John Manchester's Blog – March 2019 Archive (4)

Michael Pollan's Book on Psychedelics's is Exciting...

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But I see a hidden danger in it.

When I first heard of Michael Pollan’s bestselling book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches…

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Added by John Manchester on March 26, 2019 at 11:24am — 8 Comments

Marketing Your Art is a Special Hell

 

But only if you think it is.

Like many of my stories, this one has a front end (the present) and a back (the past.) I’ll start with the past.

1980

I was living in a fifth floor walkup in the scary northern tip of Manhattan, trying to get someone—anyone!— to pay me to write music. For over a year I schlepped the long way downtown on the A Train to meet potential buyers, my demo tape clutched in sweaty palms and my gut in the…

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Added by John Manchester on March 19, 2019 at 10:14am — 2 Comments

Grand Opening of the Murderous Arts Gallery!

Featuring Pieces that inspired Never Speak, book one in the Murderous Arts Series.

 

I. RAY’S HOUSE

The protagonist of Never Speak is Ray Watts, a visual artist who lives above his gallery in Hudson, NY. Ray has gothic taste. His patron saint is Edgar Allen Poe, with whom he shares a weakness for absinthe. He of course lives in a Victorian house.

One like this one in Hudson, only narrow, sandwiched between other…

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Added by John Manchester on March 12, 2019 at 5:53pm — 2 Comments

The One Indispensable Word of Advice for Writers

Persist.

Four years ago, I’d completed two novels in a mystery/thriller series. There was a lot of media buzz about self-publishing, and I was on the fence as to whether to go that way or hold out for a traditional deal. Over the months that I hemmed and hawed over my dilemma, I sensed that the golden moment for self-publishing might have already passed. Everyone and his aunt seemed to be slapping a book up on…

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Added by John Manchester on March 5, 2019 at 10:31am — 19 Comments

NEW BLOG POSTS

Canned Heat, Canned Laughter

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 26, 2019 at 2:52pm 2 Comments

4th of July 1963 3 of 3

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 26, 2019 at 10:01am 3 Comments

Remembering Julie Johnson

Posted by Julie Johnson on June 25, 2019 at 10:30pm 6 Comments

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