Thursday, May 21, 2009

Brainstorming Meeting

When I was an editor, we would have semi-regular gatherings called "Brainstorming Meetings." In these meetings--attended by editors and publicity folks--we would toss around ideas that we think would make good books. They would always include memoirs by the celebrity-of-the-moment (who was usually no longer famous by the time the meeting ended), but occasionally ideas for some really intriguing books would materialize, and an enterprising editor would contact the right folks and an actual book would come of it. 

So I'd like to try this right here, have a book "Brainstorming Meeting" at the Man in Black to see what books you would love to see written. They can be memoir, fiction, humor, history or politics. They can be young adult, mystery--any kind of book that isn't out there that you would like to read. Try to be somewhat realistic--J.D. Salinger doesn't seem that keen to pen a sequel to CATCHER IN THE RYE. Otherwise everything is fair game.

I'll start things off with a few ideas:
--A collection of Mitch Hedberg's journals (a la the Kurt Cobain journals that were published a few years ago).
--David Morrell's sequel to FIRST BLOOD.
--A new big, bad, unputdownable 1,000 page Tom Clancy novel.
--A Quentin Tarantino book on film

What are some books you'd love to see published?

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3 Comments:

Blogger spyscribbler said...

Everything other than that? Like, anything at all I want? No matter how far a reach it is?

Okay, I'll take a series on Dumbledore. And/or maybe one on Harry Potter's son. A series that captures the same energy/essence/plotting/awesome female lead/deeply-developed characters/awesome villian as Alias, but in novel-form.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Bryon said...

I'd love to see a novel from Kevin Smith. And there has long been rumors that Stephen King has, or would like to, write a PI novel. I'd love to see that.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Jason Pinter said...

Love the idea of a Kevin Smith novel (plus then he wouldn't have to direct it). And I didn't read it, but was the novel King wrote for Hard Case Crime a PI story?

8:34 AM  

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