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Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by friend of the friendless, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. friend of the friendless

    friend of the friendless Active Member

    Sirs, Madames,

    ... my first novel, off the presses and in bookstores in January. I thought I'd be a little more excited but no matter. Pretty satisfying.

    YHS, etc
  2. Greenhorn

    Greenhorn Active Member

    Congrats, friend! And just in time for the holiday season. Enjoy this great accomplishment.
  3. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

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  4. Gehrig

    Gehrig Active Member

    Congratulations, FOTF.
  5. friend of the friendless

    friend of the friendless Active Member

    Sirs, Madames,

    Thanks, and I was even spared the ignominy of self-publishing!

    YHS, etc
  6. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member


    How long did it take you, from original conception, to this point in time?
  7. friend of the friendless

    friend of the friendless Active Member

    Mr Hecht,

    This is going to sound goofy. February 2011: I was approached by a Penguin editor and asked if I'd be interested in writing a genre novel. Never gave it much thought. He told me to give it a whirl and asked for a 15,000-word sample. That's a long trip on spec but once I got my first sentence I knocked it off (on top of the day job) in 10 days. Based on that sample, an outline of the novel to come and then some playing around with what I might do with subsequent books in the series, I landed a two-book deal. I was already under contract to deliver two other books (both non-fiction, one in spring, one in late summer) but still made my Labour Day deadline. When I got going on it, 3,000 words a day was about par for the novel. A fair bit of to-and-fro in the draft, pages and galleys, but really no big stress. (Did make one ridiculously significant plot twist after the fact, don't know how I didn't do it earlier.)

    I don't know if the trailer shows up on the link here. It was voiced by my editor at the mag.


    YHS, etc
  8. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Congrats, can't wait to read it!
  9. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

    Congrats, sir. Our copy was preordered some time ago. :)
  10. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    That is very cool, FOTF. Looking forward to reading it.
  11. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Congratulations! I'm envious.

    One question: Is it as formal as your postings here?



    Forget the first question, as I've now read the link.

    So my second question: What is it with SportsJournalists.com stalwarts writing hockey books? There must be something in the (frozen) water around here!

    Love it!
  12. Beef03

    Beef03 Active Member

    Congrats FOTF, I will keep my eye out for it out here.
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