Alec Nevala-Lee

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Archive for January 27th, 2012

Six weeks and counting…

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With less than six weeks remaining until the publication of The Icon Thief, I’ve been abruptly immersed in the details of initial print runs, bookstore placement, and other publishing arcana. The signs so far are good—my publisher has given the novel a commendable push, and I’m really happy with the level of support I’ve seen so far—but obviously there’s no way of knowing what the result will be until the book actually goes on sale. In the meantime, I’ve been doing my best to keep my head down, working on the outline of The Scythian and a few other writing projects, and trying not to obsessively check the rankings on my Amazon page. (In the meantime, I can distract myself with my missing copies of Darwin and Marx, which arrived in the mail this week.)

One bright spot has been an early hint of the potential critical response to the book, and it’s a good one: a starred review in Publishers Weekly, which appeared unexpectedly last Friday. I won’t be posting every review that the book receives, but I thought I’d make an exception in this case: although a review in PW probably isn’t quite as influential as it used to be, it’s still seen, rightly or wrongly, as a harbinger of the book’s prospects, and so a positive notice here is very encouraging. (If nothing else, it may prompt other reviewers to give the novel a closer look as review copies go out next month.) And if a “cerebral, exciting debut” sounds good to you, well, apparently there’s a book coming out soon you might like.

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January 27, 2012 at 9:31 am

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Abbot Zeno, the disciple of Abbot Sylvanus, said: Do not dwell in a famous place, and do not become the disciple of a man with a great name. And do not lay any foundation when you build yourself a cell.

Thomas Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert

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January 27, 2012 at 8:00 am

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