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On Wednesday night, I sent MILO onto my agent. It was both thrilling and a little scary to send the manuscript off like that, and waiting to hear what Taryn thinks is always a little nerve-wracking. So when I went downstairs on Thursday morning and sat down in front of my laptop, I realized that…

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Another blurb for SOMETHING MISSING came in yesterday, this one from David Rosen, author of I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK.  He writes: “A funny, suspenseful and thoroughly original debut that will keep you up to the wee hours flipping pages, having to explain your bloodshot eyes the next day.  Damn you, Matthew Dicks —…

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If you are interested in checking out the books that I am reading and have read, as well as my reviews of some of them, you can sign up for a free account at goodreads.com and request to be my friend.  You can find my profile under my full name: Matthew Dicks. 

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More good news. Have you seen the animated film Ratatouille? In this movie, a famous chef proclaims his belief that everyone can cook, much to the chagrin of the professional chefs of the world.  They take offense to the implication that a chef does not need proper training in order to prepare excellent food, and…

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Great news!  I finished my book.  At 11:58 PM on Friday night, I typed the final words of the epilogue, ending an almost fourteen month journey into the life of Milo Slade.  I couldn’t be more excited. I’ll be spending this weekend re-reading and revising the manuscript, working in a couple themes that I think…

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I’ve been reading The Story of Edgar Sawtell, a novel by David Wroblewski. I almost never abandon a book once I’ve started reading it, but I fear that this I may put this one aside soon. While there is much that I enjoy about the novel, and it has received praise from many authors and…

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As a Border’s book club pick, SOMETHING MISSING will get three face-outs in a bay at the front of the store and will have 20% discounting.  It also appears that I will have the opportunity to appear on Border’s book club channel, and that a Q&A, reading guide, and an excerpt of the book will…

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Good news! SOMETHING MISSING is going to be a Book Club selection at Borders! Naturally I had no idea what this meant when I was first told by my editor via email, but based upon Melissa’s level of enthusiasm and the number of exclamation points that she used in the email told me that this…

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An anonymous reader recently asked: You write a lot about your mother-in-law but not about your own mother. What does she think of your success? Sadly, my mother never got to see my book in print, nor did she read a word of the manuscript. I lost my mom two year ago from complications caused…

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