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Jeff Cohen
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Thanks to everyone who took the time and made the effort to answer! I'm not sure I know anything more on how to promote a book, but the answers were very interesting and helpful!
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Thanks, Dru!
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Jeff Cohen After reading Erin's very helpful post on promotion I got to musing--as I do frequently these days--on what actually drives book sales other than having the name "Stephen King" or "James Patterson" on the cover. (Even Bill Clinton... Continue reading
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Raisinets.
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I’m not the long-distance type, but I appreciate the sentiment. When this is over I will concentrate on being healthier and losing weight.
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Thanks, Betty.
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Jeff Cohen Buy this book. Medical bills don't pay themselves. I get cancer every day. In fact, I get cancer multiple times every day. There's that moment when I first wake up in the morning and I'm not thinking about... Continue reading
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Those are really very helpful points, Erin (as always). And that last one is especially moving for me. Thank you!
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I would not say that style has to be invisible, but it must seem natural. If you don’t laugh at the jokes in my book because you don’t notice them, I haven’t done my job right. But if it seems like I’m just putting them in there to amuse myself and not to make the story or the character work better, that sticks out like a sore thumb and will take the reader out of the story. It has to feel natural.
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Jeff Cohen First, the pitch: EDITED OUT, the second Mysterious Detective mystery, is in all likelihood now available. In this one, Rachel Goldman is trying to adjust to the living, breathing incarnation of her fictional creation Duffy Madison, but she... Continue reading
I know but it’s a slog.
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Wow! Cool, Shannon! Thanks for letting me know!
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Thanks, Elaine!
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I never doubted you, Barb.
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Thanks, Barb! (And neither can I!)
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Love ya, Jenny.
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Jeff Cohen E.J. Copperman In movies, when an author finishes writing a book, s/he submits it to her/his publisher and after it's accepted the author sits back and waits for 1. critical acclaim and 2. a couple of truckfuls of... Continue reading
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Thank you, Don! I'm looking forward to seeing it!
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For fans (and those who would like to be) of the Comedy Tonight/Elliot Freed mystery series: There's a new story with Elliot and his extended family (about to be extended by one) in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine this month! "It's... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen Writers work, for the most part, in solitude. That is, we don't usually have someone helping while we do the actual writing, although there are those who work in teams or elicit feedback from those in the immediate... Continue reading
See what revisions and a good editor can do?
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Sorry. My immune system doesn’t allow me to go where there are big crowds these days. Not that you have those seats, anyway…
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Jeff Cohen I reach a point in every manuscript I write--yes, including the one I'm working on now--at which I'm completely convinced this is the worst example of storytelling in the history of literature. These were all bad at some... Continue reading
Nothing against Mr. Wallach, but he was him and I’m, you know, not.
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I’m not worried about either one, Annette. Thanks.
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