Ransom Stephens, author of The God Patent, wrote a guest post for Jane Friedman’s blog on August 6, 2013. He talks about the publishing journeys of his first novel and his newest, The Sensory Deception. The title of his post is “How to Increase Your Odds at Getting Lucky”.
One of my writer friends, Haihong Liao, and I talk about the law of averages that eventually will be on our side in getting our work published. In his blog post, Ransom said, “Every query you send increases your odds. Every story you publish, every book, every literary event you attend, every time you bear your neck, your cross section gets bigger, and the odds of opportunity finding you increase.”
He doesn’t agree with people who claim that making a living as a novelist is like winning the lottery. Ransom says, “Every time you play the lottery, the odds are the same. In this game, every time you play, your odds get better.”
Read his post on http://www.janefriedmandotcom.
The God Patent is one of my favorite top ten novels and I look forward to reading The Sensory Deception.
beneath our feet
beneath the asphalt and soil
ancient roots, waiting
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J.K. Royce recently published PILZ, a sizzling crime thriller that will be FREE on the Kindle version of Amazondotcom this Labor Day Weekend, August 31-September 2.
Royce is a former Michigan Assistant Attorney General whose legal career exposed her to the dark side of the medical profession. PILZ is the name given by drug abusers to prescription drugs used for recreational purposes. Murder and betrayal in PILZ will leave you wondering how far to trust your family doctor.
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday it’s FREE on Kindle.
Remember, by September 15th, poems for my poetry contest are due. Several people said they would enter but so far, no one has. It doesn’t have to rhyme, but the theme is children. See my Contest Page at the top menu for submission details. No poetry experience needed. Judges will be poet friends of mine who don’t read my blog.
Haiku Andy’s Haiku for August 24th:
6 parnassus bus
at every pothole
the old man winces
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Lilli and J.K.Royce, author of PILZ, discuss addictions on the page at the top of the blog menu called “Lilli’s Talk and Thoughts”.
Had dinner at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf with a friend and his family. I learned about the dust clouds, the high humidity, the unpaved streets, the beach, the culture, and now I’m inspired to use Africa’s Ivory Coast for a short story setting.