I’ve Been Used!

April 4th, 2009

And I couldn’t be happier about it.

Got an e-mail a couple of days ago from a writer whom I will not name at this point, but who first wrote me more than a year ago to say she was using the WRITER’S RESOURCES material on this site as she struggled with her first novel.  We corresponded back and forth sporadically and I offered advice whenever I could think of any, and a few months back she wrote to tell me she’d finished.

Well, her novel has just been sold to Random House, and there are deals in a bunch of other countries.  This makes me incredibly happy.

I’m not naming her because she’s promised to do a guest blog at some time in the future, and I don’t want to steal her thunder.  (And Random House qualifies as thunder, especially in this market.)

I’ll let you know when the blog is coming.  In the meantime, please join me in sending mental congratulations to her — just address them to “that novelist Tim was talking about.”

8 Responses to “I’ve Been Used!”

  1. Lisa Kenney Says:

    Woohoo! It is always a joy to hear that an aspiring novelist is actually going to become a published one. Your help has been valuable to more people than you’ll ever know. Congratulations to TNTWTA!

  2. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Woohoo, indeed, Lisa — it’s great news, and I personally can’t wait to read the book. I actually have total faith it’s going to be killer. And it’s cool to know that the stuff on my site actually has value to people.

  3. fairyhedgehog Says:

    That’s brilliant news. Your writers’ resources are an amazing source of inspiration and I’m glad they helped TNTWTA.

  4. Jen Forbus Says:

    Fantastic! Congratulations to both of you and I look forward to having this writer revealed. Nice work, Teach! And best, best, best wishes to TNTWTA!

  5. Dana King Says:

    Hearty congratulations to the Mystery Writer, for beating the odds like she has. Tim’s tips are great–I refer to them regularly–but anyone can read them. It takes talent and perseverance to put them into practice so successfully.

    Congrats to Tim, as well. I sense a strong teacher gene in you, and, as a former teacher myself, nothing makes a true teacher happier than a student’s success.

  6. Ken H. Says:

    Will it ever cease to be exciting to hear that a “new” writer is getting published? Let’s hope for more similar posts in the future!

  7. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    You guys are so generous in your enthusiasm. I never cease to be amazed at the breadth of the books that get published — it means there’s hope for all of us, practically regardless of what we write about, as long as we sit there until it’s finished and then have the courage to rip it apart and put it back again if necessary, as it usually is.

    As an example, here are my last five books: A BEAUTIFUL FALL, a riveting look at the rarefied world of Paris fashion, cocaine, AIDS, creativity, and the excess of the 70s and 80s, told in terms of the rivalry between Yves St. Laurent and Karl Lagerfleld; TONIGHT I SAID GOODBYE by Michael Koryta, written at the age of 21, I think, and an absolutely pitch-perfect PI novel; YOU’VE HAD YOUR TIME, an autobiography by Anthony Burgess in which he recalls, among many other things, the diagnosis of a brain tumor with only a year to live that forced him to sit down and crank out his first five (!) novels, including the amazing Malaya Trilogy published here as THE LONG DAY WANES, SHADOW COUNTRY by Peter Matthiessen, a modern classic on the grand scale in which he reworks his three earlier novels, KILLING MR WATSON, LOST MAN’S RIVER, and BONE BY BONE (if I could read only one piece of American fiction this year, this would be it); and AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A GEISHA, a heartbreaking and completely inspiring memoir by a real-life geisha who was sold into service at the age of four and who made it somehow through the post-war years in Japan.

    These books have virtually nothing in common except quality. (I’m on a streak of good ones.) And nothing would make me happier than to learn that other people have used this site to finish — and even sell — their books. But what matters is finishing, because even if you don’t sell your book, you’ve learned how to do it and you’re only going to get better in the future.

  8. Cynthia Mueller Says:

    Congratulations to TNTWTA!!!! Can’t wait to read more about your successes!

    And Tim, it’s you who have generously shared your knowledge and given us all continued encouragement and inspiration! I will never be able to thank you enough for what you’ve given.

    And regarding finishing vs. selling and what matters…A year ago (or maybe 18 months), I would have argued the point with you. Selling is MUCH better than finishing. Then I realized what an accomplishment finishing would be and how sweet it would feel Now, I am just estatically happy to spend a day writing and enjoying the process. And for that, I can’t begin to thank you.

    So, I’ll just have to be content to dedicate my morning coffee to you, every morning.

    And if I ever do finish (I mean…WHEN I finish), I’ll look forward to thanking you in my acknowledgements page!

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