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My buddy, Tom, started a Fans of Something Missing group on Facebook last week. It’s already got about forty members, even though most of them have yet to read the book. Yesterday he assigned me a title: President of Writing and Publishing Department. He is President of the Shameless Promotion Department. It’s good to have…

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One of the challenges of writing, at least for me, is how to divide my time, my attention and my energy.  Holding down a job as an elementary school teacher (and finding it difficult to imagine ever giving up this job), my time spent writing is limited.  Oftentimes, several aspects to my writing career pull…

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For anyone interested in some fun reading check out: The 7 Greatest Stories in the History of Esquire Magazine Esquire’s list of the Seven Best First Sentences of 2006 Esquire’s 70 Greatest Sentences

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My book popped up on Amazon.com last week, available for preorder. I have a Google alert set up for my name, and last Tuesday, it alerted me to the novel’s appearance on the site. Since then it’s been popping up on sites like the Borders and Random House website. Very exciting. I told my mother-in-law…

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Brian, via email, asks: Can you tell me how the writer-agent relationship works? How did you go about finding an agent? First, please keep in mind that I can only speak about the relationship that I have with my agent, Taryn Fagerness. Being new to the publishing world, I don’t know if our relationship is…

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This evening, I attempted to open an Amazon Connect account, which would allow me to link this blog to the Amazon page where SOMETHING MISSING will be sold. It sounds like a great program. Not only will it link to the blog, but it will list my last three posts right on the Amazon page.…

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Since you have to pay for the archives of many newspapers, my previously mentioned article, Two Divorces Too Many, which was re-titled by some newspapers and magazines, was difficult to find for some people.  By request, I posted it under the heading Other Writing in the second column of the blog. 

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Penelope Pudding (a genius pseudonym) writes: Do your books evolve as you write them, or do you know how they will end in advance? Interesting question. As you probably know, every author is different. Perhaps the story behind my Something Missing will answer this for you. The idea for Something Missing began on a November…

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An acquaintance of mine met with her divorce attorney today to begin the sad proceedings that will bring her marriage to an end.  Included in the informational packet that she received was an article entitled Two Divorces Too Many, which was written by me.  About five years ago, I published the article as an OP-Ed…

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Greetings! Welcome to my little corner of the world. My name is Matthew Dicks. I am a writer. In the spring of 2008, under the guidance of my remarkable agent, Taryn Fagerness, I sold my first novel, Something Missing, to Broadway Books, an imprint of Doubleday, and thus made one of my childhood dreams come…

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