Joyce Spizer Foy, Dallas screenwriter, movie producerand author. She is the co-author of the Howard Keel book, "Only Make Believe." Joyce has feature films and TV shows in development.
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Only Make Believe

Book Description
"Howard Keel (1919-2004) was a major star during the golden age of Hollywood musicals, although he is perhaps best known to the younger generation for his decade-long portrayal of Clayton Farlow on the hit television show, "Dallas."" "Keel was born in Gillespie, IL, the son of a poor and violent coal minor who committed suicide when Keel was a young boy. His mother moved the family to Los Angeles, where Keel began taking voice lessons. He was a singing waiter and traveling entertainer when Oscar Hammerstein II gave him his "big break" by casting him in the role of Billy Bigelow in the Broadway production of Carousel. After a three-year stint playing Curly in the London production of Oklahoma!, Keel was signed by MGM in Hollywood." "He made his American film debut in 1950, as sharpshooter Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun. Next came Show Boat, and, in 1954, his best-known film and personal favorite, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. His other notable films included The War Wagon, Calamity Jane, Kiss Me Kate, Jupiter's Darling, and Kismet." Only Make Believe is the frank memoir of a huge film star and a stand-up guy. Keel dishes on his experiences in Hollywood, his many leading ladies - including Esther Williams, Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, and Doris Day - and his rocky personal life, which included three marriages, several romances with Hollywood's leading ladies, and a lengthy affair with Marilyn Monroe. His third marriage, to a young fight attendant named Judy Magamoll lasted from 1970 until his death in November 2004.
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“From a difficult childhood, to Broadway, movie, and TV stardom, Howard Keel will steal your heart with this gripping, firsthand account of his life- both in and out of the limelight.”- Sidney Sheldon
“Howard was a great actor and what a wonderful voice he had!  I remember fondly my early Holly wood years, when Howard’s assistance with my screen test helped me win a contract with Metro.  And, of course, my husband Ronnie had so much respect for Howard as they worked together on behalf of the Screen Actors Guild.”- Nancy Reagan, from a condolence letter to Judy Keel
“Howard Keel was one of Hollywood’s most talented stars, enhancing the dialogue and musical talents of Hollywood’s greatest writers and composers.  Now Howard is the writer of one of the most interesting biographies I have ever read.  I treasured Howard’s warm friendship.”- A.C. Lyles, Paramount Pictures Producer

“Amongst my favorite sounds is the burnt umber and sienna sound of the American singers Lawrence Tibbett and Howard Keel.”- Dr. Harold Riley, world famous portrait artist
“Howard was a fantastic-looking man with a spectacular voice.  He was a charming, funny, well-informed person who could tell a story better than almost anyone else I know.  After every time I saw him, I couldn’t wait for the next time we could get together…I think he was one of the giants of show business.”- Rich Little

