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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
Well, that's fairly depressing. I confess, I didn't watch either, but then, I didn't watch the men's basketball final either. I just don't care about a sport that isn't baseball.
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Jeff Cohen It's been one of those weeks where my mind has been elsewhere, but don't worry: I won't bore you with the reasons. Suffice it to say life has thrown us one of its hilarious curves, and we're coping.... Continue reading
Well, you know how it is, Shannon. It'd have to be at a time when she had no guests, because there'd be no going up or down stairs for a couple of days at least. But I'm storing it away...
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Jeff Cohen You can observe a lot by watching--Yogi Berra Dear People Who Are Not Writers: Writers are not better than you. We are not special. We are not chosen. We are not in some way set apart from the... Continue reading
Couldn’t agree more.
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Jeff Cohen Cathy Genna, the business development manager at Barnes & Noble in East Brunswick, NJ, throws amazing author events, and I can state that from personal experience. Having been her guest more than once, I know Cathy as someone... Continue reading
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Josh Getzler As I wandered past the ever-diligent Danielle's desk this afternoon, I saw her lean back and shake her head. "This is impossible," she said. "I know I need to stop asking for partials, but I don't want to... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen Writers are, by nature, the greatest procrastinators on the planet Earth. We strive and claw and persevere to the point that we can at least say we're making a living through our words, and then we do everything... Continue reading
You know I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true, Shannon!
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Jeff Cohen If the adage is right--that it takes a village to raise a child--it must take at least a minyan (that is, 10 people) to publish a novel. First, and I must say that, comes the author. Because let's... Continue reading
Josh Getzler This is a placeholder. Tomorrow morning I'll talk about how polished a manuscript needs to be before an agent will send it out on submission. Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen You never know who may be listening to you--Paul McCartney, "Take It Away" How about those Academy Awards, huh? Were you shocked? I was stunned. I'm lying. I wrote this a week before the Oscars. Hey. Life gets... Continue reading
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Josh Getzler Today my topic is R&R, which I've heard standing for several different things in the publishing world, and none would be either restful or relaxing. I've heard Rewrite and Resubmit, Rewrite and Reread, Rewrite and Revise...several different versions.... Continue reading
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Jeff Cohen BALTIMORE, MD--It's not about baseball. Not this time of year, although there are stirrings in Florida that can cause a fan's heart to hope. It's not about the impending retirement of the noble Derek Jeter or the welcome... Continue reading
I have no problem with authors (or actors, or anybody else) expressing political opinions, or opinions on anything else. But it will sometimes change my view of the person's work, and I will, on some occasions, choose not to send any of my hard-earned funds that person's way if I disagree strongly enough. Luckily, I was never a fan of Ted Nugent, so that hasn't been an issue. I am sometimes tempted to blurt out my opinions on politics, religion, sports (more sensitive than either one in some circles) or art, and generally decide against, due to a combination of worry that I'll alienate that last person whose purchase might have put me on a bestseller list, and a deeply held belief that no one could possibly care less what my opinions on politics, religion, sports, or art might be.
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Jeff Cohen It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it never fails to baffle me completely. Every now and again, authors hear from people who want to be authors. That's nice, actually, until each one wants you to read... Continue reading
Lynne, my love: I feel for you and your country people. I do. But right at the moment I have snow banks blocking my view of the street, it's 12 degrees (Farenheit), but with the wind chill, feels like 1. And they're telling us that tonight we'll be getting the worst storm of the year, including more snow, freezing rain and probably locusts. So yes, I feel your pain. I just can't do that much about it because every bone in my body is frozen.
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Jeff Cohen There was much hoopla in the past few weeks about the date, 50 years ago last night, that a rock and roll group from England appeared on an American television show and "changed history." (You can't actually change... Continue reading
Um... you don't still have those tickets, do you?
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Jeff Cohen We who traffic in stories that involve crime are used to a little condescension from the literary world. It sort of goes with the territory, so those who stay in this business for more that a year or... Continue reading
Scary that a woman with that much contempt for the genre and the form is married to a man who practices it. I hope my wife has a little more respect for what I do.
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Well, Lynne, either people are suffering in silence or this isn't quite the combustible material you'd imagined. But someday you must get me to tell you the story of the cat on the cover.
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Well, luckily I’ve been happily married for close to 27 years, so it becomes an academic question. Major sigh of relief on my end.
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