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Keith Raffel
Interests: saas (software as a service), writing, family, s.f. giants (despite 2002)
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In the weekends just after my first book came out in 2006, you could find me at a local Barnes & Noble or Borders or independent bookstore doing a signing. How things have changed. Borders has gone bankrupt. Local bookstores... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at Dot Dead Diary
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Well, it’s not hard to get us writers spinning off into the realm of unreality – spending time in Fantasy Land is what we do for a living. It's been a week since Thomas & Mercer published A Fine And... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Dot Dead Diary
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This week Thomas & Mercer, the mystery and thriller imprint of Amazon Publishing, is bringing out a re-edited version of my thriller A Fine and Dangerous Season. My heart is pounding against my ribcage with excitement. Does this mean more... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2013 at Dot Dead Diary
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I have published four books. My first two were done the traditional way – paper and ink. Neither showed up on the New York Times bestseller list, but I have no real complaints. Bookreporter.com called my first book “the mystery... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2013 at Dot Dead Diary
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My experience, probably not that different from other authors, is that the following three questions come up in just about every appearance I make. Question 1: Where do you get your ideas? Question 2: What are you reading? Question 3:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2012 at Dot Dead Diary
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How many words in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged? 561,996. Wow. I heard Penelope Lively, one of my favorite authors, talk about book length; she noted that a disproportionate number of her favorite novels were short. She mentioned William Golding in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2012 at Dot Dead Diary
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Out of the blue, a pair of award-winning screenwriters optioned my second book, Smasher, back in 2010. Reading the actual script last fall, I could just imagine the characters up on the silver screen in the local multiplex. Alas, not... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at Dot Dead Diary
I cannot resist being caught up in the post-Thanksgiving shopping mania. Here's my deal. Purchase the ebook original Drop By Drop: A Thriller for $3.99 and I will send an e-copy of Smasher: A Silicon Valley Thriller to you for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary
Yesterday was the anniversary of the death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States. Each year since 1963, when November 22 slithers across the calendar, I remember that day and those that followed. The shock. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary
The rubescent glow that Lynn Farris's review of Drop By Drop on Examiner.com left on my cheeks has scarcely begun to fade: "I found Drop by Drop... to be an exciting political thriller as well as a fascinating philosophical political... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary
Josh, watched the video snippet. Glad to to see you getting in touch with your roots in the Auld Sod.
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Is there one universe or many? What is the meaning of life? What happened to Jimmy Hoffa? There are some questions that just cannot be answered. As readers of this blog know, I am undertaking an experiment in e-publishing. My... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary
I appeared on the TV show Press:Here this morning talking about ebooks and my checkered past. Scott McGrew of NBC, Mike Krey of Investor's Business Daily, and Jon Swartz of USA Today were my interlocutors. What do you think? Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary
The reading world is in the midst of a war over formats. We've all been following the back-and-forth between Kindle/Nook partisans and those who defiantly hold on to their paper-and-ink books. Here's which side I come down on: both. Don't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary
Keith here. (Photo credit: Palo Alto Historical Association) I grew up in a lazy college town surrounded by orchards. Two-thirds of the country’s apricots were grown right there in “The Valley of Heart’s Delight.” We didn’t lock our doors. Teenagers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary
Zelda Shluker of Hadassah Magazine, the largest circulation Jewish periodical in North America, did a summer "round-up of new thrills and chills" and included an insightful review of Drop By Drop. It's interesting though, that as perceptive as the review... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary
Now that I’ve been writing full-time for about four years, friends and relatives are finally getting used to the idea. I’ve impressed upon them that writing a novel does indeed count as work. They have learned not to refer to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary
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San Jose Mercury News Columnist Mike Cassidy and I sat down in my living room to discuss ebooks and my writing career. Over on the left is the online version of his story that ran on the front page of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary
Over on that great site, The Rap Sheet, I discuss the story behind the story of my ebook original, Drop By Drop. Here's an excerpt: The Intelligence Committee had just been made permanent based on the recommendation of the Church... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary
As I wrote in my last posting here, I’m doing some diversification of my literary portfolio. My agent in New York has a manuscript he’s circulating to publishers. He even has another in his back pocket. So I held back... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary
Remember when you used to write "e-mail" with a hyphen? Then it got so ubiquitous that you dropped the hyphen and typed "email." Well, I remember when you inserted that hyphen in ebooks, too, but now it just looks old-fashioned,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary
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When I was a boy, my grandfather distributed Topps baseball cards. (Pez, too, but that's another story.) As you can imagine, I had quite a collection. I traded them with my chums and even clothespinned a couple of duplicates to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary
It's so peculiar. I was invited to speak at TEDxSanJoseCA. What is that? Well, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. The TED Conference is held in Long Beach, CA each year. (It used to be held in Monterey, closer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary
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Of the 200 Borders stores across the company that are closing, I’ve done signings in half a dozen. That makes the chain's bankruptcy just a little more personal. I recently spoke to the proprietor of a large independent bookstore near... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary
It’s happened again. Like recurrent malaria, I’ve just suffered another attack of Anglophilia. I’m not sure what brought it on, but it became particularly acute this week as I watched the six hour English-made miniseries Downton Abbey on PBS. There’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Dot Dead Diary