Agent search: One up on the SASE..try this-The Self addressed, Stamped Cheesy Post Card!

 

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I used to be in a highly unstable, nomadic profession: Radio The really good non ‘top 40’ stations go off the air all the time (and you could be out of work overnight) because people just want to hear songs they already know. ‘Alternative’ stations often went off the air when owners decided the time was right to flip to Spanish, Country or Sp0rts Talk.

 

So, when you had a job, the smart thing was to keep your options open and keep  looking for a better one.

 

But so was everyone else!

The get the drop on the competition…To cut though all the 8×11 manila envelopes mailed to stations every week, I was taught by Mike Halloran at San Diego’s 91X to send my tapes in a regular envelope with a self addressed, STAMPED POST CARD with little statements besides checkboxes.

“You Suck!”

“You’re ok, try me next month”

“Call me on ___days at O’clock” or

“So and so is my assistant, call them at ___day at 0’clock.”

“Call me anytime but 3-7, because that’s when I’m on the air”

“Call the studio line from 3-7 because when I’m on the air it’s the only time I can talk”

And so forth. All they had to is check whichever box…They don’t even have to write anything all they have to do is pop your audition tape in their boombox and make a decision..to respond or to ignore. Usually they were so thrilled that someone made it easy for them to preview new air talent they responded.

This is what I’m gonna do in my agent search, with cheesy little Hollywood Beach and Miami Post Cards inserted in the envelopes following up an electronic submission.

I’m going to let you know how it goes!

Words of the Day-Finally made the time to look up

Does anyone find a lack of time, or overbusiness to explore other curiosities and interests?  Learning new things is said to be good for depression, so I do it, and am a normally curious person depressed, normal, or manic.

 

Finally sat down w/my list of words I saw and pledged to index

to find out what they mean. I mean, I see them over and over again and sort of go ‘uh huh’ with a general gist but I truly want to know what they really mean. I’m such a geek I travel around with a pocket dictionary in my little kate spade (so cheap only 40.00 at the outlet mall..)

analogous…comparative in a way that makes clear. Like if you notice one day that you are picking up some traits of a parent that you don’t particularly rmember fondly but by comparing them and seeing suddenly how it’s so clear that the trait has been passed down.

bellwether…I thought this meant a ‘predictor’ and it sort of does…it refers to the lead sheep in a pack of them following the one in front.

dehiscense…this has to do with a surgical complication where the stitched up wound reopens and is common in obesity, post op swelling or infection or moving around too much, like being active too soon after surgery. It also is seen in diabetics (shudder…I’m prediabetic from years of atypical antipsychotics like Seroquel and Clozaril that I must take)….oh well, redouble my efforts clean up diet again!

anomaly, different than the norm or expected

plebescite…this term has resurfaced since Judge Scalia died and I see why. It has to do with a vote for or against upholding the constitution or other canon.

and finally quixotic…this means to be idealistic or overly optimistic about something.

This egghead is going to go watch TV. Back next week with another boatload of words seen in the New York Time.

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The Cycles of ED and Bipolar Disorder

 

 

 

citystreetwinterLike a lot of other people, I am writing a book. But being bipolar, I have organizational problems. I write chapters and then open another document and write the same chapter, or an overlap in time. Earlier this week I spent five hours on the project, moving things from one document into another. But this ‘overlap’ fix project could take another twenty hours and I’ve allowed myself to get too busy to do it. Also, I follow a lot of blogs and want to see what’s going on with my e friends. Don’t even get me started on Facebook stuff. And Twitter. I ditched Tumblr a long time ago for being too young and dramatic. At 54, I’ve settled down a great deal. Allison

The cycles of ED and Bipolar

Like a lot of other people, I am writing a book. But being bipolar, I have organizational problems. I write chapters and then open another document and write the same chapter, or an overlap in time. Earlier this week I spent five hours on the project, moving things from one document into another. But this ‘overlap’ fix project could take another twenty hours and I’ve allowed myself to get too busy to do it. Also, I follow a lot of blogs and want to see what’s going on with my e friends. Don’t even get me started on Facebook stuff. And Twitter. I ditched Tumblr a long time ago for being too young and dramatic. At 54, I’ve settled down a great deal. Allison

Page Publishing self publishing literary agents.

I got an attractive, small foldout that gave the low down on royalties in all formats, including print on demand, and also mentioned that they do not accept everything. I got them to give me their full price up front, I think. It was 3200. That includes 4,000 units of starter publicity a web page, and a deal with the library systems. The books I’ve been checking out by Ellen Forney, Janine Crowley Haynes, Erin Callaghan, Lizzie Simon, Wendy K Williamson/Honora Rose, Andrew Solomon and a few others..although their names escape me, come to my Hollywood Florida reading center from such far flung places as Montana and Hawaii, through the interlibrary loan system. I think I have a first edition hardback of Wendy K Williamson’s first book. There was another. I purchased a more current William Styron book and Kay Jamison’s first, “An Unquiet Mind.” Both of them are short and they are some of the first experiential books written on the disorder.

Anyway, I respected that Page Publishing gave me their full price rather than get me in the door for 399, only to milk thousands and thousands as we went along. And I do want the best. But my book is about a very DIY girl, working in an indie music world, and the books (a trilogy) need to reflect such.

I read in a book about lit agents that a prospective agent is a lot more interested to see if their is a career their behind those foster grants, or in this case, query letter. I was thinking that if I put forth a trilogy, shop it mercilessly, then maybe self publish it, It will all come to pass. But it’s such an undertaking. Sometimes I feel like quitting the whole thing. Three 75,000 word books about a girl trying to outrun or escape her illness. And she just can’t. She’s going about it the wrong way.