Posts Tagged ‘first novel’

Video of the author (me) reviewing his reviews for his novel, “Self-Portrait of Someone Else”

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Hello You. Welcome. This post is, briefly, about this novel of mine:

SELF-PORTRAIT OF SOME ELSE, novel, video, reviews

I’ve had a quick creative moment to just video me and some words and images where I’m reading bits from some reviews that I got once upon a time for this novel of mine, cracking wise, gently, getting arch, as necessary.

This is performed in my continuing effort to produce something good, let the world know about it (gently, archly, as necessary), and then do it again.

The video is simple, it’s swift, it aims to inform, please and low-grade beg. If so moved, please leave a comment (either down below or on the YouTube page), and/or pass it on, investigate further, learn a musical instrument, dance the rumba, and love love love my freaking book.

Oh, yeah, the video. Click-click here-here to see-see (or behold-behold): Reviewing the Reviews.

Audio book/podcast from “Self-Portrait of Someone Else” — Part Two, Chapter 5, Alisa’s Statement, Psychologistic’s Report

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Podcast of Vincent Eaton's Self-Portrait of Someone Else

Monday. Following previous Mondays, the next podcast/audio clip from “Self-Portrait of Someone Else”. This one is short, less than four minutes. It readies the listener for the crucial intense next chapter coming next Monday.

To listen or download, click here: Self-Portrait of Someone Else, Podcast, Part TWO, Chapter 5, Alisa’s Statement, Psychologist’s Report.

Enjoy, and please leave a comment, if you have one.

Audio book: Part Two, Chapters 2 to 4, author reads from “Self-Portrait of Someone Else”

Monday, March 15th, 2010

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Monday. Podcast, ongoing & going on. Part Two, Chapters 2-4 plus Bob Collin’s Statement from “Self-Portrait of Someone Else”. The author reads it. 22:38 minutes

Previous chapters can be found under Images & Performance on this blog; they have been posted every Monday. Part Two continues next Monday.

To listen, click here: Self-Portrait of Someone Else, audio, Part Two- Chapters 2 to 4 & Bob Collin’s Statement

To read sample chapters, purchase or read reviews, click here: hidden-people.

Audio book: Part Two, Statements & Chapter 1, author reads from “Self-Portrait of Someone Else”

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Podcast image Monday. Podcast, ongoing & going on. The beginning of Part Two, Alisa’s Statement & Chapter 5 & another Alisa’s Statement from “Self-Portrait of Someone Else”. The author reads it. 12:58 minutes

Previous chapters can be found under Images & Performance on this blog; they have been posted every Monday. Part Two continues next Monday.

To listen, click here: Audio clip/podcast – Self-Portrait of Someone Else, Alisa’s Statement & Part Two, Chapter 1

Audio book: Part One, Chapter 5, author reads from “Self-Portrait of Someone Else”

Monday, March 1st, 2010

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Monday. The end of Part One, Chapter 5, from “Self-Portrait of Someone Else”. I’m reading it. 9:08 minutes in total.

Previous chapters can be found under Images & Performance to the right of this blog; they have been posted every Monday. And will continue, with Part Two starting next Monday.

To listen, click here: Part One, Chap 5, from Self-Portrait of Someone Else, read by the author


First 70 pages of Self-Portrait of Someone Else — online & free

Friday, February 12th, 2010

SELF-PORTRAIT OF SOME ELSE, novelAs I’m beginning to introduce the re-issue of my novel, Self-Portrait of Someone Else, into the big, wide world via blog, video, email, social networks and whatever else comes up, I want anyone interested to be able to read a sizeable chunk of the book. Just as you might when browsing a bookstore.And for free.

And yesyesyes, if they/you likey, buy the sucker.

Previously, I’ve put up two stand-alone story excerpts on this blog. You can also read/download those excerpts here at Hidden People.

Today I’m posting the first 70 pages of Self-Portrait of Someone Else (out of 244 pgs) in pdf. This way you can download the excerpt right to your hard disc or eReader—if it supports pdf files—and have at it during your grand and roomy leisure.

