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by JohnstonMR
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: I'm a writer!
Topic: I sold my book!
Replies: 14
Views: 10651

Re: I sold my book!

pigfender wrote:
I should point out - there’s a spelling mistake on the front cover. Hopefully picked up in proofs!


I am deeply embarassed to admit that no, it was not caught until after printing. Everyone involved is feeling quite stupid. Especially me, as I've looked at it dozens of times.
by JohnstonMR
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: I'm a writer!
Topic: I sold my book!
Replies: 14
Views: 10651

Re: I sold my book!

Oh man, I forgot to reply here!

Since last posting, I've sold the sequel. Now we're releasing book 1 in a couple of weeks, and the sequel is scheduled for February 2020.

Those interested can find the covers at this link: https://mjohnstonbooks.com/books/
by JohnstonMR
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: I'm a writer!
Topic: I sold my book!
Replies: 14
Views: 10651

Re: I sold my book!

pigfender wrote:Wow, congratulations! Best of luck with the release!

Have you seen the cover yet? Can you share an image here?


I haven't yet; I'll keep updating as I get more info.
by JohnstonMR
Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: I'm a writer!
Topic: I sold my book!
Replies: 14
Views: 10651

I sold my book!

Hi, folks. In May 2018 I signed a contract (and received part of the advance) to publish my SF/Space Opera novel The Widening Gyre to Don D'Auria at Flame Tree Press, a new imprint debuting their first books in September 2019. My book is currently slated for March 2019. Flame Tree will be publishing...
by JohnstonMR
Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:23 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: The rise of e-reading
Replies: 43
Views: 14295

Re: The rise of e-reading

I received a Kindle back in 2010, and I have to admit that aside from books I need for academic purposes (I'm a teacher), or books that aren't available on the Kindle, I've almost entirely switched over to e-reading. I just love the device, and I find I don't have any problem getting into a book tha...
by JohnstonMR
Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:01 pm
Forum: Using Scrivener
Topic: my new template--"Short Story Series"
Replies: 5
Views: 1829

Re: my new template--"Short Story Series"

Was this ever uploaded?
by JohnstonMR
Fri Oct 28, 2011 12:06 am
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: Grad School Woe
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Grad School Woe

I'm going to whine now. I'm a full-time high school English teacher. I'm also a father of a rather precocious four year old girl. I'm also a grad student, currently mired in a course on Hawthorne and Melville. In less than two weeks I need to turn in an annotated bibliography and precis for a term p...
by JohnstonMR
Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:30 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: NOOOOOOO! Why did I do that?!?!
Replies: 9
Views: 1215

NOOOOOOO! Why did I do that?!?!

So, I was working on a novel. And then my hard drive went boom. Ok , I thought. I'm a smart guy, I have a backup from last month. Only... I didn't. I don't know what happened, but my backup didn't exist. The closest one I had was over three years old. *sigh* Oh well. I had an outline from my notes I...
by JohnstonMR
Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: What do you claim to have read, and why?
Replies: 21
Views: 3924

Re: What do you claim to have read, and why?

When I was an undergrad, I took a class in American Romanticism, which has become sort of my specialty in teaching (along with Romanticism in general). When we read Moby Dick our prof claimed it was the book all English majors claim to have read but haven't. I love the book, but I can certainly see ...
by JohnstonMR
Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:09 pm
Forum: Technical Support (Mac)
Topic: Where did my italics go?
Replies: 3
Views: 514

Re: Where did my italics go?

infmom wrote:Thank you! That was indeed what happened. But I didn't consciously change the font. I wonder how that happened? Anyway, I changed it back and that solved the problem. Yay! :)


I've been having the same problem; I have no idea how I changed the font. Glad I came here to see what it could be!
by JohnstonMR
Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:26 pm
Forum: And Now For That Latte
Topic: English - why I hate Americans
Replies: 76
Views: 5832

Re: English - why I hate Americans

I totally agree with that - and even more interesting is how they vary - it's not like a graduated scale of accent from north to south, there are some places where the differences make really no sense at all! Some area seem to be like isolated alien landing sites. Wow! It's the same over here! Ther...
by JohnstonMR
Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: I'm a writer!
Topic: How many fiction writers do we have here?
Replies: 296
Views: 47543

Re: How many fiction writers do we have here?

First line:

When you’re traveling at 75% of the speed of light, you have to make decisions quickly.
by JohnstonMR
Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:54 am
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Books you haven't read but feel you should
Replies: 37
Views: 7329

Re: Books you haven't read but feel you should

No, I was being completely serious here, if not a little tongue-in-cheek with the "mere genre-ist" line. Simmons said you must have read and immediately recognize a line from a 50+ year old novel by some American writer if you want to be a novelist. Saying that is completely offensive, cu...
by JohnstonMR
Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:59 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Recommendations...?
Replies: 54
Views: 7490

Re: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Recommendations...?

Hrm. I think I'm making a weird habit of posting in old threads. Anyway, I'd like to reccomend to you Ian McDonald's Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone . It's quite short, only the one book, and is a masterpiece of cyberpunk SF and literary SF in the same story. This book was so good when I first read it...
by JohnstonMR
Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:55 pm
Forum: Reviews & Recommendations
Topic: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Recommendations...?
Replies: 54
Views: 7490

Re:

By the way, am I the only person who thinks LOTR should have ended at the exact moment the ring is destroyed, with Frodo and Sam floating on their rock in the lava? I have only seen the movie, but everything beyond that point felt unnecessary (I wouldn't even rescue them, and yes, I know the book g...