Horn Tooting: Library Journal/Newton and the Counterfeiter Edition
I’ve been waaay remiss in self aggrandizement/book hawking on this blog lately, so it is my pleasure to report that Library Journal put Newton and the Counterfeiter on its Best Books 2009 list.
Money quote from the accompanying article:
“What I looked for in my best books picks was unique voices,” [Library Journal Fiction Editor] Wilda Willy explained, …She also wanted original ideas, a fresh take on a well-worn subject (“yes, we all know about Isaac Newton, the genius scientist, But did you know he was also a genius detective?”), and beautiful writing.
This is, I devoutly hope, the first swallow in a Newton spring of renewed attention, but Library Journal has a special place in my heart — first to review (and star) the book, and now this. I esteem their editors’ taste and thank them for their kindness.
Oh…and if you had a thought to actually go out and follow the LJ commendation, you can find Newton and the Counterfeiter quite easily: Amazon,Powells, Barnes and Noble,Indiebound and across the pond at Amazon.co.uk,Waterstones, Blackwells, Borders,John Smith & Son
One last thought: publishing a book is a strange business, emotionally a bit whacked. You write the damn thing over some number of years, mostly all by yourself…and then you send it out into the world. Unless you have the good fortune to hit it really big, showing up on all the chat shows and clipping reviews by the ream, it mostly goes … not quite silently into the void…but quietly. It’s hard to know, even with a solid sale, whether people got what you wrote, whether they actually value it.
It’s like sowing seeds out the window of a moving car; you almost can’t know whether anything sprouts. And then, something like this drops in on the wings of a Google alert. And you know something did. It’s sweet.
Image: Vincent van Gogh, “The Sower,” 1889.