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I’m so excited! Not only did Kass Lamb and her colleagues at Misterio Press invite me over today to talk about reviews—a subject near to the heart of every writer—but Kass also surprised me with a 5-Star review for Round Trip Fare. Just in time for its official release tomorrow. Please come over to Misterio Press and help me celebrate!



8 Tongue-in-Cheek Tips for Scoring Good Reviews

~ Guest Post by Barb Taub


The author worked odd jobs as an armless, shoeless mannequin to make ends meet.

The author worked odd jobs as an armless, shoeless mannequin to make ends meet.

Last week I did our monthly budget, an act which blurs the boundaries between blind faith and creative fiction. (Warning: I’m a professional writer so I make up sh*t for a living. Do NOT try this at home, boys and girls.)

At first, I wasn’t too upset because I thought that writers were supposed to live lives of abject poverty—garrets, obscurity, perhaps the odd chemical dependency.

But then I remembered reading an article a few years ago about Simon & Schuster’s offer of $920,000 for rights to a first novel, Just Killing Time by Derek V. Goodwin, that was submitted with endorsements from novelists John LeCarre and Joseph Wambaugh. The only problem: Wambaugh and LeCarre denied ever reading the book, so Simon & Schuster canceled the contract.

Then there was the autobiography of the famously reclusive Howard Hughes, written with Clifford Irving. Publisher McGraw-Hill was so excited about their literary coup in signing the book that they offered Irving (and Hughes, they thought) a $765,000 advance. The only problem was that some other pesky guy who said his name was Howard Hughes kept claiming…(click here to find out what, plus so much more!)