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Welcome to Your World

One of the curses of being a writer is when people say “I've had a fascinating life. You should write about me.”

I've had a fascinating life myself. I caused a small riot in a train station in Hanover, Germany, and another riot in a marketplace in…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on March 28, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

You've Changed. Has Your Website?

Websites are now as important for establishing identity as a birth certificate or a driver's license. Yet, I've noticed that once an author puts one up, the site is often forgotten and neglected.

I research authors when they send me query letters in my capacity as acquisitions editor for Oak Tree Press. I like to know who I'm dealing with and, short of doing a background check, websites are all I have to give me an inkling of their accomplishments up to this stage in their…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on February 28, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

What Do You Bring to the Table?

Independent presses have a lot to offer today's aspiring authors. The slush pile is smaller and the chance for an unknown, untried author to get a contract is greater. Unlike large publishing houses, there's still very personal interaction between editors and writers. Unlike self-pubbed books, the publishing house takes care of cover art, lay-out, printing and distribution. Authors are nurtured and a bond builds between the author and publisher.

What most…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on December 28, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Riding with the Posse

Second to writing fiction, my passion is marketing. I know some people dread this part of the process of being an author. I was one of those who had to be dragged into cyber marketing, fighting every inch of the way. I didn't have time for reading blogs on the Internet or interacting with those who did. I couldn't afford to buy all the books they tried to ram down my throat and wouldn't have time to read them if I wanted to. No, I wanted people to buy MY…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on November 28, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

HELP WANTED

WANTED

Acquisitions Editor

Independent Press…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on October 28, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

In Defense of Crazy Cat Ladies

Right now I have the matron of the house standing guard by the computer making sure I write positive things about the tribe. Gemini, who entered my life on my birthday, allows me to tap at the computer keys for just so long, then reminds me to take a break by crawling into my lap for a few strokes of her own.

The other four are off doing their own thing: Kitler is asleep on a cardboard box, a favorite spot of all cats (along with the step stool, the…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on September 28, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

OH THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!

Sound familiar? Dr. Seuss wrote the poem as an inspiration and promise to children.
Writers go to many places, often inside our heads but sometimes to book signings, conferences, libraries and Starbucks.…
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Added by Sunny Frazier on August 28, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

IN A WORD. . . .

True story.

I was trying to help a friend who was writing her first novel, a Western. I looked over what she had written and it was excruciatingly boring. I said, “Westerns have some of the most colorful language of all the genres. Why aren't you using more interesting words in your writing?”

Her reply stunned me: “I don't know that many words.”

Why in the world does this person want to be a writer? Writers work with nothing but words! It's our medium, our clay, our…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on July 29, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Building a Better Mousetrap

It seems every time I click on a discussion online from authors, all I see is moaning and groaning that all this media socializing we're encouraged to do doesn't produce sales. Authors point out that we seem to be “preaching to the choir.” Where are the readers we need to target?

My question to the…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on July 1, 2012 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

UNCONVENTIONAL CONVENTIONS

Mystery conventions have to be some of the wackiest, most creative and high energy get-togethers around, Comic Con not withstanding (if you can stand a hundred Darth Vadersroaming around).

 

Years ago,…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on January 20, 2011 at 2:55pm — 1 Comment

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY REPORT

Snippets from a NJ conference. See the whole article at

Publishers and agents on the panel Writing Matters event at Watchung Booksellers, Montclair, N.J., a week ago…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on November 7, 2010 at 3:50pm — 2 Comments

CONFESSIONS OF AN ACQUISITIONS EDITOR

Small publishing houses work for me because I can't seem to resist the urge to put my two cents in on how the publishing house works. I'm sure Simon & Schuster or Random House could care less about what I think on the way they run things, but I've had two publishers now who value my opinions. Let me tell you, it's a heady feeling.



When my current publisher was backed up by the onslaught…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on November 5, 2010 at 6:00pm — 9 Comments

THE AUDACITY OF AUTHORS

While attending a recent writers conference I overheard a woman say “That author's ego is really out of control.” The catty remark was aimed at an author who did seem pretty full of himself. But it got me to wondering: Is there room for humbleness when it comes to writing?



The dictionary definition of “humble” is “Not proud or haughty, not arrogant or assertive; offered in the spirit of…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on October 15, 2010 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME

Would I? I have thought of this question many times as I push forward. I think it’s good to stop and evaluate once in awhile. Am I on the right track? Could I have avoided the pitfalls? Can I learn from my mistakes? Here’s what I came up with:

  1. I wish I’d started earlier. I wrote every chance I could, in secret as a child. My mother thought it was a waste of time when I could be…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on September 27, 2010 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

GIVE ME FREEBIES!

I was just on a marketing panel at Killer Nashville. One of the panelists pooh-poohed the whole idea of little marketing give-aways. Heck, I

love them and love coming up with something creative. Mine usually

center around food: miniature boxes of raisins because my books are

set in the Fresno area, Raisin Capitol of the World. I also ordered

fortune cookies from Oriental Traders with my name…
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Added by Sunny Frazier on September 12, 2010 at 3:53pm — No Comments

CRIMINALLY GOOD SKILLS

I realized the other day that I was taking many of the skills I used as a secretary for an undercover narc team and incorporating them into my writing career.



I'm not taking about discipline or keeping a filing system where I can find things, never my strong suit in the office. I was the type of worker who looked at the big picture and saw opportunity to go beyond my job description. I was…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on August 27, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

WHY I'M NOT WRITING

I'm very adamant on the Internet and elsewhere that I don't believe in the notorious “writers block.” Most former journalists and newspaper people will agree with me. We couldn't couldn't look up at the editor in despair and whine, “I don't know, sir. The words just aren't coming to me right now.” That doesn't fly when there are column inches to fill and lay-out…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on July 16, 2010 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

HAVE THEM EATING OUT OF YOUR HANDOUTS

One of the complaints I often hear from authors is that they can't seem to get their signings and book info into the pubic eye through the local newspapers. I don't have that problem and I have taught several organizations in my area a few ideas on how this is accomplished.

I once was a lowly paid newspaper reporter. I remember days of looking…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on June 16, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

CRUISE PICKING UP SPEED. . .

The deadline for the conference rate for the Mystery Cruise is coming up fast! We're hoping now that tax season is over people who are interested, curious or just want a memorable sea experience will put down the $250 deposit for a berth, the other half not due until August--totally refundable if plans don't pan out. Beverly is the contact at Beverly@cruisingsmart.com



We sail from Los…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on May 26, 2010 at 12:12pm — No Comments

SLIGHTING THE HAND THAT FEEDS

I got wind of one of the most appalling comments written by an author I know. To paraphrase, she informed us all that “You can't teach an old dog new tricks,” and “All that Internet stuff is too new for me.” She went on to say her computer is for writing her manuscripts and research, that “Anything more is beyond me.”…

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Added by Sunny Frazier on May 16, 2010 at 8:10pm — 2 Comments

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