Costco A Go-Go

June 1, 2010

Seattle’s Costcos were a bit lovelier to look at over the weekend. Check out the eye candy – Commissioner [aka The Commish], author extraordinaire Adam Eisenberg making a wow for the crowds with his fabulous book A Different Shade of Blue.

Is it ok if I brag a bit?

November 4, 2009

adsobcoverrgb_loresFor those of you who may have missed Adam Eisenberg’s fabulous author event on CSPAN2 Book TV for his wonderful book A Different Shade of Blue, you can watch it on your ‘puter here. God, I love the internet! As an editor, my little black heart burst with pride as Adam deftly handled a panel and his own event like a seasoned pro.

This is a great book because it’s all about how women have changed the face of police work. And yes, I do believe that women add a powerful and poignant banquet of pluses to police work because they are far less likely to resort to violence. They have to be more clever – and Adam’s book highlights some of the wonderful ways in which women’s ingenuity saved lives and, well, made me laugh my head off.

This isn’t a “women’s lib” book, but a celebration of those who had the guts and desire to break through a mold for the sheer love of making their small corner of the world a better place.

toolboxcoversmAnd speaking of changing the face of things, my quest for world domination took a closer step to reality with a lovely review of my book, The Writer’s Essential Tackle Box, which is a “Hot Read” in OC Metro Magazine.

I am particularly proud of this book because it’s a culmination of everything I’ve learned and discovered in my publishing journey – which I love more than Twinkies. Writers are the coolest people around, and this book is about discussing issues with them that no one else does.

If you want to learn about all aspects of publishing in the US, this is your one-stop shopping guide because I scratched every possible itch. From interviews with agents, book reviewers, the lovely Victoria Strauss, distributors, cover designers, to ending up with a manuscript autopsy and an entire section on The Writer’s Survival Style Guide, which covers the main reasons why manuscripts never make it past first base.

OC Metro sent me two magazines – one for me, one for Mom, which was lovely, but I think I need more…WoOt!

muma-tinyAnd then there’s Richard Gilbert, talented author of his wonderful memoir Marching Up Madison Avenue. Richard is the real live embodiment of the TV show Mad Men, so his perspective is particularly interesting when it comes to how often Hollywood gets it wrong. Apparantly Advertising Age Magazine agreed – who gave Richard an amazing review, btw – and printed this article that focuses on Richard’s take on Hollyweird.

I love Richard’s book because he was there, making advertising history back when it was possible for the little guy to make a huge difference in the way we see a product – whether it’s London Fog or After Six tuxedos – where they dressed up a dour Soviet Premier Alexey Kosygin in a tux with the caption, “Mr. Kosygin, we’d like you to have a free tux.”

I’m a one who believes that if you want to know where you’re going, you need to know where you’ve been. Richard Gilbert was right there on Madison Avenue, adding a huge measure of class and intelligence to the ads he produced. How I wish our current rash of pathetically dismal advertising conglomerates would take a page from Richard’s book. And besides, who doesn’t love a David and Goliath story?

The beagle wanted to brag about the new bar she found, but I told her to get her own damn blog.

Hurray for Adam Eisenberg!

November 1, 2009

adsobcover_tiny2Taken from Janet Reid’s blog:

BookTV is showing a panel presentation with several women featured in Adam Eisenberg’s A DIFFERENT SHADE OF BLUE this Sunday, 11/1 at 4:30pm Eastern.

Here’s the link to the full weekend schedule!


Thanks for the catch, Janet. This is what happens when my head is stuck inside a manuscript for too long. Adam has such wonderful presence, and I know viewers [and readers] will be enchanted listening to this talented writer … and judge. Way to go, Commish!

A Different Shade of Blue – kicking tush and takin’ names

October 5, 2009

Adam Eisenberg strikes again. The Seattle Times reports that A Different Shade of Blue – a compelling story about women in uniform, told in their own voices – is staying solid at #5 on the Elliott Bay Bookstore Besteller List after snaring the #1 position several weeks ago.

  1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  2. Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
  3. How Soccer Explains the World, Franklin Foer
  4. 4. Fierce Conversations, Susan Scott
  5. A Different Shade of Blue, Adam Eisenberg

Hooah, Adam!

