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sasaki2225@yahoo.com

Hi Ann,

I was a classmate at John Muir all those foggy decades ago. The last time we met was at your reading at Vroman's. I remember feeling very proud of you.

I'm writing for some advice regarding a novel I wrote, DEATH OF THE QUEEN OF HEARTS. It's about a young European Prince uncovering the truth about his mother's death in an auto crash. It's based on Prince William and Princess Diana though all the names are changed. The book is a roman 'a clef and coincidentally I used the pen name, Roman A. Clay. Surprised no one has ever used it before.

The book is self published by Archway, a subsidiary of Simon & Schuster and they lined me up with a marketing company, Bohlsen Group. Their 12 week, $10K campaign was pretty cookie cutter i.e. sending out a press release to 2,000 media entities and waiting for requests for the book. The results were underwhelming except for one request two weeks ago from Harpo Productions, Oprah Winfrey's company. I haven't heard back from them yet.

I was wondering if you could recommend a book marketing company. I am willing to pay for an effective campaign.

I know you're in the middle of your book so time is precious but if you're interested I could mail you a copy. On the book's Amazon site you can see the Customer Reviews and if you Look Inside the Kindle version you can read first 7 chapters. To get the gist just read
pp.1-9.

As someone said, "I spend 10% of my time writing and 90% of my time marketing." Not sure if it was JD Salinger, Bob Dylan or GW Bush.

To our health,

Tim Sasaki
206 420-2688

I like your Web page very much. All writers should make themselves so accessible. Thanks.
Angus Brownfield

Would help if I left you my email:
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Ann, I've tried emailing you a number of times, but I believe the emails keeps bouncing back. Is there another email I could contact you with?
Thanks,
David Breitkopf

Ann, can you please send me your email address, ann@anndarby.com is not working, wanted to send you an invitation for a NYC area Escape to Create party that I am hosting, Karen Holland (karenhollandkcmo@yahoo.com)

Dear Ann, I wrote you an email but I must have your address wrong: it was returned to me. Would you send me your email address? I would love to be in touch again, after so many years.

Love,
Jumay
jumaychu@cornell.edu

Hi Ann,

I just wanted to say I read THE ORPHAN GAME many years ago and, throughout all the moving I have done in the time since and all the books I have purged along the way to lighten my load, I was thrilled to find your book still on my shelf this weekend. I have recently begun writing bits and pieces of my own recollections from childhood and felt as if I could benefit from familiarizing myself with how other authors have approached the adolescent point-of-view. Your book was one of two to come to mind and, of the two, the only one still on my shelf.

I am three or four chapters into my second read. Not only do I love your writing style, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how much it reminds me of my own voice. I think I was writing stageplays the first time I read THE ORPHAN GAME -- or perhaps I was in that long black period between stageplays and my first attempts at fiction. In the years after, however, I started a fiction writers' group in the San Fernando valley (it went for about 2.5 years), and proved to myself that I do have a voice as a fiction writer too.

Anyway, I was trying to find other books by you this morning when I stumbled upon this "talk to me" link, so I thought I would just let you know I'm a fan and can't wait to read THE SWEET, SAD SONGS... (Coincidentally, I was born and raised in Kansas and am going to be there for a niece's weddding this weekend. Do you have ties to the area? I'm from the Southeast corner -- Parsons, Pittsburg, etc.)

Good luck with your work!! Take care.

(Not expecting it, but if you want... julian.coltonjones@gmail.com )



















I just finished "Dogsong" by Gary Paulsen. I enjoyed it very much, especially the dream sequences. I like your website. See ya, Paul Cayler


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Hi Ann!!

I love you and so proud of you, too.

XOXO Barby



















Hi Ann, I enjoyed meeting you at Camilla's reading, and I'm looking forward to reading your book! Love the website, Celeste

Oops, forgot to sign my comments . . . Morgan Finn

Love your comprehensive website. It gives me an outlet to rave ecstatically about the fiction workshop you taught at the Cape Cod Writer's Conference. Thank you for your attentiveness, humor & kindness to each student, without mincing on the craft of writing. In 24 years of taking writing classes, I've never experienced such a unique, memorable & effective approach to scene setting. In fact, the dry cleaning shop & a main character I developed there are in my novel-in-progress. Nor can I say enough about our personal conference where you gently broke through my resistance to disciplined writing in a funny, down-to-earth way. The notes I took that day are still have on my refrigerator.

Wonderful website..so glad I found it. I learned alot and I can't wait to read your next novel. RB....

Thanks! -- Ann

Lovely website Ann! Nice job!!

Selected Works

Fiction
Novel under construction!
A novel narrated in the voices of three women: a pregnant teen; her mother; and her great-aunt, the family scapegrace.
The first section of The Orphan Game.
Stories old and new
Nonfiction
Writing about Science
Stories based upon Thomas P. Mauriello's miniature reconstructions of crime scenes and crime scene investigations.
The loss of cell sacrifice—the most common defect in cancer cells.
Using viruses and bacteria to combat cancer.
With cryopreservation and the right chemotherapy, cancer survivors may still have children.