Saturday, October 6, 2012

Oh, and hey! Anyone want to (p)review my book?

Two posts in one day? I know--I'm prolific, right? My next book, How I Got Rich Writing C Papers, a Young Adult novel that is also a text for writers, is moving toward publication. I thought I'd update the three or four people who sometimes read this blog.

A week ago, I completed penultimate author edits. In the next monthish, my editor will complete her final edits, and then I'll get one last look at the book before it goes to the printers and, in January, is available for purchase. Actually, it's available for preorder now (here Barnes & Noble or here Amazon, where you can see the final cover).

Several teachers from around the country have read and agreed to review the book. My hope, of course, is that it ultimately gets into the hands of teenage writers, to whom the books speaks. If you're interested in previewing the book, and you have a way to connect with teenagers or with teachers, let me know. I may be able to get you an advanced reading copy, which isn't quite as cool as the final deal, but it's still something. Anyway, let me know (by e-mailing me at


Big News in Books


9.27.12 marked a big day in the world of book publishing. What? J. K. Rowling's new book came out that day? Oh, yeah. I do want to read that. But that's not the day's big news. What is?

On 9.27.12, Adam Gidwitz' followup to A Tale Dark and Grimm hit shelves! The new title: In a Glass Grimmly. On Monday, after a day of teaching, I biked to the nearest Barnes and Noble to pick up my copy. I had more fun reading that first book--Dark and Grimm, I mean--than I did probably any other book in the last couple years. I e-mailed Gidwitz afterward, in fact, and told him I wished I'd written his book. It's funny, dark, smart, and entertaining, and it's told with an engaging authorial confidence. So now I'm half through with In a Glass Grimmly. So far, so good. Anyway, thought I'd share.

Oh, and while at Barnes and Noble I read the first chapter of Rowling's new book (The Casual Vacancy), as well, and was tempted to keep going. Don't worry, Ms. R.: I'll read the rest of it, too.