Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Class of 2007

Today Sarah Weinman spoke at greater length in response to a somewhat innocuous comment by J.T. Ellison on yesterday's post. Namely, about the "Class of 2007," or mystery/thriller writers who have debut novels scheduled to pub next year. And like all tidals waves, J.T.'s comment started as merely a ripple, but I'm hoping it grows to something pretty impressive and powerful.

I like the notion of a "Class" for upcoming novelists. For the 2007 debut authors, the months leading up to next year share a remarkable similarity to the members of a high school or college graduating class.

Hopeful. Looking towards a bright future. Very likely to get completely obliterated at various class functions over the next couple of years.

Hopefully the Class of 2007 will look back on that year as having launched our respective careers, doubled as a harbinger for bigger and better things, and motivated us to renew our keg-pumping skills.

Anyway, I propose this:

If you have a debut novel coming out in 2007, raise your hands. Post a comment to that effect. I say we make this (semi) official, keep tabs on our fellow classmates, and help spread the word about each other's work. Sarah mentions a few of these dignified authorial scholars (i.e. people who happily get paid to sit in their underwear at their computer), but I'm sure there are many more out there. If you are one, let's hear from you. If you know one, pass this message along.

If you are a member of the class of 2007, email with your name, book title, publisher, release schedule, and any other pertinent info (website, blog, etc...). I'm going to make a special page for the Class of 2007 on, link to it on this blog, and as we get closer to 2007 perhaps even start up a website.

So let's hear it, class of 2007!



Blogger Jason Pinter said...

Not only that, but a BOOMSHAKALAKA.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Vicki Pettersson said...

I don't suppose I count because I'm not a mystery/thriller writer, but I'm a _huge_ fan (which somehow led me to you). That said, I'll have two books out next spring in the dark urban fantasy genre, and I'll be in a November '07 antho. But my _next_ series looks to be mystery.
(And I agree with you re. mass market. That's the only way I want to be published right now.)

I'll be looking for yours, Jason!

12:29 PM  
Blogger Brett Battles said...

Count me in! This is a GREAT idea. As I read Sarah's post on Confessions..., I started thinking how it's like we are all working as a team. Nothing could be better than that.

Go Class of 2007!

(odd...I was going to blog on this very subject tomorrow...really...definitely going to do it now.)

We need a logo. And I know just the people who can do it.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Brett Battles said...

Oo, oo, oo. In the tradition of sappy high school traditions everywhere. I've got a tag line for us!!


and for shorter marketing purposes:


12:47 PM  
Blogger Jason Pinter said...



Also, I've updated the post a bit. I'm going to start collecting data for the class of 2007 so email me at with pertinent info (book title, publisher, pub date, etc...) and I'm going to start putting together a web page and database.

J.T., see what you've started?!?!?!?

12:51 PM  
Blogger Jason Pinter said...

And Vicki, this ain't Augusta National, you're definitely a member!

12:52 PM  
Blogger JT Ellison said...

I go to the dentist and come home to a tidal wave! I'm in. Brett and I had a conversation this morning about starting a grassroots campaign at Thrillerfest to find ways to get our MMPB's reviewed, among other things. I think with the breadth and depth of knowledge the Class of 2007 has, we should be able to move mountains.
Thanks for taking up the mantle, Jason!

2:07 PM  
Blogger Allison Brennan said...

Yes, I'm jealous. We're talking about envy at my Murder She Writes blog. You almost make me regret being first pubbed in 2006.

Great idea, Jason.

2:04 AM  
Blogger Heather Brewer said...

Ha! This is too funny. I belong to a cooperative marketing group called the Class of 2k7--featuring debut middle-grade and young adult authors :)

1:47 PM  

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