In lieu of an FAQ or a bio, here is probably more than you ever wanted to know about Paperback Writer:
A. PBW does not provide ad space for anyone or accept advertising of any kind. I am not paid to write the content, nor do I collect any profits from the blog. If you would like to express your appreciation for what I do here, the best way is to buy one of my books. If you can't afford that, request a copy at your local library. If you don't care for my books, no problem; buy or request any book you want. Just make an effort to read and I'll be happy.
B. PBW also doubles as my author web site. Occasionally -- and I do try to keep this to a minimum -- I'll talk about one of my books, show off some cover art, promote a new release, etc. I've set up a bibliography page and I post links to upcoming releases on the sidebar.
C. PBW does not review books or accept review copies of books except through Library Thing's Early Reviewers program, which I joined in April 2015. Nor do I participate in blog tours, book tours, author interviews I have not personally arranged, publisher giveaways, special online promotions, etc. Any book you see me talking about or giving away here is one that I personally purchased or received via LT, loved and had to talk about.
D. Among other things, I am notorious for giving quotes to and helping launch a couple of relatively unknown authors whose novels went on to become huge bestsellers. This happened a few years back, and was nothing but sheer dumb luck on my part. You may have heard otherwise, so please be assured that I am not psychic, precognitive, tapped into any insider info, nor do I have any special secret handshake, magic fairy dust or anything else to sprinkle on your novel. Update: Until further notice I am not reading anything for quotes, sorry.
E1. Comments are moderated and do not post on PBW until they are approved by me. If your comment does not show up on the blog immediately, I am probably busy, offline, or Blogger's comment moderation system is lagging. Please be patient. Submitting your comment over and over will not speed up the process of posting; it will do the exact opposite.
E2. Since this is my weblog, I decide what gets posted, and that includes comments from others. I do not apologize for this policy, nor do I feel that everyone is entitled to use my space. So what sort of comments won't get posted? The list includes but is not limited to: SPAM, ads, porn, bigotry of any variety, online train wrecks, mud-smearing, charity requests, author baiting, fundraisers, trolling, flaming, anything that smells like Eau de Self-Promo, and links to any of the above.
E3. Now and then I'll approve comments that are nothing but random/ignorant snide remarks directed at me or one of my posts, mostly for the entertainment value, but generally speaking I delete those, too. Use your common sense, be genuine and your comment will likely be approved. If you want to get attention by peddling yourself, trashing another author, insulting me or otherwise behaving like a jackass, you'll have to do it somewhere else.
F. PBW is written and published by one person: me. I have no assistants, no blog administrator, no moderator, no secretary, no servants, etc. Occasionally I log off my computer to do selfish things like take care of my family, walk the dogs, do housework, cook meals, fold laundry, shower, sleep, etc. This is why if you try to post a comment at 3 a.m. it probably won't show up until the next day (see section E1.) For this reason please don't keep posting the same comment over and over, because all 100 attempts are just going to sit in the queue until I get up at 6 a.m. to have a look. Plus it annoys me greatly when I have to delete the same comment 99 times.
G. PBW is published on Blogger's free weblog service. I set it up that way in 2004 because I knew content was the important thing, and I wanted to show other writers that you can publish a popular blog without spending a dime. As PBW grew a bunch of folks tried to talk me into going commercial, making a better site, selling space, using a professional designer, and just about everything else to get into my wallet. Then when the blog got really popular they tried to give it to me in exchange for the use of my name, my content, my readership, etc. I've always said no, and that answer is not going to change. PBW is a 100% free blog and it will stay that way.
H. I spend about an hour a day working on PBW, which is really more than I can spare (and sometimes not even ten minutes is possible.) Usually my time is spent researching, writing and coding a new post, and approving or deleting comments. If I have a chance I will answer questions, but more often than not I just don't have the time to get to them. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes to anyone.
I. Yes, I know there are other authors/promoters/assorted folks out there who have used or are using Paperback Writer as a title for their blog, web site, Tumblr thing, whatever some time after I began PBW. This is because they're unimaginative nitwits and titles cannot be copyrighted. Under certain circumstances titles can be trademarked, but there's a lot of paperwork involved and I'm really not that possessive. Also, as I'm the original, I don't care. So you don't have to e-mail me to tattle on them; they generally give up after a year or two and go static and/or are replaced by the next bunch of title snatchers.
J. I don't attend any conferences or conventions unless I'm crashing a dear friend's booksigning (already did that) or my daughter needs a booth partner (and that, too.) I refuse to join any writer organizations for reasons that will simply insult everyone who does. Please don't waste your valuable time inviting me to join your group or be a featured speaker/author/whatever at your con when you could be inviting someone more attractive, charismatic and ambulatory.
K. Currently I'm working as a copywriter and writer-for-hire for private clients. Nearly all my contracts contain a non-disclosure agreement which prevents me from publicizing this work. E-mailing me and imploring me to tell you in secret what I'm writing will not compell me to violate my NDAs; it will just give me a headache, so please refrain from asking. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by what is simply me working to make a living and pay my bills.
L. New for 2016! I now post the titles of all books I read for pleasure during the year on the Books I've Read This Year page here. I choose what read like most people do; usually because they're written by a favorite author, I'm rereading a keeper, or someone gave me the book as a gift. I also occasionally pick up books by authors I don't know at random to read as that keeps things interesting. Lately I've been getting quite a few remainders from dollar stores. Anyway, the few ARCs I get for free from Library Thing (see C. above), and whatever book I choose as my book of the month, are generally the only books for which I will write reviews (the LTs) and recommendations (the book of the month.) Beyond these two exceptions I do not review books. I am not interesting in becoming a reviewer. Ever. Please do not send me your book attached to an e-mail begging me, telling me, or demanding that I review it. Your e-mail and your attachment will be deleted.
Whether you're a writer, a reader, or just someone who likes to read blogs, I appreciate everyone who stops in. You're my people, and if you hang out here long enough you will probably find many kindred spirits and perhaps even some new friends. My visitors are what makes this blog fun and informative; they contribute so much more than I can to the discussions and ideas.
And to keep the FTC happy, here is:
PBW's Disclosure Policy
Paperback Writer is a personal blog written and edited by author Lynn Viehl. This blog never accepts any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. I write for my own purposes. Other than advance reading copies of books through Library Thing's Early Reviewers Program, or contracted royalties from the publishers of my novels from sales of said novels through booksellers, I never receive compensation from what I write, endorse or link to on this blog.
I have never been compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own or that of the visitors who leave comments. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.
For more information about Paperback Writer, contact the blog owner at LynnViehl@aol.com. This policy is effective as of August 1, 2004.