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Advice from a Master

Was going through my backlog of blogs I normally read (oh my god, I am so bad at keeping up with all of the news I love reading about) and I find this short list of Three Editing Tips to Help Get Published by one of my favorite authors, Jordan Castillo Price, the author of one of my favorite series: PsyCop. It’s m/m for anyone who gets squeamish about that sort of thing but the plot, characters, and everything about that series is so phenomenal, I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see how a master puts together a great story.

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While I was checking up on my normal round of blog posts, I saw this post by Cassandra Clare (author of the Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices, the first of which is the prequel Clockwork Angel, which I am currently halfway through). And wow, that was a lot of links! Anyway, I was thinking about strategies for marketing books, as it becomes more and more difficult to market books (at least if you don’t know how the industry works). Just by visiting these sites, however, you can see a number of ways that Cassandra Clare has done a phenomenal job with her own marketing.

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Since I can’t seem to stop myself, I’m reading another book now (this will be number 43 for the year, or at least the ones I tracked through my Kindle app on my iPhone) and getting really into it. When I was young, I didn’t think there was anything strange about reading three books a week. In fact, my English teacher in middle school didn’t believe me when I said I read this much. So my school tested me – assigned a number of books and asked me to do a project for them. Not only did I do all of this, I distinctly remember complaining about how easy these books were. They’d given me interested material, certainly, but I was more into classical books (I didn’t know they were classics at the time, I just thought they sounded interesting). In high school, I hated the so-called classics we were forced to read because my teachers would dissect all the good parts, overanalyze and read into every line (and even stuff that wasn’t in the book at all) and then assign stupid projects that only served to make us (the students) hate those books even more. In the end, I managed to get away with not reading the books and simply waiting until someone else in my class started talking and then picking up the thread of conversation from there. I… was really good at being a bad student. Not that anyone noticed since I had a 3.78 GPA in my college prep high school, but that’s not the point. I was really good at faking interest in these books.

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Insatiable by Meg Cabot

Title: Insatiable

Author: Meg Cabot

Other notable works by author: The Princess Diaries series, The Mediator series, 1-800-Where-R-U series

Page Count: 464 pages (hardcover)

Method: Kindle on iPhone

Rating: Good

Plot Summary: Our heroine, Meena Harper, works as a dialogue-writer for the popular soap opera, Insatiable, in this satirical vampire book. A living doormat, Meena allows everyone to walk all over her and rarely says what she means, whether it is staying quiet about her brainless co-writer Shoshana (what a name!) getting the big promotion that rightfully belonged to Meena, or not speaking up when someone is about to die. Meena’s special power is the gift of prophecy, specifically seeing how someone is going to die (heart attack because of a terrible diet, suicide bomber in a Morocco hotel, developing brain tumor). Living with her unemployed brother, she seems pretty depressed with her lot in life. She ends up dating the prince of darkness, vampire Lucien, at her neighbor Mary Lou’s apartment (Mary Lou has tried to set Meena up with someone every time she corners her in the elevator). She is swept away by his feelings for him (thinking that he’s just some prince from Romania) but later becomes entangled in family politics and a nasty vampire war. Alaric Wulf, a Palatine guard, joins the foray as Meena’s reluctant protector as he tries to kill Meena’s boyfriend, Lucien.

Notable quote: “She didn’t have time for this. She had a meeting. And a story to pitch. There was that head writing position, vacant now that Ned had had that very public nervous breakdown in the network dining room during spring sweeps” (page 3).

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