By the Way, I Still Write Books

All of my recent posts have been about other stuff, but yes, I’m still a writer, and yes, I’m working on a book right now. I’m currently in the middle of a rewrite of Book 3, jazzing up the beginning to make John properly disturbing. I told my wife my plan and she said “agh, John can’t do that, I like him,” so I knew I’d found a winner.

Also of note, I just got a Tor winter catalog, and my book is in it! Yay! Apparently April is part of Winter in the publishing world. The write-up is great, and they included the two awesome quotes from F. Paul Wilson and Brandon Sanderson, but the best part is the top corner, where a little icon says “A Winter 2010 Tor Select Title.” I don’t know precisely what that entails, but out of 50 or 60 titles there’s only one other book that has it (The Point Man, by Steve Englehart), so I take it as an awesome sign of awesomeness. Also of note, the book is being released by Tor, not the Forge imprint; we weren’t certain until recently which way they’d decide to go.

14 Responses to “By the Way, I Still Write Books”

  1. Luke says:

    Dan! Aspiring writer here! I think you, of all people, should have an email address so fans can hit you up directly! I mean, really, do you want to be second to Brandon? ;)

    But yeah, I’d love to pick your brain for a few minutes about writing, and horror in particular. I’m an aspiring writer and making my first forays into the horror genre, and would be appreciative of some pointers!

    Luke

  2. Raethe says:

    Congrats! That’s great.

    Say, is Tor publishing your book as a hardcover first or are you going straight to paperback?

  3. Steve D says:

    Use your new-found “Select” status to to broaden your horizons. And by that I mean get free books for Nick and I to review.

  4. admin says:

    Hardcover first.

    Also: the best to contact me at present, Luke, is through my forum; you can leave a public post or send me a private message. There will eventually be an email link here, but I’m holding off until I figure out the best way to do it.

  5. Sean - Texas says:

    Your wife sounds suspicously like my wife… but your wife is in Utah, right? And she’s not a 5’6″ petite redhead? ‘Cause that would be awkward.

  6. Titus says:

    Darn time-traveling multi-spouses.

    That’s what my book’s about, actually. Except the spouse is a robot, so she doesn’t have to sleep. And her husbands are on opposite sides of the world. And she’s trying to destroy humanity. And the only thing that can stop her is if her husbands can find each other and fall in love. It’s a great story. One of the classics already, and it hasn’t even been published yet!

  7. I’m glad you’re still writing and congrats on being a Select Title! It totally deserves it. :)

    By the way, Titus, I WANT TO READ THAT BOOK! :P

  8. Arlene says:

    Hey! It’s great to know you still write. I was beginning to wonder.

  9. Arlene says:

    Whoever voted for lemonade is crazy. All I can think of is, “How arsenic is in it?”

  10. Arlene says:

    Whoops. I think the word ‘much’ is missing up there.

  11. Sean - Texas says:

    Finished “I Am Not A Serial Killer” last night in one sitting, finsihing at about 1:30 a.m. I was appropriately disturbed, pleasantly surprised, and captivated the whole time. It made my “I will read this book more than once” list, which is *really* hard to do, but young Mr. John Cleaver is too interesting to not re-examine at least once.

    Well done. I’ll be ordering copies as birthday presents for the deserving :)

    I saw somewhere that you were looking for input on what age group for marketing the books. I’m going to have to say this needs an adult audience. While some youth will definitely seek it out because this genre of books appeals to them, I’m not sure I would recommend that your average everyday teenager enter into John’s mind. It’s a dangerous place for an impressionable young person, I think.

  12. Titus says:

    I’d agree with that sentiment, Sean. I just did on the forums, to be honest. And then I came here and saw your post!

    Is the site acting slow for anyone else? I’m getting 10+ second waiting times before receiving any data besides the background, title, and IANASK cover.

  13. Arlene says:

    I just laughed out loud at your son’s prayer. That’s priceless!

  14. Callisto says:

    Ditto! It’s adorable. And understandable, as I can definitely see the advantages of having a man-eating-dog around the house, not to mention the lightsaber stash. Maybe I’ve a better chance of getting the same if I con my little brother into praying for me…

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