Thursday, November 19, 2009

"Charming" - Publishers Weekly

I won't lie to you. The first review of Precarious was ... not great.

The first line was OK: "The lovelorn characters in Riske's debut collection are riven by confusion, to sometimes charming, sometimes infuriating effect."

But then the reviewer chose to focus on the (apparently) infuriating parts. The charming parts? Not so much.

Still, I suppose, it was somewhat of a coup to be reviewed in Publishers Weekly at all. (I'm including a link, but I'd really rather you didn't go there. See this instead.)

But there was good news, too.

Based on PW's not-so-great review, someone named Erica contacted my publisher to see if movie and TV rights are still available.

Which is interesting because, coincidentally, the first story in the collection. "Sleeping with Smiley," started out as a screenplay.

If anything comes of the inquiry, I'll let you know.


Anonymous said...

I'm with you, buddy .... And hey, if it turns out that a ho-hum review by Publishers Weekly ultimately lands you a film deal, I'm sure you'll feel it was a small price to pay ....

BTW, you should start a war with PW to generate more "buzz" for the book.

Mark Richardson said...

I love the stories!

Also, I'm available to play one of the characters in any movie that is made. But, I need to approve the leading lady.