Interview with Author, David Rocklin

  •  Strategies for getting and keeping a qualified Agent.

  •  “Taking the Long Way Home” with foreign publication.

Hello, everyone. Let’s welcome our guest today, David Rocklin, the author of “The Luminist.” His debut novel will be published overseas in Italy (Neri Pozza) and Israel (Kinnaret). It is to be submitted for publication in the UK, and is scheduled to make its first appearance here in the United States in 2011 (Hawthorne Books). It’s an elegant novel described by Mohrbooks as: “In the spirit of ‘The Piano Tuner,’ David’s first historical, ‘The Luminist,’ is a beautifully written, page-turner about politics, war, art, and family that will linger in your memory long after you raced towards the last page.”

Q: Welcome, David. Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in Chicago, and moved to Los Angeles in 1990 to pursue writing; I’d felt that I couldn’t write while living where I was originally from. I felt the need to see what I’d experienced up to that point from a greater distance. I have a degree in Literature (we with degrees like to capitalize the word) and went into law. I now mediate employment cases and write – not in that order, I’m happy to say.

Q: A successful attorney with a degree in Literature (notice the capitalization). I can’t imagine balancing time between two challenging careers. How do you manage? Was professional writing always your ultimate ambition?

It’s a challenge, mostly to keep my head on what I’m doing while not writing. The writing seeps into just about every facet of me. I stay up late, a lot. We also have a toddler at home, so I’ve become a bit adept at multi-tasking mentally.

Q: On any scale, I don’t think there’s one of us who can’t appreciate those challenges you describe. Multi-tasking and time-sharing seem a way of life for writers. Tell us about “The Luminist” and what inspired the story?

The Luminist was initially inspired by an installation of Victorian-era photography at the Getty Museum in Southern California. The character of Catherine Colebrook is very loosely suggested by the life and work of  Julia Margaret Cameron, one of the first photographic pioneers. Her pictures of children were especially haunting, at once warmly immediate and bittersweet; those lives are, after all, lost to us now. After the exhibition and a bit of research, I discovered (among other things) that Ms. Cameron experienced the death of one her youngest children, as did so many in colonial Ceylon. It struck me that Ms. Cameron’s stated desire to “arrest beauty,” to select a moment from the thousands comprising her life and hold it apart from mere memory, might have arisen from that grievous loss as much as from scientific curiosity and the will of a strong woman to escape some of the limitations of Victorian life. What followed – research into colonial life in Ceylon, the traditions of Victorian photography, a plunge (inadequate, I’m certain) into the religions, cultures and customs of India – really began there, with photographic relics and writerly imaginings about the woman who made them.

Though the novel deals with matters of history (figures such as Sir John Holland, who is based very loosely on the great Victorian scientist Sir John Herschel, and of course Catherine and her husband and children, again, loosely modeled on Ms. Cameron’s family), as well as the origins of photography (including its genesis from sunprints to glass and beyond) and India herself during the period in question, I have taken broad liberties with each. My apologies for any tampering with these worlds in the interests of fiction.]

Q: I see that the Luminist will soon be hitting book stores in the United States in early 2011, with allowances for marketing and promotion. How did this novel come to be acquired first overseas?

My absolutely incomparable agents (Christy Fletcher and Melissa Chinchillo/Fletcher & Co.) took the novel to the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2008, where the rights sold to Italy and Israel. At that point there hadn’t been a sale here in the States, and I’m told that foreign publishers do not as a rule acquire a title before English speaking rights are sold, both for copyright and marketing reasons. So I actually felt very good about those sales, as they represented two publishing houses who thought strongly enough about the novel to take that sort of chance on it. I will always remember that Italy and Israel came through before anyone else.

Q: It’s difficult enough for most writers to navigate the complexities of business here at home, but untangling foreign rules… It seems you’re destined to become literature’s Cinderella Man. The quote by Mohrbooks impressively describes your work as written in the spirit of “The Piano Tuner,” also a powerful historical and debut novel. With how far you’ve traveled on the path to publication, was there ever a reality check? How surprised were you to see your debut novel received so warmly?

