Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The 2012 San Francisco Writer's Conference

Good afternoon all - I just attended the San Francisco Writer's Conference last weekend. This is one of the best conferences in the country, and I was very pleased to moderate a panel and meet hundreds of writers. Many excellent agents and editors also attended the conference and participated in what was a great environment for opportunity. Publishing is changing and we are adapting to new paradigms, but the bottom line is, the deals are happening and there is always a need for great writers. So polish your skills and make your work the best it can be, and we'll be there to seriously consider and advise, to the best of our ability. Bon chance!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Inevitable Sh*t Agents and Editors Say

One of our readers turned me on to this video, put together by two NY agents and an editor. It's a classic.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Thomas Peele, author of KILLING THE MESSENGER: A STORY OF RADICAL FAITH, RACISM'S BACKLASH, AND THE ASSASSINATION OF A JOURNALIST (Crown), will be in the San Francisco Bay Area for book signings and Q&As about his recently released book.

New York Times bestselling author Nina Burleigh writes:

"Killing the Messenger is a crackling work of nonfiction, impossible to put down. Like Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven, Thomas Peele unpacks a tale of extremism and evil..."

Thursday, February 9th (7:00 p.m.)
Oakland, CA
Diesel Bookstore
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618

Monday, February 13th (5:30 p.m.)
Berkeley, CA
Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
121 North Gate Hall, Library
Berkeley, CA 94720

Friday, February 17th (7:00 p.m.)
San Francisco, CA
Books Inc., Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94107

Saturday, February 18th (7:00 p.m.)
Corte Madera, CA
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Chocolate Series Continues

Kimberley made another two-book deal for Laura Florand, author of THE CHOCOLATE THIEF and BLAME IT ON PARIS, to continue the chocolate series, to Alicia Condon at Kensington for publication in 2013. The two books for publication are titled THE CHOCOLATE REBEL and THE CHOCOLATE KING.

Congratulations, Laura and Kimberley!

Jay Parini Reviews ALIVE INSIDE THE WRECK by Joe Woodward

Jay Parini reviewed Joe Woodward's ALIVE INSIDE THE WRECK: A BIOGRAPHY OF NATHANAEL WEST for Literary Review magazine's February issue. The article is titled "California Nightmares."

Parini says, "This is a remarkably good and succinct biography, well worth reading. It adds considerably to our understanding of West, taking on the fabled machinery of Hollywood itself, which often seems more of a troubled state of mind than an actual place or industry."

To read Parini's full review, click here.

Kelli Stanley Nominated for The Golden Nugget Award

Kelli Stanley's book CITY OF SECRETS (Minotaur) has been nominated for The Golden Nugget Award for the "Best Mystery Novel Set in California."

Kelli is in the company of Sue Grafton and Michael Connelly in the category, with winners for all categories to be announced at the 2012 Left Coast Crime Conference, which is being held in Sacramento, CA, March 29th through April 1st.

Best of luck, Kelli, for yet another nomination. May that "best of luck" morph into award-winning congratulations! You sure deserve it.

Nick Krieger Receives Stonewall Book Award

Nick Krieger was recognized with a 2012 Stonewall Book Award by the American Library Association (ALA) for his book NINA HERE NOR THERE: MY JOURNEY BEYOND GENDER.

According to the ALA press release, "The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience."

We offer a big congratulations to Nick Krieger for this significant award!

To read the full release, click here.

Royal Pains: Sick Rich

Entertainment Writer Joe Meyers reviewed D.P. Lyle's book ROYAL PAINS: SICK RICH in his blog article "Royal Pains: A Winter Escape to the Hamptons." Lyle was contracted to write the ROYAL PAINS book tie-in series for the TV show Royal Pains.

To read Meyers' review of the book and show, click here.