B.A. Shapiro Blog https://bashapirobooks.com/ Blog posts for B.A. Shapiro en-gb siteinfo@icite.net Copyright 2020 Publication Day for The Muralist! https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2015/11/publication-day-for-the-muralist So today is pub day for The Muralist, dreamed of since the first word hit the screen five years ago, causing nerves and stomach aches for the past month. Will they like it? Will they like it as much as The Art Forger? Will it get good reviews? What will my mother think?

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Tue, 03 Nov 2015 20:07:00 -0800 https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2015/11/publication-day-for-the-muralist Book News
The History / Mystery / Art Genre https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2015/05/the-history-mystery-art-genre I had a lot of trouble finding a home for The Art Forger because publishers claimed that it didn’t fit into a genre. They said that if it didn’t fit into a genre, they didn’t know how to sell it to bookstores and libraries.

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Thu, 14 May 2015 00:52:00 -0700 https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2015/05/the-history-mystery-art-genre On Writing
Researching Fact for Fiction: Lots of Helpful Tips for the Novelist https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2014/08/researching-fact-for-fiction-lots-of-helpful-tips-for-the-novelist I was on a panel at Grub Street’s annual writers conference, Muse and the Marketplace, with novelists Juliette Fay, Lisa Genova and Maryanne O’Hara talking about how we research our books. We developed the following guide as a handout for the class.

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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:45:00 -0700 https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2014/08/researching-fact-for-fiction-lots-of-helpful-tips-for-the-novelist On Writing
Earlier Novels Now Available as eBooks https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2014/03/earlier-novels-now-available-as-ebooks My previously published novels are available as eBooks for both the Kindle and Nook starting on April 1, 2014.

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Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:46:00 -0700 https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2014/03/earlier-novels-now-available-as-ebooks Book News
Plot is a Verb https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2013/05/plot-is-a-verb If you understand how classical story structure works, you'll be able to grow your novel around this plot skeleton and keep your readers turning pages late into the night.

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Fri, 10 May 2013 11:04:00 -0700 https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2013/05/plot-is-a-verb On Writing
Titles and Covers and Authors, Oh My https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2013/04/titles-and-covers-and-authors-oh-my Publishers tend to think that authors aren't good at making sound marketing decisions. Marketing being defined as cover art and book titles. And in my experience, they're right.

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Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:01:00 -0700 https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2013/04/titles-and-covers-and-authors-oh-my Book News
Real Writers Revise: Lecture Notes, Crime Bake, November 2012 https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/11/real-writers-revise-lecture-notes-crime-bake-november-2012 Here are my notes from the talk I'm giving at the "Crime Bake" event.

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Fri, 09 Nov 2012 10:11:00 -0800 https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/11/real-writers-revise-lecture-notes-crime-bake-november-2012 On Teaching Writing
Notes from the Road: Carpe, Carpe https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/11/notes-from-the-road-carpe-carpe I’m often asked how I got started writing, and I always tell the story of my smart mother. . . .

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Sat, 03 Nov 2012 16:56:00 -0700 https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/11/notes-from-the-road-carpe-carpe On the Road
I'm feeling like Cinderella https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/11/im-feeling-like-cinderella Kelly Bowen, publicity director at Algonquin, called me late yesterday afternoon with an odd question: she wanted to get my okay on an update to my publicity package. Her voice sounded a bit strange, and the request did also, so expecting bad news – as any author would – I held my breath...

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Thu, 01 Nov 2012 08:57:00 -0700 https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/11/im-feeling-like-cinderella On Writing
More Art Forger Reviews are Rolling In https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/10/more-art-forger-reviews-are-rolling-in The Washington Post raved: “Shapiro’s depiction of the politics and personal rivalries of the art world adds considerable depth here, and her accounts of the history of forging and of the technical processes that fool authenticators prove precise and exciting . . . Readers seeking an engaging novel about...

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Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:02:00 -0700 https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/10/more-art-forger-reviews-are-rolling-in Book News
Notes from the Road: The Left Coast https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/10/notes-from-the-road-the-left-coast I’ve just returned from a five-day book tour of coastal California: San Francisco (Copperfield’s in Healdsburg) San Diego (Warwick’s in La Jolla), LA (Vroman’s in Pasadena) and aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach. I’ve been writing fiction of 25 years – six novels published, three in the drawer) – and this is the first time...

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Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:50:00 -0700 https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/10/notes-from-the-road-the-left-coast On the Road
The Intrigue of Art Theft https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/10/the-intrigue-of-art-theft My publisher, Algonquin Books, has been tweeting and Facebooking that they have no responsibility for the robbery of the Kunstal Museum in Rotterdam last week in which thieves stole hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of paintings...

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Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:51:00 -0700 https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/10/the-intrigue-of-art-theft Art in the News
My Favorite Art Forger https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/08/my-favorite-art-forger There are so many sly and clever art forgers to choose from, but after extensive research, I've found my guy.

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Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:36:00 -0700 https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/08/my-favorite-art-forger Art Forgery
The Greatest—and Only—Story Ever Told https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/08/the-greatestand-only-story-ever-told Writers and academics argue over how many different stories there are, but I believe there's only one.

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Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:40:00 -0700 https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/08/the-greatestand-only-story-ever-told On Teaching Writing
Reviews are Coming In! https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/08/reviews-are-coming-in The Art Forger.]]> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 16:39:00 -0700 https://bashapirobooks.com/blog/2012/08/reviews-are-coming-in Book News