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Trade paper

By Matthew Dicks | March 11, 2009

The decision has been made to publish Something Missing as a trade paperback original rather than a hardback. Doubleday’s marketing department believes that the book will do better in trade paper. My agent explained it…

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Loving the Germans

By Matthew Dicks | March 9, 2009

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 Died in…

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Do you like writing?

By Matthew Dicks | March 8, 2009

The Guardian published a story asking various authors if they thought writing was a joy or a chore in response to Colm Toibin’s recent warning that he does not like writing despite his enormous success.…

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Lunacy or brilliance?

By Matthew Dicks | March 4, 2009

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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News from the German front

By Matthew Dicks | March 3, 2009

My German editor was kind enough to contact me after seeing this website in order to cast some light on the reasons why the name of SOMETHING MISSING was changed in Germany.  I’m posting a…

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First sentences

By Matthew Dicks | March 1, 2009

I have a friend named Charles who is a biophysicist, a professor, a songwriter, a musician (guitar, bagpipes, and God knows what else), a poet, and a writer of short fiction. He reads James Joyce…

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A new start

By Matthew Dicks | February 28, 2009

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…

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More kind words

By Matthew Dicks | February 23, 2009

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…

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By Matthew Dicks | February 22, 2009

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…

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Anyone can write

By Matthew Dicks | February 21, 2009

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…

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