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When I Decided to Become a Writer

I can pinpoint the moment and wrote a piece about it titled "Nothing Compares to the Power of a Children’s Book" for Letter Blocks, a blog for parents who want to get their kids hooked on reading.

Aspiring Writers Want to Know…

Joseph discusses the craft of writing and how he got started as an author. This video offers useful information and an interesting story about bestselling novelist Lee Child and outlines.

Chatting with Fans Anywhere and Everywhere

When VANISHED goes on sale August 18, Joseph will embark on the first-ever Twitter Book Tour! During the three day tour, Joe will take questions from fans (from the comfort of their living rooms or wherever they happen to be) and answer in real-time with a personal reply. Get more details and find out how you can participate in the Twitter Book Tour.


Why the First Week on Sale Is So Important

Exclusive Offer

A super-amazing special pre-order offer that may drive my assistant bonkers and cause a run on postage stamps in the Boston area


We writers don’t talk much about it, except to other writers . . . but the first week a book goes on sale has become as important as a movie’s opening weekend.

I know, this makes no sense. Books are all about word-of-mouth. Someone tells you about a novel, you read it, you love it, you tell your friends – that’s how a book becomes a bestseller. Or so you’d think. And no question there’ve been novels that have grown slowly and steadily into huge phenomena: think of THE KITE RUNNER or THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER.

That’s old-fashioned publishing, and it’s wonderful, and I wish it happened more often. But it rarely does. These days, if a book doesn’t open strong, it’s not easy to keep the momentum going.

And included in that first week are all the pre-orders – the book you buy now so you can get it the day it goes on sale. Or close to the first day, anyway.

So if you’re a fan and you’re planning on buying my new book VANISHED, there’s no reason not to buy it now, especially since it will never be cheaper as many booksellers incentivize pre-orders with deep discounting.

And here’s one more reason.

As a way to thank you for your early support, I’m going to make an offer that may well drive my wonderful assistant Claire around the bend. For every copy of VANISHED you buy between now and August 22nd at midnight, I’ll send you a signed, personalized (if you’d like) copy of any of my last four paperbacks.


Even if you already have them all, I bet your Dad doesn’t. Or your cousin Bruce or Aunt Sylvia, right?

Plus, I’ll send you The Cowl, an original comic created by one of the characters in VANISHED, and a signed bookplate (for your new copy of VANISHED or if you have another of my previous books).

There are limited quantities of the comic book available in print so it may well become a collector’s item!

All this and I’ll even pay for the postage. (And “handling,” whatever that is.)

It’s my way of thanking you for your kindness and your support — and for telling your friends.

Click here for details on how to get your free paperback, The Cowl and bookplate!

Many thanks,

New Video Posted!

Joe discusses graphic novels, The Cowl and VANISHED. Watch the video.

The VANISHED Quest Game

Congratulations on making it this far on your quest! You’re almost there…

Clue #4 (the last clue) in The VANISHED Quest Game: What is the name of the mystery woman Nick discovers while investigating Roger’s disappearance?

Hint: Follow him on Twitter @nickheller.

When you get the last clue, go here to submit your answer.

Just posted: VANISHED Video

Watch a video of Joseph discussing the new book VANISHED, the first in an exciting new series.

Hot off the Presses

The first boxes with finished copies of VANISHED just arrived.  After 8 books, this is still an exciting moment in a writer’s life.

Here I am opening the first box!


Almost there…


Here they are!



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