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My current enthusiasm is Jane Haddam's Gregor Demarkian series..

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What (My) Life is all about

In most parts of life it was a struggle to find my place, but in the evenings I fell into reviewing, fell into webmistressing, and fell into editing. There they were, waiting for me. While I was editing a series of short story anthologies for inexperienced writers (which I still do), I realized that there are a lot of people with fresh ideas who either haven't been able to break into fiction publishing,…

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At 12:26am on May 1, 2008, Joy Calderwood said…
Good to see you here, Doug. You'll fit right in. :-)
At 11:40pm on April 30, 2008, Doug M. Cummings said…
Hi there! Thanks for sticking with me with Every Secret Crime. Hope all is well with you!
At 11:58am on June 26, 2007, Joy Calderwood said…
Hi, TJ. My dragon is an avatar done by Brian Wilson. Thank you, I love it, too.

I haven't brought a book of my own to publication stage. I only publish other people's books. We like books that stand out as individuals, and give pleasure in the reading. We look for quality, not selling trends. The reason I'm here so rarely, right now, is that I'm editing like mad to get as many books as possible ready for our late September opening.
At 11:29am on June 26, 2007, TJ Perkins said…
I absolutely love the cover of that book! I love dragons anyway. Do you publish only your on books, or books of others?
At 4:47am on April 30, 2007, I. J. Parker said…
Well, thanks. You are too nice to me. Actually, when you are published with a major house and you have a top agent, you have to meet sales expectations that may be unrealistic. Especially when there is no promotion by the publisher. Word of mouth is very slow. Publishers like quick results. But I am immensely grateful to those readers who keep clamoring for more and who come back faithfully and preorder months ahead of release dates.
At 12:26pm on April 14, 2007, Joy Calderwood said…
Poor sales? You?? I hear too much enthusiastic word-of-mouth about your books for you to have poor sales.
At 8:31am on April 14, 2007, I. J. Parker said…
Are you saying that great reviews mean poor sales? That would explain it.
At 12:02am on March 20, 2007, Joy Calderwood said…
It is readers' instincts that decide whether they will enjoy a book, so editors need to learn first and foremost to listen to those instincts in themselves, to keep them in practice. Reviewers, too. We hear continual complaints that if reviewers like a book, readers know they will dislike it. That's because too many reviewers are listening to their intellects instead of their instincts.
At 4:42pm on March 19, 2007, Angie said…
I hear ya re. editing while reading. On the one hand, I learn a lot. On the other, I've got a lot less patience than when I read just for fun.
At 3:17am on March 19, 2007, Joy Calderwood said…
Angie. Thanks for the welcome. I noticed that he mentioned a Portland setting for his book. Only Portlanders do that. ;-)

Once I get my life back in balance, I hope to have time for pleasure reading again! What is life without wandering through somebody else's story without a care in the world?

(Except, now that I'm in the habit, I instinctively edit everything I read. Need to ease up on that.)
 
 
 

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