David Gans (tnf) Wed 10 Mar 99 12:11
From: ParisPoet@aol.com Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 14:43:20 EST To: firstname.lastname@example.org Hi, I'm a well member and a writer. My novel just got some acclaim.I was wondering if you'd like to add my book to your bookstore, do an interview with me... or anything else... Here's the last press release that went out Making Literary History, Independently Published Novel Chosen by Doubleday and Literary Guild Book Clubs GREENWICH, CT: How often do the publishing giants notice a self published novelwand a hard-to-classify work of women's erotic fiction, at that? Remarkably, MJ Rose, who published her first novel, Lip Service, just months ago, has bucked the odds. Roger Cooper, Vice President and Editorial Director of Doubleday Direct, purchased book club rights to the novel. Cooper noted that publishing history was being made. "This is the first time we've bought an independently published novel. It's a win-win for everybody." Lip Service will be an Alternate Selection for both Doubleday Book Club and The Literary Guild. The acclaimed erotic-yet-intelligent novel will be featured in the clubs' July mailings. And all just in time for Small Press Month (March, 1999) This accomplishment is even sweeter for Rose, because her novel made the rounds of the New York houses, garnering rejection after rejection, before she decided to publish the work on her own. It was too hard to classify, she was told: too smart for the erotica market, too much a psychological thriller to be traditional women's fiction, and with too subtle a love interest. Julia Sterling, the book's main character, is an uptown Manhattanite with a seemingly perfect life. When a writing job exposes Julia to phone sex, she glimpses a world that stirs her erotic fantasies but threatens her carefully constructed reality. As she probes her emotional and sexual connections to men she knows and several she will never meet, she confronts evil, perversity and her own passions. This uninhibited narrative builds to a crescendo that takes the reader by surprise. Lip Service has received over 25 glowing reviewsw, including a rave from Marcy Sheiner, editor of several volumes in the Herotica series and author of the forthcoming Sex for the Clueless. Rose has used her background in advertising to parley these notices into commercial success outside the mainstream book distribution channels. She has sold over 1000 copies at full price, entirely through contacts developed over the Internet. Lip Service can be ordered at (800- 431-1579), online at http://www.ReadLipService.com or at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Price is $12.95 plus $3.50 for shipping to the U.S. ### Journalists: To arrange an interview with Rose and/or obtain a review copy of Lip Service, call Jane Gardner at (203) 861-2799 OR email her at ParisPoet@aol.com.
Andrew Brown (andrewb) Sun 14 Mar 99 03:13
Sorry. I have been unfaithful to this conference. I have this book out in England, widely reviewed, though without uncontrollable enthusiasm, called the Darwin Wars. It's a vulgar history of sociobiology. As reviewers have observed, it has a distinct English bias becasue I coudn't afford to travel round America for three months though I have dealt as farily and extensively as possible with American ideas. Since one of the main protagonists in these struggles is Stephen Jay Gould, I could hardly do otherwise. But it's nicely written and has been reviewed so far in thee Financial Times, the Independent, the Guardian (which also published a longish extract), the Evening Standard, the Sunday Telegraph; and possibly others which I may have missed. More publicity should be coming, which is nice. Last time I looked, it was at #39 in amazon.co.uk, which is even nicer, though I have no idea how this translates into sales. More information, jokes, samples etc, are available at http://www.darwinwars.com
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Tue 16 Mar 99 07:25
wowza, that is strangely fascinating to me, Andrew. Where do you stand on these Darwin wars?
Andrew Brown (andrewb) Tue 16 Mar 99 08:18
I stand, uncomfortably, on both sides. I think philosophy matters as much as science and possibly more, so to that extent I am a gouldian, believing that bad philosophy, as peddled by Dawkins, does more harm than good science. ON the other hand, I think that the core of the science is incredibly stimulating and exciting, and that there are some real discoveries in evolutionary psychology, though not as many as the boosters claim; and to that extent I am a Dawkinsian.
David Gans (tnf) Tue 16 Mar 99 10:09
Sounds like an interesting book. Would you like to be "interviewd" in the inkwell?
Andrew Brown (andrewb) Tue 16 Mar 99 10:30
That's what I told my probation officer. I'd love it
David Gans (tnf) Tue 16 Mar 99 11:07
I shall take it up with my colleagues.
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Wed 17 Mar 99 08:58
This is gonna happen! I just know it.
Mark Binder (realfun) Fri 16 Apr 99 10:49
Toot! <realfun> has two: Crumbs Don't Count - The Rationalization Diet (a humorous anti-diet book) and The Everything Bed Time Story Book - due in May.
Reva Basch (reva) Fri 16 Apr 99 15:41
Crumbs Don't Count is a great title. Neither do broken pieces, leftovers, or stuff you eat standing up and/or with the refrigerator door open.
poorly-contained perioxide accident waiting to happen (castle) Fri 16 Apr 99 21:15
Or anything with a toothpick in it, because all the calories fall out through the hole the toothpick makes.
Erik Van Thienen (levant) Sat 17 Apr 99 07:10
Or anything transparent.
Mark Binder (realfun) Mon 19 Apr 99 11:50
The pieces, leftovers, and standing up are in the book. May I have your permission to add refrigerators, toothpicks (a variant on the Homer Simson) and transparent???
Reva Basch (reva) Mon 19 Apr 99 13:03
Just thank us effusively in the acknowledgements!
poorly-contained perioxide accident waiting to happen (castle) Mon 19 Apr 99 13:06
What reva said!
Erik Van Thienen (levant) Mon 19 Apr 99 13:46
And a signed copy to add to my collection ...
Mark Binder (realfun) Tue 20 Apr 99 07:36
I'll be happy to acknowledge, and if I'm in town I'll sign a copy for you. Q: Do you want "real names" or WELL names.
Erik Van Thienen (levant) Tue 20 Apr 99 10:18
See you in Brussels! :-) In my case : both names.
Indra Sinha (indra) Wed 13 Oct 99 00:24
Reva, I thought I'd say hello! Look forward to nattering with you and everyone here.
Reva Basch (reva) Wed 13 Oct 99 10:35
Welcome, Indra! Indra Sinha is the author of _Cybergypsies_, and will be the subject of our Inkwell interview starting October 22nd.
Gail Ann Williams (gail) Thu 16 Dec 99 12:15
This topic has been quiet for a little while, but if you read back, you find an eclectic gallery of WELL authors. What interesting company. Mostly there are links to their bios, which can't be read without a WELL password. They may seem rather mysterious if you read from outside the passworded community area... but to demystify the WELL authors here, check out the Bookstore. The WELL Bookstore has got author names, links to Amazon to find more author info, and the special discount WELL Gift Certificate. This is a fine gift for an author or reader you feel would enjoy being part of the WELL community, offering hundreds of fascinating members-only, no-advertising WELL conferences. That's a shameless commericial plug in and of itself, of course. As well as helpful navigational info, I hope. http://www.well.com/bookstore/
John Shirley (johnp-shirley) Tue 25 Jan 00 21:37
Well bookstore? There's a Well bookstore? Are MY books at the Well bookstore? I reckon I'll go and look.
John Shirley (johnp-shirley) Tue 25 Jan 00 21:39
Oh I see it's a sort of shortcut to Amazon, actually?
Gail Williams (gail) Wed 26 Jan 00 09:45
Yeah... warehouses and a shipping staff are out of our specialty, so Amazon does the heavy lifting...
John Shirley (johnp-shirley) Thu 27 Jan 00 15:12
Well that's cool. It's great you've got some place to organize information about books by Well authors. Bully, as Theodore Roosevelt was wont to say.
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