“’This is Your Life’ was transmitted on the BBC network on 22nd February and the reaction was fantastic.  To give you perspective, let me tell you that if a programme achieves 8 or 9 million with a 25% share of the audience, the producer gets his contract renewed and is regarded as golden!  Your programme achieved 11.7 million with a 45% share.  I have been interrupted in writing this letter by news that Baroness Thatcher has made contact with the BBC to say that she missed the programme and could she have a copy of the video for her own private use. This, of course, has been dispatched.”-  Malcolm Morris, Producer BBC
“Howard’s beautiful song will never be ended.  It is in our memory always as is his bountiful, handsome self.  His Hannibal was pure masculine strength.  He was something special.”- Esther Williams
Publishers Weekly
Completed shortly before his death last year at age 85, this autobiography traces Keel's journey from Illinois poverty to international stardom as a sort of Clark Gable of movie musicals. His singing could, as he puts it, "peel the paint off the walls." Employed as a WWII Douglas Aircraft supervisor, he took vocal training in Los Angeles, sang concert arias and arrived on Broadway in 1945, wowing audiences as Curly in Oklahoma!. Wider acclaim came with MGM musicals (including 1954's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), followed by touring productions, a club act, dinner theater and TV's Dallas. Keel has an arsenal of amusing anecdotes, but neither he nor mystery writer Spizer were able to bring verve to his prose. Kathryn Grayson and others Keel was close to are only lightly sketched and rarely spring to life. Why so few paragraphs about his lengthy affair with Marilyn Monroe? Even so, fans will be satisfied with this diary-like chronicle, despite its first-draft feel and narrative gaps.
Reader Reviews
Howard Keel is Not Make Believe
The best autobiography that I have read about life in the entertainment world.
A wonderful memoir
A frank and honest account of his life. The book is written as he spoke, so that as one reads the pages one feels he is sat there relating the story to you in person. A fascinating and sometimes very moving journey told with great humor. It will not only have you laughing out loud, but will also tug at your heartstrings. The book was so hard to put down, that I read it the weekend I received it.
Fascinating book about an amazing man
I could not put this book down once I started it. It is written as though you and Mr. Keel are great friends talking over coffee. Howard shares the most candid details of his amazing life and the most amusing stories that had me laughing until I cried. It left me wishing that I had known him and certainly wishing that I had discovered his talent much sooner than I did. This book will fascinate readers whether you are a fan of Howard Keel or not. I highly recommend it!
Fabulous Memoir
Many times when you have a long wait for an autobiography, the result simply doesn’t live up to the anticipation. Not so with Only Make Believe, I’m happy to report. Howard Keel began his life as Harry Clifford Keel, the son of a Gillespie, Ill coal miner, on April 13, 1919. For anyone familiar with Mr. Keel’s interviews, you will recognize his distinctive narration as he takes you though ups and downs of his life. And what a life it was. From an auditorium in Pasadena to Broadway and London’s West End, the sound stages of MGM, the tent theaters of summer stock and the grassy meadows of Southfork Ranch, Mr. Keel’s story will make you laugh, cry and keep you thoroughly entertained from start to finish. There is simply not adull moment in this book. There are wonderful stories about the people we’ve all grown up admiring and enjoying: Frank Sinatra, John Raitt, Mario Lanza, Anthony Quinn, John Wayne, Ben Hogan, Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Barbara Bel Geddes, Prince Rainier and many, many others. But some of the best stories are of people you’ve never heard of, great characters both in and out of the show business world. There are also stories about the theater itself, where glamour and glitter step aside for hard work and sheer guts. The closeness and camaraderie of an excellent cast and the pain of leaving them; difficult directors and inconsiderate audiences; working hurt, sick and numb from Novocain; mediocre parts taken just to pay the bills. All of this and more is covered, and through it fluently winds the thread of Mr. Keel’s personal life as it goes from trouble and pain to, at last, great happiness. I could spend hours telling you how and why I enjoyed this book. Having read dozens of memoirs in the past few years, I have no doubt that this book is the single best I’ve read. Simply put, it was a treat. I highly recommend it to not only fans of Mr. Keel, but to anyone who wants a taste of what real show business is without all the modern day Hollywood glamour and mega-bucks.
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From Selma to the Super Bowl,

This is the story of Leroy Hill's family. Leroy's son played in the NFL. Maybe you heard of him: Tony Hill #80 wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, 1976 to 1986.

Leroy Hill never used his blackness as an excuse to waive his responsibilities to his God, his family, his friends or his profession. One of his sons, Anthony (Tony) Hill, became one of the youngest players to ever be drafted by the NFL. Earning a position as wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, Tony was awarded #80 on his jersey and the nickname “Thrill Hill” for his explosiveness. Tony played for the Cowboys from 1976 to 1986 and won two Super Bowl rings. His father, Leroy, acted as his manager and agent—a first ever in the NFL.

Leroy Hill, a boy from the bottoms, was born the poorest of poor in the South long before the words “equal rights” were used in the same sentence. He faced racial profiling, job and housing discrimination, bigotry, and hatred for decades and despite it all—he joined the navy, served aboard the USS Lexington during World War II, fought in the Korean War, and had a successful career in the private sector.

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The Cross Country Killer, the Glen Rogers Story

This book provides an insightful look into the mind and making of an American predator. Glen Rogers, twice on America's 10 Most Wanted list, is currently on death row in Florida. He brags about having killed over 70 people, one of whom may have been Nicole Brown Simpson. Could it be a coincidence she was murdered just after meeting Glen? There are witnesses who saw them partying together and there's even a photo of them together. A sad but fascinating story that will keep you mesmerized to the end.

