REMEMBER THE ALAMO! REMEMBER THE MAINE! REMEMBER YOUR P.I.N. NUMBER! BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY….. REMEMBER THAT BOOK TITLE!!
Why, you might ask, should you remember a book title? Because…. this is the title (without the exclamation point) of my new “Adam Gold Mystery,” soon to be published by the good folks at Aberdeen Bay Publishing back east. Yes, that’s right! Book number two is on the way! Even as we speak, bookstores around the nation are clearing out their shelves to make room for my latest venture into the dark, underbelly of criminal enterprise! (NO, I haven’t written a book about Washington, D.C.) I am referring to the violent, bullet-strewn world of high risk insurance. (Dang, I’m starting to scare myself!) So where are we in this publishing process of ours?
Well, for the past week, I have been PROOFWEEDING my manuscript. (Just joking, folks.) However, this time, I intend to do my job BEFORE the book gets published. As some of you know, I was in the jungle (NO, not Newark) when THE PRESLEY PLOT galleys were sent to me, and because I was trying to avoid headhunters and cannibals, I neglected to scrutinize each and every page. Well, this time I stayed home, locked the doors, turned off the cell phone, and fell asleep…. but, after I awoke, I went to work and “cleaned up” the manuscript. The cover is almost finished, and it is simple marvelous. An eye-catching masterpiece! A work of art! In short, I think it will knock your socks off. (Your shoes, too.)
The publisher recently sent me my year-end blog statistics, as published by WordPress.com. Thanks to a fantastic group of followers (YOU!) I landed in the top 10% of all newly created blogs in 2012! Wow, that is simply mind-boggling. In complete seriousness, I wish to thank the 4,000 people who have taken the time to sign on to my blog this past year, and the 10,000 who have viewed a post more than once. I am overwhelmed by the response, and wish I could personally thank each and every person! It is, again in all seriousness, rather flattering and encouraging to a relatively new author like me. So….. THANK YOU!
BY THE WAY…. our blog can now be seen, and has a substantial following, in over 40 countries world-wide! The top five countries in 2012 were…. The United States, Canada, England, France, and Australia. (All countries I love!) Our newest subscribers came from….. Pakistan, Algeria, and South Korea. (Welcome aboard!) The “universal” mix of followers is quite interesting to me, so I thought I might share some other (non-book) statistics with you…..
IF YOU COULD FIT THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE WORLD INTO A VILLAGE CONSISTING OF 100 PEOPLE (maintaining the proportions of all the people living on Earth) THAT VILLAGE WOULD CONSIST OF……
57 ASIANS….. 21 EUROPEANS….. 14 AMERICANS (North, Central & South)….. and 8 AFRICANS. Isn’t that interesting? (Now you see the importance of translating THE PRESLEY PLOT and MURDER ON MAIDEN LANE into Chinese!) I just read somewhere that we are all part Asian. Apparently, we have 24 useful ribs (12 on each side of the rib cage) plus one “spare rib!” (Ouch, that hurt!) No “bones” about it!
Speaking of ribs…. I ate at two great restaurants recently….. If you live in Austin (or come to visit) you must try SPIN Modern Thai Cuisine and THE BONNEVILLE. The Thai restaurant has amazing dishes (but no bow-Thais) and The Bonneville has an incredible short rib dish, and many other amazing treats, as well as a terrific location in downtown Austin. (And very interesting cocktails!) I can heartily recommend both establishments, and I predict great things for both restaurants! You vegans out there should try some real food! Just remember what my grandpappy used to say….. ”Them thar health nuts are going to feel mighty stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.” (What can I say, the man was a genius.)
Well, next Sunday I will bring you up-to-date on my progress with MURDER ON MAIDEN LANE. I will also tell you about my upcoming expedition to the jungles of Honduras and Belize! (Believe it or not, I’m heading back into the bush!) Stay tuned, do not touch that internet dial, and we shall meet back here next week! Until then, I wish you safe travels and much happiness. Class dismissed! Love to all,