Fractured Fairy Tales meets the Twilight Zone

#fridayreads Fractured Fairy Tales meets #TwilightZone in 4 captivating, edgy, fantastical #shortstories, each with a powerful message that lingers long after the reads…
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Fractured Fairy Tales of the Twilight Zone

 

Author Interview on Paris Carter’s Book Blog!

Thanks, Paris, for having me on your book blog! http://thepariscarter.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/interview-with-author-j-cafesin/

Interview With Author J. Cafesin

Hey, it’s wonderful having you here on my blog today. Do you mind telling us a little about yourself, and your home town?

Something weird…So, depending on the time of year, the day and circumstances of the day of an interview, I’ll have wildly varying responses to questions. Today, a friend just emailed me that her she caught her married boss, the company CEO, in the stairwell hugging an employee, sexually.  A few minutes later, her boss called her into his office and said he was just comforting the employee, and not to take what she’d seen ‘out of context.’  My friend then asked me what she should ‘do.’

What would you say? Or tell her to do?

I won’t say what I told her, as it might be taken ‘out of context’ with no back story. But I figure my job as a writer is to get what’s inside my head on the page, share the story with the reader, as with the above. My hope, my desire as an author is not only to entertain, but give readers something to consider, and characters to remember, long after the story ends.

And I’m from L.A., born and raised, and a diehard Californian….

Read more: http://thepariscarter.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/interview-with-author-j-cafesin/

J. Cafesin

5 Stars for Reverb from Paris Carter

Paris says: “J. Cafesin does a miraculous job getting you hooked to the story switching between first person and third person, making Reverb feel one hundred percent original and new.

There are so many other things that make Reverb into the perfect novel for any Romance or thriller fan.”

#5Stars #BookReview for Reverb from Paris Carter. #Checkitout and read the review: http://thepariscarter.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/reverb-by-j-cafesin-book-review/

Romantic Suspense

NEW RELEASE YA/New Adult Fantasy Short Story Collection

Finally got collection of short stories/YA series up on Amazon: Fractured Fairy Tales of the Twilight Zone! http://www.amazon.com/Fractured-Fairytales-Twilight-Zone-Cafesin-ebook/dp/B00HAUFMN8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387211661&sr=1-1&keywords=fractured+fairy+tales+of+the+twilight+zone

Fractured Fairy Tales of the Twilight Zone

Have a Goodread for the Weekend…

For $ of #starbucks #latte or #expresso you can have a #greatread for the #weekendhttp://www.amazon.com/Reverb-ebook/dp/B00B1J60FS/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-7&qid=1381449734

Reverb

New Author Interview on Pen & Muse

New J. Cafesin #authorinterview on the Pen and Muse! http://thepenmuse.net/2013/12/07/interview-author-reverb-cafesin/

Pen and Muse

5 Star Book Review for Reverb on Goodreads!

Thanks, Angie! Glad you liked Reverb!! #5Star #Bookreview for Reverb on #Goodreads#Checkitout:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/780613485ReverbCoverFinalLowRes

The Art of Marketing Fine Writing

marketing fictionMost every fine writer (fiction, essays…etc.) I know has a ‘real’ job, the one that pays the rent, the bills, puts the kids through college. Even most ‘bestselling’ authors rarely make enough to support a family. Sorry for the bad news, but it’s a fact. If an author writes full time (and lives a middle-class family lifestyle), they are either financially supported by their ‘real’ job, a partner/spouse, a trust fund or inheritance. Very few [and mostly single] authors are self-supporting through their fine writing alone.

List ten current authors off the top of your head, and they are probably self-supporting. Now, list a hundred contemporary authors, living, working authors you know by name. Most of us can probably only name the first ten, if that. And those are the writers making enough money to put their kids through college. With the tens of thousands of authors out there, good authors, writing great reads, why is that?

Marketing.

Read more: http://jcafesin.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-fine-art-of-marketing-writing.html

Ever fall for someone you knew you shouldn’t…

Finally finished literary novel Disconnected! Ch 1-12 unedited up: http://www.scribd.com/doc/27888896/DISCONNECTED
Disconnected reads like a modern Jane Austen: taut, smart, historical literary fiction chronicling a glimpse of the recent past through those living it. Rachel and Lee’s troubled relationship is reflected in the land of perpetual sunshine as it caved in on itself with unfulfilled expectations. Disconnected is an L.A. story; a contemporary romance with an edge, like the city itself.

Emerging Authors BEWARE!

I finished my first novel almost eight years ago, and went through the process of contacting agents (before self-publishing was a reality) to represent me. After I carefully researched them, followed all their rules and made sure my query letter was up to their standards, most didn’t bother to respond. The few that did often sent slips of torn paper to “Dear Athor” (no joke, they didn’t even bother to spell check their xerox response), explaining in two lines that they weren’t accepting new clients, or my work didn’t fit their list. The agents who wrote me directly gave me advice on how to make the novel work for them, i.e. take it out of first person, and/or multiple voices, and then resubmit.
 
I spent a year rewriting the novel to their specifications. When I resubmitted, they didn’t bother to get back to me, or sent me a xerox slip of paper.
 
I then submitted to publishers, hoping they’d be a better bet than arrogant agents leeching off of authors. Self-publishing was still years off. I went through lists of many publishers before one of the last on my lists wrote me back with an offer. No advance. No marketing. Author’s cut was 20% for hardcover, 50% for an ebook. Publisher promised one editing cycle, to put on a cover of her choice, and hold the rights to my work from the time I signed the contract until two years after the publication date, at which time the rights would go back to me.
 
I researched her publishing firm and got nothing, positive or negative. I contacted some of her authors (emails she gave me), who all said she didn’t do much, but assured me most publishers don’t. A bestselling author friend published through a major house told me the same about his publisher. I contacted “Author’s Beware,” and asked them if they’d heard of any problems with this publisher. They hadn’t, but told me their information was not kept current for the most part.
 
Three years after I signed her contract, my indie-publisher emailed me to begin the editing cycle. It lasted about a week, where, through Google Docs for two hours a day she went through the novel and “edited” it with me online. She suggested a few minor changes, took out sections I felt important to the story regardless of my protests, and missed most of the spelling errors. When she sent me the proof version she was to publish, she left out chapters so the novel didn’t make any sense. She balked when I protested the cover “design,” done by her niece who was not a professional, but looking to change her career from a book store clerk to graphic designer. She refused to change the cover when I supplied her a new one done by a pro. She released the novel six months later without notice to anyone but me.
 
In the two years the novel was for sale through Zumaya Publications, the CEO never showed me sales records after multiple requests. She never paid me. Anything. Ever. But the worse part—this corrupt indie-publisher continues to sell my novel even though our contract has expired over seven months ago and she no longer has the rights to my work. I have a termination contract, as well as the original contract that states our association was over on December 31st, 2012. There is no clause in our contract that allows her to continue selling my work after our contract is terminated. She is breaking the law, and Amazon and other online resellers are not only helping her, but profiting from this illegal activity…