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Jeff Cohen
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Welcome, Terri! Let me just add my voice--we're very excited to see you join the fold! (And about that series I'm writing for you--yes, I'm working on Book #2, not to worry.)
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Lynne, many years ago I was asked to "edit" a novel being brought from the U.K. to the U.S. and was told specifically to look for any words that might be "confusing" to the American reader. And I confess, I did the job because I needed the money. This was a book aimed at children, who might truly have been confused, but it's still a question of economics--I think publishers believe a book will sell better in the States if it is less challenging to local readers.
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Jeff Cohen My children, who are in their 20s, do not really grasp the idea of episodic television. Oh, they get that there's a new chapter in a television series every week, and that they have to wait until the... Continue reading
Thanks for your time and extraordinary perspective, Ben. We at DEAD GUY will miss you (although we hope you won't be a stranger) and we're excited to see Terri--who in the interest of full disclosure acquired a book of mine--starting next week!
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Jeff Cohen I hate timelines. In every book I've ever written--and a few that I haven't--I've run into problems with the timeline. And they are the most difficult adjustments I have to make every time I face my final pass... Continue reading
Josh Getzler Greetings from...Newark Airport, on my way off to London for a week to recharge the batteries. It's a bizarre thing, too--my wife and I are in the unique position of traveling without children, and without them being with... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen There are questions you are asked when people find out you write for a living (the one they should ask, "Why would anyone want to do that?", is never one of them). They want to know how you... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen If you think getting accepted by a publishing company is tough, try adopting a rescue dog sometime. Don't get me wrong: I understand that shelters and adoption organizations have to be very careful about the families to which... Continue reading
Jeff Cohen Two weeks ago, we (or more specifically, I) discussed common mistakes made in writing a cover letter meant to interest an agent, editor, or other big deal in your writing (and Josh pointed out just where I was... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen I know; I promised this week would be the antidote to last week's post, in which I would show you how to write a really good query letter to an agent. And I still will post on that,... Continue reading
You know I defer to you in such matters, Josh, and you're of course far more qualified than I am to say what an agent wants to see. I was being over-the-top to make a point, that your story is the most important thing, and not to mention anything that would hurt your chances. So we agree, I think, much more than we disagree.
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Jeff Cohen Hi. I'm a good--no, make that GREAT--new writer. In fact, it's a wonder you haven't heard of me yet. I graduated with a degree in Creative Writing from a prestigious university in 2005 and since then have been... Continue reading
Josh Getzler Well, with BEA, an out of state funeral and the onset of yet another two-day Jewish Holiday (Shavuot, if you're Nasty), as well as 9th grade finals and the last 6th grade science test of the year, something... Continue reading
Jeff Cohen Writers tend to think about themselves a lot. This is not really a function strictly of ego; our characters are hybrid creatures, made of observations and instincts. So understanding our own personalities as well as those of people... Continue reading
Jeff Cohen No, your eyes aren't going on you. The headline reads, "Thank you, Japan." I figured there was no point in writing that in English. As Josh pointed out last week, the first two of the Haunted Guesthouse novels... Continue reading
Congrats to Danielle indeed, and thanks to you, my friend! And if they want E.J. to come promote the book in Japan, I think the author could be persuaded...
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Thanks to all for the lovely comments. I get a little sentimental when I discuss my children.
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Jeff Cohen I'm taking a break from the crime fiction thing for this week's post, so if that's what you're looking for, please look back on previous posts or wait for Josh, Lynne, Ben, Erin, Marilyn and Jessy, or just... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen There's a guy who lives around the corner from my house who likes to play bongo drums. Stay with me, now. Every weekend (weather permitting), we know that sometime around noon, the sound of bongos will begin to... Continue reading
Gee, thanks, Julia .
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Jeff Cohen Forgive me if I sound tired. I just returned from Bethesda, Maryland, the scene of the annual Malice Domestic conference of traditional mystery writers, readers, editors, agents, booksellers and for all I know bookbinders, always a highlight of... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen Nope. It's not about book awards. I've had my say on those. I'm of two minds about writing contests. Right now, my son is two years out of college and wants to work in the film/TV business. He's... Continue reading
Jeff Cohen The following is a true story, but it is also an allegory. (Classy, huh?) Not long after my wife and I were married and the dinosaurs died off, we bought a house in which we no longer live.... Continue reading
Josh Getzler So after the endless winter, with months of parkas and gloves and boots and depressing dreariness, it's spring break. We go away for Passover each year, which makes sense since my wife and daughters are in a Jewish... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen In a little less than five weeks, Condoleeza Rice will deliver the commencement address at Rutgers University, just a hair under two miles from where I live. This impending event has raised a good deal of angst and... Continue reading