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So instead of choosing a cover for my book that just isn't what I'm looking for - I have found an amazing photograph that just says 'Gold Digger!' It is so perfect, I can't stop thinking about it, and picturing it in bookshops. I actually stood in a bookshop for half and hour today staring at the books in my genre picturing my book amongst them, and it has to be the lips picture I have found!
However, there is a bit of a problem! The photo belongs to a photographer - a quiet well known photographer in America, and I have enquired after said picture asking if he would allow me to use the amazing picture as my cover! They (His possible team of assistants but probably more like his personal assistant, that was like Sandra Bullock's character in that movie with Hugh Grant where she was his assistant slash life coach, slash slave ) asked about my book, and I sent her the synopsis and she liked it, and said she would discuss it with appropriate people, ie the photographer, and probably his lawyer, and said she would get back to me on Monday - so needless to say, I have been subject to a plethora of various emotions over the weekend, and now I am pretty apprehensive if I'm honest - I would so love them her: him, to say yes, but I also know that they could very well say no and then where am I? You know, Dreams shattered and all that. So tonight might be a bit sleepless as I wait for America's Monday morning to kick in - hopefully they put me out of my misery sooner rather than later.
I don't know if you remember but just before Christmas I was planning to buy a Persian Kitten but it never actually worked out! Just because it didn't work out, doesn't mean my want for one has diminished - it has in fact increased - I need one!!
So I'm doing some research for a ghostwriting project I am doing and I am looking at newspapers in New York. One of the main characters in the story is a reporter and after much deliberation have chosen the New York Post as the place where she works. Researching for a novel is actually a really fun project - mainly because I really like learning new things and also it makes the fantasy of the story real in some way - with real places and businesses and facts.
And then one day after being fucked up for months I realized something -I didn't know her, she didn't know me. Just because I tasted her cum, and spit or could tell you her middle name or knew a record she liked, that doesn't mean anything. That's not a connection, anyone can have that! Really knowing someone is something else. Its a completely different thing, and when it happens, you wont be able to miss it. You will be aware, and you wont hurt, or be afraid - Okay?
Seriously, when I decided to get a haircut last week and made an appointment for today, I had no idea it would end up like it did, I arrived 10 minutes early because that's what a polite customer would do.
I find my hairdresser out the front - apparently the power has been taken out - and wont be back until 1pm. Luckily though they can still sort me out they tell me.
Looking back I probably should have refused, because, I found myself lent over front ways with my head in a porcelain bowl getting a luke warm wash from an intern whilst standing up. I think she was confused because I was upside down, because she didn't manage to get any of the shampoo into the front or top of my head. It was basically a shampoo less wash which she was clueless too. Finally seated, she took to my hair vigorously with a brush trying to remove knots created by the shitty wash she attempted to give me. With half my hair now within the prongs of the brush she moved over for the stylist to take the reins.
Getting a haircut in the dark is quiet an experience, and after half hour I was informed it was all done.
I peered into the half darkness and wondered why I have agreed to this. Your supose to walk out of the hairdressers feeling fresh and new - swinging your locks back and forth and smiling the whole time. I drove home with water dripping down my back seething that they had the audacity to charge me the full amount for such a shit job. I didnt even get a cup of tea while I was eduring the worst hairdressing experience of my life barr that time the lady turned my hair pink. I got home and had to blowdry my own hair and then savagly took to it with a strightener with tears threatening to spill over at any moment. I'm fucking going on a cruise in 15 days and these fuckers have ruined my whole cruise vibe by fucking up my hair. After calling my mum and having a huge cry down the receiver she told me to call them and tell them how I feel. Luckily I didn't have to - they must have felt my sadness and called me and asked me how my hair was - I said it wasn't right, and they are now going to get me back in on Friday to fix it up.
So I sent in my approval for the page blocks for Gold Digger about two weeks ago today, and I am now waiting for the cover options. (They are sending me two options to choose from) I am a bit impatient because it seems like I have been waiting forever for this book to be published.... but I guess I'll just keep on waiting.
There are two types of writers, Schopenhauer once observed, those who write because they have something they have to say and those who write for the sake of writing.
If you’re young and you think you want to be a writer, chances are you are already in the second camp. And all the advice you’ll get from other people about writing only compounds this terrible impulse.
Write all the time, they’ll tell you. Write for your college newspaper. Get an MFA. Go to writer’s groups. Send query letters to agents.
What do they never say? Go do interesting things.
I was lucky enough to actually get this advice. Combine this with the fact that I was too self-conscious to tell people that I wanted to be a writer, I became one in secret.
I’m not saying I’m great at it or anything, but I am a bestselling author at 26. I have a column with a major newspaper. I get paid to write professionally. A fair amount of aspiring writers email me about becoming a writer and I always say: Well, that’s your first mistake.
The problem is identifying as a writer. As though assembling words together is somehow its own activity. It isn’t. It’s a means to an end. And that end is always to say something, to speak some truth or reach someone outside yourself.
Deep down, you already know this. Take any good piece of writing, something that matters to you. Why is it good? Because of what it says. Because what the writer manages to communicate to you, their reader. It’s because of what’s within it, not how they wrote it.
No one ever reads something and says, “Well, I got absolutely nothing out of this and have no idea what any of this means but it sure is technically beautiful!” But they say the opposite all the time, they say “Goddamn, that’s good” to things with typos, poor grammar and simple diction.
Good writing saves nothing. On the other hand, a deep, compelling or stunning message can float writers who struggle to even complete a sentence.
So if you want to be a writer, put “writing” on hold for a while. When you find something that is new and different and you can’t wait to share with the world, you’ll beat your fat hands against the keyboard until you get it out in one form or another.
Everything that is good in my writing came from risks I took outside of school, outside of the “craft.” It was sleeping on Tucker Max’s floor for a year. It was working as Robert Greene’s assistant. It was working at American Apparel, watching the office politics and learning how to get stuff done. It was dropping out of college at 19. It was saying yes to every meeting and introduction I got, and hustling to get as many as I could on my own. It was reading dozens of books a month.
It was going to therapy. It was getting into pointless arguments. It was having friends who are smarter than me. It was traveling. It was living (briefly) in the ghetto. I was able to write about the dark side of the media because I put myself in a position to see it firsthand.
All these things gave me something to say. They gave me a perspective. They gave me a fucked up writing style that makes my voice unique. They gave me opinions that tend to piss people off.
It also gave me money and the marketing experience to make my projects a success.
I don’t know the first thing about how to write (as you probably noticed in this post). I nod along and pretend that I know what things like “subject” and “predicate” and “passive tense” actually mean. I mean, I think I have an idea, but it hasn’t held me back so far. To quote Schopenhauer again, “to have something to say” is “by itself virtually a sufficient condition for good style.” I’ll take grade school dropout writing passionately in his prison cell over some empty, superior Yale MFA any day.
Part of what I’ve said here is my opinion. There are many ways to become a writer and though my way worked for me, you may prefer a different route. So you can take that part or leave it. But another part of it is an undeniable change in the economics of the business of writing.
See, it used to be that getting “published” was the hard part. You had to impress some gatekeeper and that gatekeeper was an agent or an editor at magazine, at a newspaper or at a book publisher (all of whom were typically trained writers). Well, today there are essentially an infinite amount of outlets to feature your writing. And no matter where you ultimately do get your writing out, you’ll have to bring your own audience with you anyway.
Getting published is easy. Getting anyone to care? Well, that’s the hard part.
What matters more now than any other single thing is that what you’re saying is different–that it’s interesting, that it provokes some response from people. You’ll only accomplish this if you’ve got something you have to say. Better yet, you need to have something that you can’t NOT say. If what you’re writing is a compulsion rather than a vehicle for your display how smart and well practiced you are.
So think about it one more time. Is it that you want to be a writer? Or it’s that you have these things inside you that you want very badly to communicate to people and writing is the best way to do it?
Getting the answer to that question right is the day you really become a writer.
I received another letter about my book Gold Digger yesterday - and they kindly filled me in on what I can expect over the next month.....
Thanks for your confirmation.
have included some information on what you can expect next in the
process. It has been my pleasure working with you on your book, and I
wish you great success with it.
Here’s an overview of what remains to complete your book:
The next step is to complete the Final Cover.
