Foreign publishing is Greek to most of us

Foreign publishing is Greek to most of us

I've had the occasion to talk to several authors lately whose books have been published in foreign countries, and we have something in common – confusion. Our agents and sub-agents do all the work and we get books with words we don't understand to put on our...

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The best place for writing is whatever gets the job done

The best place for writing is whatever gets the job done

One of the panels I took part in at the YA-hoo Festival at Chattanooga State over the weekend involved the writing process. Invariably, that discussion leads to "Where is the best place to write?" An upstairs room. A cruise ship. A coffee shop. The answers were as...

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What you hear is what you get with COPYBOY

What you hear is what you get with COPYBOY

Audio engineers, if they so choose, can make just about any sputtering noise sound like a well-oiled machine. I have heard my stutter on a rebroadcast miraculously wiped clean of all its hesitations, prolongations and repetitions. It sounds much better, but it’s not...

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Fact or fiction in COPYBOY? It’s all about the story

Fact or fiction in COPYBOY? It’s all about the story

The answer to how much of COPYBOY is “true” is a more difficult question to answer than the same question about PAPERBOY. I talked a little about this at the Knoxville launch of COPYBOY at the East Tennessee History Center, sponsored by the Friends of Knox County...

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Where does a Copyboy find his voice?

Where does a Copyboy find his voice?

Close friends and relatives state with a quizzical eye that I genuinely seem to enjoy crisscrossing the country to talk about my books. My answer is that I have never enjoyed anything as much. The book launch in Memphis for COPYBOY on July 31 is a good example. I did...

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Perhaps an appropriate reading age is a matter of the heart

Perhaps an appropriate reading age is a matter of the heart

The wonderful Alison Krauss sings this lyric that has always haunted me: “You say it best when you say nothing at all.” That phrase sifted through my head as I read Mona Batchelor’s review of COPYBOY on her blog, “The Hiking Librarian.” Mona is a school librarian from...

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