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Get a copy of my bestselling thriller The Coelho Medallion for FREE when you join my mailing list!


An ancient medallion is unearthed in Pueblo, Colorado, revealing a secret that will rewrite the history of North America—the Vikings somehow made it to the continent’s interior, centuries before Columbus made landfall, and there they built a city of gold. Dan Kotler is racing to uncover the secret of the Coelho Medallion, before a terrorist threat uses it to put millions of lives in jeopardy.

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An ancient medallion is unearthed in Pueblo, Colorado, revealing a secret that will rewrite the history of North America—the Vikings somehow made it to the continent’s interior, centuries before Columbus made landfall, and there they built a city of gold. Dan Kotler is racing to uncover the secret of the Coelho Medallion, before a terrorist threat uses it to put millions of lives in jeopardy.

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HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT KEVIN TUMLINSON

Tumlinson managed to inject quirkiness and humor that was both unexpected and gave the characters even more depth.
— JoAnn Takasaki, Author of "Luau Like a Local: The Easy Way"
Kevin is what every writer should be—entertaining and thought-provoking.
— Shana Tehan, Press Secretary, U.S. House of Representatives
There was something so fascinating about this story and the cast of characters he put together.
— Leah Petersen, Author of "Fighting Gravity"
This well written science fiction story will capture your interest on page one and won’t let go until you finish. Be forewarned it’s pretty much a sure thing that you’ll be purchasing book two. The characters are mysterious, fascinating, and likable.
— James Chalk, Author of "Meat Market"
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You can also catch Kevin as a co-host on these podcasts

 
Self-Publishing Answers Podcast Join Kevin Tumlinson, Nick Thacker, and Justin Sloan as they share everything they learn, as they learn it, to help you build and grow your indie author career.

Self-Publishing Answers Podcast
Join Kevin Tumlinson, Nick Thacker, and Justin Sloan as they share everything they learn, as they learn it, to help you build and grow your indie author career.

Creative Writing Career Tune in to hear Kevin Tumlinson, Justin Sloan, and Stephan Bugaj explore all the ways that you can build a career writing for games, film, television, comic books and more.

Creative Writing Career
Tune in to hear Kevin Tumlinson, Justin Sloan, and Stephan Bugaj explore all the ways that you can build a career writing for games, film, television, comic books and more.

Eight Questions Kevin is one of several rotating hosts for this popular podcast produced by Sterling & Stone. You never know what eight questions a guest will be asked!

Eight Questions
Kevin is one of several rotating hosts for this popular podcast produced by Sterling & Stone. You never know what eight questions a guest will be asked!

 
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all about a wordslinger


I'm an author, podcast host, keynote speaker, and Director of Marketing for Draft2Digital. Writing and publishing fiction exactly the career I always wanted, so it's the career I built for myself.

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all about a wordslinger


I'm an author, podcast host, keynote speaker, and Director of Marketing for Draft2Digital. Writing and publishing fiction exactly the career I always wanted, so it's the career I built for myself.

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You can have everything you want in life if you’re willing to help enough other people get what they want.
— Zig Ziglar

The Short Version

Kevin Tumlinson is the Wordslinger—Author and Host of the Wordslinger Podcast. Kevin has dozens of novels, novellas, and non-fiction books available and is producing more every day. He currently lives in Sugar Land, Texas, with his amazing wife Kara—though the two of them are actively working to downsize into an RV and travel full time while Kevin writes about all of it.

Kevin helps will-be authors start their book businesses through his weekly podcasts and through books like 30-Day Author

To learn more about Kevin, sign up for his mailing list and get three free books from the starter library, plus regular updates on everything happening in the Wordslinger universe. Pants optional. 

2015 Writers of The Future Honorable Mention for "Edge" — Get your hands on a copy for free!

2015 Writers of The Future Honorable Mention for "Edge" — Get your hands on a copy for free!

 
 

The much longer version

I swear I'm not urinating in public. Or ...  am ... I?

I swear I'm not urinating in public. Or ...  am ... I?

