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Newsletter Dated: 10/31/2008 11:06:01 AM
Subject: Andrea Campbell*s Soup*s On
Andrea Campbell’s Newsletter
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In this issue:
• From the Author*s Desk
• Talk to Me
• Interview with Cheryl Harris Sharman
• IAW New Writing Org.
*** From the Author*s Desk ***
Writer Issues: I’d like to get feedback from other writers about the current economic climate and how it’s affecting your life. Do you have to troll for different types of work than you did previously? Is it getting harder to collect your fees? Do you feel books have become devalued? Are you finding ways to cope? Do you feel the writing industry has changed? If you would like to comment or want to send me an article relating to this topic, write me at: firstname.lastname@example.org (By the way, please make note of this new email, it’s going to take effect within the month.)
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Get ready to gear up for another session of my e-course Publish That Book: How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal That Sells. Circle the start date January 12, 2009. If you’ve wanted to write that book but can’t seem to get it together, this e-class is your solution. Students are already on board! Check it out at: http://therenegadewriter.com/new-renegade-writer-classes/#andrea
I’m article writing now: I am the Home and Living Examiner (National) for Examiner.com and also have lots of how-to articles up at eHow.com, in addition to other tricks. You can help by: visiting my links, rating the article or adding comments, and subscribing or recommending the sites. I don’t know how this will pay off but I will share the results in a report in a later issue. Besides, I’d love your feedback. Links follow:
*** Interview with Cheryl Harris Sharman ***
This month we have an interview with my new friend and colleague, (and my most recent ASJA Hospitality committee member), Cheryl Harris Sharman.
Q. : I see this is your first book, what was the inspiration for Nightshift NYC?
A. : Nightshift NYC is my first published book but, as many writers have experienced, it isn't my first book-length manuscript. I spent 5 years shadowing women in an impoverished community and writing about their experiences. Two of those women worked nights. And in that community, many businesses operated 24 hours. When Russell (my coauthor and husband) and I began to think about a joint project, we decided that staying up all night to explore this world would be a great adventure.
Q. : Do you see the irony in that this book was published by the University of California Press? What can you tell us about your publisher?
A. : It does seem ironic, I know, but we already had relationships with our editor there and he loved the idea. He grew up in NYC and his father had worked nights, so I'm sure that played a part in his excitement. But it's also not just a book about NYC. While almost 250,000 people in NYC work nights, there are 15 million people in the U.S. who work "alternative shifts," and millions more abroad. University of California Press is obviously an academic publisher, but like many nonprofit publishers they recognize the need to compete with trade publishers in today's tight book market. That's why they're releasing it as a trade book, in a beautiful hardcover with 24 photos on gorgeous paper. They've done a tremendous job with distribution, especially in foreign markets. And I love that they saw right away that there would be broad appeal. We've found that an academic press can function much like a trade press: they can pay competitive advances, they can produce a nice product, and they can market and distribute it effectively.
Q. : This is a collaboration with your husband, can you share what that was like?
A. : We shared every aspect of the research and writing. I'm a nightowl, borderline insomniac, so staying up all night was easy for me but more difficult for Russell. He's the more gregarious one, so talking to stranger after stranger after stranger came easy to him despite the late hour. But like any good team, when one faltered the other picked up the slack. For the writing, close friends pretend they can tell who penned a particular chapter, but we didn't divide it up by chapters. We traded draft after draft until even we couldn't tell who wrote which line. And truth be told, after almost 15 years of marriage and looking over each other's shoulder at the keyboard, our writing styles were already so frighteningly similar that it was long past time to collaborate officially.
Q. : How did you arrange the book (e.g., Table of Contents); and interviews? How many folks did you actually interview?
A. : As we wrote in the prologue, we arranged the book to evoke the year we spent staying up on the nightshift. This means that some chapters follow each other logically while others are jarringly juxtaposed. For example, a chapter on a deli worker is logically followed by a chapter on a deli owner and then a chapter on a street vendor. But the street vendor spends all night selling hotdogs to drunk nightclub patrons, which leads into a chapter on "the drunk train," what many young New Yorkers call any Long Island-bound train leaving Penn Station after 3 a.m. Or, the chapter on homelessness is juxtaposed with doormen in Upper West Side luxury apartment buildings. To achieve all this, we interviewed over 100 people, though only a little more than 30 made it into the book. The interviews themselves often took place at night, since they're asleep by day and the night is full of lulls and easy conversation. But we would also arrange interviews in the mornings after their shifts or the early evenings before they went to work, whatever worked best for their punishing schedules.
Q. : Do you have a story about NYC at night that is your favorite?
A. : One night in Penn Station we fell into a conversation with a homeless outreach worker. He was outgoing, talkative, and obviously a great source, but he had to focus on his job and we parted before we got his contact information. About six months later, we were in a subway station in the far reaches of Brooklyn and we passed him on the platform as he led a team counting the street homeless population. With more time to talk, we got his card, set up an interview, and profiled him in chapter 12. Moments like that are not supposed to happen in New York City, but there's something about the city at night that functions more like a small town. Things slow down, people get friendlier, and you just might run into someone you know, because there aren't that many awake at that hour.
Q. : Tell us a little about your background and your future aspirations.
A. : What interests me most is writing narrative nonfiction about people you may otherwise never meet but would love to know more about. For example, I reported on a psychiatrist in rural Costa Rica and on homelessness in New York City, both for the Lancet; and of course the new book on nightshift workers. In keeping with that, my next project is about airplane pilots ... who happen to be women. I'm going up with them in their planes, learning what it's like to work in a male-dominated profession, and right now I'm working on an article for Scientific American Online about a new satellite-based technology meant to replace radar. For that piece, I interviewed someone at UPS Worldport in Louisville, KY, where they have about 8,000 people working the nightshift to make sure all those packages get out within hours. So now I'm all keyed up to write an article on the intersection where the nightshift meets aviation.
*** IAW Exciting new writing organization ***
Another friend and colleague, Fern Reiss of PublishingGame.com/Expertizing.com—who is one of the savviest business publicists I know—is about to launch an exciting new membership organization called, "The International Association of Writers" which provides a ton of publicity vehicles to writers: Everything from an International Speakers' Bureau, where you can post your availability to speak at meetings, conferences, and events to meeting planners; a Database of Experts, where you can list a profile so that journalists and editors can call you for quotes when they're doing an article on your topic or area of expertise: a Syndicated Articles Directory, where you can send your short articles and make them available to website editors and email newsletter editors who have publications related to your topics, and much, much more.
In addition to all the publicity opportunities, membership also includes a weekly email newsletter chock-full of articles, audios, and special reports. For $149, this is an amazing amount of resources. So take a look and see if it's appropriate for you and your business, and then tell some friends and colleagues!
You can find the International Association of Writers at http://www.AssociationofWriters.com (and if you sign up by mid-November, you get three additional publicity bonuses included at the same low price!) By the way, please mention my name and say that you saw it here at registration.
*** Future Newsletters ***
In upcoming newsletters we will share a new interview or two, talk more about publishing, and provide additional writer's tips. If there is any area you would like to discuss, just send me a note. Thanks for the read. :))
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