D-Day Minus 2
That's D as in "drop," the music-industry slang term for a record's release. I am determined to use it whenever possible in reference to the publication on Tuesday of my new book, How to Not Write Bad: The Most Common Writing Errors and the Best Ways to Avoid Them. If you are so inclined, please go ahead an pre-order the book here. (Or, if you're coming to this post after 2/2, you can go ahead and order it.) No salesman will come to your door.
The book has already gotten some nice attention, in large part thanks to the efforts of Fiona Brown, crack publicist at Riverhead Books. A few days ago, Katy Steinmetz of Time Magazine did a nice Q and A interview with me under the title "The Secrets to Not Being a Terrible Writer." Explaining to her that I'm a writer, not a talker, I asked her to be kind with my halting stammering, and at a couple of points she made me appear witty, as in this exchange:
Is the widespread usage of exclamation points a problem?
There’s exclamation point inflation, so that one isn’t enough. You don’t want to get to the point where it’s like the boy who cried wolf, where you have to have multiple exclamation points just to indicate that you really mean it. So is it a problem? It’s not a problem like global warming.
Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published a short essay I wrote based on the book: "In Writing, First Do No Harm" (their title, not mine--but I like it). Of course, nowadays when you publish something online, it's not the end of the process. I'm talking about comments, of course. There are four up on the WSJ's site so far. One praises the piece, and one's author thinks it's badly written and hence ironic, given the subject. Fair enough. Here are the other two: