Wednesday, August 29, 2007
9:54 am edt
Here is Part 3 (of 3) of my interview with Stoker and Anthony-nominated author Alexandra Sokoloff. Personally,
I think it's the best of the three parts. In it, she discusses how The Harrowing started as a screenplay and
why she decided to make a novel of it. Additionally, I ask her about the differences between writing a novel and writing a
Alex brought a mood book that she uses and describes how it fits into her writing process. I ask about writing
her first novel The Harrowing in contrast to her second novel The Price, as part of a two-book deal with
St. Martin's. Her answer is quite surprising.
Additionally, I ask her about what being nominated for an Anthony
Award does for her in terms of her standing with reviewers, her publisher, readers, etc.
And then finally, probably
my favorite question of the interview: I ask Alex what advice she would give to an author who "learns tomorrow that St.
Martin's Press is going to publish his first two novels." Her answer is as good as anything else you'll hear
on the subject.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Wilmington Write to Publish Group
11:35 pm edt
Whew! Talk about a busy day. This morning/afternoon I drove down to Wilmington, North Carolina to lead
a discussion at Pomegranate Books on How to Publish a Book, How to Get a Literary Agent. I organize a group called The Wilmington Write to Publish Group.
We had 18 folks in attendance today and the discussion lasted about 2 hours.
Wilmington has been one of our
strongest, most regular groups. We meet the last Sunday of the month, and we try to have a lot of panel discussions where
various authors share their insights.
After the Wilmington event, I drove back up to Raleigh and met with my critique
group over in Cary for about an hour. We've started trying to meet once every couple of weeks.
Next month in Wilmington,
I'm going to try to arrange a panel of authors to discuss the craft of writing, what their processes are.
this week, I'll be moderating a panel discussion Thursday night for the Raleigh Write 2 Publish Group with authors Alexandra Sokoloff, J.D. Rhoades, and Vicki Hendricks. Then, on Friday
I'll be interviewing J.D. and Vicki at the RTN studio in downtown Raleigh for The Artist's Craft.
following week I've got an event at Borders in North Raleigh on Thursday September 6, and then a TV interview on Friday
September 7 with three authors from Wilmington.
Friday, August 24, 2007
8:41 am edt
Well, it's been a busy first week at howtopublishabook.org. We've begun to pull the site
together and are still getting all of our pages and meta-tags in order. We've started to see a little bit of traffic,
and have received our first few visitors' books requests.
Here is Part 2 of the interview with suspense writer
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Our First VidBlog Interview at HowtoPublishaBook.org
12:56 pm edt
Well, the site's been Live for about 48 hours, and I have our first author interview to post to the
blog. This is Part 1 (of 3) of an interview I conducted a couple of weeks ago with suspense writer Alexandra Sokoloff.
goal with the interview series is to shape the questions towards a "craft" perspective. That is, I would like to
ask questions of our guests that aspiring writers would find helpful. That way these interviews serve a greater purpose than
to simply plug an author's book.
This is about educating and (hopefully) inspiring folks to want to write and publish
Monday, August 20, 2007
1:51 am edt
Holy cow, it's late. I need to go to bed.
Question: When does Stacey sleep?
Answer: Sleep? What's