The Art of Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest round of NEW BIG NEWS in publishing is The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. Speculation is that Harbach got $650,000 for his first-time novel, and yes it will actually be printed in real book form. Gasp!

Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter proposed what this novel, and this deal, says about the direction, or lack thereof, of the publishing industry in this month’s editor’s letter in his magazine. What are your thoughts about the state of the industry? Agree with Carter or disagree? To the keyboards! 

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Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at http://www.markfadden.com

The Best Social Media Tips Ever! Part II and a stiff one to beat the Texas heat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You ever have that time when you know you published your blog and then it shows up in the “draft” column, not the “published” section? Turns out the Tools for Tuesday blog of the ‘Best Social Media Tips Ever!’ did just that. So, I published the Part I yesterday. That means today is a “two-fer-Thursday.” Here’s the link to Part II of The Best Social Media Tips Ever!” and a great recipe for a “Mojito Fresco.” If you don’t know what Mojitos are, they are drinks that combine muddled limes, mint leaves and rum to leave you in a South Florida state of mind. At around 150 calories a serving, you can have a few Mojito Frescos to help you deal with any last remaining bits of summer that may be lingering in your area this weekend. In Texas, we’ve had a nice break from the triple digits this past week with weather in the 80s and low 90s, but this weekend summer is going to kick us in the ass again with temps back up in the high 90s. Not good for our firefighters battling historic wildfires out West and down in central Texas. If you see reports of a naked man doing a rain dance in Dallas this weekend, you know I at least tried to make it rain. Oh, and that I’ve had too many mojito frescos. Recipe is below. Enjoy your weekend!

Mojito Fresco
2 large limes
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
Ice Cubes
1/4 to 1/2 cup light rum
a handful of mint leaves
Quartered limes (optional)
 
 
Directions
1. Cut the 2 large limes into pieces; combine with the 2 cups water, and the 1 cup of sugar, and the mint leaves in a blender container. Cover tightly; blend with several on-off motions for 30 seconds or until limes are coarsely chopped. Do not puree. Strain through a sieve into a large pitcher. Dilute mixture with 1 to 2 cups water to taste. Cover and chill.

2. Wet the rims of 4 to 6 tall glasses; dip rims in sugar. Fill sugar-rimmed glasses with ice. Add 1/2 to 1 ounce rum to each glass. Pour chilled lime mixture over rum. Add extra quartered limes, if desired. Makes 6 servings.

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Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at http://www.markfadden.com

The Best 25 Social Media Tips Ever!

I hope everyone’s Labor Day weekend was fantastic. Here in North Texas, although our brothers and sisters to the west and south are battling unprecedented wildfires, we also FINALLY got a break from 60+ days of triple digit heat. It was actually in the mid 80s on Labor Day…I know! mid 80s!

If you follow this blog, you’ve heard me sing Vocus’s praises before. For this Tools for Tuesday, I am forwarding their “25 Top Tips for Social Media Success.” Some are obvious (Be nice, use your manners.) others will leave you scratching your head (Why didn’t I think to be a content curator?)

I hope you enjoy the 25 Top Tips for Social Media Success. And if you’re keeping track, you only get half tonight. This is a two-parter, so I’m leaving you in delicious suspense until tomorrow’s post for the other half. Have a great night!

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Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at http://www.markfadden.com

Artic Freeze – the “adult” snow cone

 

 

Have you every seen anything more delicious in your life?

On this September 1 edition of Thirsty Thursday, we here in the scorched Earth section of the US known as the DFW Metroplex are celebrating the 10 degree drop in temps this coming weekend, when a “cold front” will take us from 104 to 94 highs. Also, to our brothers and sisters out west battling yet another round of wildfires, we are praying for them and hope that once all is quiet on the western front, they too can enjoy this tasty frozen beverage and help slam the lid on the Summer from Hell.

Without further ado, I give you the Arctic Freeze, make it up and sip on it as you enjoy, oh I don’t know, Fahrenheit 451? Enjoy!

Arctic freeze

11/2 ounces Bacardi Arctic Grape rum

1/2 ounce blue curacao

2 ounces concentrated margarita mix

1 ounce cranberry juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend with ice until smooth and creamy. Pour into a serving glass and garnish with a cherry.

— Bacardi

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/08/30/3323595/drink-of-the-week-the-arctic-freeze.html#tvg#ixzz1WjM7NCe8

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Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at http://www.markfadden.com