Sunday Smatterings

Sunday Smatterings 11.19.17

Chickens, welcome to Sunday. Did you have a good week? American chickens, are you ready to watch some football and chow down on some turkey and pumpkin pie?

I have to say: No matter where you are, or how you're celebrating, please know I am thankful for you, dear reader. Thank you for joining me in the books, in the newsletters, in this online world. It's a blessing to know you, and I am thankful to walk alongside you.

It's been a quiet week. The moment I sent Catherine a draft of the new book, I got sick. As in I lost all the dealine weight there was a norovirus flatteneing Nashville sick. It happens every time I finish a book. Crazy, right?

I took advantage of the enforced down time to binge-watch Stranger Things (fun, and not too scary, thank heavens) and sign tip in sheets (how your books get presigned by authors -- publishers send the front page of the book and we sign, then when they make the book, those page gets inserted. Cool, right?) Special limited edition signed copies of THE SIXTH DAY will be available around release.

And while Catherine is editing away, I've turned to my next project, which is a new standalone novel! It's with my editor right now and revisions start next week. I don't have a release date yet, but I'll announce it as soon as I know.

Without further ado, here are your links.

Here's what happened on the Internets this week:

The Busiest Reading Day of the Year Is the Wednesday Before Thanksgiving, According to Barnes & Noble Data. Gear up, buttercups: it's time to get your nerd on! Apparently we all snag a few minutes of book time between chopping veggies and rolling out pie dough. It definitely has nothing to do with realizing our Reading Challenge on Goodreads is 15 books behind schedule, oh no it doesn't....

Here's The Pitch Publishers Rejected When J.K. Rowling Was Trying To Get "Harry Potter" Published. Moral of the story? Never. Give. Up.

How Reese Witherspoon Is Changing Hollywood for Women.  She's a dynamo, that Reese Witherspoon. And she's doing some astounding things for women and telling their stories. And she's not afraid to say hey, I'm successful, and I work hard to achieve my goals. I LOVE THAT!

The Important Emotional Labor of Librarians Most People Never Think About. Librarians are some of the best people on the planet—period. And this article explains one of the many reasons why. One of the things I'm thankful for this year: librarians. 

16 Literary Subscription Boxes To Gift This Year, Based On Their Myers-Briggs Type. This is genius. Tuck this in the back of your mind for a great bookish holiday gift.

And closer to home:

DEAD ENDS is only $0.99! This is the sale you've been waiting for: 13 deliciously creepy stories for less than $1! if you need something short and sweet to read on your way to Thanksgiving celebrations, this is the book for you.

Tom Perrotta is a veteran writer. You may recognize his name from the opening sequence of HBO's The Leftovers, the movie Election (starring Reese Witherspoon!) or Little Children. Mr. Perrotta just released a new novel, Mrs. Fletcher, a wry take on a woman trying to cope with an empty nest and figure out what the rest of her life will look like. Check out our chat!

That's it from me! Y'all travel safe, hug your loved ones, don't spill the cranberry sauce and we'll talk again soon. Have a great Thanksgiving!