Alec Nevala-Lee

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Archive for October 21st, 2011

A novel with my name on it

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You can call them galleys, proofs, or advance readers’ copies, but whatever they are, they’re gorgeous. Getting my hands on these beauties was a bit of a hassle—they were accidentally sent to my old address, so I had to trudge out to the UPS Customer Center to pick them up—but it was absolutely worth it. After working for so long on The Icon Thief, which I began writing more than three years ago, it’s surreal to see it in any form of print. And while this isn’t quite the final version (the size and cover will be slightly different when the finished copies are printed next year), I’m floored by the work that NAL has already done.

For those of you interested in what happens next: a few dozen copies of the novel will start circulating over the next couple of weeks, mostly to review publications with long advance times, like Publishers Weekly, and also to potential blurbers and sympathetic readers. We’ll also be sending “solicitation covers” to booksellers, which is apparently a thing. Later, in February, copies of the final version will go out to additional reviewers, and then the real fun, and insanity, begins. (Incidentally, if you’re a reviewer and would be interested in seeing an advance copy, just drop me a line here with your name and information, and I’ll see what I can do.)

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October 21, 2011 at 9:20 am

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To write, you must concentrate, concentrate long and hard, and being alone is the price of that concentration. It takes years of self-imposed quarantine to write even a bad novel.

Tobias Wolff

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October 21, 2011 at 7:25 am

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