August 21, 2009
The first blurbs have come in, and it turns out that I have written a “masterpiece.” Or, so says Shane Gerricke, best-selling author of Cut to the Bone. (Note to myself: Buy a copy this afternoon.) I immediately send an electronic thank you note to Shane, who responds that he actually did like it. “You did a good job.” He shares that he is grateful to the writers who helped him when he was starting out, and – my words, not his – feels a need to pay back. Also, he says, “Now, John owes me a scotch.” (He’s referring to John Cheesman, the Oceanview project manager for Fortuna.)
I am forwarded a second blurb from Deborah Shlian It reads:
Written by an obvious computer pro, Fortuna plunges Jason, a Stanford IT grad student into a lush, virtual Renaissance Florentine world – at first an escape from the boredom of his RL (real life). he soon learns it’s not just a game. Highly imaginative, this is one for
anyone who loves intelligent, high-tech thrillers!
In her e-mail, she says she would love to know more about me, but when she went to my web site, “It wasn’t working.”
I immediately e-mail Deborah, thank her for her kind words, and offer her access to my bio, as well as my phone number.
My nemesis at Oceanview is at it again! (See Post No. 33.) I am so pissed! I didn’t want to give her my url until the site was up and running, but she pushed and pushed, and I had been so forcefully uncooperative about the blurbs I felt I should give a little. What a twit! She has done the one thing I asked her not to do: release the url to the outside world before the site is up.
Over drinks with my friend Christopher St. John on Friday night, I share the situation with a friend who has promoted his band Outgrabe extensively over the web. He tells me in no uncertain terms that I have to get something up immediately, even if it’s a lame “under construction” notice.
“There may be only one person who goes there,” he says, “but that one person could be really important. You can’t afford to look flakey.” So here I am at the café on Saturday morning sketching out something reasonably presentable, a sort of “coming soon” announcement with a ticker that counts down the days, hours, minutes and seconds left before the site will go live.
August 23, 2009
Over the weekend, I receive an e-mail from a high school friend. “I presume you’re aware of this,” he writes, with a link. When I click on it, I’m presented with an Oceanview web page touting my book… with the wrong cover! Not for a different book. That would be over the top. Just the wrong version of the Fortuna cover.
Over the weekend I have also realized that Shane’s terrific blurb has an error that I didn’t catch in the ego rush of seeing Fortuna termed a “masterpiece.” He incorrectly makes reference to Venice, not Florence, as the site of the game.
I send a note to John at Oceanview, and he promises to make the fixes.
Deborah (who wrote the other blurb) responds to my note of thanks. She and her husband are coming up for a few days in December. Would I like to get together? She also asks about book stores in Northern California that she might approach about a reading. I pass on the recommendations given to me by Louise Ure: Book Passage in Marin County, (hot tub capital of the world) and M is for Mystery on what we call “The Peninsula,” just a bit north of Silicon Valley. Louise passed on that these two book stores influence both the local and New York Times best seller lists.
I reflect that all I have to do is win a prize or get Fortuna into a paperback edition and I’ll get to write a blurb for somebody else.
To be continued…
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