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Blog Archive February 2009


At Timothy Hallinanís blog, I discuss creativity:


ďLetís start with what many people believe is the definition of creativity: someone who has a vivid imagination. No one can say that is entirely wrong when checking the list of creative workers above. But there are a few problems with the definition. While imagination is useful and indeed necessary, it is not sufficient to define creativity. What is missing? I have few ideas to share about the basic elements.Ē


Link: http://www.timothyhallinan.com/blog/?p=459


Tim is also the author of two highly acclaimed novels set in Thailand. If you are looking for standout thrillers set in Bangkok, Iíd recommend both A Nail Through the Heart and The Fourth Watcher. Both are insightful and fast paced.


Posted: 3/2/2009 12:00:06 AM 


Honolulu Sala Thai Calvino Fan Club Meeting

On 12th March 2009 I will be at Sala Thai in Honolulu, Hawaii to sign books. I plan to bring along 10 copies of the latest Vincent Calvino novel, Paying Back Jack.

If you order a copy https://order.kagi.com/cgi-bin/r1.cgi?4D9  in advance, you will have it hand delivered and Iíll spring for a free Singha beer.


Pou, the owner of Sala Thai and her assistant, Breeze, will be assisting me at the signing. Who said Christmas only comes once a year? Why not bring a friend or two, stop in and say hello?

Breeze and Pou


Sala Thai is located at:

1333 Nu'uanu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 529-0308

I plan to be at Sala Thai from around 7.00 p.m. onward on 12th March 2009. There will be a coupon for a free Singha beer for the first 10 readers who have ordered a copy of Paying Back Jack, and another 10 coupons for a free Singha beer for anyone who has previously purchased a copy of Paying Back Jack, The Risk of Infidelity Index or Spirit House.

Posted: 2/16/2009 10:00:48 PM 


The Long Haul in Publishing

Everything we read informs us that the publicís attention span has dropped like an anchor in shallow waters and the window for judging success has been squeezed down to microdot size.


Movies are judged by their opening week returns.


In the New York Times, Jeff Huber Googleís senior vice president of engineering (adopting the Nurse Rached philosophy) sets out how he wields the executionerís sword brining it quickly brought down on projects that donít quickly show financial results.


Perhaps this will be a direction for authors in the Brave New publishing world.

It wasnít that long ago that writers like Ian Rankin had time to build an audience. Not that the axe didnít hover over his neck, but his novel Blue gave him a reprieve.


Ian Rankin has been interviewed on the subject in Scruffy Dog: http://www.thescruffydogreview.com/Rankin.html


"There were a lot of years back then when I just wasn't selling. The first six or seven books sold very poorly and then suddenly Black and Blue came along at a time when my publishers were getting ready to drop me. They felt they had done everything they could to try and break me into a bigger market, so they were getting ready to let another publisher take a shot. Everything just clicked. I've got diary entries from around Mortal Causes time saying how disastrous it all was; the books aren't selling, they're not getting well reviewed, and that was eight years of my writing career. I was panicking."


Has Jeff Huber switched on the warning light in the tunnel where authors are working the coalface?

Posted: 2/15/2009 11:03:15 PM 


Sunday Writers Breakfast in Bangkok

On Sunday 22nd February I will have breakfast with Timothy Hallinan and Steve Martini in Bangkok. Tim writes an exciting series staring a journalists/private investigator set in Bangkok. Timís latest novel The Fourth Watcher has received many rave reviews, and he has a third novel coming out this year.


Steve Martiniís latest novel is Shadow of Power. This is Steveís ninth Paul Madriani legal thriller. A number of his novels have been on the New York Times bestsellerís list.


Living in Bangkok has many advantages and compensations but it is difficult to make the case that it is a ďhubĒ of crime fiction or any genre of fiction. Writers living here normally need to travel to New York or London to meet other authors who are published by major publishers. Sunday should be a treat. Occasionally, despite all evidence that physics is against such an event, the mountain does manage to go to Muhammad.

Posted: 2/15/2009 11:00:33 PM 


Elephant sighting on Soi Cowboy

A stroll along Soi Cowboy can lead to the unexpected. Even elephants get into the act, begging for food. The tourists buy plastic bags of fresh sugar cane and are rewarded (sometimes) with the equivalent of an elephant wai.


Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlR1dy1RXKw

Posted: 2/12/2009 3:25:00 AM 


New and Much Lower book prices

Prices on all books have been reduced from 66% to 38%.

It is now affordable to order books from Thailand.

Order here: http://www.cgmoore.com/readers/index-buybook.htm


One of the main obstacles for readers buying books from Thailand is the cost. In the past my publisher has shipped all books by air courier. That costs an arm and a leg and part of a shoulder. The decision was made to ship by registered post. The delivery time is around two weeks, but the cost reduction is substantial.


Before a Calvino novel would costs with the air courier charge: $36.50 per title for trade paperback, B-format paperback $34.50 and $32.50 for mass paperback


The new price, which includes shipping cost is $26.50 for trade paperback. That is a 38% discount over the old price. B-format is now $22.95 (66% discount from the old price) and the mass paperback is $18.95 (52% discount from the old price)

Posted: 2/12/2009 3:15:41 AM 



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