Thursday, April 30, 2009

Two more to go!

Well kiddos, we're nearing the end of the book! Two more Tuesday nights and the end of the memoir will be here. I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am enjoying reading it to you, and that you'll come back to hear me read my mystery novel, The Hounding.
Also, coming up the first week of June, Lillian and I will be conducting a workshop in writing for radio theatre. I've done some of this myself and will be leading the workshop. The number of participants will be limited to ten however, in order for everyone to receive individual feedback on her or his writing. We'll be doing this over the internet, conference room style, webcam, in 90 minute sessions for 6 weeks. So if this is something you've wanted to try, this is the place to come because you'll be workshopping in an actual (well virtual) radio station.
All best to all of you. Hope to see you on the webcam soon! sdh

Monday, April 6, 2009

A few more weeks ... A new name?

I've now become dead certain that agents and publishers don't like the name "Poor Little Thing", that they hear it and think: victim. Mind you, no one has told me that, I've just imagined it. Still, I also imagine that something sassier, sexier, cuter, hipper would catch everyone's eye better. Catch the imagination. I want to create a visual that makes readers smile, not go "oh, poor dear." Or feel a tinge of guilt the way I did the first time I heard "Bastard out of Carolina." I couldn't wait to ask for it at my bookstore, my library, anywhere I might make people go "what?"
So, come on! What do you think? "Little Bitch, Just Like Your Mother" or "Four's A Whore" or "Barefoot and Pregnant at Fifteen" or "Growing up on the Wrong Side of the Tracks" or "Hillbilly Kids Don't Amount to Nothing" ... No victims there, right? ha. If you're reading this, you are not too close. Just make a comment and tell me what you think.