A Different Shade of Blue – keep them blurbs a-comin’

April 7, 2009

Even though the sun is shining, the windows are open and I’d really rather be outside playing, I can’t tear myself away from my wonderful authors. There is no luckier publisher than I because my authors simply rock the world in talent and good humor – a must in this business. And good works beget good reviews, and I would expect nothing less for Adam Eisenberg’s A Different Shade of Blue:

“As a long-time female police officer who was ultimately one of two female pioneers ever hired, Eisenberg’s A Different Shade of Blue definitely struck a chord. I had to keep checking the cover to ensure this book wasn’t written by a female officer herself! His in-depth, gritty, and thorough look into the lives of female police officers, coupled with his own background in law enforcement, brings the reader along to shatter the glass ceiling. As a crime writer myself who is currently working on a memoir about my own life as a female police officer, I finished the last page of A Different Shade of Blue feeling somewhat defeated–Eisenberg essentially wrote my memoir for me. Quite simply, he nailed it! A fascinating read!”

~ Stacy Dittrich, former detective, author of Murder Behind the Badge: True Stories of Cops Who Kill, (October 2009), and law enforcement media consultant as seen on CNN, Fox, and E! True Hollywood.
“The Devil’s Closet” October 2008
“Mary Jane’s Grave” May 2009
“Murder Behind the Badge: True Stories of Cops Who Kill” October 2009
“Stumbling Along the Beat: A True Story of One Policewoman’s Journey” Spring 2010

This review has special meaning to me. Stacy is in informed source, well published in this genre, and knows more about the inside of a police station than most. This makes her review poignant.

But what makes this especially delicious is that Stacy was at one time an author who came to my blog to scream at the instanity known as the query process. She saw garbage flying out the doors while the really good stuff ended up with rejection letters. Her frustration was so eloquent that I included our exchange in The Writer’s Essential Tackle Box.  I’d like to think something I said gave her the ammunition to stick with it. Stacy did say something along those lines, but I’m more inclined to think she’s just really tough.

The long and short of it is that Stacy hung in there and caught the eye of an agent (Claire Gerus – who  happens to be a dear friend of mine), and got a multi-book deal. Her life has become a whirlwind since that time, and I honor her for taking time out of her busy life to offer Adam a wonderful review.

I just love those full-circle stories. Don’t you?

A Different Shade of Blue

March 18, 2009


No, no, I’m not talking about my latest hair color or the weather. It’s delightfully warm, and my hairdresser knows she’ll suffer permanent nerve damage should she turn my hair any color than ravishing blond.

I’m talking about our new book, A Different Shade of Blue by Adam Eisenberg. Now one would think I fell in love with this book because the (in)famous Janet Reid is Adam’s agent, and she knows what a sop I am when it comes to her queries. Maybe it’s because she always has some hilarious story that butters me up. Or the fact that she strokes my ego, even though we both know she’s full of Bandini. Whatever the reason, Janet brings me cool stuff, and Adam’s story is no exception.

I love stories about people overcoming immense odds, and there is no bigger group of heroes (heroines) than the first women cops. They broke all kinds of barriers in those early days and endured far more crap than most, all because they loved their jobs.

a-bit-o-irelandloresAdam…’scuse me…Commissioner Eisenberg is the perfect person to tell this story because as a man of the bench, he rubs elbows with these cops all day long. He has listened to their stories and seen a different side of them than just a badge. He gave these wonderful women…these ground breakers…a voice.

The stories are hysterical, poignant, sad, and flat out unbelievable. What impressed me the most was reading how women are better able to diffuse a situation without violence – which is a total “duhh” when I stop to think about it.

But more importantly, this isn’t just a cop book, but an extremely well-written book honoring women who overcame the odds and paved the way for future generations, no matter how bad it got. If that’s not a universal message, I don’t know what is. No matter how tough you have it, you’re not rubbing elbows with colleagues who carry weapons and testosterone overload.

I happened to be talking about Adam’s book at the Big Sur Conference last weekend, and Lynda Sandoval – who used to be a cop – piped up and said that she was never afraid to use her gender to work to her advantage. Sez she, “Hell, I’d wear a pinnafore and fucking pigtails to court if it would ensure putting some scumbag away.” Heh, I really must go buy some of her books.

Ann Rule wrote the forward to Adam’s book and regales us with some of her amazing stories of her time in uniform. Such good stuff!

So if you want to read about some of the bravest women who dared to rock the boat in Seattle, Washington, please do yourself a favor and buy a pre-release copy of A Different Shade of Blue, available only on our site until July, where it will be available everywhere. Heck, buy four or five. Besides, ladies, you have to admit that Adam is hot.

And the next time you get pulled over for speeding, make sure of the gender before you pull out the “ohmygodwasIreallygoingthatfastI’msooosorry” tears. She will not be swayed one bit. I, uh, speak from experience…

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