Thursday, July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Young millionaire, lover of sports, cultivated, with good taste of music and a patient and empathetic character wishes to marry any young and beautiful girl that resembles the heroine of W.S. Maugham's new novel.Within 7 days, the first edition of his little known novel sold out. It went on to get critical praise and popular sales. Here are some other first novels that made it big out of the gate:
- Ralph Ellison's only novel Invisible Man
- Janet Fitch's White Oleander
- F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise
- Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe
- Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain
- David Guterson's Snow Fall on Cedars
- Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
- Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees
- Jhumpa Lahiri's The Interpreter of Maladies
- Harper Lee's only novel To Kill a Mockingbird
- Jay McInernay's Bright Lights, Big City
- Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind
- Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar
- Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things
- Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones
- Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
a petition going around at change.org against the nasty unwashed book bullies at Amazon. Among the many signers of the petition: Anne Rice. What can you do? It's like Jules Renard says: "Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none.” That said, just for fun, how about a little look-see at some funny book reviews of classic novels as written by some geniuses on Amazon (presented by the Huffington Post).
Sunday, July 27, 2014
this catastrophe of agent rejections, mice? Well, it never got any better. In fact, my novel got published because I entered it into a small press first novel contest. It didn't even win, you know, but it did get chosen as one of the four books the teeny tiny press puts out there in the world. The publisher says, "Basically because this deserves to be a book." And that's that. Of course I do have an agent for the more commercial enterprise of mine, but that book is still being written. Why is it taking so long to get it right, the commercial book? I don't know. Maybe that's just not the kind of Girlie Man I am.
Friday, July 25, 2014
With my novel due out November 11, 2014, I learn that the publisher/editor of the little press is pregnant: baby due in December, a few weeks following the birth of my novel. This is incredible happy news, and I am glad for the budding family. Also there's an illness in the family of someone closely related to the book. This is just life, I know, life and death.
Here's the long and short of it; I used to say that if my manuscript ever made it into a book I would be eternally grateful and humble. So be it. For now, I say thank you for the book, and I will shut the fuck up. Amen.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
this author, this book, this victory? Right then. So you can keep at it, friends. Some people take longer to get to the goal than others. No shame in that. Some books have longer gestational periods and some books are rejected for, say, a decade. This "experimental" novel won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the Desmond Elliot Prize, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, and the Goldsmiths Prize. A very small press published it. Hooray for small presses! Hooray for persistent artists! Writes the Telegraph:
McBride began sending her manuscript to publishers in 2004 but its experimental style – with no commas or speech marks - made it a difficult sell. She endured rejection after rejection, and all but gave up hope that the book would ever see the light the day.Right on, yo. Write on!