How many of you remember the movie Prizzi’s Honor? It came out in the mid-1980s and starred Jack Nicholson as a mob hitman who allows his personal life to get in the way of his professional responsibilities. Throughout the movie, his character, Charley, is reminded by higher-ups in the syndicate that he shouldn’t take personally all the things they’re telling him to do, even though one of his assigned tasks is to murder his new bride. “It’s business, Charley,” they tell him. “It’s just business.”
Yes, there is a point to this.
My post last week, in which I discussed the sale of a new series to Baen books, prompted an interesting question from long-time Magical Words reader and commenter, Mark Wise. Mark, who has followed my career for quite some time and knows that every book I’ve published to this point has been with Tor, wrote, “I find [...]
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Years ago, a pal of mine’s sixth paperback (excellent book) was published, and a buyer at Borders/Waldenbooks read it. He fell in love with the book. He liked it so much that he ordered a ton of books and pushed that writer’s books in Borders-affiliated stores. It was the push that writer’s career needed to get off the ground and fly. Not many writers get that push. Most of us work our buns off and just hope for a chance like that — that push from behind that catapults us to the next level. When it happens it’s luck, blessing, whatever you want to call it.
There are things we can do to help that possibility along, of course. It’s called promotions. I’ve been doing a ton of PR for all the products I have coming out these next few weeks. (If you missed the releases, you can see them [...]
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It’s Halloween week, and as this is the season for all things spooky, I thought it might be fun to look at things that scare me. I’m not talking about big hairy spiders (like the Huntsman Spider in Australia that was in the bathroom one night when I got up to pee — it was sitting on top of the door and when I shut the door, it fell off and landed on my hand. I jumped up and back — simultaneously — about six feet, screamed like a little girl, and never, ever used the toilet again) or axe murderers (I have no colorful stories about them, though I think that if one fell on my hand as I closed a bathroom door, I’d freak out a little) or Dick Cheney. No, I’m talking about writer stuff that scares me professionally. Maybe some of these fears will sound familiar [...]
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James R. Tuck
I don’t know what kind of writer you are. You might be the kind who works each sentence until it’s perfect before moving on to the next one, lining up the words in exacting order for the most impact and literary explosiveness.
If so then this blog might not do you much good. lol
This advice is for the writers like me. The indulgent ones who spew words on their first drafts, who write with an abandon of language, allowing all the sentences to run amok on the page. I sling phrases and concepts around during my first draft, just acting like they are free and I can have as many as my greedy little, or not-so-little fingers can conjure.
The result, for me anyways, is a first draft bloated like Elvis on a toilet and full of sentences that I love, words I adore.
That’s all fine and [...]
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I am so very sorry that I am late! I thought I had uploaded my post but it isn’t here! Arg! And then the cable went out and has been off and on all day! The cable guy will be here later, they said… Apparently much, much later.
So here is it, very late and slightly revised.
David and I have been talking about PR and blog hops—the stay-at-home-on-your-PC-while-you-work kind. I mentioned that I had a PR team working on my blog hop for me, and I’d like to share what they did for Kicking It, the anthology edited by Kalayna Price and me. Here is the link to their site and the blog hop page: http://www.ltpromos.com/2013/10/01/faith-hunter-and-kalayna-prices-kicking-it-anthology-is-on-tour/
This is not the final listing, as other people and other blogs are still signing up to be on the tour, but it gives you an idea of what we are doing. So, [...]
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Diana Pharaoh Francis
I’m sick. Came down with something today (Tuesday, not Wednesday, though this will publish Weds.). It hit sometime in the afternoon and suddenly I was nauseated, dizzy, feverish, and hot. Luckily, except for this post, I have finished my words for the day. I’m well ahead of schedule, but I doubt I’ll take a day off unless I have to. I just can’t. Don’t even want to. If I’m able to sit up and focus at all, I’ll be writing. I hope it won’t be a huge pile of crap.
So you might be wondering what I plan to talk about today, beyond me and my body fluids. I’m here to talk about time off and being sick. I know, inspired, right? Wonder how I ever came up with that? Seriously though, as freelancers, writers aren’t paid for sick leave or vacation. It’s really easy to therefore never take time [...]
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Finally! How to get ready to push a book. Yep. I’m gonna dish.
Used to be when a writer had a book, they (yes the writer herself, or her significant other, posing as her PR company) contacted book stores all over and set up signings. The Hubs used to spend one solid month before a book came out setting up signings. And then, together, we spent three months on the road after a book came out. Back then, books spent three months on bookstore shelves before having the covers stripped and the naked books sent back. We’d do scheduled signings all over, and drop in signings in every city we drove past.
Our horrid schedule was thus: I would get off work at the lab at 7 am, Monday, grab some shut eye (3 hours or so), then pack. Or repack, depending on where we were in the post-book-release schedule. [...]
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