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Talking about House, M.D. on Fox Detroit’s morning show

Was on Fox 2 Detroit’s morning show! They were very gracious and kind. Thank you to all. Got to talk about House, M.D. and Chasing Zebras. You can watch here:

 

 
http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=6512

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The TV Ratings: The Mystery Demystified-An Interview with a Ratings Guru

First appearing at Blogcritics.org

House, M.D. is still very much a hit series. Still going strong, with star Hugh Laurie, continuing to pour everything into his compelling portrayal of Dr. Gregory House, the show is now in its seventh year. The series is probably closer to the end of its long run than it is to the beginning, with Laurie’s contract up the end of next season.

Having lost its cushy American Idol lead-in a couple of years ago, House is now expected to support Fox’s new and promising ventures, providing an anchor on Mondays at 8:00 (ET).

The series producers have refused to fall back on formula and have played with viewers expectations couple of times over the series’ run. And, in a narrative sense, the last two seasons have seen the central character of House also begin to (at least try to) change.

How does all of that affect the show’s ratings and ultimately its future both on Fox and in syndication? And, why are ratings so important, anyway?

Television networks, producers and starring actors all track them. It’s what the industry lives by: they foretell who will live into syndication and who will die after two episodes. But fans watch the ratings too, and House‘s ratings have always been a hot topic within the fan community. This year is no different.

Read more: http://blogcritics.org/video/article/demystifying-the-tv-ratings-an-interview/#ixzz13VEg8Tiy

New Radio interview about House, M.D. and Chasing Zebras

I did an interview this afternoon on CKWR Canadian radio. MsHouseFan was nice enough to record it :). Thanks!

Scene Magazine Loves Chasing Zebras

London, Ontario’s Scene Magazine, an arts and entertainment weekly reviewed Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House. Here’s what they said:

For any fan completely stoked about the return of Gregory House to the Fox TV network this fall, pay close attention – Chasing Zebras: The Unoffi cial Guide to House, M.D. is the perfect primer and referential resource for this fantastic show. A major benefi t to sourcing unofficial material when it comes to program compendiums is that readers are privy to alternative insights and perspectives that don’t always make it into a sanctioned book. By the same token, author Barbara Barnett has accessed many people on the creative staff behind the show, which has helped shape her comprehensive analysis. Barnett claims she can be considered obsessed when it comes to House, and her fanaticism is the key component that sells this book, as she gently draws readers into her obsession as well. The book allows fans the opportunity to brush-up on certain episodes, or get a bigger picture of how the show has developed over the course of six seasons. But there’s a lot more here than just programming notes. Barnett discusses the criticisms that fans had regarding casting changes, and how the network attempted to resolve them. She explores the technical modifi cations Fox made to commercial breaks, which interrupted the program’s pacing and literally forced transformations to the format of the show. Because of this depth, Chasing Zebras offers more to readers than standard television compendiums might normally. It’s a level of attention that even House himself would likely respect. –Brian McQueen

Chasing Zebras is available now in the U.S. from your local bookseller (B/N, Borders, many independents) or from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble or Borders online (or your favorite online bookseller). The book will be out in Europe and worldwide October 28.

You Are Invited to a Book Launch Party!

Chasing Zebras News

The official launch date of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House M.D. is Wednesday, September 1 (less than a week away and two days after my birthday). So—here is the latest news:

Please be sure to sign up to join the Chasing Zebras Forum on my “official” website. The forum will be for discussion of the book (feel free to argue with me, debate, discuss or ask questions–but as always, civility will reign). Here’s the link.

The launch party details are set and everyone’s invited. A formal invitation will be shared here, on Facebook and Twitter (and by email. The date is September 19 at Goose Island Brew Pub in the beautiful Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago. If you are in town or near Chicago, c’mon and join us. If you can’t be here and would like to attend, you can join the virtual party on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CZ_LaunchParty.

With the launch forthcoming this next week, if you don’t see CZ in your local booksellers don’t be afraid to ask about it 🙂 and if you like the book, please do share your thoughts with others around the fandom. I hope you do like the book!

You can pre-order Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House at Amazon.com

ECW Posts First 25 pages of Chasing Zebras

ECW Press has posted the galleys from the firt 25 pages of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. Included are a very detailed Table of Contents and the first chapter and a half. The book, which will be released September 1st is more than 400 pages, and includes and extensive six-season episode guide! Please pass the word and if you like what you see, feel free to comment on the book’s Amazon.com page

A Sneak Peak at Chasing Zebras: The Table of Contents

So Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. is available for pre-order in several more places both here and abroad. It’s being sold at Barnes and Noble, Borders and at Amazon UK and Canada (and of course the US site). And we’re still five-plus months from the street date. (And a lovely picture of the cover has finally been added to the Amazon and B/N sites !)

With the London Book fair next month and North American Book Expo in May, things have only started. I’m still waiting the copyeditor’s changes (and slightly fearing the sharp blue pencil that I, myself, have wielded from time to time). The next several months will fly by I’m sure.

