Friday, March 22, 2013

The rest is marketing, part three

My good friend Anne Gallagher has posted an interview with me over on her blog, Piedmont Writer. In it I claim that '"literary fiction" is an awful term.' I also shill for the novel. Pretty shamelessly, too.

Meanwhile, it's snowing in Seattle. Light snow, but snow nonetheless. Panic ensues, as usual.

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  1. The funny thing is that your novel is actually a pretty clear example of "literary fiction," in that it is fiction about literature. But no one uses the term that way.

    "Alternate-world Hamlet" is my three word description of the book. It is as if the story of Hamlet is a spirit that descends on the world once in a while, fitting itself to the available characters.

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  2. The thing I just wrote is crammed full of Cervantes, Castiglione, Shakespeare and claims about Nabokov. It purports to be a family drama, though. So I don't know.

    I am going to steal your second paragraph; it's really good. "Hamlet" is a story that I have to consciously avoid in my writing. It keeps standing over my shoulder, leaning into my light.

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  3. This. " "Look how hard it is to be alive. The best thing we can all do is to be more kind to each other."

    Yes, I loved this.

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  4. I'm going to claim that's also Chekhov's main theme.

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  5. An interesting review. Hopped over and looked at your publisher--I don't know the west coast small house scene that well--and wish you luck (twice or more) with them.

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  6. My publisher is small and fairly new (I think they're in Year Three now) but they work hard and have been good to me. The book is selling steadily, too, which is nice. But mostly I'm having a swell time with all of this, and that's what matters most.

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  7. That they work hard and you have a swell time doing your work: a great mix!

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  8. Cool interview, Mr. B! I like Amateur Reader's description too.

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  9. Forgot to say if you want a post on LWofM, feel free...

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  10. I will take you up on that, thanks awfully! What do you need from me to put it together?

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  11. I'm letting people do whatever they like--the one that went up today is fairly "full," but others are skimpier. Just look at the ones so far and think about what you want. I couldn't be more easy-going about it!

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