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Lifebook 6 | Francis Coppola and I

Strolling down Memory Lane, somehow I forgot the significance of this detail, that my name is, after all these years, still associated with one Francis Ford Coppola. I was a two-time Guest Editor for one of his literary publications, in which I dutifully selected one of my favorite short stories ever, “The Junkie Muse” by Isabelle Carruthers (a pseudonym) for publication in Zoetrope: All-Story Extra’s 23rd issue in May 2000. All these years later I’m still in love with the story and reflect on its publication with pride. And my association with Mr. Coppola on the now defunct publication’s masthead is something of minor bragging rights, I suppose. History lesson: Zoetrope: All-Story Extra (ASE) was an on-line supplement to Mr. Coppola’s fiction magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story (ZAS). Each month, All-Story Extra featured two new stories submitted by writers via Zoetrope’s on-line submissions site. The stories were chosen and edited by guest editors—also members of Zoetrope’s on-line submissions site—with assistance from the New York editorial staff of ZAS. ASE was created by Mr. Coppola and five members …

Update: A Change o’ Plans; A Regrouping of Sorts

In my last update a couple of weeks back, I revealed that I was working on a short story collection for a fall release…18 or so stories that fit a common thread or an overall thematic mood. It was more or less to put my writing past behind me as pretty much all those stories were written as far back as the late 90s which was my golden age period. I wrote fiction for years before really attempting to share it with an audience outside of writer workshops. So I have quite the vault of stories in varying lengths, genres, styles and all that. Well, inxay the collection, at least how I originally envisioned it, and perhaps not as soon as this fall or the foreseeable future. Because of that aforementioned versatility, I’ve come to the decision to launch a handful of pen names and assign appropriate stories and future projects under them. It just makes sense, really, and it’s so liberating, say, for instance, writing and presenting a very female-centric story under a blatantly female …

GUEST BLOG: J.A. Konrath’s A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing

J.A. Konrath is a thriller author who is notable for being a success in the independent/self-published author’s game. In his latest update, “The Numbers Game” he breaks down the dollar$ and $en$e of e-book, publishing. It’s a must read for any independent author. Excerpt: The 25% the publisher is offering is actually based on net. So you’re getting 17.5% of the list price. (Amazon gets 30%, they get 52.5%–which is obscene) When your agent gets her cut, you’re earning 14.9% of list price on ebooks.For a $9.99 ebook, that’s $1.49 in your pocket for each one sold. If ebook prices go down (and they will) it would be 75 cents for you on a $4.99 ebookIf you release a $4.99 ebook on your own, at 70%, you’d earn $3.50 an ebook. Let’s say you sell a modest 1000 ebooks per month at $4.99. That’s $9000 a year you’d make on ebooks through your publisher vs. $42,000 a year on your own. Clicky to read more: A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: The Numbers Game

Publishing 2-for-2 so far in 2010

In addition to the story I have being published on blink-ink.com next month, I also have a new poem being published in Dreams and Screams, an upcoming anthology of fantasy, science fiction and horror stories. My poem “Dream a Little Scream of Me” will be the openining poem in the book and is the only poem to be featured in its pages. Dreams and Screams is a partnership project put together by six different webzine and book publishers: Aurora Wolf, House of Horror, Lame Goat Press, Liquid Imagination, Silver Blade and Static Movement. The book will be published in a few months by Liquid Imagination Publishing, which is a small press I’ve recently become associated with (more on that in a future posting). Check out this spankin’ cover by the talented Jack S. Rogers, whose name you will be seeing a lot of (trust me): Clicky to enlarge Update: This is the original cover conecpt that was not used. Also, Lame Goat Press was not represented in the actual release.