So, in honor of all this, I’d like to give you a sneak peek at the book’s Table of Contents and direct you to the book’s website for even more of a peek at the six-season episode guide:

(Please note that this Table of Contents is still preliminary and the order might change as the book moves through the publication process).

TABLE of CONTENTS

Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.

Introduction: Elementary, my dear Wilson

Sidebar: Finding a Holmes in (the) House: An Interview with a House-loving Holmesian

Sidebar: Cast of Characters

Differential Diagnosis: A Character Study Wrapped in a Mystery Wrapped in a Medical Procedural

Sidebar Formulas are made to be broken

Sidebar: Drama vs. Medical Accuracy: A Balancing Act

Sidebar: When it Doesn’t “Fit”

Dr. Gregory House: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

Sidebar: When House’s Objectivity Fails Him

Sidebar: House the Linguist

From Bach to Eddie Van Halen: The Music of House, M.D.

Boy Wonder Oncologist: Dr. James (“Jimmy”) Wilson

Sidebar: The Impact of Amber’s Death: A Closer Look at “Dying Changes Everything”

Sidebar: It’s Not All About the Neediness

Smart, Funny and Zesty: Dr. Lisa Cuddy

House’s Haunts

Sidebar The “Ball of Unknown Origin”

Sidebar: The Mutual Admiration of Stephen Colbert and Dr. Gregory House

Caring Until Her Eyes Pop Out: Dr. Allison Cameron

His Father Made a Phone Call: Dr. Robert Chase

Like House, But Nicer—Dr. Eric Foreman

House’s Fellows: Imprinting on the Daddy Doc

PART II: THE GUIDE

Guide to the Guide

Season 1: Patients Make Us Miserable

Sidebar: Before the Leg

Sidebar: An Odd Sort of Humility: A closer look at “DNR”

Sidebar: A Closer Look at “Role Model”

Sidebar: God, Religion and Hypocrisy

Season 2: Settling into the Story

Sidebar: House and Medical Mistakes

Sidebar: House’s Windmill: Death–A Closer Look at “All In”

Sidebar: Ketamine: A Closer Look at “No Reason”

Broken: House, Pain and Drugs

Season 3: Finding Meaning

Sidebar: The Happiness Scale: A Closer Look at “Lines in the Sand”

Sidebar: Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

Doing the Right Thing: House and Ethics

Season 4: A Shakeup at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital

Sidebar: Diagnostics Team 2.0

Sidebar: Learning to be a Doctor from a Doctor Like House

Sidebar: A Closer Look at “House’s Head” and “Wilson’s Heart”

The Enigmatic, Unlucky “13”

I Cheat: Dr. Christopher Taub

The Tragedy of Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Sidebar: People Don’t Change: A Closer Look at “Don’t Ever Change”

Season Five: Upheaval and the Ultimate Escape

Sidebar: Coincidence vs. Divine Intervention–A Closer Look at “Unfaithful”

Sidebar: Kutner’s Death and House’s Crash

Sidebar: Diagnosing Dr. House: A Conversation with a Clinical Child Psychologist

Season Six

Appendix: “Time is Not a Fixed Construct” Continuity and the Series Timeline

The birth of a book: end of week one

So Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. has been on Amazon.com pre-order for a week now. Like many authors (or so I’ve learned), I’ve become addicted to watching that little ole Amazon sales rank. Interestingly, or perhaps not, there are a lot of people obsessed with trying to figure out how it works. What does that all-important rank mean in the grand scheme of pre-sales?

My book doesn’t hit the shelves until September, so it’s a marathon. And we’re just at the start. After a quick start (as I posted last week, my sales rank hit 13,000 last weekend, only to drop like a lead balloon the next day into six-figure territory. Most of the week, however, my ranking has wandered between 20,000 and 60,000, and it would seem that’s a fairly respectable number (from what I’ve read), all things considered.

Mid week, the book went up on Barnes and Noble’s website as well. Like the Amazon listing, there’s no image of the cover; no description. So any sales on either front is strictly word of mouth effect. So, how to generate word of mouth?

I’ve begun to create “a presence” as an author. So, I did what every red-blooded author does and created a Facebook fan page. I paid for a little advertisement to let people know about it. I ran the ad for two and half days and it cost me about $170. In two days, I gained 459 fans. I’m not big on Facebook; I’m more of a twitterer. But I can post longer bites on Facebook–and the links and posts don’t fade into the ether within 10 minutes.

I also created an website for the book. I’m still trying to get the hang of it, and today, at the suggestion of my literary agent, I posted some excerpts from the book’s preface (although I haven’t yet received the manuscript back from the copyeditor). My publisher has asked me to gather a list of House fan sites that might be interested in reviewing the book or doing a “giveaway” once the book hits the stores this September.

I have also begun trying to figure out what else I need to do to make the book a success: Business cards? Bookmarks with the cover art on it?

Well, gotta get back sales rank gazing (oy. It’s 94,000 and dropping)

Excerpts from Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.

I’ve posted a couple of short excerpts from the preface of Chasing Zebras. Hope you like AND pass the word.

And if you like, please become a fan of my Chasing Zebras facebook page