Some recent writing-related news that I thought I’d share:
We sold the Korean rights to MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND this week, bringing the total number of languages that the book will be published in to eight! My super agent is simply super.
The rock opera that my friend and collaborator, Andy Mayo, and I wrote has been approved for a staged reading at our local playhouse, complete with real actors, a real director and a real band.
This is the first step in a someday-maybe-full production of the show (and hopefully the sale of the script), and we couldn’t be more excited. We’re looking at weekends at the end of October or beginning of November for the reading, and once we lock up a date, I’ll be sure to share it. The reading will be open to the public, and there will be opportunities to comment on the script and music after the show via a moderated question-and-answer session.
It looks as if I will be conducting writing classes at a local bookstore this summer, and this may include a class on finding a literary agent. I’ll keep you updated in the event that you are interested in attending.
I have two appearances coming up in April and May.
I will be speaking at the the Books on the Nightstand retreat from April 8-10 in Manchester, Vermont. The registration for this event is closed, but if you love books and reading, you should consider downloading and listening to the Books on the Nightstand podcast, hosted by Ann Kingman and Michael Kindness. They are the organizers for the April retreat, and their knowledge of books and the publishing industry is second to none.
I will also be speaking at the Connecticut Book Festival on May 21-22 at the Greater Hartford Campus of the University of Connecticut. This event is open to the public and will include writers such as Wally Lamb, Jim Benn and Connecticut Poet Laureate Dick Allen.
I think I have finally settled on my next book. Over the past month, I have been working on four different novels simultaneously, including a sequel to MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND. I was hoping that as I wrote, one story would assert itself as the next to be born and shine above the rest.
To be honest, this hasn’t really happened. All four stories are proceeding along nicely, but trying to write four books at the same time is making me crazy. So I’ve settled on one for now. My editor and publisher may request some input in terms of my next book at some point in the future, so my decision may change, but for now, I am officially working on THE PERFECT COMEBACK OF CAROLINE JACOBS, the story of a woman who decides to return to her hometown after more than twenty years in order to issue the perfect comeback to an insult that was directed at her in high school.
There’s much more to the story, of course, but that’s where the idea began.
Thanks as always for all of the support!