I was thrilled and extremely gratified at how the novel was received. My agent  – to whom I had submitted via recommendation of a friend and mentor who in turn had read it and thought highly of it, thankfully – read it in a day, which is about as wonderful a thing as a writer can ever hope to hear. It did take a while for the novel to find a home in the states, having gone out to the US publishers right at the economic meltdown, which has and continues to have a disastrous impact on the publishing industry. But my agents felt so confident and were so irrepressibly bullish, that I frankly sat back, started working on a new one and let the novel find its way. I am very excited to be with Hawthorne. If your readers get a chance to visit their website (www.hawthornebooks.com), I think they’ll find a truly eclectic and praiseworthy body of literature.

I think we all have a way of tying our experiences, our hopes, our memories and emotions wanted and unwanted, to some sort of vessel in order to make sense of them – or to make them resonate even more deeply than they already do. A memory is enhanced, or even informed, by a song or a movie scene. The beginnings of a cherished relationship belong not just to us, but to the city, the apartment window, the favorite restaurant, that served as the paving stones we walked while feeling it grow.

For me, writing – my own, that of others – is and has been that vessel, that vehicle that allows me to see the world. If I can be that, for even one person, I will die happy.

Q: I think you describe, perfectly, the passion we all have for the craft. And your work is, indeed, in the company of impressive titles at Hawthorne. You describe yourself as, “Taking the long way home.” I think we understand the inference – the long journey of a dream about to become realized. Would you describe how your novel found a home with a U.S. publisher? For an author, how involved is the process of translation and editing?

It really came about because my agents simply would not give up. As a writer, you dream of finding agents and editors who feel the way you do, who also burn to get that writing out into people’s hands and hearts. The folks I’ve met thus far – Christy, Melissa, my editor/publisher at Hawthorne – are outstanding at what they do, and a joy to be able to work with. I’m lucky beyond belief.

The translation process should be interesting – right now, I’m in the editorial revision process, and we hope to have something in final form by late summer 2010, after which the process of marketing and promotion will truly begin. The final will also be sent to all foreign territories who have shown interest, and will be sent to the publishers who have acquired it. As I understand it, they will translate and will be in touch with me to go over passages, ideas or words that might not have an equivalent meaning, and we’ll work out the differences. Having spent a bit of time trying unsuccessfully to learn Mandarin, I know some things will literally be lost in translation.

The editorial process is quite involved. The more involved it is, the luckier the author – that means they have an editor who has done what the author did throughout the writing of their work. They’ve immersed themselves in the story, in the words, in the lilt of the language and the melody of the sentences as they run together. It’s a fantastic learning experience, and I know my next novel will be the better for it.

Q: We should all be as fortunate to discover an agent or editor who loves our work and brings that kind of imaginative persistence to the business. So, here’s what every aspiring writer wants to know – How did you hook your literary agent? And please share with us the details and tactics you’ve discovered for getting and keeping a qualified agent?

For “The Luminist,” I was lucky to have a friend and mentor, Susan Taylor Chehak (an extraordinary author – please do pick up one of her several novels) read the book. She was very excited about it and suggested that she let a good friend of hers read it – my agent, as it turned out.

I’ve been down both roads (recommendation, query) in terms of locating and acquiring an agent, having queried a fair number in connection with an earlier novel I’d written that was submitted and not published (probably for the best). It’s a daunting process, but one that a writer can accomplish successfully with just a few tips. First, really try to establish for the agents why it is that you’re querying them, and not the agent next door to them. Show them you know their work, their clients, and that you belong in their stable. An easy bit of research will help – most authors thank their agents on the acknowledgement page of their novel (if they don’t, they really should). Think about writers/books that you believe your own work should be placed in the company of (be realistic, and yes, you do have to pigeonhole your novel a bit). Find the agents’ names, or names that aren’t identified as someone’s wife, boyfriend or mother. Cross reference them using one of the many guides to literary agents, or search them on the web. Now you have targeted an agent, and you know something about them – who and what they represent.

Next, don’t send your book out before it’s really ready to be seen. Have it read, preferably by a good workshop peopled with writers who are passionate, well-read and deeply involved in the writing life themselves. If you don’t have access to anything like that, have it read by at least three people who aren’t your wife or mother (and therefore don’t feel like giving you critical feedback is tantamount to rejecting you). Listen and revise. My grandmother used to say, “if someone calls you an ass, they’re rude. If two people call you an ass, you’re probably an ass.” If you hear similar feedback from more than one person, you may be looking at an issue that needs to be revised no matter how strongly you feel about it, as it’s impacting the reading/reception of your work.

