Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Behold the very first Special Feature for my upcoming book, EVIL? Below you will see the text for the Dedication and Acknowledgments page that will appear at the front of the book. I present it here to invite discussion on who these people are that I have chosen to thank for helping to bring my new novel to bookstores. Feel free to leave a comment or question!

For Monica
You Know Why

First and foremost, I'd like to thank my own creative brilliance. Three cheers for me! I'm just super.

I would also like to thank my wife, Violet, for her support; Andrew Karre and Brian Farrey, for believing in this project; Sandy Sullivan, for her goddess-like editing; Robert Brown, for being an excellent agent; Lori MacDougall and Angela Jewell, for having me in to do signings every year; God/the universe/spaghetti monster/whatever, for filling my head with such weird ideas; and finally, I'd like to thank my right hand for... you know.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

EVIL? Editing

Last week I did the final round of editing on EVIL?, and it was a lot less painful than I'd feared. I hadn't heard from FLUX since I sent the rewritten version to them in August, and I wanted to know how the new ending had worked out.

Naturally, my fears were completely unfounded - they were very happy with the book, and the editor assigned to it thought the ending was terrific! She pointed out a few things that needed changing and/or fixing, areas where I'd goofed and said something that was proved untrue earlier (or later) in the story. I try to keep all the details in my head when I'm writing, or at least try to fix all that stuff before the publisher sees it, but I'm only human and I goof up like everyone else. That's why it's great to have a skilled editor there to catch those gaffes and make me look good.

My editor's name is Sandy Sullivan, and she is to be praised. My novel is in good hands thanks to her.