Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Boyfriend from Hell by E. Van Lowe - Guest Post: Bewitching Tour Stop

Today I'd like to welcome E. Van Lowe who is touring his new book Boyfriend from Hell.  We've got a Guest Post and a Giveaway for you so stick around, scroll down and find out more!

Springsteen And Me

For those of you thinking this is a post about me hanging out with Bruce Springsteen, let me say right here that it is not. I do not know Bruce Springsteen. Of course I know who he is, but until quite recently I hadn’t followed him. So, if you’re interested in Springsteen’s music stop reading now. This post is about how Bruce Springsteen inspired me to take control of my career, and how those of us who are creative can learn from what he did.

In October of 2010 I was having a beer with my publisher. But he wasn’t my publisher then. He was my friend. I didn’t even realize Chris was a publisher until that conversation. Christopher Meeks is a writer who I met attending grad school at USC. We were both aspiring writers on the—then, fledgling—Professional Writing Program. While we were having our beer, Chris told me he was publishing one of our old professors, acclaimed playwright and novelist, David Scott Milton.

During that conversation, Chris mentioned an HBO documentary he’d seen about Bruce Springsteen. It seems after the success of the first album, Springsteen realized he was under the control of his (then) manager. As is typical (I guess) in the music business, the contract Springsteen signed gave his manager total creative control forever. That didn’t sit well with Bruce. In fact, he gambled his future on ending that contract. Springsteen decided he could never record again under those conditions.

Bruce, along with the members of the E Street Band were young, and hungry—but not hungry enough to give away creative control. He’d rather go back to obscurity than turn his ideas over to a gatekeeper. He was an artist. An artist needs to control his art. He didn’t record for three years.

They could have caved to the pressure and made a living, but he stuck to his guns, not recording for THREE WHOLE YEARS. The HBO special is about those years and the first album they recorded after he waited out his manager. Springsteen called the album “a meditation on where are you going to stand.”

The next time I saw Chris, I asked if White Whisker could be the publisher of Boyfriend From Hell, along with the two other novels in the saga. Why did I ask? I was with Tor, a division of McMillan/St. Martin’s Press—a Big Six Publisher. I loved my editor. My first novel , Never Slow Dance With A Zombie, sold very well. But I was not happy with the relationship. There was a disconnect. My editor loved my second novel, but her boss didn’t. They pitched me something else. But every time I would let someone read Boyfriend From Hell, they’d say, this is a great book. So I asked Chris to take a look at it. Fortunately, he thought it was a great book, too.

I am thankful Chris is delighted with Boyfriend From Hell. Like Springsteen, I wanted to be in control of my ideas. I was inspired by him to take control of my career. Is the book good? You will let me know.  I’d rather hear it from you than some gatekeeper.
Boyfriend From Hell went on sale September 1st.  It’s available in all ebook formats, and for paper lovers it’s at Barnes & Noble, and can be ordered at any independent book store.  Please look for it.
 Thank you for taking the time to read this. Thank you in advance if you leave a comment. I hope some of you will. I also hope some of you will go out and buy the book. More importantly, though, I want this piece to inspire those of you who have been sitting on the self-publishing/Indy-publishing fence to take a stand. We can be each other’s cheer leaders. Take control of your careers.
If you’d like to read a free sample of Boyfriend From Hell go to my website (http://evanlowe.com/) and click on the Boyfriend From Hell Sample link.  I think you will enjoy it.


Aww, Hell No!
Fifteen year-old Megan Barnett and her single mom, Suze, have a special relationship—they are friends, close friends, who do almost everything together.
“But come on, guys, she’s my mother… Can I really tell her that while we’re snuggled up on the sofa watching Spider Man Three, I’m secretly undressing James Franco with my eyes?  Of course not…”
The special bond takes a turn for the worse when Suze decides to start dating again.  She hasn’t had a man in her life since Megan’s father left ten years ago. 
Enter two mysterious young men, Megan’s new classmate, sinfully attractive bad boy, Guy Matson, and the dangerously handsome art dealer, Armando.  Before long Megan and Suze both wind up in steamy relationships.  But neither of the handsome guys is quite what he seems.  In fact, one of them is Satan, with his sights set on a new bride.  Megan has precious little time to figure out how to stop him.  If she doesn’t, either Megan or Suze are quite literally going to HELL.
Boyfriend From Hell is the first book in the Falling Angels Saga from the author of the gruesomely hilarious, Never Slow Dance With A Zombie

Comment and Complete the short Entry form for a chance to win a digital copy in PDF format of Boyfriend from Hell.  Open Internationally. Ends September 23rd 11:59 CST.


About The Author
E. Van Lowe is an author, television writer, screenwriter, Playwright and Producer who has written and produced such shows as The Cosby Show, Even Stevens, and Homeboys In Outer Space.  He has been nominated for both an Emmy and an Academy Award.  Van Lowe recently stepped into the young adult fiction genre with his comedic novel, Never Slow Dance With A Zombie.  It was a selection of the Scholastic Book Club, and a nominee for an ALA Award.  Boyfriend From Hell is Van Lowe’s second YA novel.

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winnie said...

Thanks for sharing your experiences! I'm glad that you were inspired to have that take charge attitude and to stand behind the work you believe in!

Boyfriend From Hell sounds like a fun read, I would love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!


_yay_ said...

This sounds like an awesome, awesome read. Thank you so much for the chance to win.
It's SO important to believe in your work! Thanks for sharing your experiences.

loves to dive said...

What a great post, oh I hope authors sit up and take notice. I wrote a review just yesterday for a book that just had a nasty endng. When the author read the review she commented that she actually had a different ending but her publisher made her change it. Say what?
Your book sounds like a lot of fun, would love to read it.
lvs2dv at gmail dot com

Chele Blades said...

really sounds like a good read...but they would have to compete with me on the Boyfriend from Hell title...i would tell you but believe me he was and no redeeming qualities


Jolene and Family said...

Great post, can't wait to read this


ebaker said...

This sounds like a FUN book!! I can't wait to read it!

latishajean said...

Thank you so much this sounds like a great book! Great giveaway thanks for the chance!

Anne R said...

This sounds like a fun book. Thanks for the tour and chance to win the book.

areeths at new dot rr dot com

Yto said...

it sounds like fun to have a boyfriend from hell XD
a new series that's going on my want-to-read-note.

zoey said...

thanks for the giveaway!

Maria said...

I think it's amazing that you chose to follow inspiration and your own path!

Thanks for the giveaway!


Laurie said...

The Winner of this giveaway is Yto. :)

Yto said...

wow, i am really happy ^^ thank you so much!

witchvela at web dot de

E. Van Lowe said...

Thanks for all the great comments. You guys are what make it so fun to be an author. Congratulations to the winner of the ecopy of Boyfriend from Hell.