Month: June 2015

Who Hears Yoy?

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Again I attended another writer’s meeting and heard a professional author discussing how he promotes his material. Via internet communications.    I also recently became acquainted with Blog Talk Radio.  Many people listen to it  I understand, but no one ever seems to respond.  About three months ago I was interviewed on blog talk by a lady named Anna Renault. She then places many of her talks on Facebook.  However, here again, I never head a word from anyone although they gave my email address.  Sometimes you really wonder who is out there–listening.

Notes from an Author

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“Try every door” was the closing advice from Jonathan Scott Fuqua, speaker at the May 19 MWA meeting. He is an author, fiction and nonfiction writer, historian, artist and teaches on the faculty of Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.

Fuqua described his seventeen year writing career as a “long hard slog.” He considered his first two books to be disappointments and  mostly ignored, he said. His second book was written with a bolder viewpoint and rejected 32 times. At that point he pretty much gave up writing for a while.

Suddenly out of the blue his  book “The Reappearance of Sam Webber” was mentioned by an East coast talk show host, particularly talking about an obscure bullying scene in the book. This unlikely scenario brought an  unexpected uplift in sales and recognition. For it he was awarded the ALA Alex Award. Fuqua expressed his admiration for librarians saying “what sustains you are librarians” and urges writers to go out of their way to talk with librarians. “If you are looking for someone to place your books, they are wonderful.”

You might want to look him up

From Maryland Institute College of Art website:

Jonathon Scott Fuqua is the award winning author of three much lauded, award-winning young adult novels,The Reappearance of Sam Webber (ALA Alex Award,School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Booklist Editor’s Choice, and more),  DARBY (Oppenhiem Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, Book Sense Top 5, Mark Twain Award finalist, and more), and The Willoughby Spit Wonder (“It is the kind of novel, by turns comical, haunting, and thrilling, that comes only once in a blue moon,” The Boston Globe).

A Wise Man Once Said

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Recently I met and heard Jonathan Scott Fuqua, a prominent Baltimore author and teacher. He made some interesting comments about writing and publishing in general.   Here are a few comments from my notes:

“Try every door” was the closing advice from Jonathan Scott Fuqua, speaker at the May 19 MWA meeting. He is an author, fiction and nonfiction writer, historian, artist and teaches on the faculty of Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.

Fuqua described his seventeen year writing career as a “long hard slog.” He considered his first two books to be disappointments and  mostly ignored, he said. His second book was written with a bolder viewpoint and rejected 32 times. At that point he pretty much gave up writing for a while.

Suddenly out of the blue his  book “The Reappearance of Sam Webber” was mentioned by an East coast talk show host, particularly talking about an obscure bullying scene in the book. This unlikely scenario brought an  unexpected uplift in sales and recognition. For it he was awarded the ALA Alex Award. Fuqua expressed his admiration for librarians saying “what sustains you are librarians” and urges writers to go out of their way to talk with librarians. “If you are looking for someone to place your books, they are wonderful.”

Fuqua suggests that  writers form ideas that are prompted by larger subjects such as mental illness or civil rights. “Pick a subject and create a story around it. Bend a concept and really be specific.”  He urges writers to come up with an ending before they start writing, or an ending concept. He suggests writing in an arc as though your material is tethered.

We’ll talk more another day.