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I’ve spent the last week working on revising my second book using notes from my agent, Taryn, who, by the way, recently launched her own literary agency. It took my all of two seconds to decide to stick with Taryn. While be forever grateful to Sandy Dykstra and her agency for signing me on, it…

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I was speaking to a friend who said that his head is full of stories but he lacks the chops to get them down on paper, lamenting his lack of writing skill. He wondered aloud if someone would be willing to write them down for him and craft them into books, at which point his…

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Here’s a pet peeve of mine: Dream sequences in books, film or television. I can’t stand it when I am forced to suffer through a character’s dream, particularly when it occurs in a novel. Though many writers seem to employ this tactic, I cannot imagine why. It strikes me as a lazy, less-than-subtle means of…

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The fifth annual Tournament of Books began a couple weeks ago, pitting the sixteen best novels of the year against one another in order to determine a champion. The first round match-ups were thus: 2666 vs. Steer Toward Rock Netherland vs. A Partisan’s Daughter The White Tiger vs. Harry, Revisited Unaccustomed Earth vs. City of…

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A recent survey of British readers found that a “George Orwell’s 1984 tops the list of books that people pretend they have read, in a survey carried out for World Book Day 2009. Of the 65% who claimed to have read a book which in truth they haven’t, 42% admit to having said they had…

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Jonathan Black wrote a piece in the American Spectator about the Acknowledgements page (or pages) in novels, declaring that “The Acknowledgments page cannot make a bad book better, but it can ruin a good one.” How utterly ridiculous. First off, if Black truly believes that an Acknowledgements page can ruin a good book, why would…

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The decision has been made to publish SOMETHING MISSING as a trade paperback original rather than as a hardback. Doubleday’s marketing department believes that the book will do better in trade paper. My agent explained it to me this way: The price point would be lower (paperbacks sell for about $14 while hardbacks sell for…

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More news from my German editor: The major publishing magazine, Boersenblatt, published their first announcement (not quite a review, but a kind of “best of upcoming novels preview”) and SOMETHING MISSING (DER GUTE DIEB in Germany) is among them, including the cover.  My wife has suggested that I could become the next David Hasselhoff. I…

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The Guardian published a story in which they asked a variety of authors if they thought that writing was a joy or a chore, in response to Colm Toibin’s recent admonition that he does not like writing despite his enormous success. I found it quite interesting to discover how these authors feel about their craft…

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A new idea for a book has lodged itself in my head, and it’s now competing for space with the idea that I am already pursuing. Is it crazy to consider writing two books simultaneously?

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