Saturday, January 28, 2023

I'm giving a presentation via Zoom and you're invited.

 Hi folks,


They're opening this up to the public. Just send an email to the address below (dvwritersguild@gmail.org) and they'll send you the link. Hope to see some friends there!




Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Great email

 Hi folks,


I recently received a great email from a writer who's presently auditing my online novel-writing class and will join us as an active classmate in a few weeks when our next session begins. Here's what Ken had to say after watching us work for the past couple of months:


Hi Les,
Thank you for the way you handle critiques in your bootcamp. I love that you’re blunt and direct, and don’t feel the need to give participants a handjob for work that misses the mark. I won’t change my tune when it’s my butt in the hot seat. Yep, honest criticism is painful at the time, but it’s a heckuva lot better than thinking you’ve written a literary masterpiece, then learning the brutal truth when nobody will publish it. Maybe I successfully publish, maybe I don’t. I’m convinced I’m in the right place to maximize my chances. And that’s worth the price of admission.
Thank you, Les!
Best,
Ken Speegle

We'll be starting a new 10-week session in three weeks and it looks like we may have a couple of openings. If interested, shoot me an email at butchedgerton@comcast.net for more info.

Blue skies,
Les



Some former students who successfully wrote and had their novels published from our class.




Teaching from home's da bomb!

Blue skies,
Les

Friday, December 30, 2022

SECOND ITALIAN REVIEW OF THE DEATH THE SILVER KING (Retitled from THE DEATH OF TARPONS)

 Hi Folks,


Just received the second Italian review of  THE DEATH OF THE SILVER KING







Les Edgerton / An American history of violence and fishing

Les Edgerson, The Death of the Silver King , tr. Marco Piva, Elliott , pp. 224, 17.50 euros printed


The bildungsroman is a genre widely used in literature, starting from the

 end of the eighteenth century

 Term originally coined in Germany, Bildungsroman , the first text

 defined as such is Goethe's Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre  , published in

 1797. Over time the genre has evolved, adapting to the various social

 and technological transformations of the short century and the first

 twenty years of the new millennium by changing the settings and 

psychologies of the characters. There are many masterpieces of this

 literary genre, the first two that come to mind are Salinger's Young 

Holden and Someday this pain will be useful to you, by Cameron, and 

this novel too, while not reaching such high peaks, is an excellent example of it.

ROBERT STURMPULP - books daily
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REVIEWS
Les Edgerton / An American history of violence and fishing
Les Edgerson, The Death of the Silver King , tr. Marco Piva, Elliott , pp. 224, 17.50 euros printed
ROBERT STURM
DECEMBER 27, 2022












Corey John returns to the town where he grew up thirty years after leaving it, in 1955. His family (only his sister is still alive) emigrates to Texas from Indiana where his maternal grandparents live. The father, Robert, begins working for the grandmother, Lucille, who runs a restaurant bar and various other businesses. He almost immediately regrets having moved - Lucille's promise to make him a partner is rejected -, the dream of becoming an airline pilot turns into an obsession and suddenly becomes violent with Corey, giving improbable excuses to punish him violently. Her mother is incapable of reacting and she seeks solace in religion by reading the Bible and attending a community of fanatical believers: she distances herself from her husband and withdraws more and more into herself. The teenager has a friend, Destin, with whom he shares the experience of domestic violence and spends much of his time dreaming of fishing trips with his father, an occasion that for one reason or another almost never materialises. The boy's lifeline is his grandfather, Toast, who introduced him to reading. “It was he who gave me my first book by Mark Twain, and with it also novels by Dos Passos, by Steinbeck, even by Kafka and Camus. […] I was probably the only fourteen-year-old in town who read Céline, and only because I was lucky enough to have a grandfather who was passionate about literature”. “It was he who gave me my first book by Mark Twain, and with it also novels by Dos Passos, by Steinbeck, even by Kafka and Camus. […] I was probably the only fourteen-year-old in town who read Céline, and only because I was lucky enough to have a grandfather who was passionate about literature”. “It was he who gave me my first book by Mark Twain, and with it also novels by Dos Passos, by Steinbeck, even by Kafka and Camus. […] I was probably the only fourteen-year-old in town who read Céline, and only because I was lucky enough to have a grandfather who was passionate about literature”.
But Corey's real goal is to be well liked and loved by his father, who always accuses him of only knowing how to read, a passion that will prevent him from finding a real job and extricating himself in life and for this reason he decides to secretly build a boat to give him. on your birthday: study all the techniques, raise money by collecting glass bottles throughout the city and mowing the gardens of the houses. But things in life don't always go as they should or as we hope, and the mother's fall into severe depression, her grandfather's illness, yet another misunderstanding with her father and a murder, bring down the castles in the air she was chasing. . The Death of the Silver King –proof of debut of Les Edgerton -, originally published in America in 1996, is a novel narrated with a smooth and dry style (apart from perhaps a couple of passages), capable of entering in a precise and profound way into the psychology of all the characters . Period, the one in which the story unfolds, in which domestic violence was considered an evil to bear, in which society still lived in the most sinister racism, in which the balance of power (as still today, to tell the truth) was dictated by the oppression of the weakest: unresolved problems but which, after long and terrible struggles, perhaps we have begun to partially mitigate. Corey makes peace with himself by returning to the places of his adolescence and untying the knot of his last fishing trip with his grandfather in the beautiful and teeming Gulf of Texas: episode that he had hidden in his mind for thirty years but which resurfaces forcefully. And his life, in spite of everything, seems a little more acceptable.
Les EdgertonAmerican fiction

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

REVISED COVER OF THE ITALIAN VERSION OF THE DEATH OF TARPONS (RETITLED AS THE DEATH OF THE SILVER KING)

 Hi folks,


Mauro Falciani, my bookstore owner friend in Italy, who is responsible for getting my novels in front of Italian publishers, talked to me about the first cover publisher Elliot had come up with for their forthcoming version of THE DEATH OF TARPONS (retitled THE DEATH OF THE SILVER KING), and how he thought a better version might be had, and I agreed and talked to my editor, Loretta Santini, who is the epitome of graciousness (my wish for all writers is that they get an editor as great as she is!) and she asked me for suggestions. To my delight, she vastly exceeded my expectations and their cover artist came up with what you see below. My first reaction was: It pops! and my second was: I love it! Mauro emailed me and said: Now, THIS is a cover! 

We're all just tickled pink! Easily one of the two or three best covers I've ever been privileged to have. I rank it up there with the covers for MONDAY'S MEAL, THE RAPIST, and THE BITCH.


Whaddya think?



Comes out at the end of October.


The English language version is from Betimes Books, Dublin, and available on Amazon.



I can't begin to tell you how great it is to have super publishers!


Blue skies,

Les



Friday, September 23, 2022

JAPANESE VERSION OF HOOKED

 Hi folks,


Finally got my copy of the Japanese version of Hooked. They made a beautiful book!



Japanese publisher Film Art, Inc. is the publisher. Out of the blue one day, I got an email from a former agent of mine that they'd contacted him and wanted to purchase the Japanese rights to Hooked. He hadn't been my agent on it, so he got in touch with me and they made me a very generous offer of a $2,500 advance against royalties, which I happily took. It's rare for a book to sell foreign rights after it's been out 17 years, but Hooked has been mighty kind to me. I still get substantial royalties each year from Penguin who own the U.S. rights after Writer's Digest went bankrupt.

Film Art, Inc. came out with an initial run of 3,000 copies. Please tell all of your Japanese writer friends they can now buy it in their native language!


And, here's the original!

Blue skies,
Les