Monthly Archives: February 2011


St. Martin’s has accepted my edits for the sequel to “Crashers.” It’s going to the copy editing phase next.

Which means I can focus on the third novel. Which is about 170 pages done. First draft, naturally.


Line edits

I should power through the most recent set of edits from el Jefe this weekend and get them shipped back by Monday.

My editor, Keith, has three primary character traits. First, he’s a wise-ass. Second, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture (do NOT get him started in Sid and Marty Krofft). Third, he can explain with the precision of a laser exactly what he wants edited, and why, and how it will make a sentence, or a paragraph, or a scene, or the damn novel, slightly better.

Many editors can edit. Few, I’ve found, can explain why they edit.

This process is more fun than I had a right to hope for.



Feelin’ the love from the librarians!

“Crashers” got short-listed, along with two other books, from the American Library Association as a “must-read” for winter! This was at the ALA Midwinter conference in beautiful San Diego.

The others are “The Nearest Exit” by Olen Steinhauer, and “They’re Watching” by Gregg Hurwitz. Neither of which I’ve read, cuz I’m a loser-slacker. But I will.


Down Under

Katy King and I went online at a Borders store, seeking my novel. Lo, we got to see the Australian cover! This is the first time I’ve ever seen it. It looks great!

St. Martin’s sold foreign rights for “Crashers” in Italy, Australia and Japan. I have copies of the Italian cover, which I love, love, love. Haven’t seen the Japanese edition yet.


Egypt: History in the making

I’m supposed to be working on my sequel this morning but the images coming from the Egyptian street are so compelling, I can’t turn away.

Tahrir Square in Cairo is filled with an estimated 2 million people. Alexandria is all but shut down by the protests. The military rank-and-file has rolled tanks, not to suppress the people, but to back them up. The foreign community – including Turkey – is calling for the 30-year government to listen to the people … and all the people are saying is “stand down.”

The best TV journalism remains Al Jazeera, as it has been for days now. The scroll on its English-language channel keeps showing the coordinates of communications satellites, in order to help people in Egypt, without access now to the Internet (and with its Cairo office under police arrest), to pirate their signal.

History is unfolding before us. If a historically secure government like Egypt can fall to the will of the Arabic Street, who is next? Myanmar? Syria?



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