsters, “You’re welcome to stay until I say ‘yes’, then it is time to go, and then can not say no. “Children who love the magic spell, and the mantra to ensure a good Comfort[able night's sleep:].” Order in the format you prefer: Book/CD/iPod/Book and CD.

“Last weekend, I had occasion to drive home four rowdy children, ages 5 to 10. One of them found the CD to The Monster on Top of the Bed and asked me to play it. Another one found the book and turned the pages for the others. For the next 15 minutes, I had four rapt children in my car as the CD played twice. Any story that captures the attention of these four kids is definitely very good.” – Sharon Wood, parent.

“I like the fact that Karrit’s smaller than Suzy, and I love the monster’s eyes. You can’t tell if the monster is Asian, Eurasian, or American, and I like the ponytail. Every boy and every girl can identify with Karrit.”

- Belinda Chua, S. F. Bay Area

Donna McDine

The Monster on Top of the Bed . . . is sure to become a new bedtime classic. All the components are perfectly intertwined to make the story jump off its pages and come to life. And in fact it does, in several different versions that are available . . .” – Donna M. McDine – Donna has been published in Stories for Children Magazine, and Newsletter for Writers, Kid Magazine Writers, Long Story Short, Institute of Children’s Literature Rx for Writers, Once Upon A Time Magazine. She contributes articles for the SCBWI Metro NY Newsletter, Cross & Quill, The Christian Writers Newsletter, and Mom Writer’s Literary Magazine.

Parenting Times Mums Gather Blog review of the Monster on Top of the Bed
“. . . These are things that they relate to and when they read a book it helps them to understand the situation better and feel that they are not alone.

For example to overcome my girl’s Nighttime Fears, we read a delightful online book called The Monster on Top of the Bed from Lets Be Creative.org. The ebook is also available on CD and hardcopy, you’ll have to visit the site for more details. . . The book tells the tale of a monster who lives under the bed who believes that the girl sleeping on the bed is a Monster on Top of the Bed. My girl was really amused to think that the monster would think of the little girl in the book as a monster. . . . ” Parenting Times

Mom is Teaching review of the Monster on Top of the Bed. . So, instead of asking every 5 minutes if it was time to go, I set them up with a copy of the book and the CD. I let the CD do the reading and Walker held the book so that he and Jace could both see. We didn’t hear from them again until it was time to get ready to go to the game. . . . Believe it or not, Walker has listened to the CD with the book several times and I’ve heard him trying really hard to read the book to his brother without the CD already. Can’t get much better than that! – Mom is Teaching blog.

Tree, Root & Twig Review of the Monster on Top of the Bed. . . The Monster on Top of the Bed is a sweet story about a young girl who has traded places – in a sense – with the monster underneath her bed. It turns out that she has been frightening him, and once the two finally communicate with and listen to each other, the misunderstanding is resolved. It’s a lovely story about overcoming fears and misconceptions to become friends . . . The book was sent to me as part of a CD set – in fact, the “book” itself is actually a full-color book inserted into the CD case. I thought this was very clever, as the packaging comes completely self-contained, and the size of the book is perfect for little hands. The illustrations are wonderful, and I particularly love the adorable gap between Suzy’s teeth. – Tree Root & Twig blog.
Read the book Review by Brenda Silver in eZineArticles.comThe author has created a captivating story. Manuela Pentangelo, the illustrator, has crafted ice-cream-parlor-delicious artwork. On the accompanying audio-book CD (available separately) the book is performed in English (2 versions), Italian and Spanish (2 versions.) As children listen to the different performances, they cannot help but develop an appreciation for the beauty of different languages. Just by listening, they pick up many Italian and Spanish words, and start to develop an appreciation of different cultures.Like the Pixar movie, Monsters, Inc., this book allows children to discover the fact that a monster might be as afraid of them, but it does it in a very different, almost cerebral way. Also, as children read the story, they find a mantra that they can say to themselves to banish monsters, “You’re welcome to stay, until I say ‘nay,’ then it’s time to go, and you can’t say no.” Children love to have magic enchantments, and this mantra can provide great comfort. – Brenda Silver – Book Reviewer eZineArticles.com

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Review of Water for Elephants

On May 24th, 2010 by Alan | No Comments | Posted in Book Reviews

Water for Elephants Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Characters. This book is all about character. It’s a great study of one person’s life, and I learned quite a bit about the circus in the process.

It left me with the feeling that people are remembered. Some might find that the different points of view of the same character confusing. I enjoyed the different POV.

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Review of Eldest

On May 24th, 2010 by Alan | No Comments | Posted in Book Reviews

Eldest (Inheritance, #2) Eldest by Christopher Paolini

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I found Eldest to be a typical sequel. It, perhaps, had a bit too much violence for my taste. It was a good read, but was too long, and I feel it didn’t add anything new to the concept of Eragon.

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Review of Eragon

On May 24th, 2010 by Alan | No Comments | Posted in Book Reviews

Eragon (Inheritance, #1) Eragon by Christopher Paolini

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It’s a fast read, filled with action and with excellent characters. Lengthy, I nevertheless read it quickly, within a week. I liked the use of magic in the book.

