Saylor's Goodreads Bookshelf

Saylor's books

Animal Farm
Where the Sidewalk Ends
The Great Gatsby
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Catcher in the Rye
Of Mice and Men
The Alchemist
Slaughterhouse-Five
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Lord of the Flies
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Little Women
Frankenstein
A Tale of Two Cities
The Count of Monte Cristo
Les Misérables
Moby-Dick or, The Whale
The Joy Luck Club
Middlesex
The Memory Keeper's Daughter


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THE O LINE MYSTERY PODCAST

If you are looking for the O Line Mystery series Podcast click here!

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Where To Buy The O Line Mystery books and ebooks:

On the right hand side are the links to purchasing both the eBooks and paperbacks of The O Line Mystery Book Series.

For Libraries

The O Line Mysteries are now available to all eReaders through Smashwords. Free downloads are also available through your local public library. If your library does not carry the title, please request it.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Free e-copy of Saint Charles Place

Yes, I figured out how to "gift" copies of Saint Charles Place on kindle. So, for anyone willing to write a review on either kindle or amazon I can gift you a copy through kindle.  It's easy.

1st you have to put the book in your wishlist.
2nd email me your amazon name/account info.

Then I gift you a copy from my account. That's it. But it's not really a gift is it?  I mean I'm asking you to log back in afterward and write a quick "how do ya' do" in the review.  Actually I'm giving you a copy to review.

Who started saying "gifting" anyway?  It's a bit annoying.
"I'm gifting my used socks to the Salvation Army."  "I'm gifting toys for tots." We used to say donating.
"I'm gifting you a copy of my book."  Well no, I'm giving out copies for review - that used to be called marketing and/or public relations.
"He gifted a remodeling job."  That was free labor, once.
"Gifting, Language evolution" - pfft.

Anyway, thanks in advance.
Saylor

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Blogging ideas

FAQ's

A lot of my blog posts are simply me answering questions I'm asked.  So in the interest of time here are some quick answers to the most common questions I'm asked.

Will there be a third season of O Line podcast?
        I never say never so I will just say, we’ll see.  We shall see...(cue spooky music!)

Is there really an Ohlone Island?
      No, the name Ohlone (pron. Ah-lawn-ee) is the name of an Indian tribe that is native to the island I live on in the San Francisco Bay.  The real island is called Alameda.   I simply chose that name in their honor.

I'm from Alameda, do you use real people you meet on the island in the stories?
      No.  I base nothing from my life in the stories.  That would be weird for me.  The only thing that is slightly similar is we do own two big yellow mischievous cats.

Do you base the stories on real life events from the island?
      No.  I make it all up.  I get some ideas from 

Where do you get your ideas?
     Everywhere and nowhere.  When I did the podcast I tried not to read anything for a while and instead would ride the public transit around and watch people.   The series is based on the podcast so I pretty much have all the story lines I needed to come up with the books story lines.

So, how do you make money with a podcast?
     You don't.  Unless you have a sponsor or sell a lot of advertising in your show.  I just made the decision one day not to go down that path of collecting user data and/or selling time.

Are the books available for free downloads anywhere?
     No.  A girl's gotta eat at some point.

As other question's come up in reference to the book series, I will continue to answer questions here.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

From Script to Novel

I wrote about 52 half-hour audio scripts.  After the first 4 they got easy. 
After the first 28 it got hard. 
After the first 35 it got easy again. 
And the last 4, #49-52 were torture.
The thing I love about doing audio is the texture sound brings to a script.   I write:  DAY-ANNIE and LORNA walking downtown.  Then my scene setting is done.  The rest gets added through sound:  Cars pass by, people talking, footsteps are added after the voices read the script.  I get the pleasure of knowing where a scene is supposed to end and let the characters take me there through dialogue.   Once I got to know the lead characters that is when everything got easy.  It only got hard again when I tried to force a script or motivation that wasn’t natural for their nature.  What wasn’t easy doing the scripts was feeling very limited.  How do you convey a “look”?  How do you convey smell (you have to say corny things like “Gee, it sure stinks in here.  Mmm, those brownies sure smell good.)?  It’s the opposite of show don’t tell.  You have to tell everything.  However, I wish I could give a gift I was given to all scriptwriters when I first started doing the shows.  After about the fourth show I found someone to read Lorna’s character for me.  I sat in the sound booth and just listened to the work being read and it was fantastic.  They made the writing better, if that makes sense.  It was a gift that freed me to write better.

Now turning the scripts into novels has been easy in the planning stages and more difficult in the execution – because there is no one there to make the writing better, except for the editor.  I wasn’t starting from scratch.  I “lived” with these character’s for a year and a half during the podcast and I know them well.  But there in lies the rub.  How to make them sound fresh?  Well, I had to start fresh.  Look into there past, make them more multi-dimensional, and put them on a path that was different than the podcast.  A lot of novelists talk about the freedom and control you have with writing a novel.  I was not ready for that much freedom and control.  But you learn quick with these things.  You write yourself into a corner after 3 days of writing and have to throw out the work.  But you don’t make that mistake again…or you do.  I think the first draft of the first book of the series was a mere 100 pages.  Which is fine if that tells the story but after reading it I thought, uh oh I may be in some trouble here.  I didn’t paint the settings with words, I didn’t describe very much.  I used the words – he said, she said, and she thought. A lot.  I left out complete scenes and didn’t trust the reader enough.  The Lorna character came off like a neurotic pit bull.  The bones of the story was there but it was a rooouuuggghhhh draft.  

