April 15, 2008



Congratulations! That's really exciting. Hopefully you'll have a huge whirlwind US book tour coming and this blog can temporarily become a road diary!

Martha Southgate

Congrats, Mark. You should feel good about this--I hope it does very well. But remember, even if it doesn't change your life in a deep material way--being a published fiction writer is no way to make a living (financially speaking), I've found--that's not why you did it. You did it because you love literature and had a story you wanted to tell. Congrats again.

Jennifer Rice Epstein

Congratulations! It's been so great for you to take us through the process of finishing, selling and publishing this book. Good luck with all that comes next.


Woo! Hoo! The day's finally here! How long ago was I bugging you to write a novel and now it's out? Guess I can't bug you anymore...except to write another one.

Sending chill vibes your way for your big day! See ya next month!

Christopher Calvi

Congratulations! I have a copy on the way... look forward to reading it.


Congrats, Mark, looking forward to reading it!

Antoine Wilson

Congrats, Mark! A

Jim Carmin

Exciting day; many congrats. I hope you a reading tour takes you here to Portland, OR to Powells!


Jim, I'll be at Powells on May 12. (You can find the whole Book Tour by clicking the TOUR DATES link in the top left.) And many thanks to all of you for the kind wishes!

Steven Augustine

Milestone. Better than stalking-then-meeting Paul McCartney, or doing schtick with Captain Kirk? Probably!

Pia Ehrhardt

Enjoy every bit of your book's birthday, Mark. I look forward to reading it. I'll drink a drink for you in New Orleans tonight at the Hornets game.


Congratulations, Mark.

I hope it impresses all the right people (and Oprah) and is enjoyed by everyone who reads it.

I can't wait.


Cheers to you, Mark! And cheers to Harry. It's a wonderful book.


Congratulations, Mark. Show #201 of The Bat Segundo Show -- to be released in minutes -- features a lengthy interview with Mark concerning "Harry, Revised."


Congratulations! Awesome to see this process play out...


This is so great. I wish you the best, Pen/faulerk2!.

Mark B.

Congratulations, Mark! Come to Austin on the book tour.


Congratulations. Hope the book's journey is long and eventful!

Mike Eagle

Go Mark! Whenever Harry gets here (goddamn Amazon), I'll be launching the Live Blog of my reading experience over at The Park. Come on over and join the fun!


Kevin Holtsberry

Congrats! I was hoping for a Kindle edition but had to order the dead tree kind.

I look forward to reading it.


Congratulations! I (started and) finished Harry, Revised today, and I have to say, I was just about blown away. I will be raving to all my friends shortly--and looking forward to Printers Row.

Mike Eagle

I'm totally with you, Nicole. What an experience it was, reading Harry. Come share your thoughts on my blog (if you're interested!)

Mark, I think I speak for all of us when I say, You've written a one-of-a-kind book. I go on and on at great and potentially embarrasing length at The Park. Don't want to do so all over again here at TEV.


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