I grew up in Wild Peach, Texas. If you'Ve heard of it, you're probably from there.

It's the kind of place where a kid can grow up knowing what it's like to climb trees and wander in the woods and swim in rivers, all while being within shouting distance of his Granny calling him to dinner. It was also a breeding ground for stories—which explains practically everything.

I grew up in a house filled with stories. They were in my DNA. Folktales and tall tales, whoppers and (little white) lies, and a family lore steeped in wise cracking and down-home wisdom—that's where I grew up. The perfect breeding ground for a Wordslinger.

Surprise! Kevin really is like that full time. 

Surprise! Kevin really is like that full time. 

Some of my favorite toys were just junk I found laying about, in heaps kept by my grandfather in his tool shed, or in piles left curbside for the trash collectors to cart away. You'd be amazed how many of my books today are just warmed over versions of the stories I came up with while playing with a piece of scrap or the odd bit of wire from a broken air conditioner. 

I spent hours creating back stories and characters and scenarios that matched up to whatever my imagination made of what I'd found. It was some of the best story craft training in the world.

At some point, my family gave me a tape recorder for Christmas, along with a pack of cassettes. The phrase "it is ON" hadn't yet made it into popular vernacular at the time, but it sill applies. Once I had a means of recording my thoughts—like dumping my brain directly to miles of magnetic tape—storytelling was the very first thing I did. And I inflicted those stories on the only audience around, which happened to be my poor mother, mostly disinterested brother, and my long-suffering grandmother. God bless 'em. They gave a growing boy all the encouragement he needed.

I wrote my first book when I was five years old. It was five pages—front and back—on lined notebook paper. I hand-crafted a cover—beginning a long tradition of designing the covers for my books—and bound the whole thing along the edge with staples and a nice masking tape binding.

Artisanal craftsmanship before being artisanal was cool, man.  

When I brought my masterpiece to school, my teacher laughed and said, "Books aren't written on notebook paper, silly!"

And the whole class laughed along with her.

I slunk to my desk, deflated and defeated, and on that day a life-long battle with imposter syndrome began. I had to publish half a dozen books before it finally started to let up. I'm hoping to have it licked by the time I'm 90.

I'm looking at your pockets. I'm wondering if you have food in there. I like food.

I'm looking at your pockets. I'm wondering if you have food in there. I like food.

I wrote short stories throughout my school years—sometimes to the frustration consternation of my teachers, who would have preferred I just stuck to the essay topics. But I became known for those stories. People saw what I was doing, and figured that writing was something I'd do as a career. It was obvious! 

I really wish someone would have told me.

Because for most of my career, I wrote and told stories on the side as I tried to figure out exactly what I wanted to do for a living. I took jobs doing things like working in electronics, then producing radio and television, and then eventually copywriting for marketing and advertising agencies, plus a few hundred clients. And all the while I kept wondering, "What should I do for a career?"

I wrote books because I always wanted to write books—thinking, "Wouldn't it be cool to write books for a living? If only I could!"

Yeah, I know, right? Not so bright.

Kara is the love of my life. She can do better. But I work hard to keep her from realizing that. 

Kara is the love of my life. She can do better. But I work hard to keep her from realizing that. 

It was four decades after I came screaming into the world that I realized I had been doing what I wanted to do "when I grew up" for my entire career—I just hadn't done it as my career.

Every job I ever had, every career leap I ever made—it all had been one big funnel that eventually nudged me to where I'd wanted to go all along. I just hadn't realized I wanted to go there.

I'm a storyteller, first and foremost. The story comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes—from books to podcasts to public speaking. But it's the story that sticks around, when everything else fades away. That's my through-line. That's my A-story. That's the shape of my life.

Once I knew this, I realized just how powerful story really is.

Story shapes our culture, our career, and our lives. It defines us. It makes us who we are. It creates the world we live in, pretty much as we go.

That's why I started helping other people figure out how to shape their own stories—through my podcasts and my books and my blog posts. I started working with people to help them develop the skills and discipline they need to tell their story, their way. I helped people open new doors for themselves. And it felt good.

