Tuesday, March 14, 2006
In case I haven't crowed loud enough, my novel COUNTING HEADS received a full-page review in the NYT on March 5 (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/05/books/review/05itzkoff.html?ex=1299214800&en=bba96943259227fa&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss). I think I'm finally coming to grips with it. At first I thought it was a mixed review, seeing how the reviewer said some things I took as disparaging.
Then I reread the review and took it as backhanded NYC speech for "We love it!"
Then I read it not as a review to tell potential readers about my book (it doesn't) but rather as a personal missive from the reviewer to me alone. The last paragraph is the major tip-off where, with a wink and a nudge, he gives me some friendly advice about writing my next books.
Well, I'm already a third of the way through the first draft of the next book, tentatively titled, MIND OVER OSHIP, and I think the emotionally stunted AIs are taking over. So much for good advice.
In any case, the issue of the hour is finally getting a story collection published. (Read the next post down.) Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll attach you a pdf of my Sturgeon Award-winning novella, "The Wedding Album." If you'd be interested in seeing a story collection, let me know and I'll use it in my lobbying efforts.
And at the top is the photoshopped mug shot the Times ran with the review. What can I say--I'll make an attractive cyborg.