Friday, March 10, 2017

For me, this is pretty big news

I'm getting a book published. There is a ton of work to do between now and the book coming out in the fall, but I've signed a contract, and if a certain president can just keep the world from thermonuclear war between now and then, I'll have fulfilled a big dream. I'll post plenty between now and then about elements of the process of publishing a book, but for now, I just wanted to get out this little bit of encouragement. No matter how discouraged you are, you are not more discouraged than I was a few years ago. I've quit writing more times than I've published stories. But here I am.

Here's the publisher's Facebook announcement. Yes, I know that my only two author pictures to date are two lame ones Mrs. Heretic took in front of a tree. I'll get a real, professional one done for the book: 


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  1. CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so happy to hear about this - and yes, I'm looking forward to hearing more about the process.

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    1. Thanks, Karen. I know this doesn't excuse me for falling behind with you on your blog, so I'll try to catch up.

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  2. I'll be happy to pose for your formal headshot.

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    1. Wait until they need nude shots. That's when I'll really need the stand-in.

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  3. Congratulations! I haven't visited your blog for a while, so I'm late to this. Very good news! If you remember, you blogged a while back on a story I wrote for The Intercept, and we exchanged a few comments. You might be amused to know that a portion of that story has been immortalized in a new podcast that features the actor Bill Camp reading one of the philosopher's columns. Start listening at 18:25 of the following, I think you'll appreciate it. Bests, Peter https://theintercept.com/2017/03/22/intercepted-podcast-could-trump-start-world-war-iii/

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  4. "Socrates," the fictional character you created, is out of Melville's hands now. You're welcome to him. He's an interesting character, even if I wouldn't have written him that way.

    If I manage to get the novel published after this book of short stories comes out, maybe you'll rewrite your Socrates a bit.

    By the way, one of my brothers is a huge fan of The Intercept. He's always sending me links.

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  5. In that case, I'm a fan of your brother!
    Btw, please feel free to add me to your email list for publishing news (my contact info is on my eponymous website). And congrats again.

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  6. It's nice you think I have enough fans (or even friends) to have such a thing as an "email list," or that I'm a sharp enough self-promoter to have realized that I should. I know you can subscribe to the blog if you want, because I added that widget. (Although I'm such an inept blogger, I don't even know how to check to see if I have any subscribers.)

    I've decided that if I ever disagree sharply enough with a story you write in the future that I want to respond, rather than overcoming a lot of obstacles to write the most substantive, thoughtful, and true response I can, I'm just going to tweet "Very Unfair! Fake news!" That seems to be the more effective way to rebut something these days.

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  7. For maximum impact, capitalize one of the words. VERY Unfair! ;)

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