This post-summer, pre-winter bright cold that’s officially fall but doesn’t feel like much of anything.
Unexpected but satisfactory developments in novel land: FELLOW MORTALS has a new cover design with a more impactful title font (see on the righthand column, or scroll down for a larger version).
Plus the publication date has been moved closer, to February 5, 2013. So the thing’s suddenly coming out in less than three months. It’s basically Thanksgiving, Christmas, holiday recovery holy cats pub day.
I suspect some early reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus will appear in the next month or two, so I’m bracing for that. The book’s doing well on Goodreads so far. Will I read my negative reviews when they emerge? You bet. What has thicker skin than a rhino? SUPER RHINO. I will be a super rhino, fending off sour reviewers with my hair horn.
As you can see on the new cover, I received a wonderful blurb from Stewart O’Nan, one of my favorite writers. That was a thrill, and it was all the more enjoyable because it happened exclusively via snail mail. I mailed him a postcard asking if he’d consider giving my novel a look, he postcarded back, my editor mailed him a copy, he mailed me a handwritten note with the blurb, and I wrote him a thank you. No email, no prior connections. It was so old-timey and good.
I hereby counter-recommend his own books. Last Night at the Lobster is a great place to start. Pretty much everybody likes that book. Those who don’t get the hair horn.
My other pre-pub endorsements can be found HERE.
Colonial-American Word of the Day
Buffle-headed: (adj) confused, stupid
There’s a show I’ve never heard of because I’m often woefully out of touch. The show is called “Bob’s Burgers”. They have a Thanksgiving song, and this song was covered in somber and affecting style by my favorite band, The National. Check out both versions by following the link. It’s really worth hearing.
The National Cover “Bob’s Burgers” Thanksgiving Song
Handel, “Violin Sonata in F Major, Op. 1, No. 12, Allegro”