Monthly Archives: September 2013

Happy 76th Birthday, Mother!

… nice piece from olbigjim, Jim Wright ..


MotherDidn’t we just do this a couple of months ago? How do you keep having so many birthdays without seeming to actually age?

Why is it that today I’m remembering an outfit I got you for one of your birthdays? I’ve no idea how long ago it was, but I’d be willing to bet a dollar and a quarter that it’s still in your closet. Hunter green it was and you looked like a million dollars wearing it. There was a rakishly sexy hat that went with the ensemble, but I don’t remember ever seeing you wear it. You wore hats often when I was a wee tyke. You wore them so well; I can’t imagine why you ever stopped. Fashion be damned!

You’ve been there for me, haven’t you? Back during the war in Lebanon, I remember you cooked a boatload (you should pardon the pun) of teacakes and…

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… ‘…a very nice breakfast whisky…’ …reviews are all about perspective, Mabel… #TBSU…

...LUV ’em or hate ’em… they are as unavoidable as the cheeky speck of spinach sticking to yer teeth during yer important career interview… as in-yer-face as that other ‘cheeky’ business end of Miley Cyrus’ twerking… REVIEWS… whether yeez manufacture them through yer Aunties, Grannies and Uncles (perish the thought…would authors do that?) …or have unknown critique-o-philes praise, promote, and project or lambast, lampoon and lance yer masterpieces… REVIEWS are here to stay… as much part of yer literary rites of passage as sno-paque eliminator for yer typewriter or the delete button on yer laptop… I can still recall vividly the first negative review on my initial wee scribbled baby, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY… the lad gave me two stars out of five… instant dagger-through-the-heart sensation… then I checked his other reviews to find he’d only ever done one other… he’d given John Grisham only a lowly one star out of five… shheeessh, that felt better… it’s all got to be taken with a pinch of salt, Mabel… sure, they’re important for getting attention to yer stuff on Amazon Kindle and other splendid outlets… but remember, everybody who reads yer WURK isn’t necessarily gonna LUV it… I recall a good friend of mine, who likes a dram or six, talking about the merits of good whisky, uttering the immortal line.. ‘…it’s a very nice breakfast whisky…’ …perspective, y’see… I’m not about to encourage yeez to investigate the claims of my pal’s critique on his morning imbibement…  ‘…chacun a son gulp…’ …but let me not impede any inclination yeez may indulge to review my forthcoming crime thriller, SAVAGE PAYBACK… coming to a Kindle near you in the near future… I’m building a raft of good people who’ll review the WURK for me, so I can have a slew of early reviews on and (and maybe even on Goodreads) as I launch it… emb’dy who feels so inclined, please contact me on my email  TA! …yeez’ll see the cover reveal under my Blog Scratchers Corner below… see yeez later …

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…authors, be careful out there… sometimes DEADLINES can produce DEAD LINES… #TBSU…

…after a lifetime of commercial activity WURKING for a living… schedules, objectives, planning, budgets, et al, became second skin stuff to this ol’ Jurassic… came the release of doing-what-I’ve-always-wanted by meta-morphing into a self-published quill-scraper over the past few years… and I LUV IT!… whether the output from the highly-tolerant laptop (so often threatened with death by urination) is enuff to tempt the Publishing House Princes to indulge me is quite another matter… any writer worth his or her scribbling salt will tell yeez the joy is in the creation of WURDS that sing to yeez… it may be that we’re the only one hearing the choir, but what the heck… then I read in several friends’ blogs about the panic and pressures of DEADLINES... and I WUNDER… why give yerselves unneeded stress?… did Michaelangelo ever have the same kinda problem … ‘..Hey, Mikey, can ye rattle off that marble statute of the Emperor’s Missus by the end of the week? we it need it for the new Coliseum opening…’ … I rather think not… now, don’t mistake me… I still have planning and scheduling and things, but at a pace that suits me… not so much DEADLINES, more like nudges toward getting stuff done… for me DEADLINES have the propensity to produce DEAD LINES… some of yeez may comment at this point, ‘…but, Master Gallacher, ye’ve just told people ye’re targeting finishing yer next masterpiece, SAVAGE PAYBACK, by the end of October… isn’t that a DEADLINE?…’ …hardly, coz it’s nearly done… what I have created is an obligation to the wonderful raft of friends who’ve volunteered to do a review of it as the thing gets launched… there’s the target… the reviews, NOT completion of the novel... it’s great being yer own boss isn’t it?… except when it gets all f*cked up, ye’ve only one person to blame… a-hem… any more lovely volunteers for reviewing SAVAGE PAYBACK soon can contact me at… LUV YEEZ! …see yeez later …



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Calling all AUTHORS and VISITORS – Please Note.

