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The everyday, unsexy book work

computer screens with working images for The Tenor Book

Working like crazy on the book, have been for a couple months. Mostly it’s wrangling all the research – the interviews in particular – into a form I can access and pull them into whatever is going to become The Book. So I’m listening to the audio files while reading against the transcripts, making corrections. Noting stories I want to extract. Reacquainting myself with the experience of the interviews themselves.[…]

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Mixing things up

As I start getting back into the book, I’m running into options. Forks in the path. This is my favorite part of a writing project, the not-knowing-where-it’s-going. Can’t wait to see the twists and turns it will take (and take me with it) towards the final form. The way I answer the questions that come up helps determine that path, of course. Here’s one: cameras and film. When I go[…]

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Hey, old friend / What d’ya say, old friend?

Today: recovering from a particularly intense (and tense) week at work, intended to catch up on homework for my class. What did I actually do? Spent every moment I could find with my old friend, the Tenor Book: organized files, electronic and paper glanced at some of the work I’d done over the years, both text and layout gathered samples and wrote instructions for Vivian, who will be transcribing interview[…]

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Once again…

The tenor book. During the last 14 years, this project has variously been my frustration, my focus or my inspiration, and sometimes all at once. More than 100 interviews, 65,000+ miles of travel and thousands of hours in, I’ve dealt with one interruption after another – “life getting in the way” I call it. I don’t have the time; I have other responsibilities now. I’ve tried to abandon the book,[…]

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Posted in: The FAB Book

How your Blurb book can deliver perfect happiness

I’m happy with my book. Maybe that obsessively perfectionist streak of mine pays off. Or maybe it’s just the research geek in me. Yesterday one of my FAB friends reminded me that there is no problem/topic/issue that cannot be squashed flat by piling enough research on top of it. Made me laugh, because I can sooo get lost in research, following leads, digging into something—not to flatten, but to create[…]

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How to survive self-publishing

I’ll never be any traditional publisher’s dream client. I don’t fit in. I mean, I’m pretty happy to have gotten my elevator speech on the current book down to four and a half minutes, but that doesn’t make for easy marketing. So it’s a good thing I have a day job. Figuring I’d sell fewer than 100 copies (about 20, probably!) makes print-on-demand a great option. I’d worn all the hats,[…]

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How to write a book, 15 minutes at a time

What, am I nuts? I work full time at a high-stress job. I go to school at night. I’m the sole caretaker for my 84-year old mother. And I think I’m going to write another book? Me? I don’t have time to write. That was a year and a couple months ago. This week I’m taking a look at a test book — effectively a press proof — and my[…]

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