I figured I could keep better track of my twittering authors if I joined in, so you can find me on twitter now: I may not update often but update I will when I can!
You’ll find me doing all sorts of fascinating things, like stepping out to skim the pool, chasing the mailman down the street, or trying to find the darn SASE that goes with the query letter on my desk — and let me take a moment here to tell prospective clients that the absolute best way to query me is to query me electronically, by email, in which case I will most likely get back to you very quickly.
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The Gears of War TV ad was about the best video game ad I’ve ever seen, and the game rocked too. Here’s the ad again, in this speech about how the eventual viral spread of the ad was entirely unintentional, via Chris Webb.

Microsoft Admits extremely viral Gears of War Ad was unintentional.

I never saw one mashup online, but I wanted to buy the game each time I saw the ad on TV. Frankly, to me the mashups aren’t nearly as interesting as the orginal ad, but it’s a great marketing story. And for such a gruesome (and fun) game I love that the hook is the simple poem at the heart of the “Mad World” lyrics. It’s haunting.

The Gary Jules cover on the ad is an edited down version of the orginal lyrics, roughly:

all around me are familiar faces
worn out places, worn out faces
hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
no tomorrow, no tomorrow
and I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
the dreams in which I’m dying
are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
when people run in circles
it’s a very very mad world…

The cover even hit #1 on iTunes.

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Hey, I’m quoted in USA Today this morning as background on this nice profile of Scott Kelby.

I’m responsible for telling reporter Jeff Graham that not many people get rich writing computer books these days, but on the bright side I think what Scott Kelby has done as a Photoshop author and evangelist is inspirational and an excellent model for all sorts of authors who would benefit from thinking of ways to expand their platform and profile.

Jeff notes that I’m in New York, which is off by a fair hair 😉

I remain the only literary agent in Hangtown, aka Placerville, aka Dry Diggins.

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What a great thing, I have limited fondness for spelling bees but love the idea that kids are getting together and reciting poetry.

The Sacramento Bee has a great piece about Poetry Out Loud this morning, here’s the Link.

And here’s the website, Poetry Out Loud.

My favorite poem I know by heart? It’s a short one, Politics, by William Butler Yeats. Close to the end of his life he decided that it should appear last in his collected poems.

What a finish.


Take the poll at GalleyCat — Linked.

I’ve visited mine in the last month. I consider late fees “donations” and I’m a regular customer. Libraries are great for the book business because readers can painlessly discover new genres or authors. Here are a few of the writers whose books I’ve first borrowed from the library, only to buy many of their books: Bernard Cornwell, Robert Jordan, Barry Eisler, Daniel Silva, and John LeCarre.

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Here’s a very cool number site via Tim O’Reilly at the O’Reilly Radar, What’s Special About This Number?

This site is great for number geeks. It’s great for the number impaired too. Just following this I found myself lost in the Fibonacci Sequence.

Along those lines, I want to rep more math and popular science. If you have a proposal in either arena I’d love to see it.

And here are more great links from Wiley publisher Joe Wikert, who links to Michael Hyatt’s recent posts on publishing relationship management.

Joe’s post is here.

He’ll send you to Michael’s distinct posts on the qualities that make for an ideal publisher, author or agent. Quoting Joe, “If you’re an author in search of a good agent or publisher, use the (high profit, low maintenance) characteristics checklists Michael provides for each. Don’t forget to read the author checklist too… The whole series of posts ought to be required reading for any publishing newbie (and not-so-newbie).”

I agree. Here’s my own high profit, low maintenance mantra — If you want to succeed in this business (and make friends and influence people) you need to be a great partner, do great work, be dependable, be easy to work with, learn to resolve conflicts peaceably, and communicate!

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We had some problems configuring the server with the last spam blockers we installed, but it looks like we have something that works now.

Feel free to post your comments!

It took longer than planned to fix this and I have to thank Chad Smith at Spaceout Media for helping me out. Thanks, Chad!

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Avoid fee-charging agents!

Plenty of sites warn writers against fee-charging agents, it turns out that pet owners are furious about an alleged fee-charging pet talent agency, Hollywood Paws.

I love their mangled advertising copy: call for your free copy of “How to train your pet act like a movie star!” (yeah, drink this, take that, let me tell you this about the cat conspiracy.)

Apparently the firm delivered on the training but few of the pets were ever booked for actual shows. I’m not sure if the pet owners are in the right here but if they believed this was their doggie’s ticket to fame they should have thought a little harder.

You can find the article at the L.A. Times.

Per Fark, your dog is ready for his close-up.

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