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Newsletters are long and windy self propagating crap. I hope you don't mind that I use mine to keep me working. Thought you might want some short news on anything that James Marry Productions comes up with each month. If not, I'm sure you will receive this invite again- LOL.
Newsletter Dated: 12/8/2003 1:14:50 PM

Subject: #2 and some new ideas coupled to some old ones!!!

Welcome back to those of you who have read my last edition. I'm not a creature of habit, so you might see this newsletter every six weeks, then again... you might not. The letter does serve several purposes though. It keeps my fan base informed as to where I'm headed, it lets all of you know how to reach me, and it gives me feedback on my plans. That means that each of you (some more than others) are important to me as critics and as an audience- more so than the general public gets to be- so I hope you see the value that each of you holds for me. With that- as syruppy as it sounded- let me wish you all had a very happy Thanksgiving and that Christmas is looking good in the future. My prayers go out to each of you, as always.

Our little group is growing, so I would like to especially welcome the new visitors to the newsletter, and I hope your curiosity is not disappointed.

The e-mag, Bloodlines.com, published the revised version of "The Denouement of Drew" and I was very pleased with the look of the work. For my contemporaries benefit, I recommend this avenue of testing your products in advance. The editorial work in itself is priceless. Plus the work opportunity and advertising can strike some interesting chords. More on that a little later.

Looking at my own authorsden.com/jamesjmarry site has given me some pause lately. It is interesting what my visitors tend to go after to read. My first novel, Shut Up, gets many visitors. Of course the copies that sell are turning out all over the country. Due to the publisher problem that I seem to have created- the number of copies is distressing but the response is always pleasing in spite of that twist.

On the Short Fiction front though, I am floored by continual reader interest in stories like "A Waitress Tale", "Karla" and "Mooney". These stories are an oddity for me and I think you might see why if you give them a quick look. All of them did come from some deep spots in my heart though, so maybe this is why the interest. Of course, "Fidelity" and "Transition Play" are still perennial favorites too.

I guess my real surprise comes in the area of Non-Fiction Articles. I am always considered a P.O.D. maverick, whether I like it or not- "Creational Pre-Ejaculation" always gets a lot of attention and reprinting. I think this also explains "Two Headed Dragon's" great appeal as new writers are constantly seeking advice on my apparent mistakes. But the one story of note, that gets many new readers to stop at my site seems to be "The Music of God". This critical piece is barely about religion and music as it is about logic. I have a longer version that I toy with constantly to argue the existence of a greater being, but I think this short piece seems to hit more people in the bread basket. I hope so.

Of course, if you do give any of this a look- let me know what your thoughts are. I do use your thinking to make my decisions as I get better with this market. And I think the proof might come from Bloodlines.com.

The editor caught me off guard a bit when she asked me to cut down on my descriptive analysis in the piece. what I mean is that she wanted me to use my strength with dialogue to erase some of the non-verbal "la-te-dah" that I always thought would speed up my short pieces. Well, what do you know? I tried her advice and I realized something. (I'm not entirely dense you know.) My ability with dialogue actually speeds up the flow on the work.

So don't be too surprised if you hear that I have taken the whole Shut Up project (including book two and three) and restarted the whole shooting match again. I know that I trimmed down the whole thing to begin with, but the sales show that the work has potential, and the only two reasons I can think for it not to have reached that potential is the lack of representation or a valid publishing operation, OR that the author could have written the whole thing better. I think I can get the work better and THAT might just kick this old dog awake again. I'm thinking about it at least.

With that, I say "adieu" knowing that the new works are steadily growing (in case you were wondering where they went since last newsletter) and the old ones are carying forward well. My daughter's wedding was fabulous, and if you want pictures let me know. Thanks and see you all after the holidays!

















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