I have been promising myself I would do this - write a new blog entry on the AR&E site - for so long months have become over a year. Considerably over a year. Twenty months to be exact. (Though I do twitter with some regularity…)
By way of an apology, not an excuse, in that time I’ve finished two books (more tk) and worked with some of the most exciting new writers I’ve had the privilege of knowing, watching the success of some and pinching myself at the extraordinary promise of others.
Nettie Van Heugten’s SAVING MAX has been nominated for an Edgar and while I blush at the kind comments in her acknowledgement (re the work we did together on the ms) I know at least some of the credit has to go to her fab AR&E-generated agent, Al Zuckerman. Just reread that and see it makes it seem like we invented Zuckerman. Well…
Dale Black’s FLIGHT TO HEAVEN came out.
So did Ellen Horan’s 31 BOND STREET (Marly Rusoff did her proud).
And in just the last six months I’ve worked with two writers I honestly think to be Pulitzer Prize material and at least one remarkable writer of a work of non-fiction guaranteed to have all the USA laughing (and learning) in the year to come.
It’s never going to get much better than that, so the writers for whom I do Ms Analyses as well as Customized Fingerprint Reports are definitely among the blessings I’m counting as 2010 goes out.
Re my own work: City of Promise is due from Simon & Schuster in August 2011 - probably the last in the City series, it takes New York City up to 1883, with the modern town very much visible on the horizon. We’re still in process for a TV mini-series based on City of Glory (the second book in the series) and I finished the first book I’ve written on spec in ten years. Working title is BRISTOL HOUSE and it’s a back and forth in time story of the sort I did years ago (two novels, WOMEN’S RITES and A MATTER OF TIME). The idea grabbed me and wouldn’t let go, and while it is probably the main reason this blog has been moribund for so long, it’s a book I’m very happy to have written. Two sentence summing up of the sort we ask you to do on our questionnaire: An American woman is checking out a flat she’s about to rent in London, opens the door to one of the bedrooms and sees a sixteenth century monk chanting his office. Of course it has to have been her imagination. Except that next day, at the British Museum, she meets his exact double… Or as the front matter has it: …a tale set simultaneously in the sixteenth century and the twenty-first, wherein a monk and a historian,
each battered by love and terror, meet “as through a glass darkly,” and hurtle toward destinies five hundred years apart, yet on a collision course.
Finally, all publishing is more update than they have been in some time. My own feeling - having just gotten a Kindle for Christmas and read Emma Donoghue’s fantastic not-to-be-missed ROOM as my very first e-book - is that this is going to turn out much like the introduction of the paperback in the 1930’s. The sky not only didn’t fall, it got brighter and bigger. All it takes is wonderful things to read. How you read them is simply the mechanics.
Here’s wishing us all extraordinary stories, amazing truth-telling, incredibly empathic agents, and publishers of remarkable discernment. Happy 2011.