Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Because you can't just have dead web

In radio, they call it dead air, that few seconds or a minute when nothing is going out and listeners may change the station or not find the station.  This is supposedly a crisis of biblical proportions.

I guess the same can be said of any blog and authors should take note of this.  You can't have a blog and not blog.  You have to find the time and something interesting to say on a regular basis or people won't keep reading.  And I'm as guilt as anyone of not blogging enough. And it's not that I don't have a lot to say.  After more than twenty years in this business, I have quite a bit to say, but there's always a time issue.  Should I spent my time blogging or calling editors and asking them why they haven't read that proposal I sent them three months ago?  Or reviewing royalty statements for errors?  Or sending publicity updates to the foreign agents?  Or reading current clients' new projects or potential clients' projects.  Or updating Twitter with news about a client?  Or updating Facebook with news about my clients?  I could probably keep a full-time Social Networking Coordinator busy.

All that said, here's some updates.

I've only just discovered that Basic Books created a URL and website for Paul Offit's DEADLY CHOICES at http://www.deadlychoicesbook.com/.  Great idea, but wouldn't it be nice to let the agent know?

Paul was recently on THE COLBERT REPORT, but I can't seem to find a link to the appearance online.  Perhaps later in the week.  Until it does, perhaps you could catch up on Paul's other great books.

In other news, Patrick O'Donnell's GIVE ME TOMORROW has gone back to press for a third time.  This is amazing news, especially since publishing "wisdom" has long been that books about the Korean War don't sell.  But, hey, this is about the US Marines in Korea and those books sell.   This is Pat's second book about the marines, the first having been a recounting of a unit he embedded with in Iraq, WE ARE ONE.  And if you are a fan of the US Marines, you should also check out Jack Lynch's MAJESTIC TWELVE.

Ed Greenwood is busy writing new books for the Forgotten Realms® but if you haven't yet read his Falconfar trilogy, now would be a good time.

Okay! Back to work!


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