Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Author, Google Thyself

A dangerous practice, I am told. Think about it, if poor Vincent did a "van Gogh" search while he was still alive (okay, I know he's an artist, but you get my point) he may have cut off more than just one earlobe. But since authors are usually the last to know anything about how their books are doing, it appears to be necessary. Sigh.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to find this article in the January issue of ALA Book Links. BROTHERS has been classified as a mystery novel! I'm so excited! Most reviewers (to my dismay) have called it chick-lit (alas, the bright pink cover) but the truth is, while I was writing the book, I never thought of it as chick-lit. I mean, come on, it's a Mafia story. So, I'm thrilled that a lovely librarian was thoughtful enough to not judge my book by its cover. Thank you!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

A Very Nice Consolation Prize

I thought I'd start the new year off with a Degas painting. Pretty, don't you think?

So, the bad news is that Brothers didn't make the Cybils YA fiction shortlist, but ... I found this awesome review by one of the judges - Trisha, a YaYaYa librarian. (Just scroll down past the winners to see it.) It seems that if there were a few more spots available on the list, the novel might have made it! So, I'm very happy. And honored. Congratulations to the winners and a big hearty thanks to the judges!