Thursday, June 15, 2006

A Few Things

First things first...yesterday I closed a deal for a novel trilogy I couldn't be more excited about. This is kind of a departure for us, but this author is going to be a HUGE star. There's absolutely no better feeling in publishing than reading a simply amazing book, then actually being able to buy it.

On that note, if you don't read CON ED by Matthew Klein when it comes out, you're insane. I read this novel in one sitting when it was on submission, and immediately ran screaming down the hallways wemustbuythiswemustbuythiswemustbuythis! It's just totally brilliant, out Leonarding Elmore Leonard and outoceaning Ocean's 11.

Brett Battles, J.T. Ellison, Sandra Ruttan and I have been hard at work prepping for Monday's launch of Killer Year and it's new blog. We've steadily grown our membership and are excited about all the possibilites the Class of 2007 holds. ThrillerFest is only 2 weeks away, and we'll be there to kick ass and chew gum (but sorry, we're all out of gum).

In more news, starting this Tuesday I'll be doing a weekly blog on M.J. Rose's fantastic Buzz, Balls & Hype. My weekly blog (on Tuesdays, natch) will shed light on the murky depths of the publishing industry, and also tell the story of a young boy who dreamed of one day becoming a writer, played the trombone in high school, worked as a lowly editorial assistant before he made good and met the girl of his dreams.

7 Comments:

Blogger Brett Battles said...

Congrats on the new deal! Must be very exciting to give an author the good news. You're in the very unique position of being able to know what that conversation is like from both sides. Very cool.

I'm adding CON ED to my list of books to watch for.

And viva the Killer Class of 2007!

10:42 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

As an editor, there are two moments in the publication process that are unmatched in sheer pleasure.

The first time you speak to an author after you've bought their book

The first time you get a finished copy, hold it in your hands, and think about how not so long ago it was only a stack of manuscript pages.

11:04 AM  
Blogger JT Ellison said...

Such a cool perspective, Jason! Thank you for sharing the other side of the fence.
And congrats on landing at MJ's blog! That's really great news for your career.
Editor, blogger, killeryearmate, writer, soon to be married -- hell, what more do you need?

11:36 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

I'm also a professional bullfighter and breeder of rare African swallows.

11:44 AM  
Blogger JT Ellison said...

I've been in the market for an African Swallow...

11:51 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Keep in mind they don't have the same air-speed velocity as a European swallow.

12:15 PM  
Blogger JT Ellison said...

Yeah, but do they taste the same? Jade the cat wants to know???

3:47 PM  

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