I finished going through editorial changes to the 5th novel
in the Vincent Calvino series: The Big Weird. BookSiam originally
published The Big Weird in 1996. It was reprinted by Heaven Lake Press in
200. And sadly it had gone out of print. Before Christmas, though, it will be
back in print as in mass paperback edition.
Rereading and editing a
novel that I wrote a dozen years ago is not unlike opening a high school
yearbook and looking at a picture of yourself from the distant past. Iíve
written another 10 novels since The Big Weird first appeared. I have
spent a lot more years with Vinny Calvino and Colonel Pratt so that when I go to
an earlier book, the temptation is strong to do a major overall. You just know
so much more. Like all Monday morning quarterbacks, you can see the plays that
could have been made and were botched. Much the same happens to a writer going
back over a book from 12 years earlier.
Iíve had a very good editor go
through The Big Weird and tighten up the prose. Fixing some narrative,
rewriting dialogue and otherwise remodeling the original house. Thatís a good
way to sum up what Iíve had to do. You have a great old house but it needs
renovation. So the rehab job is done. For better or worse.
There is a
new cover in the works. The cover above is from the Heaven Lake Press 2000
edition. Once the cover is set, Iíll post a copy on the blog.
the new and improved edition of The Big Weird in late November. It will be on
sale in bookstores throughout Thailand.