A perfect close. Sage advice that should be stenciled on every computer screen — Grandmothers always seem to know how to reach the core with an impressive economy of words. We should have her here as a guest.

Thanks for coming, David. It’s fascinating to watch the genesis of a talented new author and discover the inspiration behind the writer and his story. There’s something here for everyone. Your transnational experience, your steep path to publication, and your advice for finding and keeping the perfect agent offer keen insight for both the established an aspiring author. We look forward to seeing your title in the bookstores.

David’s Website is currently under construction, but until then, you can follow his progress  on Facebook

David is happy to answer all comments or questions below. And if you need legal advice from lawer, David Rocklin… well, he may have left that hat at the office.

News Flash: Sorry I missed this. David is offering a free copy of “The Luminist” to the first TWENTY-FIVE commenters. Yikes — Happy Holidays from David!

 

61 Responses to Interview with Author, David Rocklin

  1. David,
    First, congratulations on your debut novel. I definately will have it in my tbr pile.

    Do you have an answer or have ever struggled with the query? I seem to have the biggest challenge in my writing doing a query and I do not know why.

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  2. Danny Langone says:

    Dear David,
    I would ask your opinion regarding publishing houses. I have had two books published by what many appear to consider a questionable publishing house PublishAmerica. My purpose was to get the book into print and yet not self publish which they have done quite respectfully and completely to the terms of my contract. I’m wondering however if this may ultimately hurt the legitimacy of my work and what if anything you might suggest to help me mainstream these and future novels.

    Dan Langone

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  3. S M Senden says:

    David,
    sounds like a book I want to read!
    I am still in the search for an agent process.
    Cheers
    S M

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  4. Daniel Allen says:

    David,

    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR DEBUT NOVEL!

    As you mentioned in the interview, it’s incredibly difficult for anyone to break into the publishing world given the current economic climate. I think I speak for all aspiring authors when I say that your advice and experience are both heartening and appreciated. Thank you!

    This question will understandably be difficult to answer, but how critical do you believe your mentor, Ms. Chehak’s recommendation was in your success in securing an agent? Do you believe you would have seen the same success by querying agents like you did for your first novel? I guess I’m trying gauge if our time would be better spent making alliances and connecting with established publishing professionals who can be resources for us or simply sending the traditional queries.

    I’ll be watching for your book in the stores! Again, congratulations!

    -Daniel Allen

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  5. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us David and congratulations. Hope to see more books from you soon. GEE (Jovanna Francesco)

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  6. Terra Studer says:

    Thanks David for the great article and wishing you the best. Also congrats on the book and will be keeping an eye on you.
    Terra Studer

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  7. Kerri Nelson says:

    Hey David,

    I was intrigued by your post and wonder how much research time you put into this book?

    I recently tried my hand at a 16th century Scottish romance and found the balance between research time and writing time proved to be most challenging.

    Any insights into your typical writing day routine for a book such as this one?

    Thanks,
    Kerri

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  8. Daivd,

    As a fellow historical author who was fortunate enough to find a fabulous match in both agent and editor, and, like you, experienced my share of rejections along the way, I can certainly understand your joy. Congratulations on all your successes!

    I look forward to reading your book. It sounds fascinating.

    Best wishes,
    Kristina

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  9. Jeff Archibald says:

    Looking forward to the read. Happy holidays to you and yours.

    Jeff

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  10. David, your book sounds lovely. I would love an opportunity to receive an ARC so I can review it. Please check out my review website. I’ll provide a mailing address if you would care to send a copy.

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  11. Shea Berkley says:

    David,

    Congratulations on your debut novel! What great agents you have in that they seized the opportunity to show your work to the overseas market. I can just imagine your excitement. I love the Victorian era. It’s so rich in symbolism and forced refinement. I would be giggling nonstop exploring the history and then creating a story from that time. Alas, no story has come to me, but I can always hope one will appear.

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  12. Vikki Bakus says:

    Thanks for a wonderful interview. I love photography and am moved by your inspiration. Your book has and will continue to be on a most fabulous journey. Your admiration for your team of agents and your tips for acquiring them conjure hope for me.

    It was a pleasure to hear your story.

    Thanks also to musetracks for bringing David into the light!

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  13. Emily Bryan says:

    Brilliant advice on finding the right agent. I would add not to be in a hurry. The wrong agent is worse than no agent.

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  14. Ann Charles says:

    David,

    This is a wonderful, feel-good story, which is perfect for this time of year. Thanks for sharing your getting-published story and your advice about agents. I, too, have toddlers and struggle to find time to fit in writing (usually between 10 pm and 2 am). Toddlers teach you how to become an ace at juggling tasks and time.

    Good luck in the published writers’ world. I look forward to hearing more about your successes as your career grows.

    Ann Charles
    Mystery, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sun
    http://www.1stturningpoint.com

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  15. David,
    How interesting that you published overseas first! I never really thought of that as an option. You warm my heart with your story as I am deep into the Great Agent Search.

    Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom. I wish you much success in your writing career.

    Pamela Hearon

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  16. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for this blog. And good luck with all your writing. I always appreciate the advice from authors on this blog! Thanks again.

    Peace,
    Becca

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  17. Carol Warner says:

    Hi David

    Thank you for your advice and congratulations on your debut novel. It sounds very interesting. I love the title and I’m looking forward to reading it. Best wishes for a great writing career.

    Regards
    Carol

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  18. Jessica says:

    Oh cool! I’d love to read his book, just based on how he writes his interview answers. This was such an interesting interview to read.
    Thanks so much guys! And congrats to David!

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  19. jbrayweber says:

    I think your grandmother is a wise woman. LOL!
    And those pictures, yes, they are haunting and wonderful inspiration. A story can be told by each of them. Ooh, just gave myself chills.
    Thanks so much for stopping by MuseTracks and offering your sage advice.

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  20. Lisa says:

    Thank you for being here today, David! Congrats on your new novel! It sounds amazing. Best of luck to you! Happy Holidays!

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  21. Candi Wall says:

    David,

    This is wonderful advice! Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing.

    I’m very interested in reading your book, and wishing you the best!

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  22. Onyx says:

    Congratulations on the novel! I would love the chance to read it!

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  23. Hi Robert:

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. The query can be challenging – personally, I find it easier to write a novel than to synopsize or summarize what I’ve written. I know from speaking to agents, as well as doing a fair bit of querying myself, that the letter should in all instances be one page. Agents’ feedback on this has been pretty uniform: if it takes an author more than a page to explain what they’ve written and why it’s worth an agent’s/publisher’s time to read it, it’s because they’re explaining away its shortcomings, or puffing it whereas something well-written will speak for itself. Not fair, perhaps, but agents have default settings like the rest of us, and a prime one is that much of what they see is unsuitable, either because it’s not ready or because it’s not what they represent. So they have a bit of that assumption going in.
    Make sure your book is ready to be seen. You’ve written and rewritten to the point of analysis paralysis!
    I think a query should be three-four paragraphs, introducing the author and the author’s homework (knowing who the agent represents, making a one-sentence statement as to why this particular agent is a fit for the author’s material). What follows should be a brief summary, much like the back jacket of a book. Not a synopsis with all the high points and the ending – try to answer this question: why did you burn to write this book? What was it that needed to be expressed? One of my favorite brief statements came on the back jacket of “Prayer for Owen Meany” (a lovely book if you haven’t read it – generous in its prose). It said, “Owen Meany believes he is an instrument of God. He is.” Or words to that effect. Short, poignant, perfect.
    If you can set that out next to the factual summary, you should have a compelling paragraph. I’d also refrain from comparing it to best sellers or other forms of hyperbole. You’ve put your heart into your writing – let it speak for itself.

    Hope this helps!

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  24. Hi Dan:

    You find yourself in the midst of a hotly debated issue in publishing. The ascendance of self-publishing in its myriad forms (Amazon allows for self-publishing directly to its Kindle, thereby combining two controversies in one!), Smashwords, all the self-publishing houses like Authorhouse, etc. I do recall that PublishAmerica was controversial for a number of reasons, including some questionable practices, and I’m hopeful that affiliation with them doesn’t rub off on the writers. That really wouldn’t be fair – writers want their work to be seen and shouldn’t be tagged for seeking out avenues to publish.

