Mining Reality Shows for Characters

I’m a reality show junkie, although I draw the line at Big Brother. My favorite is Amazing Race. I also like Survivor, Top Chef, Project Runway, and America’s Next Top Model (ANTP). Mostly I enjoy seeing exotic locations, or in the case of the fashion shows, I like the creativity and the photo shoots. But what I’ve discovered after watching a number of these shows is that a lot of the contestants fall into fairly clear stereotypes. That may be the intention of the producers who pick the contestants. People like to put things, or in this case people, into categories. It’s a way of organizing a bunch of new material at once and when you are presented with 12 contestants, you need a way to remember who is who. There is the super bitch, or the narcissus if it’s a man. Their view of the world and their position in it just blows my mind. I always wonder what they think when they watch themselves on these shows. Do they see themselves as the rest of us do or do they maintain their delusion of superiority? Next there are the manipulators. The Machiavellians. I am truly in awe of their ability to get other people to do what they want. I would be a lamb to the slaughter in their hands. Survivor is a great show for watching them at work. Being athletic and nice is not the way to win that game. You really do have to outwit your opponents. But, on the other hand, you can’t treat the other contestants with the contempt you may feel for...

Election withdrawal

I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m not sure what I’m going to do now I’m not obsessively looking at the Huffington Post election maps and checking the polls every hour. Is there a support group for political junkies?

Election withdrawal

I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m not sure what I’m going to do now I’m not obsessively looking at the Huffington Post election maps and checking the polls every hour. Is there a support group for political junkies?

The Wild West for Publishing

Once a month I host the SCBWI Denver Schmooze with Hilari Bell. Today we had a wonderful speaker, Deb Courtney, Managing Partner of Courtney Literary, LLC, who gave a talk on epublishing and using social media to promote your books. Boy, did I learn a lot. I’ve done some epublishing, as well as traditional publishing, so I know the steps to getting a book ready for press. What I picked up was some general information about the market and how to use social media. Deb is a micro publisher. She has created a niche for herself in today’s Wild West of Publishing that didn’t exist ten years ago. She does managed self-publishing, what she describes as, “Tip to toe full service publishing.” You have to send a query to Deb, the same type of query you would send to a traditional publisher. If she likes your idea, she’ll ask for the manuscript. She has a couple of readers who know her tastes. If she decides to take you on, then she’ll meet with you and outline a publishing and marketing plan. She might decide epublishing is the best approach, or she might decide to also do some POD. She positions your books in select bookstores as well as promoting them online. That’s just a very, very brief overview of what she does. If you are interested in approaching her then I would recommend checking out her submission guidelines. What I found fascinating was her information about the epublishing market. In one quarter last year ebooks made $282 millions dollars. Adult ebooks during that quarter grew 28.4%. Childrens and YA...