Wednesday, October 18, 2006

REBELLION a finalist in the USA Book News 2006 Best Book Awards

Rebellion, an anthology I edited, is a finalist in the USA Book News 2006 Best Book Awards!!!

Fiction & Literature: Anthologies

Winner: Untangles: Stories & Poetry from the Women and Girls of WriteGirl, WriteGirl Publications, 0-9741251-4-8

Finalist: Rebellion: New Voices in Fiction, Rebel Press, 0-9786738-0-8

Finalist: Writing the Cross Culture, Fulcrum Publishing, 1-55591-541-8

USA Book News

Robin Slick • Susan DiPlacido • Tom Saunders
Steve Hansen • Katrina Denza • Myfawny Collins
Marcus Grimm • T.J. Forrester • Grant Jarrett
Matt St. Amand • Tripp Reade • Donald Capone

Also available directly from the Rebel Press website:

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Do I have to write chick-lit?

Yesterday I posed this question on my Publishers Marketplace profile page: Can I get an agent if I don't write chick-lit? Evidently, the answer is no.

Agents believe mostly women read and buy fiction. Publishers believe mostly women read and buy fiction. Agents and publishers therefore only represent and publish women writers. OK, this may be a blanket statement—a stereotype. Or maybe not. Prove me wrong.

I go into Borders and look at the titles. Everything has become the same. One book is indistinguishable from the next. Chick-lit on the fiction tables, non-fiction about the Iraq war on the other table. As a reader, I want more of a choice. As a writer, I want the chance for other readers to have the opportunity to read my novel.

So, I now pose this question and challenge to agents and publishers: Is there no agent or publisher willing to take a chance on a comedy written by a male author that features a young 30-year old man as the lead character? Get off the bandwagon and break from the pack. Be a visionary. Believe that men will read fiction if given something they can relate to. Trust that women will read something different. Be a trendsetter, not a follower.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Rebellion now on Amazon

New Voices of Fiction


Click here to read excerpts!
Then click on the book cover to go directly to the Amazon page.