    That said, there does remain a bit of a stigma for self-publishing, more so with readers than with publishers. “Perfume” is a good example of a self-published title that, with a LOT of marketing/promotional work on the author’s part, sold a sufficiently high number of copies that a traditional house took note, acquired it, and a best-seller was born. But the readers out there, the ones who aren’t personally acquainted with the writer, still see the process as one of assurance, that the book they pay for is a quality read in terms of story, character creation, copyediting, jacket slickness, etc. So it’s harder to get them to take a chance on something that doesn’t come to them via the traditional process. It’s akin to choosing a movie to see – one from the studio system, one shot on handheld for a small budget. It takes a special sort of arts consumer to take the chance. Your challenge is finding them. Blogs, websites, on-line interviews, all of these can be tools to get the word out on your book.
    That, and keep writing. With each book your writing will stregthen, and that’s only to the good, whether you deliver your words through a traditional publisher or not.
    Best of luck!

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  25. Dear S.M. –

    Thanks for the good thoughts! I hope you find an agent that’s dedicated to you and your work, who believes in what you write and why you write it.

    Cheers.

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  26. Hi Daniel:

    Thanks for the good wishes on the novel – when the book comes out, I’ll look forward to your thoughts.

    I’d like to think that had I followed the query process, I would have landed an agent for the book – I’ve obtained representation via query letters before, regarding a novel that went out but was not acquired. But when an agent hears from someone whose opinion they respect, it has an immeasurable impact, much like an editor at a publishing house who hears good things from one of their writers, or from an agent they’ve dleat with and trust. It adds a layer of affirmation, and the reader’s first impression upon opening your mss is that someone they trust was struck by your writing. It can only help, so if you have any way of accessing a workshop for authors run by a published author (preferably someone whose work you personally think highly of, as I did with Susan), putting yourself in front of them will most likely be a boon for your work.

    Best of luck!

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  27. Hi Gloria:

    I hope you see more of me too! Thanks for the good wishes. All the best in your writing as we move into a new year.

    David

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  28. Hi Terra:

    Thank your for reading the article, and I do hope you’ll let me know what you think of “The Luminist” when it comes out. All the best this holiday.

    David

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  29. Hi Kerri:

    It’s a tricky balancing act, isn’t it? For anything I write, I know I’m ready to begin when the characters, their places in the world, their time and home and friends and gestures, no longer feel like something I’ve created, but rather seem like memories of people I’ve known, places I lived in, conversations I took part in. For “The Luminist” it was particularly challenging, as I’ve never been to India, nor was I able to go to research, as I hope to do (London) for my next one. I spent a lot of time building moments from the ground up – what sort of food would someone poor and pregnant cook in Ceylon in the mid-1800’s? What would their hut look like? How much of their Victorian life might an expat British woman have in her Ceylon home? It took a good deal of time, but when I got to the point where seeing the landscape felt like seeing the house I grew up in, I knew I was ready to write.

    How’s your Scottish romance coming? Best of luck with it.

    David

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  30. Hi Kristina:

    Congratulations to you as well! Tell me about your book – I’d love to put it on my must-read list.

    David

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  31. Jeff:

    Many thanks for the good wishes. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and new year.

    All the best,

    David

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  32. Hi Rebecca:

    I’d be most pleased to have the novel reviewed by you on your site. Best way to reach me (if you happen to be on it) is via my Facebook page, which is under my name. Otherwise, let me know what your website is and I’ll send you an email or a link to the FB page. Thanks – I look forward to your thoughts on it when it comes out in 2011.

    Have a great holiday!

    David

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  33. Hi Shea:

    You captured it perfectly – there was something so evocative and profound in the imperfections of those Victorian photographs, the shadows, the aspects of the people and the time portrayed that were lost to the viewer, that I could not stop thinking about them. I can only hope that the novel captures a bit of the wonderment I felt.

