An author’s compensation can come in unusual ways

An author’s compensation can come in unusual ways

  A by-product I never anticipated from my second career as a novelist is the emails I receive from readers. I don’t keep count, but I must be nearing a thousand. The majority of the emails are short thank-you notes, which I appreciate greatly. The next category of...
Foreign publishing is Greek to most of us

Turkish edition of PAPERBOY.

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...
The best place for writing is whatever gets the job done

Authors at the YA-hoo Fest at Chattanooga State relax in the green room between panel sessions. Why are green rooms rarely green?

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...
What you hear is what you get with COPYBOY

Stephen Usery and I record a COPYBOY interview for Memphis Public Library's Book Talk.

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

COPYBOY launch in Knoxville at the East Tennessee History Center.

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...
Where does a Copyboy find his voice?

Readers attend the COPYBOY launch in Memphis.

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...