Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Addendum to acknowledgments

So it happens to the best of us.

You'll see it at the Oscars, of course. I'd wager it happens any time somebody gives an acceptance speech.

You forget to thank somebody.

And so it is that, when I wrote my acknowledgments for The Troubles of Johnny Cannon, I forgot a few people.

Actually, that's not entirely true. My first draft of acknowledgments was almost five pages long. That time, I remembered everybody.

But then I had to edit it and I had to make some tough decisions. And, in retrospect, there's a few people I cut out that I probably shouldn't have.

Like:

  1. Mom. Oh my gosh, how can I forget my mom? Even Superbowl winners remember their moms. Even sweepstakes recipients. Heck, a lot of convicts even remember their moms. And yet, I forgot my mom. So, here's my message to my mother: "Mom: You taught me to be a reader and be a dreamer. Without those two qualities, this book would never have been born."
  2. My Brother. Yeah, this one is pretty bad as well. "Jay: You helped me create the imaginary friends who laid the groundwork for this epic tome. Plus you loved the 60s. And you drew skirts on superheroes. All of these things were essential for this book."
  3. My Kids. Admittedly, while I am oh so thankful for my beautiful children, I didn't really think of thanking them in the book because they didn't really contribute a whole lot. They distracted me, of course. And kept me laughing. And...and...oh bother. "My wonderful kids: You helped me continuously look at the world in wonder."
  4. Beta Readers. Ugh! How did I forget to mention these wonderful, amazing people who voluntarily gave me their time to read my book. "Erin, Eric, Melissa, Miguel, Shoji, Steve: You read this book when it sucked. And, no, I don't want to hear if you think it still does."
  5. Natalie. Natalie caught a major flaw in my writing. "Natalie: You helped me remember how to spell y'all. A word that is vital to the essence of this story. Thank you."
  6.  Mean Girls and Bullies. I've encountered so many people that fall in this category, it's not worth naming them all. Plus at least half of them have changed their stories, and I don't feel it's right to bring them back up. Except for one. "Logan: You were, without a doubt, the meanest person I ever knew. Without you, my story would not have such a well-rounded antagonist. Thank you."
  7. Coffee. Whether it was Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts or Keurig or Monster Java, coffee was one of the most essential elements in the creation of this book. "The Almighty Bean: You gave me the go-go juice I needed."
It is highly likely that I am still forgetting someone. If that is the case, I will come in and add them to this list.

Excelsior!

So...Freakin...Excited....!!!!

ARCs for The Troubles of Johnny Cannon come in tomorrow! I just turned in my revisions for The Struggles of Johnny Cannon five minutes ago.
I think it's safe to say that...

Monday, February 10, 2014

The 2014 Oscar Nominees: Johnny Cannon Style

Hello to all of you!

That little scalawag, Johnny Cannon (you know, the star of the upcoming book, The Troubles of Johnny Cannon, coming to a bookstore near you on October 14, 2014, but available now for preorder or to add on goodreads) took over my tumblr recently and posted his reviews of the Oscar nominees. So, in case you're wondering what a backwoods kid from 1961 Alabama thinks about these 2013 movies, here are the links:

Johnny Reviews American Hustle

Johnny Reviews Captain Phillips

Johnny Reviews Dallas Buyers Club

Johnny Reviews Gravity

Johnny Reviews Her

Johnny Reviews Nebraska

Johnny Reviews Philomena

Johnny Reviews 12 Years a Slave

Johnny Reviews The Wolf of Wall Street

So there you have it. I'm pretty sure that, although Johnny wouldn't vote for any of the nominated movies to win, he's probably leaning toward 12 Years a Slave over the rest.

Let me know what you think of these reviews in the comments!

Excelsior!


Friday, February 7, 2014

COVER REVEAL: The Troubles of Johnny Cannon

I'm not much of one for waiting.

Seriously.

I hate it.

And the fact that I've had to wait this long to show you guys my cover has

Killed

Me.

So, no more. No more waiting, folks.

Here it is!!!!!!!!

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There it is!!!!!!

Do you love it!?!?!?  DO YOU?!?!?!?!?

Cause I do. I'm super happy.

Now, if you love the cover like a boss, go add it on goodreads and find out when other amazing-sauce things happen with it.

Excelsior!