Saturday, August 23, 2008

New Title Change (again)

My editor called this week while we were driving down Highway 101 along the Oregon coast during our family camping trip. It seems the publisher is insistent that we avoid a golf-related title for my next book, so as not to drive away the main audience, who are probably not golfers. As a result, what started out as "Waiting For Mulligans", and then later switched to "Playing Through", is now going to be called "The Nine Lessons". It's probably not as catchy or intriguing as the original, but it should have more mass-market appeal, and that's not such a bad thing.

At any rate, I think this will be the final title change, because they are ready to start marketing it to booksellers. Plus, the cover is now complete, and since the cover needs a title I'm pretty sure we're done fiddling with it. [note: I'll post the new cover to my web page's BEAUTIFUL! Many thanks to the design team!!]

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Me and My Buddy Michael Moore? Ha!!

I don't want to get political on this blog, so I won't. But I think most people would agree that it's hard to avoid politics when mentioning the name Michael Moore. If the name doesn't ring a bell, perhaps you'll recognize some of his infamous movies: Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, and Bowling for Columbine, three of the top five highest-grossing documentaries of all time. So anyway, I was perusing a magazine today that highlights some books that will be sold in foreign markets during the next 6 months, and my name was listed on the table of contents! Cool, right? I had no idea it was being marketed overseas, so I was ecstatic. But I had to laugh when I read the name right below mine on the list....yep, Michael Moore. I'd never really thought of it before, but Mr. Moore and I share a capital-M in common at the start of our last names! The similarities between us probably end there, but hey, it's something. I never imagined I would ever see my name in print next to Mr. Moore's, but for better or worse, I think it's hilarious.

By the way, it's worth noting that Stephenie Meyer is on the top of the M-list. She's everywhere these days. In fact, I just heard that she topped 7 gazillion books sold (and no matter how you measure it, that's a lot). Way to go Stephenie! My wife loves your books...and I intend to read them too (someday).

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