Me Bad, Milo Good

on November 16, 2014 in Misc

Today I’ve got good news and bad news

The good news concerns Milo James Fowler and his new release, Yakuza Territory. 

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But first, the bad stuff.  A second agent has rejected my Charity MacCay novel.  What hurt so much this time was that she criticized my book, whereas the first agent had praised it.  What’s more frustrating still is that these two agents had polar opposite opinions on a couple points.

First agent:  “Moreover, you have a keen eye for detail – sensory, emotional, and historical – that brings the setting vibrantly to life.”

Second agent:  “I had a hard time investing the historical setting of the novel…  I also didn’t find enough in the descriptions or the social exchanges between characters to really bring the historical setting alive for me.”

My reaction:  Stunned silence.

Anyway, when Mike Offut (the gifted scifi writer over at SLC Kismet) found out I was feeling down he wrote me a great email.  It was wise and deliciously snarky and made me feel better.  He pointed out that just about the only people getting major book contracts these days, besides established writers, have great connections or they’re famous or in the news.

Mike is right.  For so many of us obscure writers the traditional publishing scene is tougher than ever and can be spirit-crushing.  So I have made a couple of decisions.

As Mike advises, I am going to get on with my life and will write only when it’s enjoyable for me and ’cause I want to tell myself and my friends a story.  The ultimate goal of getting traditionally published MUST NOT be in the back of my mind.

Also, if I want to line up an agent and publisher, I should make them come to me.  And that means I have to become famous.  Since I have no idea how to get famous, I am willing to entertain any suggestions or ideas you may have.  The wilder the better.



Musa Publishing is proud to announce the release of Milo James Fowler’s most recent science fiction novella Yakuza Territory.

Take a moment to discover what happens when a hardboiled detective story is set in a science fiction world:

A detective with no way out.

A telepath with something to prove…

World-weary detective Charlie Madison has seen more than his share of war. When he stops by the 37th precinct late one night to check on his old friend Sergeant Douglass, the place is as quiet as a morgue. The last thing he expects to find: half a dozen Russian gunmen with a score to settle.

What starts out as a vicious Alamo-style battle soon evolves into something more sinister as Madison’s past comes into play. Will his ties to a branch of the Japanese mafia be a help or a hindrance? And who is the strange man in holding? Why are the Russians determined to break him out?

Struggling to survive the night, one private eye must rely on his wits to solve a mystery where he’s outnumbered, outgunned, and trapped inside a police station with a soulless killing machine.

Available from Musa Publishing

Add Yakuza Territory to your Goodreads bookshelf


Milo James Fowler is a teacher by day and a speculative fictioneer by night. When he’s not grading papers, he’s imagining what the world might be like in a dozen alternate realities. He is an active SFWA member, and his work has appeared in more than 90 publications, including AE SciFi, Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction, Nature, Shimmer, and the Wastelands 2 anthology.

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Seriously, do yourself a literary favor and check out Milo’s book. Meanwhile, have a very good week, please tell me how to get famous, and go say hi to Mike at

12 Responses to “Me Bad, Milo Good”

  1. Congratulations, Milo!
    Since the opinions are opposite, they rather cancel each other out. I say keep on trucking and don’t change anything about your manuscript yet. There are still publishers and agents out there taking on writers. Just have to find the right one.

  2. Helena says:

    Alex — Yes, I can keep querying, but I’m making an effort to feel emotionally detached. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for the signal boost, Helena. And don’t worry about the negative feedback. That’s only one person’s opinion. Believe me, I get the same crappy responses sometimes. Keep sending your work out there.

  4. Awh, thank you so much for the shout out Helena. I think your writing is fabulous.

  5. Wishing Milo loads of success.

    I’m so glad Michael was there for you when you needed a friend. Good advice, and good decision. Sending you an email.

  6. Like Alex says: those contrary opinions cancel each one out. Keep sending out your novel. Do Not Quit! I believe in you. :-)

  7. Helena says:

    Milo – If you get crappy responses, then the crappers definitely don’t know what they’re doing, because your stories are wonderful.

  8. Helena says:

    Michael – YOU’RE fabulous! Love ya.

  9. Helena says:

    Carol – You’re email lifted me up and gave me a solid perspective. Thank you so much, darling Carol.

  10. Helena says:

    Roland – And I believe in you and your talent. Take care, m’ dear.

  11. ann says:

    So sorry about the last agent’s response. Please don’t give up. Charity is a wonderful, fun story. Ps… you have some talented writer friends following your blog and I echo their advice. Hang in there.

  12. Helena says:

    Ann – At the least, and most likely, I’ll self-publish, which might in the end be a relief. Thanks.