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Read about WALKING ON RIPPLES in The Irish Times: https://lnkd.in/dDB4Zz5
Another short story sale to report from the USA. This latest, a short piece of under a thousand words, was written a couple of months ago and has been taken by Pseudopod – the online podcasting service that, happily, pays their authors a pro rate. More news on the date the story goes live when I get word from the States. I’m looking forward to the podcast being available, and also to the appearance of “The Street” in Space and Time, ‘the longest, continuously-published, small press genre fiction magazine still in print!’ – according to the contract letter, no less. My new novel, working title MOUNTAIN FALLS, has been through several drafts and is now as good as I can cook it. Of course it’s not commercial enough to readily find acceptance in this very commercially-driven publishing world, but it’s out there fighting for a place in a difficult climate – more power to its literary elbow.
Being a sucker for all things South American, specifically magic realism, I recently snapped up a copy of a novel by Argentine writer Pablo De Santis. VOLTAIRE’S CALLIGRAPHER first appeared in translation in these parts in 2010. It’s a short but tough read. Once the story gets going though, the reader is enveloped in a fascinating eighteenth century world full of secrets, automatons and of course – calligraphy. One of the reasons I picked up the book is because of the following quotes on the back cover: ‘Murder and mayhem … colourful characters and cases create a hazy atmosphere of intelligent escapism’ (Washington Post) & ‘A beguiling historical whodunnit’ (New York Times). These quotes appear under a brief (and accurate) synopsis of the plot of VOLTAIRE’S CALLIGRAPHY and would appear to refer to the above-named novel. However, when I got home and began to read, I discovered that the above newspaper quotes referred not to the book I was holding in my hands but to another, and better known, novel by De Santis called THE PARIS ENIGMA. This ‘secret’ is not revealed on the book’s covers. You have to read the interior praise-pages to discover that you are, in fact, being hoodwinked by the manner in which these quotes are used. Now I know what to do for my next trick: I’ll gather all the ace quotes from the best reviews of my past titles, put them on the back cover of my next book and not reveal their attribution until the opening pages. Should result in a few extra sales! As for VOLTAIRE’S CALLIGRAPHER, HarperCollins should know better – there goes my chances with them, I guess.
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