Seven Simple Rules

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I just finished up a big rewriting assignment for a first-time author. While his manuscript was excellent for a novice, I spent most of my time dealing with the same seven basic issues. I thought it would be helpful to share those with you now: “When in doubt, leave it out” – I learned this…
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Boyle Quote

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Here’s a great quote from writer extraordinaire T.C. Boyle, who delivered the opening keynote address at the recently-concluded Vegas Valley Book Festival: “We live in a random universe . . . and it’s all bad. When I write, I am God. And my characters are going to suffer.”
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Everybody’s a Winner!

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Well, not really. That’s just something craps dealers say to entice you to belly up to the table. But we do have our three winners (one first place, one tie for second) in the Vegas Valley Book Festival’s Flash! Fiction Contest. (I blogged about it a few weeks back.) Our friends at Las Vegas CityLife…
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Save the Dates

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Quick, grab a pen. I’ll wait. Okay, jot this down: November 3 – 7. That’s when the Vegas Valley Book Festival will take over the Historic Fifth Street School (actually located on 4th Street) and the Clark County Library (actually located in Clark County), among other venues. Now in its ninth year, the festival has…
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Pen Pals

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One of my best writing decisions had nothing to do with writing at all. It involved listing my e-mail address in the back of my books. I wanted to make it easy for Steven Spielberg or Martin Scorsese to acquire the movie rights for an ungodly sum. Neither of those gentlemen has contacted me yet.…
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Flash! Fiction Contest

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I sit on the organizing committee for the Vegas Valley Book Festival, the largest literary event in Southern Nevada (and one of the largest in the western United States). As a Las Vegas-based author, my job on the committee is to represent the interests of the local writing community. In the past, the festival has…
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Mr. Brooks

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Welcome to the second installment of “Real Men of Genius,” the semi-semi-regular feature that celebrates creative artists who, while successful, have been largely under-appreciated by the general public (with apologies to Bud Light for letting me rip off their commercial theme…so far). Today’s nominee is Mr. Albert Brooks. Brooks, like many of his contemporaries, started…
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Songs and Stories

In its endless quest for the next “sure thing,” Hollywood seems to offer the following types of movies: Sequels Sequels of sequels Prequels Adaptations of TV shows Adaptations of comic books Remakes Many of these films still wind up tanking because, in the immortal words of screenwriter William Goldman, “Nobody knows anything.” You would think…
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Quick Story

Here’s a quick story illustrating the weirdness of grass roots book marketing. A few years ago, I was hawking my wares in a book festival booth at a park in Boulder City, Nevada. A pleasant middle-aged woman picked up a copy of “Dice Angel” and began peppering me with questions. “What’s the book about?” “Where…
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King George

In my lifetime, I’ve only cried at the deaths of two public figures: John Lennon and George Carlin. (The Kennedy’s made me sad, but I was probably too young to really understand what was going on.) Lennon requires no explanation. For those of a certain age, his assassination signaled the end of an era and…
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