Many of us have that dream of riding the space shuttle above the earth and
looking down at the blue planet. To see the world as a whole spinning through
space, and to appreciate how small, fragile and beautiful it is. To find the
language to convey those images would challenge anyone. To find the language to
talk about the next best thing for a writer – the big publishing deal – is also
difficult. I still have that same unreal experience thinking about Calvino being
delivered to a much larger world.
The United States and Great
The dream of every writer is to be published by one of the
top publishers in New York. Anyone involved in publishing knows that the odds
are long for such a publishing deal. There are many interconnected factors,
including timing, the perceived market, the quality of the writing, the genre of
the book, the track record of the author, and so on. Then one day it happens to
you. Out of the blue a substantial offer comes from your literary agent. And if
that isn’t a writer’s dream come true, it is time to roll over and stop
It is now official. Grove Press has bought 4-books in the
Vincent Calvino series. The publishing schedule is for a hardback edition of
The Risk of Infidelity Index and a trade paperback edition
of Spirit House to be released in January 2008. Atlantic
Press in London will also publish an English edition of both titles in January
2008. In 2009, two more Calvino novels will be published.
10 (no working title yet) will be published as a hardback edition in January
2009 along with another Calvino title from the existing back listed. No decision
has been made as to whether the back list title will be Cold Hit
or Pattaya 24/7. Grove Press has made a major financial
commitment to the series and the publisher has what all writers wish for: a huge
passion for the books and a long-track successful record in publishing fiction
for the international market.
In other rights news, I have had news
about Thai and Turkish editions of my novels.
Siam Inter Multimedia will release Thai editions
of Pattaya 24/7 (June 2007) and A
Killing Smile (July 2007).
have been sold for 4 books to EYAYINLARI. The Istanbul based publisher will
translate and publish: A
Killing Smile, The Risk of Infidelity Index, Cold
Hit, and A
Haunting Smile. A
Killing Smile will appear in Turkish in December 2007. The Risk of Infidelity Index is scheduled for 31st July
Hit is scheduled for 31st December 2008. And A
Haunting Smile is scheduled for 31st May 2009.