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My Son the Genius

Look what my 12-year-old son made for me:

We’re now thinking of doing the next book on my backlist.

Who knew that when the children grew up they’d be so useful!





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Self promotion

self-promotionOh god, I made the mistake of looking at another writer’s blog today. It’s so zoomy and groovy and interesting and salient I want to stuff a sock in my mouth.

It also makes me realize how inept I am at publicity. I should be putting a picture of my new book somewhere on the home page of my website. But nooooo, I’ve got a fancy photo of moi. The whole thing is about me, me, me. Books? Oh, yeah. Yeah. They’re around here somewhere. Now where did I put them? I can’t remember. But have I told you about me lately?

My publisher’s publicist must be committing hari kari with her Nintendo pen.

But I think the main reason I have trouble with promotion is that for me it’s not really a book. It’s a group of characters who live on in my head. And like many writers, I’m always surprised I had anything to do with creating them. Because characters have a way of being more than what you originally imagined.  They take on their own lives and become people you actually knew. Later, you wonder how they’re doing.

So anyway, I’ve got a book coming out soon. In 8 days and 5 hours to be exact. It’s called Believe Me (Penguin). It is about a mother who is an Atheist and an astronomer and who has raised her son to be very rational and scientific until one day she finds out he’s been sneaking off to bible class. It’s about faith and science and a wonderful 13 year old boy and his mother who have become very close to my heart.

photo by Practicalowl (flickr)


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Depressing Business


I just read the most depressing story about publishing in the New York Times yesterday. It basically says that all those people selling second books online are killing the backlists of publishing companies and that midlist writers can kiss any hope of an advance good bye.

Keeping up with the publishing world is serious and depressing business. Its demise has been hailed for years now. Though with the advent of the internet it seems to be in its final death throes. I waiver between wanting to know the bad news and clamping my hands to my ears, refusing to hear about the possibility that  there will be no one to publish what I struggle to write. I try to remind myself that I wrote for almost 20 years before my first book was published and I suppose I’ll keep rambling on long after any real hope of being published again disappears.

Or will I?

One of the best blogs on the subject is Candy Gourlay’s Notes from the Slush Pile. She is a children’s author and keeps tabs on the publishing industry as a whole. She is also very funny and very generous with her information. Check out her Web Survival Tools which she offers from a talk she gave called Who’s Afraid of the World Wide Web. She’s a true blog babe.

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