Pulling back the curtain on the translation process
I’ve been fortunate enough to have my novels translated and published in more than 25 countries around the world. Just this week I heard from readers in Mexico, France, Brazil, and Australia, including two students who are reading Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend in school and one woman who strongly believes that Something Missing must be…Read More
Can I re-write a book from my back list the same way Def Leppard re-recorded songs and now owns their rights?
Def Leppard, a band that provided much of the soundtrack of my youth, has re-recorded its backlist in an effort to regain financial control of their music. With newly recorded “forgeries” of “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Rock of Ages” now available, the quintet has begun a series of re-recordings of its catalog material and “wrestled…Read More
Is one book a year enough?
Julie Bosman of The New York Times published a piece over the weekend discussing how writing one book a year might no longer be enough in this age of the digital book and instant media gratification. The push for more material comes as publishers and booksellers are desperately looking for ways to hold onto readers…Read More
On the topic of book covers: Recommended listening and recommended viewing
If you love books, you should already be listening to the wonderful Books on the Nightstand podcast: But if you haven’t started listening yet, this week’s episode features a discussion about my recent post about book covers that is worthy of a listen, and hopefully it will get you hooked on this outstanding podcast. Host…Read More
My recent NYC visit included a fibrous hymen, a visit with a fictional character and a heart wrenching betrayal by a friend.
I spent last Thursday in New York City. Oftentimes a single day in the city feels like three by the time I leave, and Thursday was no exception. When I am in the city, I like to get a lot done. A few notes from that day: 1. My first stop was MacMillan Audio, where…Read More
Anatomy of a book cover
I am very fortunate. I love the designs chosen for both the US and UK editions of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. Both are very different, but I like them almost equally. To be honest, my preference wavers constantly. There are days when I like the UK version better, and there are days when…Read More
Looking for a literary agent? Have you tried this strategy yet?
Last summer, I conducted a workshop designed to help writers find a literary agent. Most of the workshop was centered on the strategies that I used when finding my own agent. If you’re curious, I wrote about the path that I took to finding my agent a couple years ago. It’s important to note that…Read More
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend: An audio preview
The first two chapters of the audio version of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend are available for preview here. The book is narrated by Matthew Brown, which seems apropos considering my UK pseudonym is Matthew Green. I was initially worried that I would not like the narrator, especially given that the story is told in…Read More
Insightful and hilarious confirmation that my publisher and I are a perfect match
In a recent meeting with the sales, publicity and marketing team of my publisher, St. Martin’s Press, I was asked about the decision to publish in the UK under the name Matthew Green. I explained that my British publisher, Little Brown UK, felt that my last name might serve as a hindrance to book sales…Read More
Unequal footing and a first peek into St. Martin’s Press
Prior to performing at The Moth last Tuesday, I stopped by at the beautiful Flatiron Building for a meeting with my editor, her assistant and the social media director for St. Martin’s. It’s always slightly surreal to meet someone who knows me through Twitter and my blog but who I do not know at all.…Read More