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Josie Brown, SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES
Author, SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES [Simon & Schuster]
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Got to play yesterday a bit in Marin County, California. One of our favorite walks is in Ross, California, a very posh little village, just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Behind the stately gate is this beautiful home, a dancing bunny cavorts on the beautifully manicured front yard. You see it there, right? For that reason alone, if I were the owner, I'd smile every time i entered the house. (Okay, that, and the fact that the house is worth an estimated $10 million +). This bunny is doing a happy dance, for good reason, —Josie Continue reading
Posted a moment ago at Author Provocateur
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EACH NOVELLA - JUST $1.49! What is a Sunset Slurpee, you ask? Believe me, you know the type: a woman whose physical beauty is too extreme for her to flourish anywhere else on the planet but here, in Hollyrude. When the Sunset Slurpee is not trolling the boulevard that shares... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Hollywood Hunk - Book 1
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EACH NOVELLA - JUST $1.49! Chapter 5: Equilibrium A situation when more than one force acts on a body, but because the sum of the forces is zero, no motion results. The band booked for Ethan Blount's premiere after-party at the Viper Room was obnoxiously loud, playing instruments that were... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Hollywood Hunk - Book 1
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EACH NOVELLA - JUST $1.49! Considering the suggestive innuendos that had been flying around the table, I knew I had to nip any rumors about us in the bud, and fast. "Oh, don't get Freddy wrong, Hannah," murmured Christy. "He's just curious—well, since Sam disappeared—" "Sam?" Now I was totally... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Hollywood Hunk - Book 1
With both palms, I pounded the gym floor as I bent down into my defensive stance. Our team had been down all game and was making a second half comeback. I was defending the point guard aggressively, trying to force turnovers. We cut the lead to four with about 30... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at AboutAustinBrown
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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 gets 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
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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
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When one is blind, they cannot judge on another on sight. Instead, they must rely on the actions of others. Go ahead, try being blind today. —Josie Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at Author Provocateur
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Um...No!...Not at all... --Josie Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at Author Provocateur
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Happy Halloween! -- Josie Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at Author Provocateur
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(Yes, I envision baby dementors as well..) #Halloween #Happiness -- Josie Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Author Provocateur
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So happy to be here tonight! -- Josie #SanFrancisco #Treat Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at Author Provocateur
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Love Fredreicksen's for all their great holiday windows! -- Josie Brown Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Author Provocateur