Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Guest Post from Author Barry Pollack (Forty Eight X: The Lemuria Project)

"Five Things I Learned About My Book After Becoming an Author."

(1) While you have to consider that you write for a particular audience, you have to foremost be true to yourself. You can’t please everyone. I have read comments about my book that have noted that “there’s too much sex,” and then another that “wanted to see more romance.” Or, “the science interrupts the action,” and another who “found the scientific jargon fascinating.” Keep an audience in mind but trust your own vision.

(2) Several people that have read FORTY-EIGHT X want to know if there’s a sequel in the works. They want to know what happens next. Anything can happen next. Afterall, I write fiction. I felt, however, that the story had to end when it did. But my characters lived and if enough people buy and read the book and clamor for more, well, they can live on. And, I can almost guarantee you they will if my book’s ranking rises dramatically on Amazon, if Oprah becomes a fan, or if Tom Clancy, Elmore Leonard or James Patterson call with a word of praise.

(3) I love writing. I abhor marketing. But there’s no point in being a writer if no one reads what you’ve written so I have accepted the latter task and, as I am forever learning how to patch words together, I am learning how to find an audience for them.

(4) No matter how many times you proof your work and an editor as well, someone will find a typo.

(5) What joy there is when a reader enthusiastically describes one of your scenes or characters; it’s the pride one feels when someone lauds your children. As a new author, I am excited to communicate with readers and hope they’ll take the opportunity by visiting my website: www.BarryPollack.net.

About The Author:
Barry Pollack, who still works in the frontline trenches of medicine as an ER doctor, has a creative life that spans a variety of venues. After a master’s degree in film from Stanford and a fellowship at the American Film Institute, he began as a documentary filmmaker and went on to write and direct two feature films — MGM’s Cool Breeze in 1972 and the Fanfare release This is a Hijack in 1973. In 1980, Pollack graduated from the University of Oklahoma Medical School and began a new career as an emergency physician. However, he never stopped writing. Pollack’s subsequent work includes several prime time television dramas, such as Trapper John, M.D. and Hotel, magazine short stories, several screenplays, and ten years of newspaper columns for the Ventura County STAR in California. Forty-Eight X, his debut novel, was published by Medallion Press in December 2009.

About The Book:
(from promotion)

On the tropical island of Diego Garcia in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the United States has gathered together its most talented geneticists to work on the top-secret Lemuria Project. These secret experiments create a revolutionary new warrior so strong and so valiant that the age of casualties of war would become only a sad and distant memory. Haunted by a dark and dangerous past, Colonel Link McGraw is the officer chosen to train these new soldiers. He understands the rules of engagement and agrees to serve his country, reestablish his professional reputation, and secure his freedom in the process. As a trained and commissioned officer in the United States Armed Forces, McGraw knows what constitutes the perfect soldier: following orders without question. When Egyptian beauty Fala al Shodaha and Israeli Joshua Krantz, scientists in their own right, stumble across the top-secret project, they are determined to uncover its true nature and pursue their quest to Diego Garcia. Tensions mount as Krantz and McGraw clash over the project—and vie for the affection of the lovely Fala. When they discover they aren’t the only ones on the island competing for her attention, shocking truths are revealed that beg the question, Is it too late to save themselves—and the entire human race—from almost certain annihilation?

1 comment:

  1. Great post! The book sounds interesting!