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#2, BookMarc Intro


Bob Mueller:
 Date:         Monday, November 16, 1998 01:24 PM


This the introduction that should have gone before BookMarc #1, but somehow the posting didnít quite go as planned. Anyway, the idea of BookMarc is to present, once a week, a new fiction writing discussion, lesson, study, lecture--really getting fancy now--dissertation, precept, or treatise. Wow. What I'm really hoping is just to share some of the lessons I wish I had known twenty years ago. Basic stuff like stringing words together. And the price is right.

If you contemplate coming along on this journey, you have a right to know on what authority I base the discussions of BookMarc. My published credits include a novelette on which I sold a movie option, called "Hi Diddle Diddle," which appeared some time ago in ANALOG, a short story or two, and a ton of pre-published novels before--ta da--BLOODY BONSAI, the first of the James P. Dandy ELDERHOSTEL Mysteries, ISBN 1-885173-34-2 published last April. You may get a peek at: BLOODY BONSAI will also be out in paperback next year by World Wide Mysteries and it is a selection of the Detective Book Club. The sequel, KILLING THYME, has a pub-date of August 1999. BookMarc, itself, is carried by two on-line community papers and two on-line services.

Of course, all comments, suggestions, rebuttals, and additions will be gratefully accepted.

With these caveats in place, allow me to start with the first topic. May I suggest you buy BLOODY BONSAI. Now before you think this is crass commercialism, whiiiiich in a way it is, there is a purpose. Not only will you be able to judge if I'm practicing what I preach in BookMarc, but the lesson here is that the real work starts once a book is published. Publicity depends upon the author, and if he/she doesn't take every opportunity to bring the novel before the eyes of potential readers, then no one else will do it, not unless your name is Tom Whatisname, the Irish guy. And I should also tell you, aside from meeting readers, which is great fun, publicity is drudge labor. I will also not bug about you BLOODY BONSAI in future BookMarcs.

So, as your humble jungle guide, let me invite on this fiction-writing journey--which it seems we've already started--to hopefully solve some of the problems of which Hemingway said, "We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master."

If you feel like it, climb aboard.

Copyright Peter E. Abresch BookMarc November 16, 1998


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