Is This The Cover For My New Book?

Written By: William T. Quick - Mar• 18•13

I’ve just about decided on this one:

Let me know what you think.

Although my agent liked the initial manuscript, she felt it was a bit to non-PC (she never quite said it that way, but there were more than a few comments along the lines of, “Well, we need to change this, because it will just make editors angry,” and as the revision process continued, I began to realize that the book was turning into something I neither wanted to write, nor, likely, would want to read.

So I pulled out of the process, and will bring it to market myself through Amazon and other outlets. I’m doing the final polish, getting some blurbs from well known folks to help with the PR campaign, and taking care of all the little niggling details that publishers normally handle. Nonetheless, I can do them a lot faster than they can – I created that cover in a couple of hours using Gimp (it’s free!), and it’s no worse than something they’d waste several hundred to a few thousand, plus three or four months on.

Anyway, even if I were to sell it tomorrow to a normal publishing house, it would be years before it actually came out. And I’m getting too old to wait that long. So give me another month to wrap everything up, and you’ll be able to get it off Amazon for $3.99, which is about 12 bucks less than you’d pay for hardcover, and eight or nine less than paper.

The ebook version will come first, and then there will be a POD (print on demand) paper version I’ll probably price in at around 13 bucks (not a regular paperback, but a trade paper, which is about the size of a regular hardcover, minus the hard covers).

The other (I hope) benefit – you’ll be getting the pure me, unfiltered through the refined sensibilities of a bunch of (mostly) Ivy League-Seven Sisters progressive young women – for whatever you think that’s worth. It’s worth something to me, at least. My self respect.

Progress Update on Lightning Fall

Written By: William T. Quick - Dec• 11•12

Looks like I’ll be getting notes back from my agent on the book sometime after the first of the year.

Early indications are that I didn’t mess up the ms. with the first round of additions/revisions.

Ah, the joys of process!

Anybody want to argue about manuscript format?

Open Eyes, Insert Red Hot Knitting Needles

Written By: William T. Quick - Dec• 01•12

Nothing spells fun like sitting around waiting for your agent to get back to you.

Sometimes A Great Notion

Written By: William T. Quick - Nov• 24•12

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I’ve recently been roped into a writerly blog chain called the Next Big Thing. It involves writers doing a Q&A about their latest work in progress, then tagging five other writers at the bottom of their post. The Q&A posts from those writers, then appears exactly one week later and so on. . .

It’s reached quite a few corners of the web already, which is not surprising. I’m not quite sure where it all started, but I do know that the number of writers involved must be pretty impressive by now.

The thing is exponential.

And interesting. I’ll probably end up getting involved myself.

Stuff That Makes Me Crazy

Written By: William T. Quick - Nov• 23•12

Reference my previous post, in which I used the term “whiling away” – correctly, according to the usage dictionaries that cover the language in which I write, that is, English.

Now, illiterates given free passage to other people’s eyeballs and brains via the Internet have taken the ludicrous phrase “wile away” to heart, or some portion of their anatomy, even though the notion makes no sense whatsoever:

While away vs. wile away – Grammarist

The OED has instances of while away going back to the early 18th century. The phrase employs a now archaic sense of while—namely, to fill up the time. Today, while is used only as a noun or conjunction (except in while away). And because we’re not used to seeing while used as a verb, it’s easy to assume that wile away is the correct phrase.

But wile is mainly a noun—meaning (1) trickery, cunning; (2) a disarming or seductive manner; (3) or a trick intended to deceive—and it’s occasionally used as a verb meaning to influence by wile. None of these definitions has anything to do with idly passing time, so wile away doesn’t make logical sense.

Of course, the fact that something is entirely nonsensical (not to mention insane) makes no difference to the participants who have stormed through the old gatekeepers onto the digital drainage tubes.

Still, seeing some yokel use “wile away” still gives me a terrible case of itching teeth.

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