In his ear­li­er posts, Adam Langer set out to write a screen­play and wrote a book in two months. His newest nov­el, The Thieves of Man­hat­tan, is now avail­able. He has been blog­ging all week for the Jew­ish Book Coun­cil and MyJew­ish­Learn­ing.

Even though I fin­ished writ­ing The Thieves of Man­hat­tan less than a year ago, the uni­verse I describe in my nov­el is already begin­ning to seem to me like a quaint arti­fact of a bygone age. The exclu­sive soci­ety to which my hero Ian Minot gains entry — one of pow­er lunch­es at Michael’smeet­ings at the Cen­tu­ry Club, and tony author wing-dings attend­ed by the literati—seems as if it is being replaced by a far-more-com­pet­i­tive, faster-paced, and per­haps-more-egal­i­tar­i­an world in which authors must con­stant­ly work on rein­vent­ing them­selves to be heard above the din. For, I’m no longer just an author — I’ve become a book video pro­duc­er, a guest blog­ger, an essay­ist. I’m on Twit­ter now; I’ve hus­tled blurbs from famous writ­ers and infa­mous ones. I cor­re­spond­ed about the book with writ­ers who inspired me when I was grow­ing up, while wait­ing vain­ly to hear back from this guythis guythis guy, and this guy, all of whom inspired me too.

I now post arti­cles to Face­book. My pub­li­cist encour­ages me to do Q and A’s and write op-eds, a bunch of which have wound up on the cut­ting-room floor. Some authors might grouse about this rapid­ly-chang­ing land­scape, but I find myself kind of excit­ed by it. In fact, it has giv­en me some ideas for a sequel. But there’s no time to think about that right this minute. I’ve got to fin­ish writ­ing a script for a book­store read­ing of Thieves, and then I have to work on edit­ing my next nov­el, which I hope to fin­ish in the next month or so. I don’t want to talk too much about that book, but I can say that it has epi­grams from two of my favorite movies, that a lot of it is set in the town where I went to high school, and that, while I’ve been writ­ing it, I’ve been lis­ten­ing to these songs a lot. Once I’m done with that, I might want to take anoth­er look at that screen­play I began writ­ing two sum­mers ago. My novel’s 272 pages long; 120 doesn’t seem like much.

Adam Langer’s most recent nov­el, The Thieves of Man­hat­tan, is now avail­able. Vis­it his offi­cial web­site here and vis­it here to view all of his posts for the Jew­ish Book Coun­cil and MyJew­ish­Learn­ings author blog­ging series.