Now that your textblock is complete, we know the trim size, binding, and page count for the finished book.
book project now moves into our GALLEY PROOF AUDIT department. Here the
textblock is thoroughly checked to be sure that it meets all the
specifications: yours, ours, and the printer’s! Once we are satisfied
that your textblock passes our inspections, we assign the cover to a
By this time, you should have completed our online questionnaire form.
call this our “combo form” because it provides information about your
book for the cover designer, the Press Department, the Website Team, and
more. If you have already done this questionnaire, your title will be
assigned to a cover designer in about four weeks.
cover designer will review the combo form and any other images or
commentary you send in, and develop the look for your cover. Once the
concept is finalized and approved by you, your cover designer will
prepare the final file of the cover art—the one that will be sent to our
will know that your book has moved into this phase of production,
because you will receive an email letter from our GALLEY PROOF
Department outlining the balance of the process in detail, and
explaining that the printer produces a PRINTED PROOF COPY, which is an
exact replica of your book.
most cases, this PROOF COPY will be sent directly to you via UPS, so
within the information in that email will be instructions for you to
verify the address on file with us now. A correct address on file goes a
long way toward avoiding SNAFUS at this point in the process, so be
sure to give this email letter your immediate attention and
printer is a state-of-the-art, high-tech operation, one of the biggest
and most well-regarded book printers in the industry, so books usually
move through their process in a matter of days. However, from time to
time, there can be a glitch, so we have made it our policy not to quote
an exact completion date of the PROOF COPY until we actually see it on
the progress status log.
you receive your PROOF COPY, you must review and approve it. The
details for this process will be sent to you in an email letter from our
POST PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT.
It takes about 2 weeks from when the proof is approved by you for the
"buy page" to be up on the company web site, Amazon.com and others. The
'buy page' is where all the details of the book and the pricing are
listed to inform customers. Prior to that, there is just no way anyone
can buy your book. Frankly, ANY marketing done before that happens is
potentially wasting sales.
Thanks again for your energy and enthusiasm, and I wish you all the best success with your book!
One of my best friend Rhea Robertson is an amazing singer/songwriter. She has made her first dance track in collaboration with Kronic and the results are amazing - The song is sitting at number 4 at Radio Metro here on the Gold Coast....
Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspired by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don'ts.
1 Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a character's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways than an Eskimo to describe ice and snow in his book Arctic Dreams, you can do all the weather reporting you want.
2 Avoid prologues: they can be annoying, especially a prologue following an introduction that comes after a foreword. But these are ordinarily found in non-fiction. A prologue in a novel is backstory, and you can drop it in anywhere you want. There is a prologue in John Steinbeck'sSweet Thursday, but it's OK because a character in the book makes the point of what my rules are all about. He says: "I like a lot of talk in a book and I don't like to have nobody tell me what the guy that's talking looks like. I want to figure out what he looks like from the way he talks."
3 Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue. The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in. But "said" is far less intrusive than "grumbled", "gasped", "cautioned", "lied". I once noticed Mary McCarthy ending a line of dialogue with "she asseverated" and had to stop reading and go to the dictionary.
4 Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said" ... he admonished gravely. To use an adverb this way (or almost any way) is a mortal sin. The writer is now exposing himself in earnest, using a word that distracts and can interrupt the rhythm of the exchange. I have a character in one of my books tell how she used to write historical romances "full of rape and adverbs".
5 Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose. If you have the knack of playing with exclaimers the way Tom Wolfe does, you can throw them in by the handful.
6 Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose". This rule doesn't require an explanation. I have noticed that writers who use "suddenly" tend to exercise less control in the application of exclamation points.
7 Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly. Once you start spelling words in dialogue phonetically and loading the page with apostrophes, you won't be able to stop. Notice the way Annie Proulx captures the flavour of Wyoming voices in her book of short stories Close Range.
8 Avoid detailed descriptions of characters, which Steinbeck covered. In Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants", what do the "American and the girl with him" look like? "She had taken off her hat and put it on the table." That's the only reference to a physical description in the story.
9 Don't go into great detail describing places and things, unless you're Margaret Atwood and can paint scenes with language. You don't want descriptions that bring the action, the flow of the story, to a standstill.
10 Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip. Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick paragraphs of prose you can see have too many words in them.
So I had a pretty good weekend, except for that one moment this morning when I thought I had come down with some sort of bubonic plague, which actually just turned out to be a headache and a few dizzy spells.
You might be wondering how I could think I was so sick? Because the BP (bubonic plague) is a pretty big statement to be throwing around with only headache symptoms! I agree, but the headache coupled with freezing temperatures and the fact that I forgot I had put my winter duvet on my bed and the three - four alcoholic beverages I had consumed the previous night as well as the late hour in which I chose to go to bed, all culminated in a night from hell! The night sweats, chilling air/ breeze that had me grabbing for the duvet and kicking it off, and then wanting it again, and then not, as well as the alcohol not sitting that great in my tummy was not good! So I woke this morning feeling under the weather and wondering if I was in fact coming down with some sort of super flu that's undiscovered strain had plagued my house!
