At 13, the heroine of my novel “Grist Mill Road” is the victim of a horrific crime. She is tied to a tree by a boy who then shoots her repeatedly with a BB gun, hitting her 37 times. Unconscious when she is rushed into surgery, Hannah awakes to discover the doctors have removed her left eye, a procedure known as enucleation.
I make no apologies for this—if you read and finish my latest novel, Grist Mill Road, I very much hope to have reduced you to tears. Why is that? What’s wrong with me? Well, there are several reasons a writer might hope to make his reader cry: because the writer wants the world to share the burden of his pain, because the writer is a malevolent sadist, because the writer’s just that kind of douche-hat (or should that be tear jerk?).
It was a one-decade deal. I’d given myself ten years to become a published novelist, and now my time was almost up. Three, two, one…The next day I would turn 40, an event that would seal my sense of failure. Tomorrow I was quitting writing for good. Ten years earlier, aged 30, I had left my job at a a popular British magazine where I was the puzzles editor to become a novelist. It feels whimsical now. (That’s a euphemism for self-indulgent.)
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".