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For example, by linking to one another. The best way to discover a new book? First, discover a new author. A very special thanks to my very special friend and novelist pal, Julie Valerie, for creating THE FICTION WRITERS BLOG HOP You'll find it by clicking here... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Author Provocateur
Most authors walk a financial tightrope. Hey, don't take my word for it. In a September 2015 an article on a recent Authors Guild survey of its members' incomes, Publishers Weekly put it this way: Yikes. Thank goodness for self-publishing. It saved my career, and those of many other authors I know. Even with four novels (one optioned for television) and two-nonfiction books published traditionally, as early as 2010 I'd dipped my toe into the choppy waves of self-publishing. My subsequent success with it is why I now self-publish exclusively. Whereas self-publishing has grown by leaps and bounds in the past ten years, ours wasn't the first generation to discover its financial rewards. Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, Marcel Proust, and Walt Whitman self-published their books. Misery loves great company indeed. But before self-publishing became a financially viable option for the current generation of writers, traditional publishing—that is to say, print books, primarily by one of the Big Five New York publishing houses—was the only venue for the sale and distribution of books. Even ten years ago, the thing authors love to do most—write novels—was not possible without running an unwieldy gauntlet that put their manuscripts in front of any literary agency that might deem the book sellable to a publisher, and any publishing house editor who might actually like it enough to purchase it. Besides editing, printing, and distributing a book, part of the publisher's job is also to promote it. For doing so the publisher holds on to anywhere from 80-92 percent of the book's retail price. (Yep, some authors get only an 8 percent royalty. Worse yet, royalties are paid twice yearly, and they are only paid if their books "earn out"—that is, return any advance paid, which may not happen for years if at all, what with the other variables tied to this equation, including book returns, of which there are no cut-offs; and perhaps the payback of advances of other books as well.) Sadly, in traditional publishing, marketing is the last consideration—never the first—when purchasing a book from an author. Compared to other products as a whole—and entertainment products in particular, including films, music, magazines, and video games—it get a negligible budget, if any at all. Don't take my word for it. In this article regarding the breakup between bestselling thriller writer Steve Hamilton and his former publishing house, St. Martin's Press, Publishers Weekly outs its... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at Author Provocateur
At the time it was a splurge for us—thirty dollars—but how could we resist? Turns out the shop owner had just polished its brass base that very morning before putting it in the shop window. "I knew it would go quickly," he said, chuckling. The shop is gone now. Still, I'm sure he'd be happy to know it's given us many years of joy. Every time I hear its version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," I have to smile. —Josie Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Yes, I laughed my ass off. And NO, Martin is NOT an Instagram Husband. #facebookhubby Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Each day, I'll write one thing that I'll do before night falls. I'll archive the full list here, until I run out of pages in the book. Today I Will Archive 12/10/15: Appreciation Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Happy National Novel Writing Month 2015! As in the past, each day in November I'll be posting tips to help other authors. I've been blessed to have impressed enough book editors to have them bid, win, work with me and publish five novels and three non-fiction books. Since then I've written another seventeen novels. It's time to give back, and I'll be doing just that -- to you, and other aspiring authors -- for the next thirty days. Stop by and read my one tip a day, during the month of November, as you tap tap tap out your daily writing goals, which (fingers crossed) puts you on firm footing with your novel. Click here for today's tip... NaNoWriMo November 1, Tip #1 NaNoWriMo November 2, Tip #2 NaNoWriMo November 3, Tip #3 NaNoWriMo November 4, Tip #4 NaNoWriMo November 5, Tip #5 NaNoWriMo November 6, Tip #6 NaNoWriMo November 7, Tip #7 NaNoWriMo November 8, Tip #8 NaNoWriMo November 9, Tip #9 NaNoWriMo November 10, Tip #10 NaNoWriMo November 11, Tip #11 NaNoWriMo November 12, Tip #12 NaNoWriMo November 13, Tip #13 NaNoWriMo November 14, Tip #14 NaNoWriMo November 15, Tip #15 NaNoWriMo November 16, Tip #16 NaNoWriMo November 17, Tip #17 NaNoWriMo November 18, Tip #18 NaNoWriMo November 19, Tip #19 NaNoWriMo November 20, Tip #20 NaNoWriMo November 21, Tip #21 NaNoWriMo November 22, Tip #22 NaNoWriMo November 23, Tip #23 NaNoWriMo November 24, Tip #24 NaNoWriMo November 25, Tip #25 NaNoWriMo November 26, Tip #26 NaNoWriMo November 27, Tip #27 NaNoWriMo November 28, Tip #28 NaNoWriMo November 29, Tip #29 NaNoWriMo November 30, Tip #30 Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Um...No!...Not at all... --Josie Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Happy Halloween! -- Josie Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at Author Provocateur
(Yes, I envision baby dementors as well..) #Halloween #Happiness -- Josie Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Author Provocateur
So happy to be here tonight! -- Josie #SanFrancisco #Treat Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Love Fredreicksen's for all their great holiday windows! -- Josie Brown Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Hi, Robin, Thanks for asking. Yes, but later in the year. Be sure to sign up for my eLetter. I send it out when I launch new books, or in this case audiobooks. So happy you enjoyed it. :)
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San Francisco Marina Yacht Club. The tall eucalyptus tree on the hill to the left are in the Presidio of San Francisco. The views here always leave me in awe, --Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Tonight. Fifty-eight degrees. No wind. Just magic. --Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Love this! The first photo is called "The Puddle Jumper" and was taken by the photographer Martin Munkácsi, for Harper's Bazaar, in 1934. The second was taken by Richard Avedon, also a fashion shot, and also in Paris, but in 1957. Beautiful! --Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Author Provocateur
Fabulous little video about one of my favorite musical duos, the Sirens, featuring Andrèe Belle and Molly Miller. If you're in Los Angeles, you can catch them at the Hotel Casa Madrona (Santa Monica) and Perch (Downtown LA). Call for dates and times. Their music is filled with heart, soul...and mambo! Check out what they have to say about it. --Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Author Provocateur
...that will always want to be a Bond Girl. #admititU2 --Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Author Provocateur
One of the adorable shops on Union Street in San Francisco -- Closet 1951 -- put a live mannequin in the window. She was so good, I thought she was the real thing -- until she did a great runway move. Very cute! -- Josie Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Author Provocateur