Nick Trout's Blog
January 13, 2018
My brilliant publicist from Random House just let me know about an ebook deal that starts 2/11/18 and runs through 2/25/18. During these dates, my memoir and third book, ‘Ever By My Side’ will be available through all digital retailers at a discounted price of $1.99! Check it out!
June 29, 2017
Just wanted to pass on this exciting promotion for ebook readers. From July 9th through July 23rd the ebook version of Tell Me Where It Hurts will be available to readers for $1.99 through all digital retailers. Sweet deal!
June 28, 2017
If you’re into ebook offers, there’s a special promotion of Tell Me Where It Hurts that will run from July 9th through July 23rd. The ebook will cost $1.99 through all digital readers. Oh, and while I’m posting, my new book will be published by William Morrow. Date, details and title to follow.
March 29, 2016
Some months ago, on a Sunday morning, I was standing in my local supermarket, hunting for a copy of the New York Times, when I received a call from my agent, Jeff Kleinman. This was exciting stuff. A few days earflier I had submitted a first draft of my latest novel, knew he was reading it and, since he was going to the trouble of speaking to me directly, I had reason to be optimistic.
“Amazing. Hit it out of the park.”
He was only half way through but he was loving it – getting Jeff to be this excited about my writing is a big deal. It was eleven o’clock. He was going to continue reading but he had to gush to the one person who knew the story. In my head I began spending the big advance that was surely coming my way.
At four that afternoon when he called again, I picked up on the first ring.
“Nick, we have a problem.”
And that was where the original draft of book six died, the realization that the first part was working well, but the second half had failed to maintain a sufficiently high standard. Ah, the joy of writing. One minute a bestseller, the next rejected.
Truth is, I can’t complain. Jeff is fantastic when it comes to guiding my writing, being honest about what does and does not work, and, by helping me wake up and not settle, taking my writing (hopefully) to a better place. Needless to say, I’ve been at it again, finishing off this manuscript for the past five months. This Friday it goes back to him and I get to do this over. He’s going to read it on a flight back from the west coast, so if there’s a guy wired on the red-eye out of LA, alternately laughing and crying, unable to sleep, that’s a good thing. If he returns to New York well rested, I guess I’ll go back to the drawing board!
August 24, 2015
Some months ago, my daughter had an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon and received a lesson in the art of ‘efficient’ communication. Rather than a traditional ‘back and forth’ discussion about her issues, he would raise a question and answer it himself. Not great bedside manner, in my opinion, but it was effective use of his time, concisely covering what he deemed to be the pertinent points.
Over the past few months many people have been asking about my “next book” and I wondered if I too could employ the Q & A technique to get my message across.
Am I working on a new book?
Is it finished?
The first real draft is complete and my wife is reading it. She always gets first dibs.
Is this part of the Bedside Manor series?
This is a stand-alone novel.
But what about Dr. Cyrus Mills?
I wrote a plot synopsis for a third book but I haven’t really pushed it yet. I guess life in Eden Falls wasn’t as enthralling to the publishers as I might have hoped.
When will the new book be on shelves?
No idea. It hasn’t even been sold.
Does it involve animals, pets, dogs?
Have you abandoned non-fiction for writing novels?
I’m already thinking about a return to the real world.
So there you have it. As my wife will attest, I’m completely useless at multi-tasking. I couldn’t write the briefest of blogs until my first draft was complete.
Still, now that I have, it feels good to be back.
June 18, 2014
Just wanted to mention that The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs will be part of a summer reading promotion on BN.com/Nook where, from 6/20-6/23, the ebook will be discounted to $2.99.
Fine reading fodder for the beach or wherever your summer takes you!
April 24, 2014
The new book has been out for a little over two weeks and I’ve had a few pieces in an array of different media outlets. Here are a few links to stories, articles and interviews that came about thanks to Dog Gone, Back Soon!
April 18, 2014
Just wanted to pass on a great deal from the ebook folks at Kobo. From today through Easter Sunday (4/20/14) my new book, Dog Gone, Back Soon is available for just $2.99! Click on the link for details:
An Easter treat for you and your pets!
April 2, 2014
With less than a week to go before the release of Dog Gone, Back Soon, here’s a chance to catch up on the first book in the series, The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs. Follow the link for a $2.99 ebook deal through the e-tailer of your choice; http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/dr-nick-trout/the-patron-saint-of-lost-dogs/9781401304973/
Hurry, offer lasts this week through Monday April 7th only. Enjoy!
March 10, 2014
Right now, most people tuning into HBO have been trying to see the seaon finale of True Detective and not the Real Sports episode in which I’m filmed performing surgery on a bulldog and chatting to Soledad O’Brien about ways to reduce many of the breed’s health issues. This episode was scheduled to air Feb 27th but, according to the show’s producer, we will have to wait until April (no date yet but I’ll update when I know).
Meanwhile, just four weeks left to the release of Dog Gone, Back Soon. For me this is always the calm before the storm, getting organized for book reading/signings, preparing a slide show, deciding what I’m going to talk about. It’s also that time when we get to discover whether the media will be interested in interviews and reviews. There’s already a kind review from Kirkus, too bad it ran a little late to make the cover. Here’s the link if you’re interested: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/nick-trout/dog-gone-back-soon/
Now is also the time when I begin thinking about new projects. Whether there’s a Bedside Manor #3, totally new fiction project or a return to the world of non-fiction, I’m really not sure. As I wrote in Tell Me Where It Hurts, veterinarian’s are good at juggling. I just need to decide which ball to catch.