Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Who's Ready to See Their Book In Print?

Big congrats to Rebecca Pillsbury, who took my one-day self-publishing seminar last November at the Attic, and now her memoir, Finding Ecstacy, is available to everyone.

See how that works? Are you ready to get your book out there? Sign up for my Attic seminar this November, and you'll be ready to go pro in 2015.

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Review of Bob Mould's Autobiography up at HTMLGIANT!!!

I finally decided to read the Bob Mould autobiography that came out a few years ago, and I was so moved I had to write a review of it, which HTMLGIANT published this week. It's my take on Bob's take of Husker's demise, and I hope you like it. 

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Amazon, Hachette: Two Paths to the Same Waterfall

Take my one-day intensive on self-publishing at The Attic, and I'll teach you how to publish your book in a way that not one thin dime goes to a shareholder.

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Buy Badge.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I Need One More Badge Amazon Review!!!

I'm trying to get this emarketing company called Bookbub to partner with Badge, but it's widely believed (meaning my friend Craig Machen told me) it's necessary for your book to have at least ten Amazon reviews before Bookbub will consider it.

Badge has nine reviews.

For those of you who have reviewed Badge at Amazon already, thanks so much. Getting to hear your thoughts has been one of the highlights of this whole experience for me.

Anyone who's read Badge but hasn't yet reviewed it at Amazon, would you mind dropping by and offering your two cents? It just takes a second, and you do not have to be Shakespeare to do it. Write what you liked and didn't about Badge, hit publish, and you're good to go.

And I'll be eternally grateful.

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Rock Lit Summer

I've been picking my way through a few great rock titles this summer, and I'll be reviewing them all in the coming weeks. The first review, of See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody by Bob Mould, will see the light at HTMLGIANT in July. I was a big Husker fan as a youngster and had plenty to say about Mould's take on the band.

I also just finished the review of the rock novel Wonderland by Stacey D'Erasmo, and I hope to have a landing place for it soon.

I'm currently reading another rock novel, The Sound of Songs Across the Water by Rob Yardumian, and will get to work on a review of it next week.

Then I can finally get into Midnight, Jesus & Me, a memoir by fellow rock freak JM Blaine. I'll write up a review for it in August.

Finally, I'll be updating my Top 20 Rock Novels of All Time in the fall. This update becomes necessary after reading the two rock novels above, and I may re-read one that made the list last year but that many felt I gave short shrift. Look for the updated list in September.

You can wait for my take on these books, but it would be great if you read and wanted to discuss them as well. You can really gone wrong with any of them.

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Morrissey and Getting What One Wants

I've lately been working on a few pieces about my favorite bands and music artists, and the first popped up this week at Word Riot. It involves Morrissey, chewing tobacco, and my bad post-Refreshments employment record. Give it one paragraph.

Yours in laying down the law,

Art

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

TAG: A Writing Process Tour

Dan Berne tagged me in a writing process blog tour. I love Dan's debut novel, The Gods of Second Chances, which had me in knots for a week. I'm trying to imagine a more perfect summer read and am coming up empty. Go get it.



What am I working on?

My main project is my fourth novel, One Star, and it's in something like its second draft. I've been working on it for a year or two, and it will be at least another two before it will be ready for your eyes. I'm also finishing the screenplay version of my second novel Ghost Notes, and many other shorter things.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Rock novels seem to be attempted by two types. The first are rock fans. The second are rock musicians. The former group tends to write better ones, as the latter group I think tends to think novel writing is easier than it is and gives up at some point. My goal is to be both types of rock novelist at once, which is ideally what sets my work apart.
 
Why Do I Write What I Do?


The first time I read something that truly affected me was a short story by Katherine Anne Porter in a college English class. I can't remember the title, and I haven't been able to find it since. It was an extremely simple line--something about a female character jumping over a stream. I couldn't believe how deeply it struck me. My first thought was, "I didn't even know jumping over a stream made me feel that way, but now that I've read this description of it, I realize it totally does." It seemed a profound way of communicating from Katherine to me. I've pretty much spent the last three decades looking for more novels and stories I relate to as deeply, and trying to relay my own experiences in the same way as Ms. Porter.

How does my writing process work?


I usually start a novel with one surface idea. For my latest, Badge, it was a comment by my guitarist friend Bret Hartley that went something like: "I have to play this cover gig tonight when I'd rather be in my basement learning Jeff Beck licks." It sounded like the entire plight of the rock and roll sideman in one sentence. I started writing the novel that would become Badge the next morning. I write all my novels the same way: 500 words a day--no more no less--and I do that every morning until I have a completed first draft. Then I start at the beginning again. I'm kind of monkish about it. I don't remember the last morning I skipped my 500 words.
 
Next up on TAG! YOU'RE IT: 

Everyone needs to check out Lost in Space by Ben Tanzer, which will break your heart whether you're a parent or not. I saw Ben read one of these stories in Seattle this past year and almost teared up. I said almost. Consider yourself Tanzered.



Also, James Greer's Everything Flows is unlike anything else you'll read. Surreal, with many sublime moments, and REM references to boot. Try it and tell me I'm wrong.