First among all things, I'm a storyteller. And I'm so ridiculously grateful for the readers who come to me and love my work as much as I do. 

And I'm also so grateful to be able to give back by creating a body of work that helps will-be authors start doing some storytelling of their own. 

That's my story. Some of it, anyway. To get the rest, you'll just have to read along. It'll be fun for both of us.


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kevin in the news


 Or As We Call It Kev[In]News

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kevin in the news


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UPCOMING APPEARANCES

  • I'll be at NINC September 19-23. If you're an author, publisher, agent, or just really, really interested in writers, look me up at the conference!

GUEST POSTS, INTERVIEWS & QUOTES

Self-Publishing Roundtable #136 - Downsizing your life to write and travel and providing writer services with Kevin Tumlinson — 03/25/26

Self Publishing Podcast #202 - Downsizing for Authors with Kevin Tumlinson — Kevin chats with the guys from SPP about downsizing, moving, dumpster diving and Tijuana $#*(& dolls for some reason. 03/23/16

Author Hangout Podcast — 
Ep 078: “Book Marketing Tips from Experts (Part 5)”
— Featuring advice from Kevin Tumlinson and several other successful authors — 03/07/16

Can Narrowing Your Focus Help Your Author Business? — Interview with Kevin Tumlinson on Stephen Campbell's The Author Biz Podcast - 2/29/16

Interview with Kevin Tumlinson — The Hook, 950 AM Houston with Jason Arcemont

Kevin Tumlinson on Writing Your Book in 30 Days or Less — Rocking Self Publishing Podcast, 1/14/16

Building a Brilliant Career with Kevin Tumlinson — Happen To Your Career Podcast, 1/11/16

Deciding what to give up for a life of writing — Creative Penn Podcast, 12/18/15

Book Marketing Tools Podcast: Ep 67 "Write Your Book Faster" — 12/15/15

9 Problem Solving Skills Great CEOs and Startup Founders Use to Tackle Tough Problems — Quoted, KeepInpsiring.me, 05/29/2015

Forget Everything You Know About Sales: Use These 5 Crazy Tips Instead — Quoted, Examiner.com, 05/28/2015

What's the #1 Habit of Successful Content Marketing Campaigns? — Quoted, Cornerstone Content - 4/08/15

Top 10 Hiring Tips from HR Heavyweights —Quoted,  BPT/Resources - 4/7/15

10 of the Best WordPress Alternatives for Small Business - Quoted, Long Tail Pro - 3/24/15

3 Tips for Developing a Daily Work Habit - Guest Post, Self Publisher's Showcase - 3/24/15

15 Tips for Getting Hired Fast - Quoted, The Work at Home Woman - 3/16/15

Leveraging Ghostwriting to Add Rocket Fuel to Your Business - GlobalWrites blog - 3/10/15

5 Ways to Make Money to Start a Business - The Work at Home Wife - 2/23/15

"Guest Post: 5 Ways to Use a Book to Build Your Business" - Self Publisher's Showcase - 2/6/15

New review of "Sawyer Jackson and the Long Land" by S.M. Lowry! - 1/21/15

"Sawyer Jackson and the Long Land" picked as a top read of 2014 on the To Be Read Podcast - 12/16/14

Kevin Tumlinson on the Audience Hacker Podcast | How To Publish a Book a Month & Grow Your Reach - 11/07/14

Reading with Writers 3: Kevin Tumlinson (blog interview) - 11/03/14

Reading about Authors with Kevin Tumlinson - To Be Read Podcast (Video) - 10/20/14

Author interview with John McGuire on Tessera - 09/12/14

Interview on Content Marketing Podcast with Rachel Parker - 09/04/14

Author Interview with Stacy Claflin - 09/03/14

Review of "Citadel: First Colony" by S.M. Lowry - 08/31/14

Review of "Citadel: First Colony" by Leah Peterson - 10/12/2011

Listen to Kevin Tumlinson's interview on the Happen to Your Career Podcast