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Browsing Archive: June, 2010

I'm a cell in a database

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Tuesday, June 29, 2010,
Analyzing book sales is like reading tea leaves... you can fool yourself into believing you know something, but, in truth, you've just got a pile of damp darjeeling.

Still, that's what writers do.  In the absence of real data (my royalty statements run nearly a year behind actual sales), we pore over what little data we can find and pretend to know what it means.  Anyone who has watched amazon rankings jump a million spots in an hour (based on perhaps as few as two or three book sales) will un...
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Ask the Editor

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Tuesday, June 22, 2010,
I'd like to introduce you to my friend and colleague, Alice Duncan.  That's Alice, hiding behind the funny papers.



When I asked Alice for a brief bio to use with today's post, this is what she sent me  -

Award-winning author Alice Duncan lives with a herd of wild dachshunds (enriched from time to time with fosterees from New Mexico Dachshund Rescue) in Roswell, New Mexico. She's not a UFO enthusiast; she's in Roswell because her mother's family settled there fifty years before the aliens cra...


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Coming Soon, to a Blog Near You

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Saturday, June 19, 2010,
In response to my recent post, Tips for Aspiring Authors, AmeSoeur left me the following comment -

"I wonder if you take requests on blogs about writing professionally, haha. I'm currently stuck on the editing process, and you seem to know what you're talking about, so I was wondering if you could give some advice in that regard?"

I can do better than that.  So watch this space.

And amesouer is certainly not the only writer on xanga struggling to edit a manuscript.  You know who you are.    So ...


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National Crime Fiction Week

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Tuesday, June 15, 2010,
Yesterday, I suggested that if you live in California, Nevada, or Utah, in Wyoming, Nebraska or Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania or New Jersey, you should get yourself to Route 80, and point your car east, in time for Deadly Ink.  Of course, not everyone who reads my blog lives near Interstate 80.  Some of you live near an airport.  So, if you prefer air travel to long-distance car trips, you should know that it's National Crime Fiction Week in the United Kingdom, "a nationwide cel...
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Interstate 80

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Monday, June 14, 2010,
Interstate 80

starts in San Francisco and runs east through California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania before coming to an end in Ridgefield Park NJ, at the intersection of Interstate 95, as it approaches the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge and NYC, nearly 3000 miles of transcontinental highway, America on wheels.

In my twenties, I could hitchhike the full length of Interstate 80 in 4 days, although, to be honest, I preferred the south...
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