I didn’t want the novels to simply be a written account of the podcast so I took a little here and a little there from the various plots and then made an overall story arc for the series.  One of the books to be release is a short story series from the first season of the podcast.  Those are going to be more like written accounts of the shows whose plots are not used in the book series.  I don’t want to give away anything but after plotting out the series story line it does look like there could be a spin off or even a sequel.  We’ll see.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Reviews

The reviews are not in.  So, if you're a fan of the show or the first book and feel like doing a good turn for the author please write a review on amazon or kindle or nook.  It would be a great help and I would truly appreciate the gesture.

Thanks in advance.
All my best.
Take care.
Best wishes.
Help, I can't stop writing.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Turds

I have SUCH a bone to pick with Mac computer nerdlings.  So I chose apple computers, specifically iweb, because it was (to risk insulting others who find it difficult) "Fischer Price for Website building".  As I was writing, directing, editing, sometimes acting, and producing the podcast, the last thing I needed to worry about was the website and uploading content.  So today I think hmm, I need to market the book, what's the best way to reach O Line's audience?  And my partner says, you should do a podcast - that's how they found you in the first place. Well, shoot, yes - she was right. So we take to recording a quick podcast letting our listeners know about what's upcoming and the books.
(Since beginning the podcast I have updated my computer with a shiny new Mac because I basically burned that last one down to it's last frayed little sprocket with the show, a tv series, a documentary and the daily web-surfing, tv watching and assorted other ne'r do well things I do with my computers.)

So I'm working with a new Mac and I load up the mp3 for the update and boom.  Crap.  New folders, new "arrangements" on the code for the i web.  I can't even write code for the new update and list it on the rss feed because the folders where everything is kept is completely facocked.  (Excuse my urban Yiddish.)  But really Mac?  So I  do some looking on the web, maybe there is something I can download from Mac to link the two codes. Nope.  All I find is some directions on how to replace java script, html, and the active x controls with the <embed> and <object> tags.  The WHOLE POINT of having this thing is so I don't have to worry about tags and coding.  It's supposed to be WYSIWYG website building.  But now it's a useless piece of crap.  Thank's Mac. Thanks for G*d *amned nothing!  Because now, when I go to Season 3 for the O Line.  I have to start all the hell over.   That's a lot, A LOT, of work. Which was exactly what I was trying to avoid.

Great workhorse computers, lazyass programs.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

This is a link to Goodreads. An awesome website for readers and writers alike!


Check out my bookshelves on Goodreads - where you can see what your friends are reading.

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Fail Better.


 Where have I been?  I was doing so well with keeping up with the blog.  Oh that’s right I was publishing the first of the O Line series.  SO, that’s done.  Almost.  Still waiting to get the green flag from Kindle and the proof from Create Space.  In the meantime, I thought I would write a blog about how to e-publish.  (And why not, everybody who publishes are doing it.)

Step 1:  Find a quiet cave and move you’re files, sticky notes, coffee pot, generator and computer into it.  Chair and Desk are optional as you don’t want to be too comfortable.

Step 2:  After you’ve written the book by hand.  Rewrite it a few more times.  Just throw away all that other garbage and research you’ve done. Wing it and see what magic flies from your fingertips.  Let the Fraggles that are now visiting you in the cave know you are friendly.  Then make sure you type it into an obscure word processing program.

Step 3:  Formatting. Well why not at least try it.  Format it again just the way you want to read it on the page.

Step 4:  Sign up for the e-publishing websites. 

Step 5:  a) Load the newly formatted book into the programs the e-publishers provide for you.  So now you have some real jacked up formatting.  Reformat it again inside their programs.  It is important that you have a professional looking book so you’ll need to know coding; html, css, Russian. Whatever it takes.  b) Make another pot of coffee. Cry. Ask for forgiveness. Name your toes.

Step 6:  Call a help line.  Anyone will do.  I like the people at AAA auto.  Tell them Angelica sent you.

Step 7:  Now that you have it loaded up and formatted go ahead and look at the preview.  Is it exactly as you want it?  Then go ahead and publish.  It take 24 – 48 hours for them to get back to you so either repeat step 5 b) or take a long nap.  Don’t bother eating because you’re going to be too excited to do so and you may just vomit from lack of sleep and too much coffee.

Step 8: a) Realize those Fraggles you’ve been talking to are an angry mob of raccoons who don’t want you in their cave and move out.  b) You’ll have to go buy an e-reader to do so but why not, you deserve to treat yourself. Now, look at the final product.

Step 9:  Stop freaking out that the final product on the e-reader doesn’t look exactly as you imagined it would.  Go back to your formatting and do it again.

The moral of this story is to fail. Fail again. Fail better.  I hope this helps.