The early going on my new novel, NIGHT RADIO, has been good. It was released June 1, 2016 and since then has received wonderful customer reviews and a solid review from Windy City Reviews.
I've had interviews on KDKA in Pittsburgh and shout outs on WXRT in Chicago. Soon, I'll be starting a blog tour with WOW, guest blogging about an array of subjects and telling a few secrets about my writing life and the making of NIGHT RADIO. I also have a number of new reviews coming soon, including new reader reviews, which many times are the most rewarding.
I say all this to make a point.
We live in a RIGHT NOW world. Tweets, Instagram, Snapchat and more. We want and even demand results immediately. That is just not the case in publishing. The work is incremental. It is slow and sometimes slogging. It's a marathon, not a sprint, and finishing first is not the goal. The goal is to just finish, sometime. In fact, the true goal may be to keep going.
This weekend, 7/16, I'll be making a presentation at the Chicago Writers Association Summer Social about my fortune roles as the writer-in-residence at the Jack Kerouac Project and the Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park. And on 7/23, I'll be at the Hemingway celebration to announce the inaugural Hemingway Shorts publication—the work of eleven writers from all over the world chosen from some 450 submissions. It's in conjunction with the Hemingway Society's festival in Oak Park, Illinois this summer. I was honored to edit this first edition of this new publication. In addition, this October, I'll be one of the authors honored at the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards dinner at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Humbled to be a part of this.
So, again. It's the step-by-step journey that gets you there. I hope you'll come along with me.