Michael Newton, Author of The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers
     An insightful look into the mind and making of a...predator. An important addition to the literature on serial murder

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The Cross-Country Killer, the Glen Rogers Story
Reviewed by Kristin Johnson,

    The first thing everyone noticed about Glen Rogers was the blue eyes and flowing blond locks that made women such as Sandra Gallagher, Kelly Ann Camargo, Linda Price, and possibly even Nicole Brown Simpson follow him to their deaths. The itinerant ADD son of abusive alcoholic parents left a trail of murdered redheads (his mother Edna is a redhead) and devastation, also peculiar purple body fluids from poryphria (King George’s Disease), all across the country

      Former PI Joyce Spizer Foy is the only writer who could possibly makes us feel outrage on behalf of a monster. How does she accomplish this? By showing us the failings in the justice system, police departments, and the social supports and the schools that could have prevented the deaths of the 70 people of which Glen Rogers has killed, that we know about. Glen’s coaches, teachers, and law enforcement failed to stop this angry but charming construction worker whose first kill happened when he was not yet a teenager. In one disturbing account, Glen showed up at a police station to report a stolen truck just as the APB about him came across the wires. The police department did not read the APB or check his record, but found his truck and let him go on his murderous way.

    Spizer's most shocking revelation is not that Glen may be the one who actually killed Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson. She holds mothers and fathers accountable for parenting by saying that Glen’s depravity is partly due to his unfit parents, who have rendered all but one of their seven children, including his brother, Spizer co-author Claude Rogers Jr., forever damaged (they have 300 arrests between them.) Her insight into judicial errors of L.A. County and Florida makes you take seriously her argument that the law enforcement officials who failed to stop Glen Rogers before he killed his first victim are as much to blame for the ruined lives as Glen himself. Spizer sets out to do something revolutionary, and succeeds in sounding a wake-up call to those who just wash their hands of troubled at-risk juveniles.
Rejections of the Written Famous.

What do Ray Bradbury, Albert Einstein, and Henry Ford have in common? Their stories of rejection, failure, and overcoming adversity are light-heartedly told in Joyce Spizer's latest book, Rejections of the Written Famous. If you're bummed and need inspiration, Joyce Spizer's newest book is just the cure for the blues. Whether you're a writer, artist, entrepreneur, musician, or dreamer, this collection of inspirational quotes and short stories from those who didn't give up will make you or someone you love, smile. Joyce didn't give up on her dreams, and she won't let you either.

Reader Reviews
Inspiration for Everyone, Not Just Authors
Did you know Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team? Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade and didn't become Prime Minister of England until he was 62? Tony Hillerman's agent told him, "Get rid of the Indian stuff"?
If you're having another nightmare day wrestling with blank pages or pounding the Internet pavement for customers, give yourself encouragement by reading that Herman Melville's Moby Dick, his favorite, sold only eleven copies in his lifetime.
The author reinvented herself as a writer, and has since received her share of setbacks. Her first novel The Cop Was White as Snow received 72 rejections, including one as kind as this from a publisher: "I regret to say I don't think it's right for me, which has nothing to with your obvious ability to tell a story."
As Joyce Spizer writes in her dedication to the imaginatively titled Rejections of the Written Famous, "'No' is a word on your path to `Yes.' Don't give up too soon." Not even if well meaning parents, relatives, friends and colleagues tell you to get "a real job." Spizer inspires with the words, "Your dreams are your real job." Don't be afraid to fail, don't listen to teachers and reviewers (who seem to dole out the most negatives), keep those rejections coming, and someday you could be in Spizer's revised and expanded edition!

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Rejections of the Written Famous
Reviewed by Kristin Johnson,

Did you know Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team?

    Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade and didn’t become Prime Minister of England until he was 62?

    It took three bankruptcies before Henry Ford found the Ford dynasty?

    Tony Hillerman’s agent told him, “Get rid of the Indian stuff”?

    One movie review called The Wizard of OZ“Unimaginative and boring” and one editor deemed The Diary of Anne Frank“ Not interesting enough”?

    If you’re having another nightmare day wrestling with blank pages or pounding the Internet pavement for customers, give yourself encouragement by reading that Fred Astaire kept on his mantel a memo he framed about his first screen test in 1933: “Can’t act! Slightly bald! Can dance a little!” Or that Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, his favorite, sold only eleven copies in his lifetime.

    Former PI Joyce Spizer reinvented herself as a writer, and has since received her share of setbacks. Her first novel The Cop Was White As Snow received 72 rejections, including one as kind as this from a publisher: “I regret to say I don’t think it’s right for me, which has nothing to with your obvious ability to tell a story.”

    After you’ve seen your first dead body at 21, more scathing criticisms don’t faze you. Neither does the dreaded “No.” As Spizer writes in her dedication to the imaginatively titled Rejections of the Written Famous, “’No’ is a word on your path to ‘Yes.’ Don’t give up too soon.” Not even if well meaning parents, relatives, friends and colleagues tell you to get “a real job.” Spizer inspires with the words, “Your dreams are your real job.”

      This book will turbo-charge an inventor, artist or writer’s career with fun facts, stories, and java-jolt quotes from Louisa May Alcott (a manic-depressive who was told to stick to her teaching) to Albert Einstein to Ann Rule. Important lessons: Don’t be afraid to fail, don’t listen to teachers and reviewers (who seem to dole out the most negatives), keep those rejections coming, and someday you could be in Spizer’s revised and expanded edition!

The Cop Was White As Snow

Kirkus Reviews
Insurance investigator Camellia Walker has an ex-son (hit and run), an ex-husband (adultery), an ex-mother (cancer), and now an ex-father, an Orange County cop who ate his gun on a lonely beach road. But Mel can't believe that Det. William (T-Bone) Walker, who swore he'd take care of her after her mother died, would kill himself the same week as Det. David Frasier did, and she can't believe her father was involved in a scheme to sell the cocaine the Harbor Pointe Police Department had confiscated from the real bad guys. If T-Bone wasn't dealing the department's coke, though, where did his sudden financial security come from? And why would a bunch of gang-bangers beginning with the two lowlifes who mugged Mel on her visit to the family's crowded gravesite keep harassing her with phone calls that insist, "Mel had a daddy cop, he was white as snow, and everywhere that Mel went, the cop was sure to go"? Circling the wagons with her closest friends T-Bone's old partner Xavier Ramirez, her own partner Johnnie Blake, and promising romantic interest Lucas Donovan, Mel sets out to uncover the evidence that will tell her whether her father was really white as snow, or simply dealing snow. Real-life shamus Spizer's bumpy debut is long on cop lore and spunk, short on compelling secondary characters. Maybe now that she's got Mel and friends established, she'll fill in some suspects next time.
From Booklist
Camellia "Mel" Walker, a young California insurance investigator, receives unexpected news that her father, a veteran policeman, is dead. The police think the elder Walker committed suicide, but Mel knows suicide is out of character for her father; her intuition proves justified when she becomes the victim of a mugging and a series of suspicious accidents. This realistic, suspenseful police procedural, Spizer's third book, capably blends traditional police routine and modern, computer-based sleuthing. Except for a few superficial characters and a brief loss of narrative momentum in the book's last quarter, Spizer displays admirable control of plot mechanics and character development, effectively keeping the reader off balance right to the end.

Reader Reviews
One book that you can't put down.
I thoroughly enjoyed Joyce Spizer's book, 'The Cop was White as Snow'. It is not often I find a book that keeps me glued to my seat, but this one does! Ms. Spizer keeps her readers wanting more, I know I do. Her characters are true to life and well thought out. I can't hardly wait for her next book.

A Really Great Read!
I'm a big fan of mysteries and this is a good one! I loved the character Mel...she is a tough investigator. The author has an extensive background in investigations and it shows.
West Coast Mentality is Refreshing
What fun it is to enjoy the West Coast mentality. The love of cars, driving on PCH, walking the beach, different friends, locations that you think you know. The story shows paramedics attitudes while working with patients, insight into how police offices really work, causes excitement into who could have done it, and pleasure that there are "Good Cops". It is exciting, shows the antics of the enemy, develops appreciation of the characters attitudes, and leaves the reader with the feeling that "This was a good read." Enjoy.
Witty and Adventurous
I found Spizer's book to be witty and adventurous. She combined an excellent true story with depth and direction I found The Cop Was White As Snow entertaining and a book I couldn't put down. The book's drama was high and intense. What I enjoyed most was the wonderful humor the heroine "Mel" possessed. I recommend this book highly!

