Random Updates

I’m in the middle of edits and rewrites on Book 3, which is not only old news, it’s stuff I can’t talk about, which explains why I’ve been so silent lately. What edits am I doing? I’m making John scarier, mostly, because the first draft focused on other things and left John a little too sunny (though because this is John we’re talking about, he was still pretty creepy, just not enough). It’s very interesting, after starting an all-new project like Strawberry Fields, to go back to an old one and see how different it is–and how much better it is. Strawberry Fields is halfway through a first draft, while Book 3 is on it’s third major revision after a writing group and a professional editor. I have to remind myself that it’s better because it’s more polished, not because I suck and I’m a horrible writer (though that is, naturally, the first thing that comes to mind).

I was really hoping to get Strawberry Fields finished before WorldCon, and I ran out of time, which is too bad because talking to all of those brilliant authors and editors and fans gave me so many ideas for new books, and now I’m itching to drop everything and start something new. Brandon and Howard aren’t helping, either, because the three of us came up with a completely insane, completely awesome joint project that, while it is too secret for me to tell you about, has completely captured my imagination. I had to go back through Strawberry Fields and remind myself that, yes, it’s awesome too, and I’m also excited about that, and I need to finish it.

In other news, the I Am Not a Serial Killer comes out in German this week; the official release date is September 23, but it’s apparently available much earlier than that. Piper, my German publisher, is really pushing the book, and the pre-orders were high enough that they had to increase the print run just to keep up, so that’s fantastic news. I’ve been doing interviews for German magazines all week, and they’re translating some of my earlier blog posts into German for use on their site. I’m really excited about what they’re doing, and I can’t wait to see the reader response.

Beyond that? I have covers for the UK and German editions of Book 2, Mr. Monster, both coming in March of 2010, but I’m going to hold off and show them to you when we get a little closer to launch. And of course the US edition will finally arrive in stores next April, and Tor is really getting behind it and pushing pretty hard. There will be a tour for signings and readings, so watch for details.

That’s all I have for today: rumors and conjecture. I hope it’s enough to sate you. Now it’s time for me to get back to Book 3, where John does…oh yeah. It’s a secret. Whoo, almost flubbed that one.

6 Responses to “Random Updates”

  1. Arlene says:

    Argh! I want to live in the UK just so I can be there for Mr. Monster’s release. I don’t think my family wants to move, though, I can’t imagine why.

  2. Fiona says:

    Sometimes I feel like it takes a village to write a good novel. You are a very good writer, Dan. The art of writing is re-writing and all that horrible stuff they tell us when we are trying to get our work into shape. Don’t stress the criticism. B.H. Roberts once said something cool like “Ease does not call forth greatness.” And Serial Killer is pretty great. Hang in there.
    Very cool news about the reprint. Yeah Germany!

  3. Fiona says:

    or rather “increase the print” is what you said, not “reprint”
    (a little re-write.)
    Kudos anyway.

  4. Callisto says:

    Lately I’ve been watching Bones for the first time and every time an episode focuses on a serial killer as the suspect I have this little inner (and sometimes outer) dialogue going on analyzing the killer’s habits and patterns. Courtesy of what I learned from John, of course. Now I’ll never be able to read/watch crime fiction without thinking about that kid. Not that that’s a bad thing, of course. I can’t wait to hear more from him!

  5. Donna says:

    Dan, so fun to see you yesterday. (sorry Lene;) Glad to know that you are still writing and that the conference circuit has inspired rather than drained you. I am weirdly enough actually looking forward to Mr. Monster. It may be the darkest thing I read (possibly ever) but I just can’t get the descriptions from the teaser you read at CONduit out of my mind. I know it will be great. From the sounds of Book 3 I’m going to have to get a bookmark with butterflies and kittens on it to keep me from freaking out while I read it. Creepy yet likable.

  6. Arlene says:

    I have one if you want it. 😉

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