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A blog by Matthew Dicks

More attention for SOMETHING MISSING

By Matthew Dicks | August 29, 2009

NEWSDAY is picking up the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s highly favorable review of SOMETHING MISSING to run on Sunday, September 6!  My father-in-law informs me that NEWSDAY has the seventeenth largest circulation in the country. Not…

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Unfortunate mistaken identity

By Matthew Dicks | August 28, 2009

I’m standing in line at D’Angelo’s, waiting to place my order. Directly in front of me is a husband and wife who look remarkably alike.  Both about five feet tall, shaped like eggplants, and wearing…

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Does the multiple-author format make more sense?

By Matthew Dicks | August 27, 2009

Last night’s appearance at the Wilton Library was delightful, and many thanks to the staff at the library for putting this event together.  I sat on a panel of first time authors, and we spent…

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Appearing at the Wilton Library

By Matthew Dicks | August 26, 2009

Tomorrow night I will be sitting on a panel of new authors at the Wilton Library in Wilton, CT.  If you’d like to attend, you can find details here.  Though we will be discussing our…

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My bee sting

By Matthew Dicks | August 26, 2009

Since some of you have asked, yes, it’s true.  I was stung by a bee on Friday.  This tends to be a bigger deal for me than most people, since I have required CPR and…

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Is there value in publishing a first draft?

By Matthew Dicks | August 25, 2009

Print Magazine has a terrific look at the cover art on a handful of books, along with some explanation from the designers.  It’s a fascinating look into the world of cover design. Along a related…

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Twitter friends

By Matthew Dicks | August 25, 2009

I recently told someone that over the past several months, I have made several friends through Twitter, even though many of us have never met in person. “Friends through 140 characters?” this person asked dubiously. …

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A change in style

By Matthew Dicks | August 24, 2009

I contacted my editor last week, inquiring about the current view in the publishing world on the number of spaces after a mark of punctuation.  Like The Chicago Manual of Style, the AP Stylebook, and…

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Five year plan?

By Matthew Dicks | August 23, 2009

I played golf last week with a guy who is works in the corporate world. He’s got a degree in math and an MBA but he also ha a newborn son at home and wants…

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Well-timed and welcomed!

By Matthew Dicks | August 22, 2009

It’s after midnight. It’s still incredibly hot and humid, even though I’m on the Connecticut shoreline and the sun has been down for hours.  I’ve just finished loading two tons of DJ equipment into the…

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