Well, since everyone else is self-disclosing, I shall get in that spirit. I'm actually David H. Levin. 8^) Primarily employed as a systems engineering contractor in the telecom industry, when between assignments (as now) I revert to author/publisher mode. My third and most recent book, Bridge Puzzles for Children
, was just published earlier this month, under my sole proprietorship known as Syllogism Press. My first two books: Position and Pawn Tension in Chess
and Chess Puzzles for Children
. See my website (see post signature) for information on availability. [Note: post was edited May 5, 2006 to insert the previous two sentences.] [Edit of May 7, 2011: I've just published my first e-book, Chess Strategy for Children
. Details may be found on my website.]
During my previous engineering break of around ten years ago, I wrote and published my first two books which were on chess. The chess books have sold well enough for me to have kept them in print, but given the focused audience, have made but a small profit. Still I'm quite pleased with the outcome. Self-publishing was definitely the right way for me to go, though it wouldn't suit everyone equally. I'd be happy to discuss self-publishing (i.e., doing everything oneself except the manufacturing) privately or on another thread, should someone have the poor judgment to get me started. 8^)
I've been marketing the bridge book much more energetically than the others. The internet has been a great boon in this regard. Other pursuits include math and computer science tutoring, maintaining my website http://www.davidlevinchess.com
(though I haven't added much material lately), and combing http://www.craigslist.org
daily for possible freelance gigs. [Edit of May 5, 2006: freelance editing of nonfiction has long since taken over as my primary pursuit.]
I guess my main literary achievement has been a hardly coveted Miscellaneous Dishonorable Mention in the 2001 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for the entry, "The victim was found in a water hazard adjoining the Seventh Hole, a picturesque but demanding little Par 5 at 583 yards, with copious sand traps, dangerously sloped fairway and a perilously fast green." See http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/
for a formidable collection of amusing stuff.
I've also tried my hand in the current Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest which is part of the winningwriters.com site. To view my entry, entitled "A Most Satisfying Hole," go to the following webpage and search on my name:http://www.poetry.com/Publications/pubsmain.asp
I hope some find this interesting; I don't usually talk so much about myself.