New Book: Take 2

Some months ago, on a Sunday morning, I was standing in my local supermarket, hunting for a copy of the New York Times, when I received a call from my agent, Jeff Kleinman. This was exciting stuff.  A few days earflier I had submitted a first draft of my latest novel, knew he was reading it and, since he was going to the trouble of speaking to me directly, I had reason to be optimistic.

“Amazing.  Hit it out of the park.”

He was only half way through but he was loving it – getting Jeff to be this excited about my writing is a big deal.  It was eleven o’clock.  He was going to continue reading but he had to gush to the one person who knew the story.  In my head I began spending the big advance that was surely coming my way.

At four that afternoon when he called again, I picked up on the first ring.

“Nick, we have a problem.”

And that was where the original draft of book six died, the realization that the first part was working well, but the second half had failed to maintain a sufficiently high standard.  Ah, the joy of writing.  One minute a bestseller, the next rejected.

Truth is, I can’t complain.  Jeff is fantastic when it comes to guiding my writing, being honest about what does and does not work, and, by helping me wake up and not settle, taking my writing (hopefully) to a better place.  Needless to say, I’ve been at it again, finishing off this manuscript for the past five months.  This Friday it goes back to him and I get to do this over.  He’s going to read it on a flight back from the west coast, so if there’s a guy wired on the red-eye out of LA, alternately laughing and crying, unable to sleep, that’s a good thing.  If he returns to New York well rested, I guess I’ll go back to the drawing board!

New Book?

Some months ago, my daughter had an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon and received a lesson in the art of ‘efficient’ communication.  Rather than a traditional ‘back and forth’ discussion about her issues, he would raise a question and answer it himself.  Not great bedside manner, in my opinion, but it was effective use ofContinue Reading

“Start a Series” Summer Reading Promotion

Just wanted to mention that The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs will be part of a summer reading promotion on where, from 6/20-6/23, the ebook will be discounted to $2.99. Fine reading fodder for the beach or wherever your summer takes you!

Dog Gone Updates!

The new book has been out for a little over two weeks and I’ve had a few pieces in an array of different media outlets.  Here are a few links to stories, articles and interviews that came about thanks to Dog Gone, Back Soon!    

Dog Gone, Back Soon Ebook Deal!

Just wanted to pass on a great deal from the ebook folks at Kobo.  From today through Easter Sunday (4/20/14) my new book, Dog Gone, Back Soon is available for just $2.99!  Click on the link for details: An Easter treat for you and your pets!

Patron Saint of Lost Dogs E-Book Promo!

With less than a week to go before the release of Dog Gone, Back Soon, here’s a chance to catch up on the first book in the series, The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs.  Follow the link for a $2.99 ebook deal through the e-tailer of your choice; Hurry, offer lasts this week throughContinue Reading

Calm before the Storm

Right now, most people tuning into HBO have been trying to see the seaon finale of True Detective and not the Real Sports episode in which I’m filmed performing surgery on a bulldog and chatting to Soledad O’Brien about ways to reduce many of the breed’s health issues.  This episode was scheduled to air Feb 27thContinue Reading

Dog Gone Down Under

When The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs sold to Australia, I worried about its appeal to an audience down under.  My sister, Fiona, lives in Perth, Western Australia and goes to great lengths to warn me (especially when my books don’t sell) that her fellow countrymen and countrywomen are not as enamored of pets inContinue Reading

Bulldogs, Soledad O’Brien and Me!

What does my job as a veterinary surgeon and the HBO TV show, “Real Sports with Bryant Gumble” have in common?  Up until this past week I’d have said absolutely nothing.  But I’d be wrong.  On Tuesday, I spent and entertaining ninety minutes sitting opposite, of all people, Soledad O’Brien, for an interview focused onContinue Reading

Dog Gone, Back Soon Giveaway!

If you’re interested in getting your hands on an advanced copy of my latest book, Dog Gone, Back Soon, click on the link to Goodreads and sign up for the giveaway!  There are 15 copies available if you enter between now and the end of the month. Best of luck, Nick