astarte59 (astarte59) wrote in neil_isalitgod,

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Neil Gaiman likes my book!!!!

OK, so totally fangirl here, but I just read in Neil Gaiman's Blog ( that he read my book (which includes a section on Sandman), and described it as "a deliciously readable jaunt through high and low culture." Swooning happily . . . Well, maybe just short of breath. This is even cooler than getting a blurb from David Greenwalt (co-creator of "Angel"). It's like being praised by God or something, and there's also the factor of writing about living authors, and hoping that they *won't* tell you you're completely full of shit about their work. :-) But, damn! And, Whee! And when I can impress my 16-year old daughter (my toughest critic :-) ), I know I'm doing something right. But, DA-AMN! :-)

And, just to pimp my book while I'm at it, you can find it on Amazon under Atara Stein (yours truly), but it won't be published until Nov. 23.
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Well, this is an academic book, which took me (I'm slow) about 8 years to write. I sent a prospectus and sample chapter to about 12 publishers before this one asked to read the whole manuscript. As to creative writing (all I happen to be able to write is erotica), I've been lucky enough to get two stories accepted to an online journal and one in an anthology, but have had no luck in a few years in getting a story in print.

So, I don't know what kind of writing you do, but it's a bitch getting published. I guess the key is to keep trying and try to develop a bit of a skin of asbestos. I wish you the best!

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I'm not exactly sure what you're asking. Do you mean a "famous published" writer? In the case of my book, the marketing director at the press sent a prepublication copy to Gaiman, so I had nothing to do with it. I did once ask him a question at his FAQ at, which he answered--briefly. :-) Published writers vary tremendously in their accessibility. One of my favorite writers--and people--is Tim Powers, and he makes himself very accessible to his readers. Probably too accessible, as I suspect it distracts him from writing. :-)

The main thing I did when I was writing the book was show parts of it to as many people I could convince to read it, both colleagues of mine and nonacademic friends, since my goal was to make the book interesting to both audiences. The people who took the time to read it carefully and make comments I'll be enternally grateful to--I'd never have gotten published w/out their input.