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Calvin Reid -- 1/26/98
We have some news from Nan McCarthy, the former technical writer and founder of Rainwater Press who was profiled in this space last January on her website and the successful self-publishing of her three epistolary e-mail novels (Chat, Connect and Crash). After the Wall Street Journal and People magazine also featured McCarthy, literary agent Jane Dystel got involved and subsequently sold the trilogy to Pocket Books, to be published in July 1998. "Surprised and pleased" by the outcome, McCarthy is currently working on a new novel about a blues pianist and is updating the website (www.rainwater.com) for the books' many fans. Although she plans to continue as a publisher, with the encouragement of Dystel and Pocket, she intends to concentrate on writing -- "my first love."

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