    If not the Victorian era, something will come to you that won’t leave you alone until you set about the task of writing. And I’m sure it will be marvelous for you and for your readers. Best of luck.

    David

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  34. Hi Vicki:

    I’m so glad that something of my experience resonates with you – I hope it brings a bit of insight and enables you to have the same lovely call I had, when I found out it sold.

    Have a great holiday and new year!

    David

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  35. Hi Emily:

    So true. The wrong agent can do more damage to an aspiring writer than just about anything. Submissions to the wrong houses, leading to rejections out of hand, leading to the writer losing confidence, leading to the loss of a voice that readers would have loved to spend time with.

    All the best,

    David

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  36. Hi Anne:

    I relate! I hope this holiday, you get what I know I’d like to get: sleep.

    All the best,

    David

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  37. Hi Pamela:

    Thanks for the good wishes – yes, it was rather interesting to learn that the book sold overseas first. Many routes to publication, and all us writers need to use as many of them as possible. Visibility at all costs, after all (allowing for the controversy I referred to in comments above, on self-publishing).

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

    David

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  38. Hi Carol:

    Thanks – I really appreciate your comments and thoughts. All the best this holiday season.

    David

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  39. Hi Jessica:

    Thanks for your comments – I hope the book goes over with you as well as the interview did 🙂

    All the best to you and yours this holiday.

    David

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  40. Hi, jbrayweber:

    Sounds like we had the same reaction to the power of a moment captured by a camera – or a painter, or a writer, for that matter. And thanks for the shout-out on my grandmother. She had a lot of pearls like that.

    All the best this holiday.

    David

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  41. Hi Lisa:

    Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me, especially during the holidays – that means a lot.

    All the best,

    David

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  42. Hi Candi:

    Thanks so much for the good wishes! I hop the holidays are wonderful for you and yours.

    David

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  43. Hi Onyx:

    I would love to hear what you think about it, when it comes out! In the meantime, I hope you have a great holiday and new year. Thanks for spending a bit of time with me.

    David

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  44. To all:

    If you’re on Facebook, please do send me a friend request and mention the Musetracks interview. I’d love to have you all along as I wind my way through the publication process, and follow each of you on your own writing journeys. All the best, everyone!

    David

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  45. Lisa says:

    Congratulations on all your books, David! They all sound wonderful! I wish the best in the year to come. Happy Holidays!

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  46. You too, Lisa. Many thanks for visiting.

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  47. David!

    Thanks for sharing the journey — Informative and Insightful.

    I’ve enjoyed listening to the fresh perspectives you offer. Everyone should pay attention. Many might not recognize opportunity where it exists. There’s the obvious and conventional path to publication that tends to become a paradigm for most writers. From your experience, we should all be mindful that there are other avenues to rise above the crowd than most realize. I think you’ve shown that each of us has unique strengths from which to create opportunity… rather than passively waiting for opportunity to fall upon us by chance.

    A real pleasure to have you as our guest! I look forward to seeing many of your books on my shelf.

    ~John

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  48. Thanks, John. My pleasure to be with you and your readers. Please do let me know how I can be in touch with the above folks for purposes of sending each of them a signed copy of the novel when it comes out.

    Many thanks!

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  49. Wonderful interview and the book sounds amazing. I especially like your advice to writers to pay attention to critiques. The hardest thing for most writers is to recognize when the work is simply not working, no matter how beautifully they think the words are written.

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  50. David Rocklin says:

    Hi Maryann:

    It is difficult for writers to part with their words when they receive some feedback indicating that something’s not quite working. Particularly with first works – be they novels, memoirs, non fiction – there’s almost always a good bit of our own experiences and views of the world in the work, even if it’s buried under fictional characters and settings. So when a writer hears that something isn’t working, or isn’t compelling, it’s tantamount to hearing that a crucial, formative aspect of their lives isn’t worthy. Not true – but a difficult lesson for all us writers is that just because something is true, that doesn’t make it compelling writing.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

    David

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  53. David Rocklin says:

    Hey all:

    Just wanted everyone who participated on the above interview to know that I’ve received an official release date of October 2011 – I’ll be the publisher’s (Hawthorne)holiday title. I still want to send out free copies to the first 25 people who aprticipated in the interview! Hope everyone’s well.

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