After begging a friend to go and buy me the strongest 'over the counter' flu remedy, that rivalled anything a real doctor could prescribe her, from the chemist - I laid back, a sweaty mess and drank some water - I drifted in and out of consciousness (sleep) until I heard her arrive! The super drugs I was anticipating actually turned out to be rapid panadol from the fuel station around the corner from my house! Cheers! I gingerly swallowed down two horse pills with more water and collapsed back onto the bed! Feeling slightly better about half an hour later, I was convinced that leaving the house to go and get food was the right thing to do!
No, it was not!
At one point, amid a fairly decent head spin I found a chair and sunk into it! Why? After water, and a moment to get my shit together I managed to make it to the sushi place and placed my takeaway order. Home again I forced down three small pieces and laid on the lounge! About twenty minutes later I was completely fine!
Imagine getting hit in the head and going from an ordinary thinking person to a Math Wiz overnight. That's what happened to Jason Padgett. I found an article that fills you on how this is possible.
I am all like OMG how interesting so I thought I would share it with you guys :-)
12 years ago, Jason Paget was a simple 30 year old man from Anchorage, Alaska when he left the university to work in the furniture shop of his father. However, a fight in a bar changed his life forever. When he recovered from a heavy hit on the head he discovered that he was seeing the world from a completely different perspective: that of mathematics and physics. Paget is one of the 40 people around the world who was diagnosed with the syndrome of acquired savant, in which erstwhile ‘ordinary’ people become geniuses in mathematics, arts or music after a brain injury.
Paget, who today is 43 year old, wrote about the experience that changed his life in the autobiographical book “Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel“, which has just released in the U.S. and Britain. As he writes, it all started on September 13, 2002, when two men attacked him from behind in a bar. Paget was taken to hospital with a head injury and then returned home. However, the next morning he woke up and found that his vision had changed and he could see the details in the objects around him which did not exist before.
In the bathroom faucet, for example, he could observe “vertical lines coming out of the running water.”“At first I was surprised and worried for myself, but the lines were so beautiful that I remained still and watched,” he writes. He soon discovered that there were repeated geometric shapes everywhere, different for each object he looked at. He then started frantically reading mathematics and physics, focusing on fractals. This term describes a geometric pattern that is repeated unchanged in infinite magnification. “I watch the cream stirred into the brew. The perfect spiral is an important shape to me. It’s a fractal. Suddenly, it’s not just my morning cup of joe, it’s geometry speaking to me.” He said.
Although Paget had never previously been inclined to painting, he began designing fractals with excellent details, devoting weeks to complete each fractal. Despite that before the injury he was an outgoing person and a great lover of partying, he now spends his days at home, refusing to see the world and drawing and reading endlessly. At that time he believed he had gone insane, but a BBC documentary about Daniel Tammet, an “autistic poet of numbers” who’s known worldwide changed his mind. Thus Paget decided to contact Dr. Darold Treffert, a psychiatrist who specializes in the epidemiology of autistic disorders and savant syndrome.
For more of the story and to view the images he has drawn click this link....
Coming from personal experience, writing a book dedication comes from the heart.
Who made this happen? Who do you love? Who can't you live without? Who is your inspiration?
These are all questions I asked myself when I came to writing my dedication.
Dedicating a book that you poured your soul, time and self into should mirror who you honor your book too.
A book dedication should be short and sweet.
A book dedication can include a few people - but try not to list everyone you have ever known or are likely to meet.
I also found an article about writing a book dedication if you should so need such information.
Writing a book can be a long and difficult process, and many people help you along the way. Your dedication is your chance to thank them for all they have done to make the book possible. Don't get caught up in what you think you should say, and don't feel as if you need to thank everyone. The dedication is your chance to say a few words to a few special people. You can thank the rest in person
Make a list of who helped you or inspired you in writing the book. Include close family and friends, editors and fellow writers. Also include historical figures, if applicable. Jot down a few notes about the role each person played.
Decide how many people you want to thank.
Determine the style of dedication you want to write. A dedication can be a short chapter explaining how the idea for the book came about and how various people helped along the way, or it can be as short and simple as "To my ma."
Read some dedications by your favorite authors. Take notes on how they begin their works.
Write a short dedication and a long one. Decide which expresses your feelings better.
Consider adding a quote. A statement that summarizes what you are trying to do with your book can add power to your dedication.