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Max Barry wrote the novels Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, Machine Man, and Lexicon. He also created the game NationStates and once found a sock full of pennies.

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Fri 18
May
2007

The Exceptionals Goes to Manhattan

Writing Now I don’t want to go on and on about this new book. Well, I do. I really do. But I realize that’s of limited interest when you can’t actually read it, and probably won’t be able to for at least a year. And maybe it’s of limited interest even then. Although why are you bothering to read my blogs? That’s just weird, man.

Anyway. The fact is, the most exciting thing I did this week was email it to my agent. From there it will go to Bill, my editor. Bill hasn’t read it yet, so I will wait with thoughts like these: “He’s going to love it. It’s by far my best book. Maybe he’ll hate it. It’s probably all wrong for my demographic and the market has changed and he’ll ask if I’ve written anything else lately. Oh, shit. I’ve wasted a year.”

Now I know from responses to a recent blog that some of you find the idea of my career heading anywhere but upward laughable. Or at least you were kind of enough to pretend that. But you have to keep in mind, I’ve been dumped by a publisher once. If you had heard nothing but positive things right up until the moment they showed you the door, you’d have paranoia issues, too.

So even though I love this book, love it, I know that until I hear back from Bill I will fret. I will regret posting this blog, for making the humiliation when it gets rejected so much more public.

But today: damn. I just sent my best book to my publisher. I’m ecstatic.

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Machine Man subscriber Marleen (#2741)

Location: Berlin, Germany
Quote: "I want more expensive shoes in one place than I've ever seen in my whole life."
Posted: 2625 days ago

So, is "The Exceptionals" the working title or some kind of in-joke that I don't get?

Anyway, way to go Max! Your weird blog readers are ecstatic along with you!

Jennifer M. Dambeck (#3061)

Location: NJ, USA
Quote: "Rock on"
Posted: 2625 days ago

I wait with baited breath. A year? how will I wait a year for the next issue of greatness from the author so far away? sigh

Justin (#2009)

Location: Halfmoon, NY
Quote: "Max(x) is awesome!"
Posted: 2625 days ago

Well, hey, make sure to take some time out to celebrate the progress thus far. Plus, getting blind drunk tends to settle the nerves.

shabooty (#637)

Location: D.C./V.A/M.D.
Quote: "I will shake your foundation. I will shake the f**cking rafters. Nobody'll be the same -Danny Bonaduce ....& go visit my blog @: http://www.shabooty.com"
Posted: 2625 days ago

you must have called it the exceptionals so it would be wishful thinking in terms of the quality of work ;]

Machine Man subscriber Bushra (#36)

Location: Fremont, California
Quote: "www.caffeinatedmuslim.com"
Posted: 2625 days ago

Hopefully your editor will love your book as much as you do. Take care and good luck Max! And try not to fret :)

marc thorn (#3066)

Location: sherman oaks, ca
Posted: 2625 days ago

a year?! seriously? i thought i had read "a year" way back in november? well regardless, i'd rather have it done right than done soon. and thanks for the sneak peek at your LA reading, it looks brilliant so far.

p.s. did you ever check out the contortionist's handbook?

Brittany O. (#1688)

Location: Montana
Quote: "My love calls me Boom..."
Posted: 2625 days ago

well, congrats on the e-mail and i hope it goes through-- in a year. you have a sense of a cult folloing with the other books, this will be the same.

Machine Man subscriber sean kearney (#3037)

Location: Denver, CO
Quote: "patternhunter@gmail.com"
Posted: 2625 days ago

Congratulations, Max. It was so cool to hear you read excerpts in Denver and we are very excited to hear that the new book is this far along!

I can't wait to have the new book in hand. A year isn't long to wait for brilliance!

Katy (#2345)

Location: Los Angeles
Posted: 2625 days ago

Max Barry you couldn't write anything bad. Although it is pretty rude of you, it's true, to tempt us with "the best book ever" and then add "oh but you can't read it right now."

Jerk.

BUT ROCK ON AND I HOPE IT GOES WELL!

Also please come back to L.A.

Emily (#1135)

Location: ceruleantown.com
Quote: "The sky is falling..."
Posted: 2624 days ago

Haha, guess I am one of those weirdo blog reader peoples... Though I am going to have to agree with what the person above me said, you couldn't write anything bad. We'll be counting down that one year... :-p

austin (#2462)

Location: rhode island
Quote: "hmmm...bleh..."
Posted: 2624 days ago

Good luck Max.

Jeffrey (#2286)

Location: Right here
Quote: "Mathematics is a powerful language. Just look at how mathematicians destroyed the housing market."
Posted: 2624 days ago

Don't worry Max, I'll buy it. Good luck.

Gregory Rubin (#72)

Location: Seattle, WA
Quote: "SSIMB!"
Posted: 2622 days ago

Congratulations, and remember that if all else fails, I have rather comfortable (small) couch in my (small) apartment where you can crash.

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