MY UPCOMING ‘DROPOUT MEMOIR’ is no longer a private matter—not some secret document whose life plays out on my dining table and my editor’s desk. Recently it pulled itself together into what’s called an Advance Reading Copy, resembling a paperback version of the book-to-be, and showed off at BookExpo America, a trade fair at the Javits Center in New York City. Yup, that’s the cover in grande size, above, adorning the Grand Central Publishing booth…and a few of the remaining pretend books standing in front of David Baldacci’s next real blockbuster. Besides the jpg, GCP sent me an actual copy of the book lookalike (bookalike?) too, which I immediately showed to Jack the Demon Cat.
“Pretty exciting, huh?” I said eagerly, hoping for someone to celebrate with here in Nowheresville, where he and I are sometime roommates (if and when he comes home from hunting, that is). And so he had a quick look, and then…
Apparently the early feline reviews for “And I Shall Have Some Peace There” are that it’s a total snooze… maybe I should have called it “And I Will Have Some Mice There” or something, to keep this audience segment alert?
Oh, dear. Not even published yet, and already putting people, er, cats into comas. At least he took it with him to bed later (below).
I can always get a job weeding, I suppose. Maybe David Baldacci or Steve Martin needs a gardener?