We start with the ugly because it’s always good to finish on a high note, right?
- Daesh (which is apparently what we should be calling those evil turds in Syria).
- Green grass and high temperatures in places where it’s supposed to be freezing in December. (Yes, it sounds nice but nope.)
On to the bad —
- My book sales (nowhere near Gone Girl at the moment).
- My book’s movie rights (none forthcoming).
- My invitations to appear on high-level talk shows to discuss my book (none as far as the eye can see).
And to the good —
- My book came out this year! (And people seem to like it)
- I’ve had publications in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, the Smithsonian, and many, many others.
- I’ve excelled in meme-making:
I think the good wins. Y/N?
This will be a very short post.
Because it’s the Friday after Thanksgiving and I don’t feel like writing a lot.
Because I just spent two hours organizing my office.
Because it’s still not properly organized.
And because this is really to let you know that my publisher has decided to run a Black Friday sale (who is not doing this nowadays?) and discount the Kindle version of my book to 0.99 cents. Really.
Best Black Friday deal ever. I think.
So click here, grab a copy, and travel to Russia without leaving your couch.
Because books are more effective than airplanes in bringing you places.
The other day I made a mistake and Googled ‘Rebecca Strong’. Not the first time I’d done it of course – in fact, since my novel came out I’d been Googling myself and the name of the novel regularly. Sometimes even between 74 and 137 times a day. In case I made the New York Times bestseller list, you know?
This time though – instead of coming up with nothing – the search pulled up a few results.
Unfortunately none of those results were from the New York Times. Or from the Publisher’s Weekly. Or even from the Kirkus Review.
Instead they were unlicensed translations into Russian of the article I penned for Quartz about why I wrote my novel under a pseudonym. Followed by hundreds of comments.
Comments that made me go like this:
DO. NOT. READ. THE. COMMENTS.
And the winner was … one of Facebook users who commented (and shared!) on a Free Original Art contest with a simple math problem (it involved the cover of WHO IS MR. PLUTIN? and counting).
Then there were days and days of me working with oil paint, gold leaf, matryoshkas, and recycled wood — and voila.
I give you the piece that’s called RUSSIA.
Any thoughts on what I am trying to say here?
I must say the red carpet could be fun. As could probably be going on that stage and receiving a gold statuette (although worrying about tripping over a long dress would bring insomnia for weeks prior and that wouldn’t bode well for looking smashing). But I know I’d enjoy the after-parties and the goody-bags. Chanel and Hermes can make it up to me for all the lost sleep.
Long story short.
If you watch the trailer below and like what you see, have your people talk to my people***. I can definitely make it if Meryl Streep is too busy.
*** Fine. Just fill in the contact form.