Saturday, February 23, 2008

Look what ELSE I found

Actually, it's more like look WHO else I found. Back when I was first able to quit my day job and try my hand at writing for a living, I got the chance to do some short stories for a company called Foggy Windows Books. Don't try looking for them because they went out of business and I'm pretty sure they haven't come back. Anyway, the editor who worked with me was Russell Davis and he was actually the first editor I ever worked with.

Well, another friend of mine recently pointed me in the direction of a good western blog called Westerns For Today. Wouldn't you know it? It's run by Russell Davis. He's a great guy and his blog has a lot of reviews (including one for yours truly). I put a link to his blog on the side of this page, so pay him a visit and tell him who sent ya.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Look what I found

I was looking online for the release date of my upcoming entry in the Ralph Compton series and I found something even better: the cover! Usually, the editor sends me a copy of the cover, but sometimes they just come out on their own. This was a very pleasant surprise and I am really happy with it. Take a look for yourself. Pretty cool, huh? I particularly enjoyed this book because it’s an idea I’ve had kicking around in the back of my skull for quite a while. It was an idea that never quite fit into any of my own series and I rarely get to do standalone books. This was an opportunity to finally get this story out there. Personally, I’m glad to see that title on a real cover. It was just one of those titles that I’ve been itching to use. The book comes out on April 1st (no, that’s not an April Fool’s joke…I hope that doesn’t jinx anything). Hope you like it.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Appearances, etc.

As you might have noticed on my main web page, I’ve managed to set up a few appearances. The most recent is a book signing at a Borders here in Omaha. The last one I had here was great, so this should be a fun one. Also, I was approached by someone from the Public Library in Gretna, NE about speaking to their Adult Summer Reading Group. I’ll be discussing THE ACCOMPLICE as well as other writing stuff so that should be fun. The funny part is that I’ll probably need to flip through that book myself before I go since I wrote it close to two years ago.
The Western Writer’s Convention is coming up in June and that’s always fun. It’s in Scottsdale, so that should be a great road trip! Hittin’ the trail.

In other local news, it’s COLD!! Today, it’s in the negative degrees with a wind chill of negative 25. YOWZA!!! It’s good weather to write in, but not much else. I think there’s a family of squirrels frozen to the side of my car.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Bucking the Tiger

The second book in THE ACCOMPLICE series hit shelves today. Actually, it hit shelves in some stores last week, which was a full week early. Since I'm not J K Rowling or John Grisham, the release dates don't mean a whole lot. Also, I don't really care if they hit shelves early or not. As long as they get there, I'm happy. Now the next step is that they leave those shelves and are purchased, so you guys need to get out there and do your part!

I've already mentioned I'll be setting up a signing or two, but that won't be until April when all three of my most recent masterpieces (ok, maybe that's a stretch) hit stores.

In other news, The Assassination of Jesse James hit DVD. I didn't see this one in the theater because it looked BORING. It may be accurate (or not, I don't know) but "boring" doesn't work for any movie no matter what genre it is.

By the way, if you see a lot of spelling errors on this blog, it's because the spell check is broken on I know, I know. I'm a writer and should also need to know how to spell. I do know how to spell, but I don't feel the need to line edit a blog post when I've got other stuff to write. I'm thinking about moving over to Live Journal, but I'm used to working on this. If this site would get their stuff together, I could just settle back into my nice little rut.

Friday, February 1, 2008

5 Stages of Editing

I published this on another blog, but thought you guys would get a kick out of it too. Maybe some of you can relate. If not, you're lucky.

Stage 1 ) Anticipation - “I can barely wait to see what my editor thought about that manuscript! It’ll really be great to get back to work on it and move this project along. YAAAYYYY!!!”

Stage 2 ) Denial - “What are all these marks doing on my manuscript? I guess the editor needs to earn their pay somehow, but it should make them happy if I work in a few of their

Stage 3 ) Anger - “What the HELL?? Whoever scribbled all over my goddamn work must be ON SOMETHING!! What is this GARBAGE? If THEY’RE so smart, why don’t

Stage 4 ) Depression - “Oh my God. These suggestions are right. They’re all right, which means I was all wrong. This editor was right all over the place and I just suck! Why am I doing
this? How do I get paid for this? I suck!”

Stage 5 ) Acceptance - “You know what? Most of these suggestions are good, so I’ll use them. The ones that aren’t so great, I’ll just STET and move on. His is why there are buildings full of editors in New York. I come up with my part, they do theirs and a book is born. What was I going on about before? Jeez! I sure won’t go through all this next time.”

Yeah, right

---Although the speed of going through these stages might have varied from book to book, I still went through them while writing every book that's on this site and plenty that aren't. Unfortunately, my wife has to go through this too, but it's more entertaining for her. You know, like watching reruns.