Some interesting industry factoids for my #writer friends.
So far in 2017: Traditional publishers are experiencing strong backlist sales and soft frontlist sales. Frontlist sales are new titles—so publishers are experie...ncing some trouble getting new titles to “break out.” The top 10 print books for the year include only one title published in 2017: Camino Island by John Grisham. Half of the top 10 list was published prior to 2015.
Fantastic #writers conference outside Cleveland on Sept 9th. Only 1 week left to register!
Registration for the Cleveland Rocks Conference featuring Margie Lawson will close on September 2nd. You don't want to miss out, you won't be sorry. More info o...n our website: www.neorwa.com/conference.
Margie Lawson teaches writers how to use her psychologically-based editing systems and deep editing techniques to create page turners.
This workshop will provide an overview of psychologically-based Deep Editing power tools that could boost your writing toward bestseller lists. Load your toolbox with deep editing tools including Margie’s Four Levels of Powering Up Emotion, power words, back-loading, emotional hits, back story management,
character-speak and character-isms, as well as scene-themed, character-themed, and emotion-themed words.
I had a dream last night that I was at RWA Nationals, so sharing this post felt pretty apropos!
FINISHING LINE PRESS CHAPBOOK OF THE DAY:
Providence by Zana Previti
RESERVE YOUR COPY TODAY
Zana Previti was born and raised in New England. She earned her MFA in fiction from the University of California, Irvine, and her MFA in poetry from the University of Idaho. She lives and works in West Virginia.
Surely every poem desires to be read and read again. Zana Previti’s poems deserve it.
The poems of Zana Previti’s first collection, Providence, possess the rare capacity to make the personal appear universal and the universal appear personal. She blends present and historical time, immediate and distant place, and she applies layer after layer of rich details in lines that vary from a terse, trimeter-like pace to Whitmanic lines that threaten to sweep beyond the margins.
–Ron McFarland, author of Subtle Thieves (Pecan Grove Press, 2012) and Stranger in Town: New and Selected Poems (Confluence Press, 2000), among others. He teaches at the University of Idaho.
In language at once spare and unsparing, Zana Previti’s staggeringly wide-ranging and pitch-perfect “Providence” takes us from the “immense / old age of the Atlantic” through war-time starvation experiments, family, Kung Fu movies, Greek myth, bathtub mystery novel reading, a Galveston hurricane, environmental degradation, and King Lear—reckoning in deeply humane ways with individual and historically-aware questions of the human capacity for suffering and love. “These stones are the generations / upon which we build images of the end of us,” she writes, using her formal and lyrical skills to again and again find these “images of the end” and their complex corollaries in our continuance and living. “Kill us if you will / but kill us in the light,” Ajax is quoted as crying, and this poem—which is like nothing you’ve ever quite seen before—is a new, acute light.
–Alexandra Teague, author of the poetry collections The Wise and Foolish Builders (fPersea Books, 2015) and Mortal Geography (Persea Books, 2010), which which won the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry and the 2010 California Book Award. In 2011 she received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
PREORDER PURCHASE SHIPS AUGUST 18, 2017
My single title romantic suspense, THE HUSTLER, is a finalist in RWA Kiss of Death's Daphne du Maurier contest! Aaaand I'm dead. I've died. So thoroughly thrilled and honored.
My experience at social gatherings has definitely changed since I've been published...it's often a little hilarious, too
I love audiobooks, but I can't imagine narrating one. Hats off to the fabulous narrators who make us blush! #amreading
Sometimes not even WE can say the dirty words we read... what if you did it for a living? From the archives:
What a powerful image.
Illustrating the Gender Gap in Fiction:
Thanks to staff & volunteers for assisting in our performance art project to demonstrate the lopsided ratio of male to f...emale authors. We shelved all the general fiction works by men backwards, leaving only women's works spine-out (and therefore legible). It's a powerful statement.