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Things that make me go hmmmm  // Browsing posts in Things that make me go hmmmm

No, I Didn’t Say Till Death Do Us Part

I have a friend who does freelance publicity, she’s a brave soul. Back when I did freelancing (before my New York publishing days) I was never at the mercy of people who, hmmm, for lack of a better term, went off their meds. With so many people writing books, it’s a brave (and often frightening)...

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What an Amazon Listing Says About an Author

So Amazon, you love them or you hate them, or you could be somewhere in between, I won’t judge either way, but there’s no denying they still reign king when it comes to books (and honestly a lot of other stuff but I’ll try to stay focused). If you’re an author you MUST have a...

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When did we start celebrating Tramp-O-Ween?

Okay I know the “sexy nurse” thing and the “sexy school girl” thing have been bedroom fantasies that couples have acted out since the dawn of time, or you know, pretty damn close, but when was the concept of being a “sexy anything” indoctrinated into our Halloween traditions? I’ve admitted that just because I write...

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Barbie Porn

Over the years there are things that have been ruined for me. You know flying isn’t the glamour trip I thought it would be, hot dogs are flat out gross and most celebrities (without their make up) rival the TV show The Living Dead. I get that at some point we all have to grow...

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You Know You’re Not a Rockstar When…

I love sharing stuff on this blog, especially when it comes in the form of emails I get from other publicity people in the industry. This is from a friend of mine who was at CES (Consumer – Electronics – Show) and though the event was fun, it was a bit, eh, awkward. Note: The...

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The Biggest Conspiracy in Publishing

I thought I had heard it all, but clearly God has a sense of humor. A big one. Today I heard about a conspiracy theory that’s bigger than anything you could have even imagined. Even Fox Mulder in his X-File sleuthing days couldn’t have fathomed this one. Are you ready? Here it is: Your book...

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Team Mac or Team Nick?

Without a doubt the majority of the (shall I dare say?!) fan mail I get has something to do with the male characters in my novels. Some people are Team Mac. They can’t help but be drawn to him. They’ve met or even dated that exceedingly charming, yet imperfect man they just can’t get out...

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When Characters Come Alive

If you’ve turned on the news, checked out at a grocery store, or been on Facebook this week you’ve probably at least caught a glimpse of the recently cast leads for the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. And if you lingered for more than a glimpse (or if you’re a fan of the...

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The New Era Of McMarketing

I have a lot of friends who run their own book publicity and marketing firms, and as much as I bitch and moan sometimes about working for ‘the man’ at a large publisher, with all the red tape and corrupt standards, I don’t envy the dog and pony show my friends have to put on...

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It’s All Jeff Bezos’ Fault

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Yet another reason to blame the world problems in Bezos, he just bought a newspaper. I can hear it now: “Oh, God, there goes print!” Well maybe, or perhaps now the Washington Post can breath a sigh of relief because here’s the thing: now they no longer have to be profitable. That...

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