… Chris’ and Steve’s blog says it all… 🙂

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…authors’ self-marketing?…yeez put on yer best frock to go to the Publishing Ball… just like Cinderella… #TBSU…

…some things are unavoidable in this life… not being able to eat just one peanut from a packet… never finding a taxi when it’s raining… unable to remember what name Ms J.K.Rowling is using today… the latest bane, according to many of the blog posts I’ve read recently, is the need for authors, self-publishing or otherwise, to market themselves and their WURKS… admittedly some of us belong to the Literary-Shrinking-Violets Society… others blossom in the rich bloom of the Writers Ghetto-Blasting-Equivalent in Self-Advertising... sadly, there is no middle ground… for the legions of those veering timidly toward the ‘excuse-me-can-I-trouble-yeez-for-a minute-about-my-WURK’ constituency, IT’S TIME TO GET SHOUTING... regardless if yer masterpiece is picked up by an agent and/or a publisher, yeez still have to get the megaphone belting out by yerself… separate the quill-scraper persona from the darling-of-the-SOSYAL-NETWURKIN-circuit being that propagates yer tomes to the universe… subjugate the Shy Sherman within… suppress the Timid Tammy… remember that marvellous sequence in ‘Pretty Woman’ where Julia Roberts’ pal tells her to ‘WURK it baby’ and she proceeds to swing that delightful derriere Richard Gere-ward… so, once ye’ve penned or typed ‘THE END’ , it’s time to ‘WURK it baby’… yeez put on yer best frock to go to the Publishing Ball… bang the drum on Twitter, Facebook,  Any-Other-Channel-Yeez-Can-Think-Of, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Blog like Billy-o,  just get it out there, loud and clear… what’s the worst thing that can happen?… folks may not want to buy or download yer books… but hey, that’s no worse off than if yeez never did any self-advertising at all, right?… and who knows, Prince Charming of the Publishing Gods may just chance upon yer glass slipper… what’s to lose?… c’mon Lads and Lassies of Blog Land…  get yer frocks out, let’s go to the Ball… see yeez later…

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GUEST POST: ‘Book covers sell the story?’ by Paula Limbaugh

..excellent view on the pullng power of a great book cover …enjoy …

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Today we welcome Paula Limbaugh for a guest post about the importance of book covers. Paula’s words are not all comfortable reading for us at Greyhart but eloquently makes the point that in order to attract a reader, a book needs the right cover and sales pitch. But what brings in one reader will do the opposite for another.

We’re always interested to know what you think of our books, and the covers are a key part of that. If you’ve got an opinion, we’d love to hear from you.

Over to Paula…

Whether, online or in an actual bookstore the first thing that grabs my attention is the cover.  Walking through the aisles of B&N it’s like they are all screaming “Me, me, pick me!”    If the artwork is good I will read the synopsis, if not I will pass it up unless I recognize the author or if…

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…WTF???… just what authors need… another way to reduce yer sales income… #TBSU…

…is it because I’m Scottish?… or am I SO dumb I always miss the point of stuff?…, now, in fairness, I’ve never ever claimed to be a descendent of Albie Einstein… and most days when real education was being thrown around in my school, I was out on field trips, counting fields… but I cannot for the life of me take in what I read today without expressing that ‘Wednesday, Thursday, Friday?’ mnemonic, WTF?... as anyone who reads this blog regularly will know, I’m frequently at odds with Master Zuckerberg‘s minions, and invariably end up in the old Facebook Slammer… comes now the risk of putting the Amazon Kindle noses out of joint… don’t mistake me, I’m not one readily to bite the hand that feeds… the Amazon Kindle phenomenon has been generous to me and my novels so far… BUT, BUT, BUT… here comes the new deal, the Kindle Matchbook Program … maybe I’m missing something in the small print, but I paraphrase in quote… ‘…lets yeez offer yer Kindle Book at a discount when they (customers) buy yer print book….’ …unquote… as if the quill-scraper society suffers not enough from whiners who won’t pay more than the price of a sausage roll for a year’s WURK in the form of yer masterpieces… they want to make it even cheaper!… flog yer wares at prices lower than a snake’s belly in a trench… what am I not understanding here, Mabel?… but there’s more nonsense involved than merely asking yeez to surrender yer royalty fortunes to the miser brigades… they expect the customer to buy a print copy AND then buy a Kindle copy… forgive my ingenuousness here, but I personally have NEVER bought TWO copies of the same book in my life… I don’t expect stampeding swarms of the reader universe out there to act any differently… yes, Matron, I am shouting again, I know, I know… yes, one syringe-load’ll be fine…  see yeez later…


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