Monday, June 29, 2009

Badass in Print

My friend Ben Thompson (a smart guy with degrees in history and political science) has written a book, Badass, that will hit the stores in October. He showed me an advance reader's copy (ARC) this morning, and it looks great. Illustrations! Maps! I have promised to buy one when it's available, and to heckle him when he does local promotional events. I expect reciprocity when my book is published.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Agent Update Redux

Mr. Agent, who has a well-earned reputation as a "hands-on" sort of guy, asks that I make further changes to the book. These will be pretty major structural changes and will take me about two months, I estimate, to complete. Darn, I say. I was hoping to get a decent start on my next book. But no.

See further whinging and commentary about this turn of events here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Happy Bloomsday!

Happy Bloomsday! Behave yourselves. Although this is an excellent day for a first date.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New Home

Mighty Reader and I are getting this next week:



Why? Because it's got this kitchen:



I shall be busy and penniless for the rest of the year! Hurrah!

Book Two Progress Report

This evening I made six and a half pages of notes for my next book. I have the rough shape of the story, and the first five chapters outlined, and I think it's going to be a good book. I like my outline so far, and I'm leaving room to improvise along the way. This is going to be a very weird, very dark tale, and I plan on pulling out all the stops. Nothing is too much, I wrote in my notes. I think I have my main characters figured out, and I have a dandy end to Act One planned. The story is taking turns that surprise me, which is nice.

Anyway, I've done fine work and I'm truly bitten by the writing bug again, but for now it's late and I must to bed.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Agent Update (Really, this time)!

So, I sent my revisions to my agent two weeks ago and hadn't heard a word back from him. I wasn't actually expecting to hear anything for a couple more weeks; my agent is a busy guy, BEA was last week and he had a conference last weekend, and he's got other clients as well. It would be nice if he'd drop everything and concentrate on my ego, but that's unrealistic. But...I have been getting a certain amount of pressure from certain quarters to send Jeff an email asking if, at least, he ever got the file I sent. So last night I wrote a brief, "no pressure, just checking if you got the ms" email and send it off. This morning (something like 3:00 AM his time; does the man never sleep?) Jeff replied that he'd received the revisions and had given them to his reader for her opinion. I don't know who his reader is, but I do know that he puts a lot of stock in her opinion. Anyway, his reader "read and loved it," which is great news. My agent promises to start reading/provisional editing the ms "shortly," which is code for when he has the time, which will probably be sometime this month. And this is all fabulous news. The manuscript will hopefully be on submission to publishers sometime in July. Fingers crossed.

I am exceedingly busy at work these days, so I will likely not check back on this blog until...let's say Sunday.