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Early Praise for Written in Stone

Even though I sometimes feel quite anxious about the publication of Written in Stone, the positive comments the manuscript has received so far have helped to relieve my apprehension. Professional reviews will not show up for another few months, of course, but during the process of composing the book – from pitching to my agent…

I can’t help it – every time I pass a bookstore, I wonder whether they are going to carry my book when it comes out this autumn. November is still a long way away – summer does not even officially begin until next week – but I can’t help but wonder where my book will…

Tracks and Traces 5.8.2010

Written in Stone is now available for pre-sale on Amazon.com (as well as a few other online stores)! The description of the book, author bio, etc. will have to be updated, but otherwise it is good to see it get its own page, and many thanks to the several of you who have already pre-ordered…

Now that the details about Australopithecus sediba have been published, I am faced with an important question – how am I going to fit the new hominin into Written in Stone? When I started composing Written in Stone I was determined to make it as up-to-date as possible. This was not only out of a…

The time has come to wrap-up this blog series, but there was one other topic I wanted to cover before concluding; how do you let people know about the mass of ink-blotted, dead tree pulp that is your book? Promoting Written in Stone will be a tough job. When it hits shelves this fall it…

Last Friday I posted an open-thread in an attempt to gauge what readers might be getting from the “So you want to write a pop-sci book” series (Parts 1, 2, and 3), and I was quite pleased by the response. I was glad to hear so many of you have found it useful (or intend…

Earlier this week David Williams (Stories in Stone), Michael Welland (Sand), and I started a blog series about the details of publishing a popular science book (Parts 1, 2, and 3), but I have been a bit underwhelmed by the response. I had been hoping for some input from other published authors, questions or comments…

Earlier this week I discussed how to find a publisher for your book and how blogs can be useful tools in that process, but what about the effort that goes into completing a manuscript? As Michael has pointed out in his latest blog-length contribution to our conversation, every writer is different. How Michael approached writing…

Blogs, as Carl Zimmer astutely noted at this year’s ScienceOnline conference, are software. Despite all the hand-wringing over whether science bloggers can or should replace science journalists the fact of the matter is that science blogs are the independent expressions of a variety of writers about subjects which they feel passionate about. There is no…

Writing a popular science book has simultaneously been the most challenging and rewarding experience of my writing career so far. It was not so much something that I wanted to do as a task that I needed to do, and without that sense of resolve Written in Stone would probably be a half-finished manuscript left…