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  • Archive for July 19th, 2007

    Forget singing. Try reading aloud to yourself in the bathroom.

    Thursday, July 19th, 2007

    So my editor, my agent and my friends have all recommended that I read the manuscript to myself out loud as I do the final fine-tooth line-editing. When you read it out loud, it is like music. If something is off, you can tell immediately. Each paragraph, sentence, word has to justify its existence in […]

    Done! (4th time) Now for the factchecks…

    Thursday, July 19th, 2007

    Woke up this morning to the UPS delivery guy at the door with the last hand-edited chapter of my book (both my Jon Karp and Nate Gray, his assistant). Entered those edits just now. Which means, I just have the changes that are coming in from fact checking. Yay. Then to the production side next […]

    Imagine if America only had 100 restaurants today. That was China’s culinary scene in in 1976

    Thursday, July 19th, 2007

    Oliver August‘s new book was released yesterday — Inside the Red Mansion: On the Trail of China’s Most Wanted Man (Houghton Mifflin, 2007). It is the product of seven years of working, hunting for Lai Changxing, a country-boy turned billionaire fugitive and a fascinating tale of how China is wrestling with its new freewheeling wealth. […]