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The Cop Was White As Snow
Reviewed by Kristin Johnson,

    “Camellia Walker’s high heels sunk into the loose soil beside the freshly dug grave.”

    That and author Joyce Spizer’s now-familiar sound byte, “I saw my first dead body when I was twenty-one years old,” gives us a vital clue that her heroine, P.I. Camellia “Mel” Walker, would agree indicates an intriguing new debut police procedural mystery. But Mel doesn’t have time to read hard-boiled crime stories---she’s too busy proving that her beloved father, cop William “T-Bone” Walker, committed suicide as a result of being a corrupt cop, which everyone, even “T-Bone” protégé and former teenage hood Detective “X-Ray” Ramirez, believes. An attack at her father’s gravesite, a search of her father’s home, during which she eerily walks in his footsteps, a break-in at her home, and several threatening phone calls demanding “the book,” keep her occupied with the certainty that these events indicate her father was murdered, dying as he lived, as a good man. She does, however, get a few moments to snuggle and have white wine dinners, with sexy Texas oilman Lucas Tanner---when they’re not getting shot at during a romantic interlude on the beach.

    Along with Lucas, Spizer introduces a cast of memorable characters in fictional L.A. town Harbour Pointe: Mel’s slimy ex-husband Lawrence Taylor Archer, who used their young son Willie’s death as justification to cheat; sexy X-Ray, who Mel thinks of as a brother but clashes with over the diagnosis that “T-Bone” Walker suffered from C-A-D-S (Corruption, Alcohol, Drugs and Suicide); sassy and wise housekeeper Rosa, who gets in the line of fire; wise-cracking gay partner Johnnie Blake; the Ramirez brothers, (no relation to X-Ray), “T-Bone” Walker’s CIs or confidential informants, who know more than they are telling; lawyer Jeffrey Williams, who gives the profession a worse name; and “T-Bone” Walker himself, who comes alive for us through the power of his daughter Mel’s love and determination to clear him by finding the truth about his death.

    The well-executed ending neatly knots loose ends in this tapestry of a memorable lady P.I. and a good cop who are indeed as white as snow.

I'm Okay, You're Dead
Reader Reviews

     Joyce Spizer is fast becoming my favorite author, and I’m Okay, You're Dead is her best so far. I ended up so involved with all the characters that I couldn't put it down. A real page-turner. I look forward to Ms. Spizer’s next book with great anticipation.
Overall, my interest is not in mystery thrillers, but I read Spizer's first book with tremendous enjoyment. (THE COP WAS WHITE AS SNOW) I could hardly wait for her second book to come out! Now I have read this newest accomplishment, and truthfully I wish the 3rd were in my hands now. Without a doubt, I am a fan of Joyce Spizer for her writing skill, the plausibility of what she writes about, her lead character, "Mel", and keeping women in a position of beauty and intelligence as well, which she herself is. Wonderful reading!!!

Spizer Delivers Suspense
 I'm not giving away the ending...let me just say I'm surprised I didn't see it coming. All the same, it DID surprise me. I appreciate an author who keeps you on your toes, and I appreciate this author already because I have the chance to know her. Excellent work and insight into how P.I.s (and criminals) think. Strong female lead and secondary characters that come alive, from the heroine's witty gay P.I. partner to a stripper with a heart of gold.

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I'm Okay,You're Dead
Reviewed by Kristin Johnson,

The series set in fictional Harbour Pointe and started in Joyce Spizer Foy’s debut novel The Cop Was As White As Snow is getting its legs. Plunge with P.I. Camellia “Mel” Walker and her witty gay pistol-packing partner Johnnie Blake into trouble. Meeting a client in a dark alley, Mel doesn’t expect an ambush.

