Monday, September 18, 2006

The Toll Collectors

I just received word from the good folks at Back Roads that The Toll Collectors will be appearing in Back Roads #3, which is slated for release in March of 2007.

Back Roads is a magazine dedicated to rural horror, put out by 1018 Press. If you haven't heard of them, you should check them out, either at their homepage or at their CafePress store. They're sort of one-stop shopping for all your genre needs. All the cool kids are reading them. In fact, you might want to buy a couple of everything, just to be on the safe side.

Not, of course, that I'm biased.

UPDATE: The Toll Collectors will now appear in Back Roads #4, set for a June 2007 release.

Sunday, September 17, 2006


Two years.

Two years of my life I've lived with the characters of The Angels' Share. Two years, five drafts, and countless hours spent ignoring the world while I pushed words around the page.

Two years, and today it's done.

It's a strange feeling. Just a final read-through, and it's ready for submission. And you know what? I think it's pretty damn good.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Beyond Here be Dragons!

As you may or may not have noticed, I've added a few links of late. Some, like David Dvorkin or Crissa-Jean Chappell, are Friends-of-the-Blog (or, at the very least, friendly acquaintances.) Many, however, were added because they are relevant to the business-side of writing – specifically, to finding an agent.

These past two weeks, I've been working on a query letter and synopsis for The Angels' Share, and beginning the daunting process of researching literary agents. For many (myself included), this is uncharted territory, which is why I wanted to call your attention to this post by Donna Andrews on the Femmes Fatales blog. Anybody interested in landing themselves an agent would do well to check it out. It's already been a great help to me, both in reinforcing what I've already done, and in suggesting avenues previously unknown to me.

Anyway, back to that query letter...

Monday, September 04, 2006

It's a little drafty in here...

Another week, another draft. This one (my fourth) is 78,637 words (287 pages at 12pt TNR). The real news is that The Angels' Share is officially as good as I can make it on my own. Today, I'm heading out to print it, and handing it over to my wife.

Yeah, yeah, I know. Wives and mothers are not to be trusted when it comes to critiquing one's writing. But there are a few mitigating factors at play here.

1) My wife is a brilliant writer, with a hell of an eye for grammar. Whatever I might have missed, she will not.

2) She's read more mysteries than any ten other people. If I'm treading a path well-traveled, she'll be sure to notice. Which brings me to...

3) She is a horrible liar. Seriously, you should see it. I've never met anyone so incapable of deception. Sure, she'll try, but somewhere between her brain and her mouth, things get tangled, and what comes out is either a nonsensical string of half-finished sentences and irrelevant details or, well, the truth. So if my book sucks, she might not tell me so, but I'll get the message nonetheless.

4) She's darn cute. That doesn't have anything to do with my book, really, but I thought it should be known I married up.

Add to that the fact that she's the last roadblock between my book and the rest of the world, and she's got all the incentive she needs to be brutally honest. After all, good book or bad, she's stuck with me.