Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
I've just discovered that the Dutch for 'the Birds and Bees' is 'de Bloemetjes de Bijtjes'. Isn't that great? They've also given it a cover which looks like flowery wallpaper. With hats. For some odd reason, I find this immensely cheering (probably because it takes my mind off my Failure). I'm now waiting to see what the French will do with it. What do other people's books sound/look like in other languages/countries?
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Friday, 20 February 2009
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Pan Macmillan has acquired the rights to a further two novels by Eliza Graham. Will Atkins, founding editor of Macmillan New Writing, bought world rights from Graham herself for "a good five figure advance".
Her new novel is provisionally called Jubilee, and will be published in Pan paperback in May 2010. The title is about the disappearance of a child and takes place in England, with the period spanning from the Queen's Coronation to her Golden Jubilee.
The second book is as yet untitled, but has been scheduled for publication in October 011.
Graham's first novel, Playing with the Moon, was also published by MNW, a year after the imprint launched in 2006 with the aim of discovering top new novelists writing across all genres.
Her second novel, Restitution, is released in Pan paperback in May this year.
Saturday, 14 February 2009
I have hesitated about posting this. The MNW Blog has been the means of spreading all manner of good news - publications, rights, and accolades - and I have enjoyed being a part of it and sharing in everyone's successes. But now I have a failure to report. Macmillan have rejected my third novel. For some time, I suspected that as this mad, self-indulgent romp got increasingly out of control, it might cost me dear - that it wasn't good enough - and lo! Macmillan agree. It isn't good enough. Will was so kind; the pill was sugared with lovely comments, and he'd be happy to consider a (substantial) re-write. But there won't be a re-write; neither will I submit it anywhere else. One day maybe I'll use bits of it, and resurrect one or two of the characters I've become so fond of, but not yet. Of course I'm disappointed, and for a few days I felt an utter failure, but I also feel oddly liberated. I no longer have the albatross of a not-very-good book hanging round my neck, and can get on with something else. Having said that, commiserations (and dare I say, any similar experiences) would be gratefully received, for only a fellow-writer understands how it feels to have a book rejected.
There. Confession over. I feel much better now!
Worth a gander…
Thursday, 12 February 2009
It's pretty exciting.
I'm supposed to be editing the manuscript right this second, in fact, which is why I'm posting this. If I didn't have a bunch to do, I probably would have found ways to put this post off for another couple days. By playing online Scrabble, say. But since I've got a bunch of stuff to be doing, I had no problem finding time for a blog post.
I live in Los Angeles and have for the last eight years. I like it, but it's expensive.
I kept a book journal for the first time last year and was pretty disappointed in the number of books I read (24), so I'm really going to try to beat that number this year. I'm up to five so far.
I have a wife and two cats. The cats came with the wife, but somewhere along the line the litter box became my responsibility. It's worth it.
I've been writing since I was twelve. My first story was a blatant ripoff of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
I do not like sweets.
I do like anything with garlic in it, except for garlic-flavored ice cream, probably because it's sweet.
In the future I will try to have a subject other than me. Just thought I'd pop in to introduce myself. Howdy!
Monday, 9 February 2009
I'm so sorry about my Munchie's cutting way with a pen, Doug. If it makes you feel better, I'm enjoying the book very much and I think it was an act of jealousy on her part because I was spending more time reading it than playing with her.
And it was very satisfying to be able to put at least one critic on the naughty step.