    As usual, Mel’s nose for investigation and her pursuit of justice for the deceased Peter Connelly tests her bond with tough, sexy cop X-Ray Ramirez, a former small-time teenage hood Mel’s deceased father (read all about it in COP) took under his wing. Mel has a way of disregarding crime scene rules that creates an interesting ongoing tension with the police department her deceased father, murdered in the previous book, loved. But Mel, whose nose for justice may soon need surgery by the mysterious Dr. Sarah Reynolds, who she links to the murder through snooping in the dead man’s house, isn’t being disrespectful of law and order. She has a soft spot for underdogs such as Terry Malone, a stripper with a heart of gold who owns the Skin Inn (in a humorous scene, Mel is offered a job and asked “Is you a dyke?”), a connection to Peter Connelly and Peter’s bank-robbing partner Buddy Danko, who also winds up dead. Did we happen to mention Peter Connelly pulled off a bank heist with Buddy and that Mel is looking for the other half of a bond he gave her as payment? Sometimes having a sense of right and wrong makes life too complicated. Particularly when your slimy attorney ex-husband plays the temporary good guy to defend Terry Malone and…without giving away the ending, it was a surprise that plays into a scorned woman’s wish-fulfillment dreams. Foy knows her craft.

    Occasionally, Mel takes a break from murder to help out loyal housekeeper Rosa’s women’s shelter project, deepen her relationship with Texas oilman Lucas Tanner, and even wrestle with crow’s feet and gray hair…plus, the adorable Johnnie falls in love! The cover is striking, designed by writer Raul Melendez ( In the glut of mysteries, this is a keeper

It's Just a Spleen and a High School Ring

Book Description
Private Investigator Camellia "Mel" Walker flies from her home in Orange County, CA to East Texas in search of her son's former classmate, eight-year-old Angel Boudreaux. Mel knows better than to stand between an estranged husband with a long police record and his battered wife, but her search for justice spurs her deeper into the case once she finds a spleen that could belong to Angel. Along the way, she becomes embroiled in small town justice, feuding families, and joins a posse chasing convicts through the Big Thicket in this third installment of the Harbor Pointe Mystery Series.

David Westheimer, author of Von Ryan's Express
You want the skinny on what an investigator does when she's on the job? Treat yourself to this mystery.
Reader Reviews
To Joyce Spizer: Are you trying to kill me with shock? Mel and Lucas are missing??? That is the most whammo ending I've read. I literally sat up in bed when I read that. Then re-read it. WOW. Did a disgruntled Texan do it?  As usual, you picked the suspect nobody would have fingered :) I liked the humor, the adventure, the human interest angle. I also liked the people of Zavalla. And of course Mel and Lucas' disappearance wouldn't floor me as much if you hadn't made me care about them :)

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Blitz Your Book Into A Best Seller

Joyce Foy is a woman who didn’t give up on her dreams, and she won’t let you either.

When Joyce’s first book was published in 1998, she presented her publicist with a seventeen-page dream list for her tour. Joyce had completed the first 10% – getting the book published. Marketing is the other 90%. After all, who are your buyers once your Christmas card list is exhausted?

IRWIN Award-winning author and screenwriter, Joyce Foy, wants to help you with that 90%. This marketing book is chocked full of new concepts, ideas, and resources that both the published and the yet-to-be published authors cannot succeed without.

You can view this book on your computer using Adobe Reader and print out any pages on your computer printer. Adobe Reader installers are included on this CD-ROM.

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Power Marketing Your Novel

Reader Reviews
This author was named Book Publicists of Southern California and this book won the Irwin Award for 2000. Spizer regularly teaches creative marketing, media classes at the university and college levels and atwriting conferences, sharing her innovative ideas with other authors. This is the consummate “how-to” for published and pre-published authors.
Because Fiction is Harder to Sell
Whether you sell out to a large (New York) publisher or publish yourself, the author must do the promotion. Publishers only produce books and place them in stores. Authors must generate interest to encourage people to go into the stores to pull the books through the system.

