- ABNA Entry–Amazon held their inaugural Breakthrough Novel Award Contest back in 2008, and I submitted Vodnik. I made it to the second round, which was pretty exciting at the time–especially since it involved getting a . . .
- Publisher’s Weekly Review–Publisher’s Weekly had the crazy idea of reviewing all of the semi-finalists for the ABNA contest. Now, did they use their standard review process for this? I have no idea. But I still got a review out of it–one that seems fairly accurate to me, looking back at it. Seeing as how the book will have gone through at least three extremely substantial revisions between what PW looked at here for the ABNA contest and what you’ll all be seeing when Vodnik is published, I hope the book will have improved dramatically.
- A Trip to Slovakia–Flew off to Slovakia in 2008, revisiting the country for the first time since I’d written Vodnik. A strange experience, seeing all the places that I’d written about. Pretty cool. Check out the pictures.
- More Slovakia Pictures–Including one of the infamous well in the novel.
- I Get Serious about Submitting–I never was the best person at actually submitting my work to agents and publishers. At the end of 2009, I got serious about it–decided to approach it more as a business and less as a lottery.