There Should Be a Help An Author Out (HAAO) Site, Too, Says Author, Richard Wanderer

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Richard Wanderer, author of The Holiday Party (A Tale of a Corporate Takeover), commented today on a recent Help A Reporter Out (HARO) request from a reporter (producer) seeking help on HARO.

A sharply observed saga of workplace tyranny. Kirkus Reviews

Richard Wanderer, author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Holiday Party (A Tale of a Corporate Takeover) commented today on a recent request in HARO. A producer for a local radio station in L.A., in conjunction with the University of Southern California's Festival of Books, which was held on April 20-21, was looking for a few authors to appear on their radio program. However, the producer's request was quite limiting: non-fiction authors only; new publications only (published in the last 8 months); must be able to appear in Los Angeles on the dates of the Festival of Books..

Of the three prerequisites Wanderer only fitted one - he could be in Los Angeles since he lives there. But his novel is fictional and it has been available for more than 8 months. As to the request for non-fiction only, would the public know about an author like Charles Dickens if he hadn't written about fictionalized real life experiences mirroring the era that he lived in? As to "new books only", isn't it interesting that more than 72 years after his death, F. Scott Fitzgerald's, The Great Gatsby, tops many current best-seller lists because a new movie based on it is coming out this May?

Richard decided to contact this producer (reporter) directly. After announcing his name to her, she asked, "Is this a pitch?" Wanderer thinking of Hemingway, Steinbeck and Tolstoy - all authors who fictionalized real life situations - responded, "I wanted to mention to you that fiction is often based upon real life situations." After asking if Wanderer had responded to her request, he said, he had sent the requested e-mail, the conversation ended abruptly with, "thank you for responding".

Wanderer acknowledges the right of a producer or reporter to have specific requests for their communications vehicle. However, if one is reporting on books they should be more cognizant of the obstacles an author faces if they are trying to bring their book to the attention of the public and not put unnecessary barriers in front of them. For example, there are 8,000,000 books for sale on Amazon and those not backed by high powered publishing companies with giant budgets to promote them are often hidden from public view. Many authors may have strong messages to tell but few potential readers will ever see or hear them. Certainly, the aforementioned USC Festival of Books was packed with celebrities and well established authors.

Wanderer wrote his novel, The Holiday Party (A Tale of a Corporate Takeover), because he believes a strong segment of the American public has found their careers interrupted and sometimes shattered when the companies they helped to build are suddenly taken over and down-sized by greedy interlopers with only an eye for the quick fortunes they can make while ignoring the human hardships they impose on loyal hardworking people.

Richard Wanderer, author, and a member of the California Bar, spent over fifty years working in the advertising sales departments of major national magazines in New York City and Los Angeles. His personal experiences and background have made him an expert in the field of employer/employee relationships.

About Richard Wanderer's Novel:
Richard Wanderer's fictional suspense novel, The Holiday Party (A Tale of a Corporate Takeover) deals with the takeover of a family owned national magazine, run in an employee friendly manner, by a huge media conglomerate that installs a Draconian thrift regime. His characters and situations are often an amalgamation of scenarios he encountered over the years and his active imagination. His novel has received very strong reviews: Kirkus Reviews calls it, "A sharply observed saga of workplace tyranny"; San Francisco Book Review, "Page-turner", MidwestBook Review, "Highly recommended"; IndieReader, "Suspenseful"; Bookviews by Alan Caruba, "Leaps off its pages". The book's website is: [
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Published by Two Harbors Press, the novel is in soft cover and also available on Kindle and Nook.

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