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June 27, 2017

Elaine’s Big Shoot – Part 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 5:21 am

Even though the Author Learning Center is taping my interview in a rather glamorous setting, they want it relaxed and not too formal. Believe it or not, the picture below is the valet parking area of the hotel (which they pay for on my behalf). Too bad I don’t have a valet parking kind of car. The attendants are going to think, whoo this lady made a wrong turn. After staring at the picture for five minutes I figured out that that grey cylinder thing above the yellow striped curb is where you sit and wait for your car if you don’t want to sit inside on that orange modern-arty chair.

Valet parking

An Author Learning Center interviewer made contact, and I was impressed with the amount of research she put into my career and background. These people really check you out! Look at this….

Here are the suggested questions for your interview. Responses to each should be limited to around 4 mins. or less to keep the content convenient for viewing by our members.  Please let me know if you have any concerns or have any other talking points that you would like to cover:

·         Your latest book release, Bestseller Metrics: How to Win the Novel Writing Game, has been called “Moneyball” for novelists. Explain how this patent-pending system works and how writers can benefit from using this approach. How did you go about creating this system? How do you see this impacting the publishing industry?
·         You’ve helped hundreds of writers – both emerging and established – prepare their manuscripts for submission to agents or publishers. What are the key elements that make a manuscript stand out to an agent or publisher? What are the most common mistakes that you see new writers make in their first manuscripts?
·         How important is it for new writers, especially, to consult/hire a professional editor? How should they go about finding the best fit for their genre and writing style, and what can they expect when working with a professional editor?
·         You’ve had great success writing award-winning, crime fiction stories under the pen name, Anonymous-9. What was your reason and strategy for establishing this pen name? Two common questions from our community are A) when to use a pen name and B) how to be successful when using one. What has been your secret for effectively marketing work under your pen name, while also promoting your editing services and other work under your business name, Elaine Ash?
·         What is noir or hard-boiled fiction? Where/how can writers in this genre best reach their target audience?
·         Reviewers have said of your award-winning Hard Bite series, “Hard Bite singlehandedly stretches the boundaries of modern noir fiction”, and of your short story collection, “A9 has the most unusual, vivid, colorful, complicated, and freaking fun imagination you are ever likely to come across in your lifetime.” How did you get started writing in this genre and how do you keep the intensity and edginess to your writing interesting and fresh?

Isn’t that something? It all happens on Thursday. Wish me luck! Elaine Head '17





  1. HUM — grey cushion for while you wait for your car? Well, at least it isn’t a hard, grey cement block!! YEAH

    Comment by 3 no 7 — June 27, 2017 @ 8:44 am

  2. Does it look soft? Maybe it’s flexible. Maybe I’ll want to hide inside it while I wait for my car when it’s all over. 🙂

    Comment by ashedit — June 27, 2017 @ 12:59 pm

  3. It’s all over now and am waiting to see the results. Congratulations, Elaine, and Happy 4th of Juy!.

    Comment by oscarcasebooksooehaa — July 2, 2017 @ 10:32 am

  4. Hi Oscar! Lovely to hear from you. Happy Independence Day to you and yours. Elaine

    Comment by ashedit — July 2, 2017 @ 11:05 am

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