Sunday, May 30, 2010

Zeus delayed!

Yes, he got held up at the airport, and coffee got spilled on his brand new tunic, dammit, and then, well, you know they took issue with him packing his lightning bolts as carry-on. So he’s on the next available flight, which should arrive Spring 2011-ish.

That’s a ways away, sadly, but sometimes books take up to 2 years from acceptance to publication, so I’m still short of that. Its giving me time to work on new stuff, though, which is nice.

But there’s also some good news. A while I ago I mentioned that Zeus got overwhelmingly positive feedback from the reader reviews (Athabasca sends out manuscripts they’re considering to other published authors for their opinions before making a decision) and that I’d share them here if I could. Well, I’ve been given the ok to do so, so from now until the book is out I’ll put up some quotes.

Starting with:

‘McGinnis is funny, witty (he says he’s facetious and thinks he might go to hell for his Gandhi poem(…)I don’t think he will go to hell, at least not for this, and if Gandhi’s there then hell is a hell of alot different than we are given usually to think), but he’s not cynical. He has bite and performs irony right to the end, to a good end, which is to say it’s not all simply irony. The language (..) is crisp and witty and entirely appropriate to the narrative intent, its allegorical or logopoeic purposes.’

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bad Attitude a 'Successful Self-Published Novel!'

You read it here first. Well, it was actually written here first, but if you didn't read it there before, now you are reading it here now before then!

Yes, Bad Attitude has been recognized as a successful self-published novel, ranking amongst such other novels as Legally Blond (yes!) and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. It may not be a heartbreaking work of staggering genius, and I'm not sure if much of what happens in it is technically legal. But it's nice to make a list nonetheless.

To quoth:
So I went online to identify successful self-published novels. Here’s a starter list of 20 from many I found in a quick search on the web. Measuring success, of course, is subjective, and I’ve not read most of these books, but reviews by way of,, Kirkus and Amazon seem fairly consistent.

  1. Nat, Nat, the Nantucket Cat by Cheryl Barnes & Peter Barnes
  2. Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown
  3. The Kin of Ata are Waiting for You by Dorothy Bryant
  4. One of Ours by Willa Cather
  5. Lord Vishnu’s Love Handles: A Spy Novel (Sort of) by Will Clarke
  6. Fifth Life of the Cat Woman by Kathleen Dexter
  7. Queenmaker: A Novel of King David’s Queen by India Edghill
  8. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  9. Blinking Red Light by Mister Mann Frisby
  10. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  11. The First Forest by John Gile
  12. Indigo by Beverly Jenkins
  13. The Last Open Road by Burt S. Levy
  14. Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link
  15. Bad Attitude by Leopold McGinnis
  16. Mama by Terry McMillan
  17. Temptation by Victoria Christopher Murray
  18. One More Moment in Time by Elizabeth Anne Ryan
  19. Let That Be the Reason by Vickie Stringer
  20. 23 Shades Of Black by K.J.A. Wishnia