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An answer for youandwhosearmy

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Wednesday, March 31, 2010,

In response to my last post, youandwhosearmy asked,
 
"how do you 'network' specifically, are you blunt with them? Do you explain what you are planning on doing while making small talk? Are they essentially cold calls?"

Writing is a solitary activity.  It takes me approximately five months to write a first draft (well, it did for the first three books, the next one, that's another tale for another day).  During that five month period, I pretty much live inside my head, in a fictional world, kn...


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Learning from my mistakes

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Tuesday, March 30, 2010,

In response to my last post, Boowasborn commented

"you seem to handle the promotional stuff so well."  I don't think I'm especially good at promotion.  What I am good at, to be honest, is learning from my mistakes.  So I thought it might be interesting to devote a couple of blog posts to deconstructing my book promotion, to discussing what worked and what didn't.  Perhaps some of the other authors on xanga will jump in with promotional stories of their own.

John Wanamaker, of Wanamaker Dep...


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Monster Mash-Up

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Thursday, March 25, 2010,

We all know what follows success -
 
sequels, variations, imitations and spin-offs - until we bleed the corpse dry.  And so the hugely popular Pride and Prejudice and Zombies spawns new titles such as Jane Slayre and Android Karenina.  In last Sunday's New York Times Book Review, Ward Sutton wonders what mash-ups will follow when "publishers run out of 19th-century classics to ransack." 

Sutton suggests a few contemporary titles that cry out for the monster mash-up.  In Green Blood.  Eat, Prey...


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Mystery Night

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Monday, March 22, 2010,
My thanks to the Literacy Volunteers

for hosting Friday night's event at the Springfield NJ Barnes & Noble.  And special thanks to the two authors who were also there signing books, Marco Conelli and Ralph Raab.  I had great fun chatting with customers and swapping stories with my fellow authors. 

 

At some point during the signing, Neal showed up.  I haven't seen Neal in approximately 35 years.  But through the magic that is social networking, we reconnected recently and he decided to make ...
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Nor'easter

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Monday, March 15, 2010,
When the rain began Friday morning,

after a winter of heavy snowstorms, we all said, well, at least it's not snow.  By Saturday evening, we had withstood the brunt of the nor'easter.  Our back yard was a veritable swamp, but at least the water stayed in the yard and (mostly) out of the house.  We only lost one tree, a crabapple, thirty foot tall, literally yanked out of the wet ground by heavy winds.  But the row of pines withstood the storm.  And he who I do not blog about, coming home for sp...
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So Many Books, So Little Time

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Thursday, March 11, 2010,
I have greatly enjoyed reading everyone's answers...

to the current book survey.  Here's mine.

Books next to your bed right now: Britten and Brulightly, Hannah Berry; Manhood for Amateurs, Michael Chabon; Talk Dirty Yiddish, Ilene Schneider
Favorite series: My favorite series hasn't been written yet.  But it's in the works.
Favorite book:  Another Roadside Attraction, Tom Robbins
The one book you would have with you if stranded on a desert island: And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street, Dr...
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"Dead Bodies Do Tell Tales"

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Thursday, March 11, 2010,

And oh the tales they tell...

You have heard part of this story before, but through the miracle of the internet I stumbled on a whole lot more of the story today.

I grew up in a small suburban community (a former potato farm) on Long Island (New York) graduating from high school in 1970.  Even then, the universe was conspiring to make me a mystery writer.  Those of you who are old enough to remember 1970 or young enough to have studied it in school will know that 1970 was not an easy year to l...

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