I promised myself that this blog wouldn’t be so Denise-centric this time around, but I feel I ought to mention that her paperback hit the same three bestseller lists (NYT, NPR, Indie) in its second week. She was home this past weekend, but left quickly after for the great Midwest. She’ll be back Friday.
Meanwhile, our agent was able to sell the ghostwriting project I was working on to a Big 5 publisher. So it looks like I’ll have a paying gig for 2014, after all. They’re excited, and so is our Author. It’s his first book and he’s really itching to get started. We’re shooting for a September 1 delivery date.
For me, that means hammering out just how I’ll arrange my schedule to incorporate interviews with the Author, writing and research time for his book, and of course writing time for my own projects. Nevertheless, knowing I have a project on deck means a lot, believe me. Sometimes I just look forward to the predictability of journalistic research and interviews.
They announced the winners of the 2014 Derringer Awards early this morning, and my shortlisted story, “Bloody Signorina,” was not among them. (It remains free here for the time being. I hope to publish it more formally soon, with an alternate ending and some other extras.)
Even so, being nominated has been a beautiful experience, and I’m happy to see the work of some of my new friends—among them longtime short story writer Robert Lopresti—among the winners.
Has it been a year yet? Just a quick note to say that my wife’s book, The Girls of Atomic City, is out in paperback and audiobook today. She’s still on her tour, hitting the east coast today after a few weeks in the west.
Denise Kiernan at the American Physical Society Conference, Denver.
Here are the remaining dates as they stand:
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7:00 PM
South Hadley, MA
Odyssey Books, 9 College Street
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7:30 PM
Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall
1301 College Avenue
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Noon
Oak Ridge, TN
Oak Ridge High School
1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Friday and Saturday, March 21 - 22, 2014, 2:00 PM
Monday, March 24, 2014, 7:00 PM
603 N Lamar Boulevard
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 7:00 PM
2421 Bissonnet Street
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 3:00 PM
Journalism Panel moderated by Curtis Wilkie
Overby Center at the University of Mississippi
555 Grove Loop, Suite 247
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 7:00 PM
Ann Arbor, MI
2513 Jackson Ave. (in Westgate Shopping Center)
Wednesday, April 2, 7:00 PM
2692 Madison Road
Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:00 PM
123 W. Jefferson Avenue
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:00 PM
4701 E. Douglas Avenue
Thursday and Friday, April 10 - 11, 2014
Boone and Hudson, NC
Caldwell Community College
If you’re curious about reading “Bloody Signorina,” that story of mine which made it to the Derringer Award finals, you can download it free at this Smashwords page.
You’ll be able to choose the format that best fits your device—epub, mobi, or plain old PDF. Heck, you can also just read it on the screen.
If you are a Derringer Group voter, you should probably read the RTF version of this story via the official Derringer Voting Group site.
The story will remain free on Smashwords until midnight of March 31, the last day of voting.
Woke up this morning to discover that one of my short stories has been nominated for the Derringer Award for Best Long Story. The Derringers are one of the top prizes for mystery short fiction. The announcement is here.
Sort of shocked right now.
The story, “Bloody Signorina,” ran in the September 2013 issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Magazine. It’s the story of young, spoiled expat American woman living in Rome who acts out, to put it mildly.
Feel really…proud. Considering I ignored my fiction for such a long time, this feels good. Today, cake and beer.
I just found out this week that one of the books I wrote for a ghostwriting client will not be issued in paperback. The publisher, a Big 5, just didn’t think the hardcover and e-book sales were good enough to warrant a paperback release.
I was bummed, but the client is taking it better than I am. You’d think that after the publisher paid six figures for this book that the least they could do is spring for a paperback. Everyone knows paperbacks sell better than hardcovers, right? And shouldn’t every book have the chance to reach its audience at the best possible price?
But I’m ignorant. This is not how a publisher thinks these days.
The agent brought me up to speed:
Since the hardcover sold so poorly, no bookstore that checks the title’s Bookscan numbers will want to carry the paperback in the store. The book’s just doomed from the start. BUT…yeah, many books do tend to find their audiences after a while, and maybe this one will. Potential readers will have two species to draw from—the high-priced hardcover or the cheap e-book. The e-book’s cheaper than than the paperback would be, anyway. And, added the agent, both Author and Writer should content themselves with this state of affairs because we will continue to earn the higher, hardcover royalty. (Typically, publishers pay 10% on hardcovers, 7% on paper, so when Authors transition from hardcover to paper, they’re taking a cut in pay in the hopes of greater volume.)
So yay for us.
What do you think?