Quotes by: M. J. Rose

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Ask your editor or ask your agent to find out what the house's goals are for your book before it comes out. Get some sense of expectations so you are prepared.
M. J. Rose
I've always been fascinated by the concept of reincarnation. I learned that many brilliant people were interested in reincarnation, including Carl Jung. I'm a big Jungian. So I began writing novels involving theories integrating past and present, even if the past element in the novel took place 500 or 1,000 years ago.
M. J. Rose
Vera Caspary wrote thrillers - but not like any other author of her time, male or female. Her specialty was a specific type that she pioneered - the psycho thriller.
M. J. Rose
You shouldn't talk about yourself all the time - most of us aren't for sale. Our books are. Talk about them. It's not a question of whether or not you're fascinating on a personal level - it's that your trivia and trials might not have any connection to the tone, tenor and sense of your books.
M. J. Rose
Don't send out a newsletter just to send out a newsletter. One newsletter a year that is really interesting is more beneficial than 12 that are boring. If you write two or three boring newsletters in a row, your readers will start to think you write boring books.
M. J. Rose
In 'Power Play', Finder uses the thriller structure to make pointed observations about gender in the workplace, the corporate caste system, and the true nature of risk in the global business environment.
M. J. Rose
I was taught to think outside the box. Before my grandfather was one of the original Mad Men, he and a group of other Air Force Intelligence officers formalized brainstorming as a problem solving technique. He taught the concept that creativity can be taught at Buffalo University. My dad invented toys. My mom was a photographer.
M. J. Rose
If no one knows your book is out there, no one will think about buying it. It's as simple as that.
M. J. Rose
As consumers, we are faced with hundreds of choices - and when it comes to books, thousands of choices.
M. J. Rose
I think that we need to live our lives for the present... as if it is our one and only wild and wonderful life.
M. J. Rose
'Power Play' is a morality tale for our post-Enron world and - not incidentally - wildly entertaining. Nothing wrong with that.
M. J. Rose
When I sit down to write, I know everything I need to know... I start writing, and within 30 seconds or 60 seconds, I'm watching a movie. I'm not making this stuff up; the characters are acting it out,and I'm just writing it down.
M. J. Rose
I know some authors who have gotten $25,000 advances and put it all into marketing, others who allocate $5,000 or $1,000.
M. J. Rose
I'm realistic about my career as a novelist. I'm certainly not a superstar and far, far from a household name, but I feel successful.
M. J. Rose
Buy other authors' books when you go to their events. Even if you aren't going to read it. Even if you are going to give it away. Even if you aren't interested. Not just for the author but for the bookstore. It's karma and just plain good manners.
M. J. Rose
There's almost no author alive who isn't weathering the tumultuous changes in the publishing industry.
M. J. Rose
Do send out a newsletter when you have a new book out or are going on tour. Also list relevant event dates and notifications of contests you are running.
M. J. Rose
The marketability, the success of a book, ultimately rests with whether or not people will find the concept/characters/title/cover appealing.
M. J. Rose
Here's an idea: Spend two or three hours a day at least five days a week in front of a bookstore wearing a sandwich board with your bookcover on it while you chase and chat with anyone you can corral and who is willing to talk to you.
M. J. Rose
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