Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Kind of Town(s)

Given my recent luck with delays and canceled flights, I can't say I'm looking forward to heading off to LaGuardia Airport on Thursday. But I am excited about my destinations.

On Friday, I'll be signing books at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. I've also been invited to be on a panel Saturday morning with several other authors. Our topic: "Books on Families and the Peer Cultures of Our Times." It's been awhile since I've had to answer questions from an English teacher, never mind a room full of them. But I'm really looking forward to it.

After the panel, it's up to Milwaukee for an afternoon (2pm) reading and signing at the one and only Boswell Book Company. If you're in the area, please come by! It's a great indie bookstore.

Unfortunately, I'm flying back to LGA that night, so I won't have time to to re-discover some of the beers that made Milwaukee famous... unless, of course, there's another delay or cancellation.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

What an Editor Does

I'm sometimes asked about the role an editor plays once a book is written. I get the feeling that the question-behind-the-question is, "Did you get into any interesting screaming matches with your editor?"

My answer never fails to disappoint, since I agreed with virtually all the changes suggested by my editor, the wonderful Liz Van Hoose of Viking. (By the way, she always had the sensitivity and class to refer to her edits as "suggestions.")

Anyway, this morning I came across a blog post this morning that does a great job of answering the question around the editor's role. Find it here:

What an Editor Does, by Steven Harper - Penguin Community Blog post

What's your question or observation about the author-editor relationship?

Friday, November 4, 2011

More on The Next Best Book Giveaway from The Next Best Book Club

Here's a chance to win one of ten free copies of the paperback edition of Bill Warrington's Last Chance.

All you have to do is go HERE and make a comment. That automatically qualifies you for a chance to win one of the books, as well as a personalized bookplate, signed by yours truly.  Then, all through December, there will be an ongoing Reader/Author discussion on The Next Best Book Club on Goodreads. I'll be answering any and all questions about the book, writing, procrastinating, first drafts, letting others read your work-in-progress, working with editors, dealing with reviews... you get the idea.

I am flattered to be invited on TNBBC and can't wait for the Reader/Author discussion. Please join me. Remember to enter the Giveaway today!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011