What's a Book Rep?

In my last post I mentioned that my next novel will be published in January 2014 instead of September 2013, but I didn’t say why. The reason has to do with the requirements of my publisher’s book reps. So what’s a book rep, anyway? Book reps are...

Ringing the Changes

One of my all time favourite titles comes from a short story collection by the great Grace Paley – Enormous Changes at the Last Minute. The past ten days have felt like that, and although some of the changes have been a long time coming, once they arrived it...

Random Thoughts on Bombing My Homes

It’s been a difficult week. Margaret Thatcher was buried, but her death resurrected a generation of anger and pain. And, of course, someone for some still unknown reason exploded bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It doesn’t make much sense...

Preparing to Publish

The research is done. The thinking is done. The writing is done. And hurray! The manuscript has been accepted for publication. Now what? I thought I’d make a list for all of us of everything that will need to be done between now and September, the time when my...

Who's Your Favourite?

I hate that question, and as a writer I am asked it all the time. The answer seems to change with time, with perspective, with lots of things. But I suppose one good way to know how to answer such a question is to see how I feel when an author has a new book coming...