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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Not acting my age

By Matthew Dicks | April 29, 2009

One added benefit of my recent mention in USA Today was the printing of my age, 38.Many of my friends and colleagues thought that this was a misprint, assuming that I was much closer to…

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Storytelling on Twitter

By Matthew Dicks | April 27, 2009

For those of you on Twitter, you may be aware of the recent explosion of Twitter stories or novels, sometimes called Twisters, that people are now writing. They are essentially 140-character, self-contained stories, usually amounting…

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Experience counts

By Matthew Dicks | April 24, 2009

My good friend often said that no one can write a decent book before the age of forty. Life experience, he believes, is required to write well. I sold my book at the age of…

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USA Today! Today!

By Matthew Dicks | April 21, 2009

An article appeared in USA Today by Carol Memmott on publishing in trade paperback instead of hardcover, and Something Missing was featured prominently in the piece. Very exciting! My initial instinct was to run out…

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Wyatt of Rockport, Massachusetts

By Matthew Dicks | April 20, 2009

I spent the past week vacationing in Rockport, a seaside town on the north shore of Massachusetts. It’s a delightfully quaint and historic little town, its streets lined with tiny shops, each filled with tons…

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Odd titles

By Matthew Dicks | April 19, 2009

As I attempt to settle on a title for my second novel, I am amused by the discovery that a prize is given out annually to the book with the oddest name. It’s known as…

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Interruption

By Matthew Dicks | April 17, 2009

Conversation between a three-year-old and me: Three-year-old: Hi. What are you working on? Me:  An questionnaire for my publisher. Three-year-old:  Why? Me: So that my readers can know me better. Three-year-old: Oh. A second later……

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A reader’s guide

By Matthew Dicks | April 15, 2009

Random House has posted a reader’s guide for Something Missing on their site, along with a summary of the book and a couple of blurbs from other authors. As the writer, reading the questions in…

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A dangerous career

By Matthew Dicks | April 14, 2009

Last week I accompanied my wife to a Passover Seder at the home of some of her old friends. I didn’t know many people in attendance, but the host knew about the upcoming publication of…

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Not religious. Not spiritual.

By Matthew Dicks | April 13, 2009

The advanced review copies of Something Missing have begun to pop up on eBay (thank goodness for Google Alerts). Even though the ARC seal on the book clearly states that the review copy is not…

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