J.R. Bale to Speak to Aspiring Authors

J.R. Bale will speak on book marketing on Friday, April 23rd at 12:30 PM for Middlesex College’s Aspiring Authors Club.
His presentation will be given virtually via Zoom and will cover marketing considerations when creating a book, building an authors platform and cooperative marketing with fellow authors.

Impatience Day

On our 244th Independence Day, Americans find themselves in a pot of boiling rage. Whether along racial or political lines, our country has not been more divided than since the Civil War. This rage, stoked by propaganda channels and social media, has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, an invisible and deeply frustrating enemy, where our only immediate weapons are masks and patience.

But Americans are not a patient people. Our impatience has helped us become a great nation. Impatience for freedom. Impatience to abolish slavery. Impatience to improve our standard of living. And the list of targets of our impatience goes on. But we have come to a point where our impatience is not as useful as it once was.

Over a century and a half ago, America suffered a bloody civil war. Even today we see the scars from that conflict, including arguments over Confederate statues. While contentious history makes great reading, the reality was not great living. That’s a lesson we must heed.

Americans have endured hardships before for the greater good. We fought Nazis, communists and fascists. Today, our primary enemy is less-well defined. Some say it’s a virus. But to be honest, it’s not. To quote the comic strip Pogo, “We have met the enemy, and the enemy is us.”

Our emotions raging in frustration, our desire to blame, and yes, our desire to hate, have not served us well. We must take a breath and remember what is important: our health, our family, our community and our country. The well-being of these are not served by conflict, but by cooperation and large, almost painful doses, of patience. Rage is easy. Patience is hard.

In the last few months, I have often thought of the British motto which adorned many signs during World War II: “Keep Calm and Carry On,” wise words from our mother country. This message of quiet persistence carries a strength stronger than rage, and more patriotic than mere flag waving. As citizens, we are the threads which hold our country together. While we may fray a little, we must not rip ourselves apart. That is my hope.

Happy Independence Day.

Break Your Isolation with an Online Author Talk

Need an activity to reduce your isolation? Would your Book Club like an online author talk/reading? It would be a mentally healthy activity and help break up the social distancing.

I’d love to Zoom in and talk! Using Zoom is very easy. A webcam is nice, but not necessary. People can even join us via the telephone.

Let’s schedule an online event!


J.R. Bale to Speak at Liberty State Fiction Writers

J.R. Bale will speak on book marketing on Saturday, November 9th, 11AM at the Edison Library. His presentation will cover marketing considerations when creating a book, building an authors platform and cooperative marketing with fellow authors. The Edison Library is located at 340 Plainfield Avenue, Edison, NJ.

Learn more about Liberty States Fiction Writers at www.libertystatesfictionwriters.com.


Anything Is Possible

I was nine years old. Like many boys my age in the 1960s, I wanted to be an astronaut. For me, it began with watching TV reports on the Gemini missions. Who could resist reaching for the stars?

That night 50 years ago, we were at my grandparents’ house where we watched the most amazing event of our lives on television. Two men were landing on the moon! Afterward, my parents raced home. And then, in my pajamas, on an old Zenith black-and-white television, I watched Neil Armstrong place the first footprint on the lunar soil, an event that in the history of humankind had never occurred before, and was replicated only a few times since.

To be honest, the “Space Age” became a disappointment for many. I never got my flying car or jet pack. We never got to Mars by 2000, as promised. But for that night on July 20, 1969, anything was possible.

In the intervening years, we’ve put satellites in orbit, enabling us to use GPS to easily navigate on land and sea. Diseases have been diminished or eliminated by medical science. Knowledge is distributed in a way never before imagined through the Internet. Thousands of innovations have come out of the space program or from those who were inspired by it.

Yet today, science must constantly reprove itself in the glare of selfishness interests and prejudices. Science deniers of many stripes abound. But on that night 50 years ago, we were one people, one species, imperfect to be sure, but we were inspired to become better.

As we reflect on that mind-boggling event, still delivering awe 50 years later, I ask can we do better? Can we be better? The answer is YES, if we show the same courage and adventurous spirit shown during Apollo. There is no problem that faces humanity that it can’t solve if we are united.  Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin did not go to the moon on their own. Thousands of workers made it happen. Millions supported the effort. When we are truly united, anything is possible.

Fall 2019 Events Coming Up

September 7 & 8, 2019 – “Author’s Grove” at Belvidere Victorian Days
Saturday, 9am – 6pm & Sunday, 11:30am – 5pm
Garrett D. Wall Park, Park Triangle along 3rd Street
Belvidere, NJ

September 21, 2019 – Women Who Write Conference
Satruday – 9am – 5 pm
Afternoon Keynote Speaker at 3pm: “The Checklist for Self-Marketing Authors
Madison, NJ

September 22, 2019 – New Providence Book Festival
Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Salt Box Museum, 1350 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ

October 12, 2019 – Indie Author Day
Time & Location to be Determined

Fall Signings & Talks

September 8 & 9, 2018 – Belvidere Victorian Days
Saturday, 9am – 6pm & Sunday, 11:30am – 5pm
Author’s Grove – Park Triangle along 3rd Street
Belvidere, NJ

September 22, 2018 – New Providence Book Festival
Saturday, 9am – 3pm
Salt Box Museum, 1350 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ

October 14, 2018 – Indie Author Day at Springfield Library
Saturday, 1 – 3pm
Springfield Library, 66 Mountain Avenue, Springfield, NJ

April Signings & Talks

baleholdphoenixFriday, April 20, 2018
J.R. Bale will speak and sign books at the Porch Club in Riverton, NJ, along with authors, Donna Marie Nowak, Janet Benton and columnist Sally Friedman. The event begins at 7 PM. Learn more at theporchclub.org.

Sunday, April 22, 2018
J.R. Bale will be signing books and talking to readers at the Stirling Street Fair, Main Street, Stirling, NJ.