Here’s the link, along with that wondrous American word that sends you on your way, as though to a tasty meal: enjoy!)– Self-Portrait of Someone Else – first 70 pgs

Oh! You want to see the suspense-thriller bookie-trailer-type thing? Lucky, lucky you, just happen to have the link HERE–THE VIDEO.Novel, fiction, suspense, thriller

I’m using a rather chatty, throw-away style talking about this rather serious, intense book that got a lot of good reviews on its initial release and which I’ll bring up at another time, but using this chatty-shatty tone can happen when I feel I’m getting into buy-marketing-promoting-show-off mode; so I cover me up.

Book Trailer of “Self-Portrait of Someone Else”

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Self-Portrait of Someone Else, Vincent Eaton, novel, book trailer

You’ll remember my series of videos for my humor book, “How to Find Yourself (or a reasonable facsimile)”–five in all. Now another book, completely different, and thus with a different approach.

“Self-Portrait of Someone Else” was originally published by Viking Penguin, N.Y. and is re-issued by hidden people limited. I suppose one could call it a psychological suspense thriller. Originally it was presented as a literary novel.

To view the video, CLICK HERE.

The approach I take with this video is more like a book trailer, giving a dramatic taste of the book. A “Teaser”, as they say in the biz.

Hope you like. If you like, spread. Thanks for reading this.


If you want to read a couple of stand-alone extracts of the novel, to get another sort of “taste”, here’s a link to ONE STORY and a SECOND STORY.

Self-Portrait of Someone Else — novel re-issued

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Announcing the re-issue of the novel, “Self-Portrait of Someone Else”.


Chapters of the novel will be available for free download soon.

To read reviews when it first appeared (N.Y. Times, others).

Here’s a 47 second audio clip of theFirst sentences of novel Self-Portrait of Someone Else.

Why I became a publisher

Friday, October 30th, 2009

I set-up an indie publishing company recently. There are various reasons for this, which I’ll explore in blogs to come. Right now, I’ll concentrate on the backstory that lead me to this move.


Twenty years ago, I had a novel published by Viking Penguin in New York My literary agent was on Fifth Avenue My editor, now a big deal V.P. there, was Kathryn Court Getting an agent, getting a publishing contract, had been accomplished without any contacts whatsoever. I lived in Europe far from the whole literary establishment. I did not mingle or hustle. I thought I was on my way.


As is the way of the majority of first novels, it tanked. The storyline has become fairly common. I was told the novel had a six week window of opportunity to get some buzz going (now I’m told it’s down to six days). The publisher sent out books for review and press releases and that was that.


My visualization: the publishing house tosses a number of books into the ocean of the reading public every financial quarter and watching which one floats, i.e. which book(s) got some buzz/some reviews in a short space of time. They placed their bets, some ad money, behind those titles.


The other titles, buzzless, were allowed to sink to the deep bottom of obscurity. I did manage some minor, steady buzz, but over a six month period, not six weeks. By then the publisher had long moved on. The paperback promise was dropped. Shortly after, they waved bye-bye to me when I presented my next book. So, I was not on my way at all.


Over the next fourteen years there followed seven different literary agents with seven different books. In each and every instance, I received the same reports. “Good writing, great dialogue, interesting characters, situations worked, etc., but…the publishers always ask, What’s the market for this?”


Publishers could figure how to sell my books to their sales force to enable them to say to chain bookstores: “this book is a perfect (insert category-thriller, spy, mystery, literary…) book. The categories were standardized and mine did not find a fit. I was told my writing was wonderful and deserved to be published. I was wonderfully unpublished, and remained so. But I was building a lot of unpublished books.
Then I went into a fuck it mode and stopped submitting but kept writing.


Meanwhile, I had gotten ten years experience as an international marketing manager at a top five media company—my only corporate time. It published business to business magazines. I learned how to launch print material, all the steps it took, from inception to delivery, into the international market.


I left the corporate world and set-up my own business when the Internet came along. I had been waiting for it for years without knowing it could exist. Then came YouTube, and social media, it was Oh Yes We Can time. The tools were back in the hands of the workers.


I’ll unfold more of this story as this blog, and my company, unfold.


My publishing company is Hidden People, Limited. The Viking Penguin novel that was published way back when was “Self-Portrait of Someone Else,” which I’ll be re-issuing in December 2009.