Monday, July 5, 2010

Max Elliot Anderson's "Secret of Abbott's Cave"

We're happy to have Max Elliot Anderson with us today talking about his book, Secret of Abbott's Cave. To learn more about Max and his book, read on!

1) How did this story come to you?
In addition to writing for kids, I’m a video producer. I had a production in Virginia covering the construction of a unique water reclamation facility. We had to travel there three times, and it gave us the opportunity to visit several of the caves in the area.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I already had a publisher for Secret of Abbott’s Cave, however, the company ultimately went bankrupt late last year. This book will be republished, along with my first 7 titles, by the end of this year.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I’m an avid NASCAR fan. I grew up hating to read, and English was one of my all time worst subjects in school.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I recently finished Lost Island Smugglers which is book # 1 in the new Sam Cooper Adventure Series. The next two books in the series, Captain Jack’s Treasure and River Rampage are already written. This fall, a second publisher will release Barney and the Runaway. This is the same publisher that will republish my original seven titles and we’ve signed an option for another sixteen titles which are also already written. I’m spending most of my time now in promotion, marketing, speaking, and platform building. I’m also writing shorter material for articles, a Chicken Soup book short story, and projects like that.

5) Parting comments?
I’d love to be writing again. I feel the most at peace when I disappear into my writing room and work on the next action-adventure or mystery. But today, writing is only a small part of an author’s life. We are called upon to do as much marketing and promotion as we can. I like to tell aspiring writers that writing their manuscript is the easy part. It’s what comes next that represents the really hard work including finding an agent, a publisher, and then letting the world know about your work.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Books For Boys Blog
Author Web Site


  1. This looks like a wonderfully interesting read.


  2. please enter me, I enjoy these messages on facebok


  3. Max is such an active author. I would to win one of his books. I have 2 grandsons so I appreciate his effort to write books for boys.

  4. I've been looking forward to the release of this book and would love to win it.

  5. I am always looking for books for my eight grandchildren to read, because they run out of good fiction. I would love to win one of yours.
    Kaye Whitney

  6. Please include me in the giveaway...
    My granddaughter's enjoy these do I..
    Thanks again


  7. This book sounds great for my four sons! Thanks, Marissa

    smrogi at yahoo dot com

  8. I enjoy exploring caves in our area! The nighttime
    lighted tours are my favorite. Many thanks, Cindi

  9. I am looking for books to use with my high-ability students when school resumes in the fall and this one sounds like it would be an excellent addition to my personal library.


  10. I would Love to win this book! I have 2 Grandson's who live with me who would love this book!
    Thank You!


  11. I'm enjoying all of your comments.

  12. Please included in this giveaway!


  13. Some of you may be interested in a little viral marketing experiment I have going on my books for boys blog. It concerns my new book, Lost Island Smugglers, which comes out on August 1st.

  14. Put my name in!

  15. Please include me thanks
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  16. Sounds like a book my son would like. Please put my name in the hat. :-)

  17. Windycindy was the winner of Secret of Abbott's Cave.

    Max Elliot Anderson
    Books For Boys Blog