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Everyone give David Mannes a warm welcome today!

1.     What’s the title of your latest release?  Link?

Scarlet Justice http://www.amazon.com/Scarlet-Justice-David-M-Mannes/dp/1625263090/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453141797&sr=8-1&keywords=david+m+mannes  andhttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/scarlet-justice-david-m-mannes/1123033781?ean=9781625263094

2.     Why do you like writing in this genre?

I write in many genres.  It depends on the idea for the story.  But this latest western novel was a transposed from an unsold movie script. I have the sequel, Scarlet Vengeance all ready written and working on a third in the series.  I like the characters.  My other novel, The Reptilian Encounter, an action-adventure sci-fi is also the first in a series and I have the first draft of its sequel, The Tunguska Encounter completed.

3.     What do you like to read?

  Espionage, action-adventure, western, historical fiction…I’m a bookaholic. Depends what strikes my fancy or interest at the time.

4.     Favorite movies? 

The Graduate, Sons of Katie Elder, From Russian With Love, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

5.     What are your writing habits? Music or silence? Daily regimen or spurts of creativity?  

I often play music to suit the type of writing I’m doing.  I tend to listen to a lot of movie theme music and 60’s rock and folk-rock.

I try and write every afternoon, but sometimes life and my day job interfere.  I have been known to write up to 70 pages at one sitting and as little as a half a page. Depends

6.   What was the most surreal moment you’ve had as a author?

Hasn’t happened yet.

 

7. How can readers find you?

I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and my own webpage on davidmannes@wix.com

8.  What do you know now about being published that you wish you’d known before submitting?

Ensure you’ve done as good a job as you can editing it.

9.  Favorite snack/drink while writing? 

Usually water, sometimes green tea.

10.  Look at your writing area…what’s the item you keep to inspire you (piece of artwork, figurine)? 

I have a dreamcatcher that a good friend of mine gave me, but mostly it’s the entire atmosphere of my basement office (nicknamed The Batcave).

Thanks for stopping by, David!

BB


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Hey! It’s Monday! I think I’m recovered from Friday…only time will tell.

By the way, Billy Joel puts on a great live show.

There’s something a lot of new authors don’t quite understand. Other authors are not your competition. There’s a ton of readers out there. And they’re not going to stick to your titles only. They’re going to read other authors, different genres.

They’re not cheating on you when they do this. Nor is the author whose book they bought just now robbing you of a sale. You are not in competition with your fellow authors.

It’s a simple case of math. It’s going to take you longer to write a new book, have it pass through the arms of your beta readers, get it polished, submit it, find a publisher, have it go through their editor and proofreader, and finally go up for sale than it will for a reader to read it. If they waited for you to finish all of that, they’re going to get restless. Bored.

And then they’re going to find another book to read in between yours.

So, stop trying to talk over another author and push your book. Don’t be that used car salesman that’s always in the face of their reader. Cheer on your fellow authors. Encourage them when they’re stuck. Help them promote. Go to their virtual release parties. Stop in at a book signing, take a picture together, and share it on twitter.

Don’t go after them like they’re the enemy. Especially in public or on social media. Even if you personally don’t care for them. In this business, nice guys finish first. You don’t want to kill your own reputation because you get frustrated and mouth off online about how author x came to your event and talked about his books instead of letting you pitch yours.

BB

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Good morning, everyone! Arrived home safe and sound from Chicago and BEA on Saturday night. Spent Sunday being spoiled by the family, napping to get back on west coast time, and nursing a now bad shoulder.

Note to self: next time you load in for a trade show, consider multiple trips to your rental car so you don’t partially dislocate your shoulder. Ugh.

One of the things I did in Chicago was visit my writing mentor. Sorta. You see, he passed away 3 years ago. I only knew him online and never met him in person. His wife, a very gracious woman and lady in every sense of the word, was open to meeting me at the cemetery so I could pay my respects. This happened on Friday the 13th. And, in all honesty, all parties involved felt it was more than appropriate.

Not only was I able to grieve finally for his passing, but I know from her that what I’ve tried to do to repay his kindness to me is exactly what he would’ve wanted me to do. To take the wisdom and insights into publishing he gave me and share it with other authors. Make sure they don’t go into the business with starry eyes and high expectations, but with feet firmly planted in reality. That they understand that there was a business end to this and that they had to see beyond that their book would be up for sale.

I learned she thought he’d be very proud of me, and how I’ve progressed with both my writing and career. That affirmation was what I needed most, above being able to say goodbye to him.

We exchanged gifts, though neither of us discussed this prior to the meeting. I presented her with a copy of the book I dedicated to him, with a personal message on the same page as the dedication to him. And she gave me my first and only real Chicago souvenir. A snowglobe with the city skyline. I took great care in packing it for the trip home and it now has a place of honor on my desk.

Oh, and she introduced me to Polish cuisine. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Every author, regardless of the level of success they have, hopes that whoever they looked up to as a mentor approves of how they’ve grown as a writer. And how they conduct themselves as a person. I was beyond lucky enough to get that three years after he passed away.

As my flight lifted off on Saturday night, I whispered a silent, “Goodbye, Nick” and was smiling.

BB

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Good morning everyone!

I know, I missed last Monday. All I can say is that it’s been a crazy week. The weekend was even worse, as our router/modem went down. Lots of frustrating phone calls only to find out ours went down. Took 4 stores, 3 helpful (and one unhelpful) associates, and over $250, but we’re online again.

Anyway, tomorrow’s the big day. I head to Chicago for BookExpo America!!!!!

I’m going to be super busy, but I plan to make a post each night. Pictures, too!

I’ve always wanted to visit Chicago. Plus, I get to meet up with Todd Diel! He wrote the fan fic for ‘Daughter of Hauk’. Title is ‘The Faith To Fight’. Go check it out on Amazon…it’s a great short story!

I also get to meet some of my fellow Solstice Publishing authors, and a few friends. It’s not all ‘go to con, back to hotel’ type of trip. It’s promoting my books, Solstice as a publishing house, and being a tourist all at the same time.

I’ve got to pack, make a grocery store run, and reassure my cat that I do plan on coming home. And I can’t forget my Tentacle Kitty! Be sure to watch for photos of her travels in Chicago on my twitter feed (@DaughterHauk)!

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