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Mark A. Santomieri's Discussions

Whose First Line?

Started this discussion. Last reply by scribbler May 13, 2010. 6 Replies

Hey all, and a tip of the hat to you Scribbler. I read the first lines you presented and would have to say: other than spelling and diction errors, I would read on.That's my vote, and I'm sticking to…Continue

Writer's "Brass Tacks" Chat

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kay Elizabeth Mar 22, 2010. 2 Replies

Hey One and All! I think it would be real neat if we all got in the chat room together this coming weekend.  I propose that we have a "brass tacks" chat--about submission formatting, proofreading,…Continue

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Writer
Favorite Literature Type
Fiction
Favorite Genre or Category
Science Fiction
Favorite Book
The Stand
Favorite Author
Frank Herbert

Mark A. Santomieri's Blog

A Quick Note On Popularity and Publication

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 10:51am 0 Comments

  My Dearest Sister had the advantageous opportunity to meet the ubiquitous Mr. Tim Dorsey while he was chained to a table in a Florida library, near Melbourn, forcibly stumping his latest book. I love Dorsey's work, so my sister had him autograph a copy for me.

She also asked him if he would be willing to look at some of my work and she got "the hand", or as as she said "a duhh moment". Poor guy, he must not need to self-promote anymore.  He was there to be there, agent jangling keys…

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Checking Back In!

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 3:49am 0 Comments

Hey, alll!

I've been away for a bit, again. Cutting wood and so such daily can to keep the proverbial home fires burning can be a snag in the creative process, some days.

   I posted a comment about utilizing public libraries as a source of exposure. Thus far, I find myself astonished at how word of mouth can really help promote one's work. To reiterate, I now have copies of my latest, Free Clinic, in five libraries across the country.

   Try it. It works. Get to know your…

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Libraries Gone Wild!

Posted on January 11, 2011 at 4:45pm 0 Comments

Hey all!

   I've been way too busy and way too cold up here in the VA hills. Free Clinic is now in the tender hands of my agent, soon to be at a bookshelf near you. Bantham and Simon Schuster are looking closely at it as well as its sequel, Immunity Effect. But here's the real deal to all of you: libraries rule the earth as far publicity and notoriety are concerned. I have had my friends nudge their local libraries across the country to purcdhase copies of my book and it is now…

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Upcoming Book Launch

Posted on December 9, 2010 at 5:24pm 0 Comments

With the advent of Free Clinic's original publication, there is great news that the revised, author's cut if you will, version is headed toward a larger house. I am very busy with a number of details, the consequences of which have precluded me from enjoying all you alls company for some time. My apologies. If you would like to take a peek at Free Clinic, it is available in ebook format at Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble.com and Google Books. If you would like a signed editon, in hard copy,… Continue

Comment Wall (16 comments)

At 6:39am on November 21, 2009, scribbler said…
Nice to meet you Mark. Welcome to Authors.com. :) I hope you enjoy being amongst us. I'll pass this on to any writers I come across that are in your vicinity.
At 6:12am on November 22, 2009, Mark A. Santomieri said…
Gentle Friend,
Please let me iterate what I posted without full disclosure. . .I am the president of the Waynesboro Library Foundation, an author and am currently working with an agent to publish a collaborative novel. By collaborative, I mean several other writers are on board and have helped to devolpe the fiction. Also, there is a new collaborative:, called The Big Blue Ball; this is an anthology of poetry; these are mini-tales of what we like best about our planet Earth. Should you like to be a part of any of this fun stuff, just get in the string. Mail me at your leisure at madmarco62@comcast.net.
Best,
m.
At 2:05am on November 23, 2009, Kay Elizabeth said…
That will keep you very busy I bet Mark! You might want to join the Poetry section in Groups and post about The Big Blue Ball there too if you haven't already. A warm welcome to you, Mark. Authors.com is a great place to be. Enjoy yourself! :)
At 6:02pm on November 24, 2009, The Outlaw said…
Hello,

My name is The Outlaw co-host of The Writer's Block on www.svmixradio.com. We are interested in an interview with you about your book. The show airs live at 8pm to 9pm est and the show is all about the writing genre. We interview authors and poets, illustrator and editors, anyone in the writing genre.

Please let me know if you are interested, and your availability for Wednesdays between 8pm and 9pm est. The interview is conducted via phone, please send the contact number and we will call when it is time for the interview, usually about 8:10 - 8:15 and it lasts 20 - 25 minutes talking about the book and the author and any other projects the author may have.

You can reach me by email at theoutlaw@svmixradio.com and I will get you scheduled.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
At 3:58am on January 18, 2010, David Lucero said…
Congrats on being featured on Authors.com, Mark! As an author myself I appreciate being recognized for what I enjoy. Keep on writing!

David
At 6:06pm on January 18, 2010, Cricket said…
way to go! "write on", indeed! :)
At 6:45pm on January 18, 2010, Mark A. Santomieri said…
Thanks to all for the positive feedback!
I just posted a snippet from my up and coming chidlren/tween story, Trilla and The Mystic Troll. Though not a Tokien or Potter type of tale, it deals with a lot of things that inspire young imaginations. I've been telling this tale to my grands for years, and now that they are adults, they scream at me to finish it and are going for the throat about it.
I also thank you all for your support. I can further say that I have a lot to offer as an editor and proofreader, so if you need help, let me know. I am up to date with industry standards and can help you keep your work from ending up the dreaded "round file".
Best,
M.
At 11:38pm on January 18, 2010, Mark A. Santomieri said…
I would like to invite all to peek at my blogging.
The main two topics are character development, "head hopping", and writer's block. I also posted a children/tween book teaser. I am currently in the polishing phase of my latest novel, which is where the real work begins. I am old school in my approach to publishing; in other words, self and e publishing worry me. A manuscript in hand is worth two in the ether, any day in my book.
Trust your words and they will trust you back.
Best,
M.
At 7:24pm on January 22, 2010, Robert L. Bacon said…
Hey Mark,

Your comments are excellent and spot on. As I stated in the article, there are exceptions, and certain writers can handle POV shifts seamlessly. However, I edit manuscripts from writers at every skill level. And this is the rub. The overwhelming majority of material I receive with POV issues would not be acceptable to the agents or other editors I know.

I don't make the rules, and I certainly can't change them, no matter how much I might disagree with many. All I can do as an editor is try to do the best I can to see that material will past muster with the agents I have relationships with and the major royalty publishers they in turn work with.

I also agree with your comment on homogeneity. But I have found, unfortunately from abundant personal experiences, that POV is right up there with Showing vs. Telling as a hurdle for unpublished writers to have to reconcile if they want to get through the agent/publisher gauntlet.

Finally, the main trust behind the article was that writers understand the problems POV shifts create if the reader cannot distinguish who is speaking or who the scene is written around. No writer should get a free pass for this, whether it be Saul Bellow, Larry McMurtry, or the book I'm currently reading by cozy mystery writer Rochelle Krich.

Mark, I enjoy you intelligence and appreciate your quality introspection. You will be an asset to my Newsletter group, and I'll look forward to any suggestions you might have for material.

Regards, and best of luck with your projects.

Rob
At 6:10pm on January 23, 2010, Kay Elizabeth said…
Mark, I'd love to come to a scheduled chat. I've started a new thread on the forum to put the word out and see who's interested. My original one's old now. I can manage anytime from about 7 and am flexible.

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