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Building a speech

On May 20th, 2010 by Alan | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

I’m working with Moose Miller.  He tells stories naturally, but when he thinks about telling his story

  1. Rained hard -> It was raining in sheets of water, like the waves of an ocean – “The sun had just barely come up, and that was amazing by itself because it was raining so hard that the water on ground was bouncing up and hitting me.
  2. Have you ever walked on a log?  If you never walked on a log, it’s like a pirate adventure.  The kind of adventure you have when you’re forced to walk the plank and plunge into the deep sea where crocodiles are waiting to chomp you up in little bits. I was walking on logs.
  3. There’s one good thing about walking a plank–only one that I know of–and that is that at least it stays in one place.  Logs, on the other hand, can tumble down a hill, particularly when the ground is as soft as pea soup.  That’s what it was like on this particular Thursday.
  4. I’m on top of this log, trying to get above it, to the top of a hill.  The hill is almost straight up and down.  It’s like a canyon, and I stepped on a buck-out–that’s logger language for a log that has fallen and hit a stump, and broke–it won’t make lumber.  It can’t be used at the mill.
  5. I just went to step on, and BAM, it shot me backwards, and I started rolling down the hill, and every time my hands and feet would come to ground, I would push so I would go side hill, inside of rolling straight down, the way the logs were going.  Speaking of logs, one rushed past me; I thought I’d be okay when it went by me, and then one hit me.
  6. When it hit me, it pushed me into the mud.  Thick cold mud that probably felt like frozen cookie batter.   I didn’t even notice the mud because the pain was so intense, like nothing I’d ever felt before.  It’s hard to describe, you can imagine it when you know that the log broke all but the top four ribs on both side, my back L3, 4 and 5.  I thought it the worst was over, and all of the sudden, the buck out crushed my leg from my knee to my ankle.  It pushed up my body into my head, and it burst the blood vessels in my eyes, and everything went black, but I was still conscious.
  7. I could hear the long whistles blowing.  Long, sharp sounds that cut through the rain, and I knew  was in trouble because when a man is down, you blow 7 long whistles.
  8. It seemed like I laid there for an eternity before anyone got there to help me.  I was embedded in the ground. When they finally got to me, they couldn’t get a helicopter in to help me out, so they had to pack me up twelve-hundred yards to a landing, in a storm that was so bad that there was mud sliding down the hills threatening to wipe out my saviors.  It took them forever to carry me up. They hooked a wire up to the basket because they couldn’t carry the basket up the hill without it.
  9. When they finally got me to the landing where the ambulance was, they took me to the hospital, and I scribbled my signature on a paper because the doctor told me that he only had two-to-four minutes  to save my life.  I remember them pushing me down the hall, and the nurses were shaving me on my way to the surgery.
  10. When they pushed me into the operating room, they didn’t even take me off the gurney.  The doctor had a scalpel in his hand, and the last thing I remember was him stabbing me below the chest, at the bottom of the sternum.
  11. My scar is not anywhere close to a straight cut.  There was no time for a nice straight cut.  It goes down, and over and around, but I’m here, and I’m here to tell you that logging is an dangerous professional, and if you ever do it think three times before you start scrambling up logs in the pouring rain.  Indeed, those logs could turn into a plank, and you just might get eaten by crocodiles.

Writing Help: My Reasons for Writing a Series

On March 31st, 2010 by Alan | No Comments | Posted in Writing

Writing help and guidance is often requested, particularly when it comes to making decisions regarding questions like, “Should I write a single book or a series?” I’m decided to go out on a limb here and share my reasons for writing a series of books instead of a stand-alone book.

  • A structure that makes it easier to write – When I writing a book, book, I want to put everything in that one book. This is true for me whether I am writing a picture book like, The Monster on Top of the Bed, a novel or a non-fiction book. I want to convey a wide variety of values to the reader, to share my expertise and to teach by allowing the reader to discover those things that I want to share. Many bestselling novels convey factual information, but too much means that the novel or book suffers. By planning a trilogy, I can spread out the facts that I want to convey, and keep each book engaging.
  • Wider sales appeal – editors may be more likely to buy a series because if even the first book is not a best seller, it can create demand for other books in the series. Take, for example, Dan Brown’s book Angels and Demons. It was not a best seller at first, but it evolved into a best seller after the success of The Da Vinci Code.
  • Broader recognition – An example of this would be the success of Hominids, Humans and Hybrids. Not only do the books in this sci-fi fiction series have recognition in their own rights. They also have recognition in as the books in the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy by Robert J. Sawyer.
  • Increased Financial Rewards – When a publisher has agreed to a three-book contract, I can’t help but make more money. I’m likely to get a larger advance, and because the publisher in investing in three books, there’s a good chance that the publisher will put more effort into marketing the books, increasing the likelihood that they well sell well.

Scrying Balls

On February 28th, 2010 by Alan | No Comments | Posted in Writing

Scrying Balls in the Widow of a Shop in Virginia City, NV

These scrying balls are inside a shop in Virginia City, NV. They will make their way into my forthcoming novel, The End of All Times.

They are a completely man-made material.