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Oak Tree Contest Now Open
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Seitz Jul 11, 2013.

MISSION: ACQUISITIONS
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Started this discussion. Last reply by I. J. Parker Sep 22, 2011.

LOOKING FOR HISPANIC MYSTERIES
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Sunny Frazier commented on Sunny Frazier's blog post THE POLITICS OF PUBLISHING
"I agree, Jeb. And, in my talks, I encourage writers to try that venue, especially to get their feet wet. You can publish anything and in any form. You can sell it if you market it right. I love the freedom now available to authors. And yes, a whole…"
Sep 8, 2013
Jed Power commented on Sunny Frazier's blog post THE POLITICS OF PUBLISHING
"Hi Sunny, "Anyone with a computer and basic English skills" can publish a book too. Anything they can't do themselves they can farm out pretty cheaply. Competition for these type of jobs is intense today. I was recently offered a…"
Sep 7, 2013
Sunny Frazier commented on Sunny Frazier's blog post THE POLITICS OF PUBLISHING
"Yeah, I knew that would rub the wrong way. But, anyone with a computer and basic English skills can write a book. Maybe not a good book. Some time ago I got over the idea that I was something special because I was educated, creative, intelligent and…"
Sep 7, 2013
Dana King commented on Sunny Frazier's blog post THE POLITICS OF PUBLISHING
""the author gets royalties for simply writing the book" We're done here, or I'll get banned from the site. The book is the raw material. An author can scrape by without a publisher; publishers can't exist without someone to…"
Sep 7, 2013
Sunny Frazier commented on Sunny Frazier's blog post YOU CAN'T PROMOTE WHAT DOESN'T EXIST
"I refuse to read the book as well--not for content, but because I heard it was badly written. The readership it attracted probably doesn't care about craft, only crap. We can bemoan the fact that Snookie gets a publishing contract for being…"
Sep 7, 2013
Dan L. Coleman commented on Sunny Frazier's blog post YOU CAN'T PROMOTE WHAT DOESN'T EXIST
"Exactly. Epublishing offers writers something never before available, whether individually or through any number of the many new outfits, all bootstrapping. One can sit at home even and be all parties to the business, except the buyer-reader. The…"
Sep 7, 2013
Sunny Frazier commented on Sunny Frazier's blog post THE POLITICS OF PUBLISHING
"The publisher foots the bill for cost and the author gets royalties for simply writing the book. Plus, if the author chooses, he/she can buy book stock at cost ($6) + $1.50 profit to the publisher, and sell directly to customers. I routinely buy my…"
Sep 7, 2013
Dana King commented on Sunny Frazier's blog post THE POLITICS OF PUBLISHING
"OK, but you changed stats on me in mid-discussion. Using your figures, if you reject 70%  of all the manuscripts you receive and at least break even on all you accept, and the author is responsible for marketing how can you say the odds are…"
Sep 7, 2013

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I'm a Navy vet, former news reporter, also worked in the narcotics division of the Fresno Sheriff's Dept. I define my Christy Bristol Astrology series as amateur detective/police procedural/paranormal/humorous novels dealing with drugs, sex and maybe next time, rock & roll. I'm also acquisitions editor for Oak Tree Press.
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J.A. Jance (Beaumont series)
Daniel Silva
Mystic River (Lehane)
Catch 22
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THE POLITICS OF PUBLISHING

Ever since Amazon legitimized self-publishing, small publishing houses and Big Publishing have been reeling from the impact. Big Publishing's answer was to first discredit authors who took control of their careers, then sought to keep prices high on e-books so agents and publishers could continue to reap profits.

Small publishing continued as if nothing really changed. Indie houses have been ignored by book chains and small press authors…

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Posted on September 6, 2013 at 3:30pm — 10 Comments

IN DEFENSE OF CRAZY CAT LADIES

Right now I have the matron of the house standing guard by the computer making sure I write positive things about the tribe. Gemini, who entered my life on my birthday, allows me to tap at the computer keys for just so long, then reminds me to take a break by crawling into my lap for a few strokes of her own.

The other four are off doing their own thing: Kitler is asleep on a cardboard box, a favorite spot of all cats (along with the step stool,…

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Posted on August 15, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

YOU CAN'T PROMOTE WHAT DOESN'T EXIST

The world of publishing is very much like playing craps in Vegas. No matter how hard a writer evaluates a publishing house or tries to predict its future success before signing on the dotted line, the industry itself is as consistent as a roll of the dice.

There are calculations you can make based on factors such as the length of time the house has been in business, the size of its stable of authors, the number of titles and presence on the Internet. But, getting information…

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Posted on July 21, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

WHAT'S YOUR GENRE?

Although I do astrology, I no longer ask people “What's your sign?” As an acquisitions editor for Oak Tree Press, I now ask authors, “What's your genre?”

The worst thing a writer can do is give me a blank stare. “Genre” is an essential part of the lingo in publishing lexicon. It's how we classify a book and decide if it fits our line.

Labeling books has practical reasons. Bookstores (when they existed) found it useful to put books…

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Posted on June 15, 2013 at 6:00pm

YOU'VE CHANGED—HAS YOUR WEBSITE?

Websites are now as important for establishing identity as a birth certificate or a driver's license. Yet, I've noticed that once an author puts one up, the site is often forgotten and neglected.

I research authors when they send me query letters in my capacity as acquisitions editor for Oak Tree Press. I like to know who I'm dealing with and, short of doing a background check, websites are all I have to give me an inkling of their accomplishments up to this stage in their…

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Posted on May 15, 2013 at 6:00pm

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At 7:31am on July 29, 2012, Vernon Bushway Jr. said…

Welcome to Crime Space

Regards,

 

Vernon Bushway

At 5:54am on January 16, 2012, Susan Whitfield said…

Sunny, check in with your health issues. Thinking of you.

 

At 2:21am on September 18, 2011, Mark Young said…

Hi, Sunny.

 

Wow ... talk about parallel careers. We do have a few things in common.  Sorry, won't be able to attend Left Coast, but maybe in the future. No trips to California this year. Trying to really bear done on the writing. Next novel come out in December, and I hope two more will be out in 2012.

 

Take care,

 

Mark

At 9:10am on September 17, 2011, John Michael Brantingham said…

Thanks Sunny. On it!

 

At 11:27am on July 28, 2011, Augie said…

Sunny, great seeing you here.

At 4:41am on December 13, 2010, Clark Lohr said…

Hi Sunny,

CrimeSpace was the first cyberdoor I crept through this morning.

Wanted to say I met Rebecca Dahlke at AMW. She'll be in our Arizona Mystery Writers booth at the Tucson Festival of Books, March 12th and 13th.

 

At 2:28pm on September 14, 2010, Copper Smith said…
Gumbo Justice. Sounds yummy!
 
 
 

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