There are two major categories of books: Fiction and nonfiction. Fiction is entertainment and as such it is more difficult to sell. Fiction must compete for people's (scarce) time. They must make choices between reading your story, and seeing a film and taking their kids to the zoo. Nonfiction, on the other hand, is valuable information that people buy to save time and money. Each nonfiction book is unique; each is on a different subject. A nonfiction book on parenting does not compete with a nonfiction book on parachuting. Most publishers will caution you to write your nonfiction books first-and to save your fiction until you can afford them. If you are writing (and selling) fiction, you need industrial-strength help. Joyce Spizer is coming to your rescue. 

This book is brimming with every conceivable book marketing and promotion idea. Some are expensive and some are free. Some are hard and some are easy. Some require you to personally flog your own book and some are (comfortably) remote and anonymous. 

As a publisher and an author of 113 books (including revisions and foreign-language editions) and over 500 magazine articles, I highly recommend this book to both authors and publishers of fiction. Dan Poytner

What Writers Need to Know
You are a business. You are an artist. You are a writer. And unless your name is Stephen King, your work won't sell itself. I have heard this author speak and she has personally taught me her marketing tricks. I recommend this highly for any author, including those who want to publish e-books.
More Often than an Author

Why do so many books get their start being published by the author? Rejection! The explanation is simple and let us not blame the publisher for failing to recognize good writing.

Publishers cannot be experts in every type of fiction and nonfiction. Let's face it, publishers specialize or, at least, they have a record of accomplishment with certain types of books. When your manuscript is rejected by a publisher, that is not a bad grade for your work. It simply means that the publisher does not get it! If a publisher specializes in travel books and you send a manuscript on vegetarian eating or parenting, that publisher will not know whether your work is good and will not know where to sell it. You do not want that publisher anyway. To find the right publisher for your work, do your homework and match your manuscript to the publisher.

Alternatively, to make more money, get to press sooner and keep control of your work, publish yourself. Self-publishing is legitimate, an early-American tradition. In the early days of the New World, the person with the printing press was often the author, publisher, printer and bookshop. Some people think that most of those who self-publish do so because several publishers have turned them down. That is occasionally true. However, most people today weigh the advantages and disadvantages of selling out to a publisher and make an educated decision to publish themselves. The big New York publishers (there are only five left due to consolidation) publish only 22% of the books. The rest come from the 55,000 small (mom & pop) publishers and single-title self-publishers.     

Self-publishing should not be confused with "Vanity" publishing where an author pays (an exorbitant price to) a publisher to turn his or her manuscript into a book.

Joyce Spizer's delightful book is a collection of inspirational quotations and short stories about well-known people who did not give up. Delightful and inspirational.

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Power Marketing Your Novel
Reviewed by Kristin Johnson,

Let’s get real. Your mother is not going to buy more than 20 copies of your stunning bestseller about Civil War vampires. So how are you going to move those books and get a movie deal with Brad Pitt as the star?

    Joyce Spizer answers those questions in Power Marketing Your Novel, which debuted the same year as I'm Okay, You're Dead. That proves that Spizer, who has a Ph.D. in Marketing, talks the talk by creating a buzz about her two books. She learned the tips and tricks of marketing fiction and nonfiction along with husband Harold, who had the cover of her book THE COP WAS WHITE AS SNOW silk-screened on a T-shirt in a mall where Joyce was signing, then walked up and down the mall, enticing potential book-buyers into the store. For example, if your cover features General Lee with fangs, you have a great T-shirt that is sure to attract controversy (read: PR) from the Civil War fans.

    Also, Spizer suggests positioning the release and publicity of your book, which will have a shelf life of about three months unless you’re descended from General Lee and a big Hollywood star, to coincide with a holiday or media event. For example, on July 1, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg began. Time the release of your book for July. Attend Civil War reenactments and network with history fans who also love Stephen King. Spizer addresses networking in her chapter “Get Organized!” Chiefly, she talks about writers’ organizations, but she also advises to think outside the box, and find groups that you can give speeches to. For example, if there were supernatural forces at work in the Civil War, that’s a sizzling topic. Don’t forget to build your own Web site with your own domain name,, or your name.

    Spizer delivers information that you’ll read over and over, finding that you’ve missed a gem of a promotional idea or a great story, such as her experience riding in a police squad car to an author appearance. Her advice is useful, timely, motivational, and will help in any endeavor.
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InCahoots Literary
P.O. Box 111510
Nashville,TN 37222

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