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Mary Rosenblum attended the prestigious Clarion West Writers workshop in 1988, where she sold her first SF story to Asimov's Magazine editor Gardner Dozois and her writing career took off. She published 8 novels with NY publishers as Mary Rosenblum in SF and Mary Freeman in mystery, was a Hugo and Nebula finalist, won the Sideways and Compton Cook awards, and received a lot of critical acclaim for her fiction, both short stories and novels. She began teaching writing, fell in love with that, and now works one-on-one with novice writers as a 'literary midwife' taking authors through drafts, final editing, publisher-matching, and self promotion of their books, to make sure it gets done well. She has twice returned to teach the Clarion West workshop and lives in rural western Oregon where she flies a small plane to as many cool faraway places as she can.
on Sep. 24, 2013 :
Review: Effective Promotion by Mary Rosenblum
I really have no excuse. For quite a while now, I've been reading Mary's incredibly helpful newsletters and blog on The New Writer's Interface. She's been a generous mentor and kickass editor. And most of all, she has always been right. Always. (Okay, Mary – you were even right about the blog. Curse you.) So why haven't I followed every one of her hints and suggestions, every golden tip?
Well, if I ever did have an excuse, I certainly don't have one any more. Her latest book, Effective Promotion, Book 2 in The Literary Midwife Presents series, walks writers through a step-by-step approach to building their audience base. And, being Mary, she does it in a completely entertaining, no frills way that leaves the reader – well, this reader, anyway – with an absolutely clear path to promoting their work.
I'd write more, but remember the no excuses part? (Really? Pinterest? Do I hafta? Yes, Mary. I'm on it... )
(reviewed the day of purchase)