Category Archives: Stanton Delaplane

My Answers to Some Deceptively Simple Publicity Questions

Still working on those questions. Comments welcome. What I have so far: 1. Provide a 50- to 75-word description of the book (an elevator pitch, if you will). A Beginner’s Guide to Rockhounding and Prospecting in the Southwest sets newcomers … Continue reading

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Is Your Idea Marketable?

A  good idea isn’t enough, it has to be marketable. Unless you are writing for pleasure, an idea must appeal to people who will pay you. This applies to magazine articles as well as books. Here’s a list of rejected book … Continue reading

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Would The #MeToo Movement Find This Funny?

Stanton Delaplane loved his daughter and treated her accordingly. Still, that did not prevent him from enjoying a rich fantasy life when envisioning her future. Would the #MeToo movement find this writing from 1953 offensive? Or could they find that some … Continue reading

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More from Delaplane

Effortless writing. Notice how many times he contrasts the word soft with the word hard. It’s such an obvious and repeated gimmick that its like being hit with a sledgehammer. A velvet sledgehammer. For more from Delaplane, go here (internal link) … Continue reading

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Back From The California State Library

I’m back in Nevada, having returned from research at the California State Library in Sacramento. I scanned fifty or so Delaplane (internal link) columns in case I want to self publish an anthology or produce a different book proposal than the … Continue reading

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Back to Sacramento for Research

I’ve come back to Sacramento to do more research for my Stanton Delaplane book proposal. I’ll be going to the special collections room of the California State Library. I hope, too, to make some contacts for a magazine article I’m … Continue reading

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Update on My Book Proposals

My Stanton Delaplane (internal link) book proposal has now been turned down twice. I think that’s just getting started for most writers; two proposals barely a beginning. I do think, though, that I am going to reorient my proposal. Instead of a … Continue reading

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