Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The March Round-up

Well, here we are in April, so I guess it’s time for the monthly round-up.

In March, despite being closed to new queries and submissions, I received fifty new queries. According to my little spreadsheet, I rejected thirty-eight of those, which makes me think I’ve been lax in keeping track. I’m not sitting on twelve queries.

I also rejected at least thirty-five sample chapters or proposals. Again, I wonder if I was quite keeping track.

At this point, I can honestly say that I’ve read every sample chapter or proposal I have. However, I have not requested any more manuscripts from the sample chapters that I liked. That’s because I still have something like twenty-six full manuscripts here to read.

Under the subject of what have I been doing....

I’m pleased to report that I have deal for THE STORY OF VACCINES, a terrific work of nonfiction covering the history of vaccines and the vaccine makers who created them, by Paul Offit, MD, to T.J. Kelleher at Smithsonian Books. I think this book could be BIG and am really excited about it.

Keeping the streak going, we have a deal for three more years of BILL KROEN’S GOLF TIP-A-DAY CALENDAR, by—duh!—Bill Kroen, a terrific golf professional and all-around great guy.

March was an exciting month because Mark Patinkin, author of UP AND RUNNING: THE INSPIRING TRUE STORY OF A BOY’S STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE AND TRIUMPH, and Andrew Bateson, the young man featured in the book, were on THE TODAY SHOW! Sales on immediately spiked to as high as position 145. If you haven’t read this terrific book, I can’t urge you strongly enough to run (no pun intended!) and get a copy.

This was also the month that Sheryl Anderson and Mark Parrott delivered the final manuscript for their latest, KILLER DEAL, third in the Molly Forrester mystery series. And Patrick O’Donnell delivered the first draft of his new book on Iraq, WE WERE ONE: SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER WITH THE MARINES WHO TOOK FALLUJAH. I think this book has the potential to stand out in a big way from the pack of Iraq books. Pat joined up with a marine unit and completely became one of the men. He ate, drank, slept and you-know-what like a marine. He lived through combat, had men killed around him, and nearly got killed several times himself. This is "combat journalism" or "combat history" at it's best. Ernie Pyle would be proud.

Sub-rights to Sheryl Anderson’s KILLER HEELS & KILLER COCKTAIL were sold to Preiw in Thailand. Sub-rights to Peter David’s SIR APROPOS OF NOTHING were sold in Spain. And Richard Child’s first novel, HAND OF THE PROPHET, was sold in Spain (and still available in the US) to Editorial Via Magna.

It’s been a crazy month, as I prepare to move west to California. Yes, my fiancé won the negotiations and I’m headed to sunny San Diego. This is one more reason not to be mailing me anything until I post here that I’m once again looking for new material (I think there are a few of you out there trying to be sneaky and thinking you’ll get to the front of the line if you submit when I said I’m closed).

If anyone wants to buy an apartment in New York, I’ve got one to sell! Just use the FAQs form on my website to send me a note expressing interest.

Okay, that’s it for now. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but life interceded.


1 comment:

ADM said...

Good luck on the move to San Diego. My father was there in the late-80s, before San Diego really took off as SAN DIEGO. Now it's one of the best cities for quality of life. Beats the pants off of L.A.

I'll be keeping an eye on things, and I wish you the best.

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