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Jeff Cohen
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I can't speak for anyone other than myself, Lynne, but I approach a series of books like a series for television. The first book is the pilot episode, and it tells a complete story, but not ALL that these characters can be involved in. I leave enough open that more adventures can be had. I've written a couple of standalones, and they haven't been published. So that probably tells you something.
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I'd just like to point out the uniform Wang is wearing...
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Josh Getzler So today it's going to be short, since I'm finding typing pretty painful. I've got something in common with the following people: Yep, I'm a pitcher. No, no. Rotator cuff issues. They suck. but make it hurt to... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen A recent conversation with a certain agent we all know is leading me to address an issue I should have looked at years ago, to be honest. So add that to the roster of things for which I'm... Continue reading
I have decided that I have never bought a book because of an NYT review. That's because they've never reviewed one of my books, so I'm holding a grudge.
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For some reason my browser won't show me the pictures you posted, so I'll be crass: Is any of them mine?
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Jeff Cohen When my daughter texted me on Monday evening with the words "Robin Williams!" I thought she had just seen him on the street. Eve moved into Manhattan a couple of weeks ago, and that's the kind of thing... Continue reading
Jeff Cohen Just as a side note: Publisher's Weekly said The Question of the Missing Head (coming October 8) is "delightful and clever," and that was just for starters. Now, on to business: I'm currently writing two books. I've done... Continue reading
Jeff Cohen NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--This past weekend was spent (after moving Eve into her apartment on 116th St. in East Harlem) at the Deadly Ink mystery conference, the only such gathering in my home state of New Jersey. I was... Continue reading
Who has that kind of time? It would take hours.
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Not aloud, no, Jessy. I was lucky enough to be born with the ear for dialogue. Read a whole book aloud? I'd be mortified.
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Jeff Cohen I'm at that mystical, magical moment in the creation of a new manuscript: the one where I start to ponder other professions I might in fact be better suited to. (As evidence, I point to the fact that... Continue reading
ALOUD???
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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