Life is good. The revisions are completed, my mother's checkbook is up to date, and the apartment is clean.
I like this new video of Scooter. It's clear that while he's interested in himself (and what cat isn't) what he really wants to know is when will This World We Live In come out.
Me too. I do have a publication date for the paperback of the dead and the gone though. Jan. 18, 2010. I found out the way all famous writers find this stuff out, by going to Borders bookstore to see if they had the Adam Lambert Rolling Stone (this was Wednesday, and they didn't, but they did today and I bought two copies without a blush, one for me and one for my friend Pam) and while I was there, I checked to see if they had Life As We Knew It (yes, 2 copies, 5th printing) and d&g (no), so I went on their computer system to look up d&g, and it said I could preorder the paperback with a pub date of Jan. 18, 2010.
I didn't email my publisher about this, since they probably knew, even if they didn't feel the need to tell me, but I did email them when I learned the following from my pal Google: "Life As We Knew It" was chosen as the summer book by every library in the Santa Clara County Library System.
I seem to have been more impressed than my publisher was, since they never responded. The more famous the writer, the less the publisher bothers with them. Or so they tell me.
What I'm not bothering to tell my publisher is that last night, for the first and most likely last time, LAWKI paperback broke 1000 at Amazon. 831, since you asked. I know because I printed it out to cherish forever. LAWKI Kindle is frequently below 1000, so I checked my contract to see what my royalty rate was, and it turns out that when that contract came out, they had no idea what the royalty rate should be.The contract says if it's ever an issue, they'll figure it out. But either the d&g contract or the This World (we still need a nickname, folks) contract says 15% for electronic rights, so go Kindle go.
Sunday will be the 8 week anniversary of Scooter and me finding each other. Except for the regular 5 AM Purr On The Neck sessions, it's been an easy and pleasurable 8 weeks for us both (well, he enjoys Purr On The Neck). I'll be celebrating by leaving Scooter at home to nap the day away, while I'm at BooksNJ2009. It should be a great event, and I hope to see you all there!