Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Whole Bunch of Big News

A little over a year ago, I wrote a post about one of the most difficult decisions of my writing career: that of leaving my longtime agent. In it, I said the following:
...the difficulty with blogging about one's writing life is, the farther one progresses, the more complicated it becomes to decide what can, or should, be shared. Back in '05, the only person affected by my blogging was me. Now what I say can affect contracts, publishers, editors, booksellers, agents, and what have you. That can, and should, and does, give a blogger pause.
As it turns out, those words would prove prophetic. Because the months since have proven one hell of a wild ride, and for various reasons, I've shared exactly none of it with y'all. Until today.

I'm delighted to report I'm now represented by David Gernert of The Gernert Company. Formerly Editor-in-Chief at Doubleday, David now represents some of the most talented authors in the business, including John Grisham, Peter Straub, Stewart O'Nan, and Chris Pavone. In addition to being a joy to work with, his keen editorial eye has pushed me to up my game, and my writing is better for it.

Which (with an assist from Publishers Marketplace, who broke this news yesterday) brings me to part two of this announcement-slash-confessional: Mulholland Books just bought world rights to my thriller THE KILLING KIND in a pre-empt two-book deal.

All authors claim they're huge fans of their publisher's books, and most of 'em ain't blowing smoke. But I will swear upon a stack of Raymond Chandler novels I literally couldn't imagine a better home for THE KILLING KIND than Mulholland. They published A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF, the latest of Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder novels, which I count among my favorite series of all time. They publish Charlie Huston and Duane Swierczynski, both of whom push pulp in exciting new directions, and Marcia Clark, whose terrific Rachel Knight series is soon headed to a TV near you. They made headlines with J.K. Rowling's Robert Galbraith novel, THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, and the astonishing S. by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams. And then there's Woodrell's Bayou Trilogy. Anthony Horowitz's Holmes novel THE HOUSE OF SILK. James Lee Burke. David Morrell. Believe me, I could go on.

Point is, I'm a fan. Have been for years. Which is why it's incredibly gratifying to be counted among their authors. Even more gratifying is the fact that my editor, Josh Kendall, is crazy passionate about THE KILLING KIND. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and get to work.