Friday, July 14, 2006

momentum

The Kirkus review was a bigger deal than I thought.

I talked with Agent Lydia yesterday. She told me it's quite a coup to pull off a "clean sweep" of starred reviews the pre-publication industry mags. Kirkus is quite a bit snobbier than Publishers Weekly. Sometimes they're down right snarky. So a star from them is a score indeed.

Anyway, the review sparked a fire at FSG. The head honchos there are going to have a meeting next week to discuss the marketing strategy for my book -- just my book. The other cool thing is that my editor has recently been promoted to editor-in-chief of FSG. So now the top dog in the whole company is going to throw his weight behind me. They're also ordering a second printing of the galleys, which is a pretty big deal, because they're expensive.

I'm not sure what all this means just yet. It's possible they'll be buying display space at Barnes and Noble and such. Agent Lydia wants to push for a radio tour. And I think there'll be a reading tour of fund-raising events for Urban Debate Leagues around the country that'll take me to New York, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Miami, Austin, Seattle and, hopefully, Chicago, Atlanta and LA.

10 comments:

Lee said...

Sounds like you're headed for literary rockstardom. Congrats!

Joel said...

What Lee said.

I'm damned proud of you, Joe.

Anonymous said...

What is your next book about?

gwen said...

joe, that is great news. When do i get a signed copy?

leena said...

DAMN joe! i'm so excited for you and my chest is currently puffed out at least 5 inches with pride!!!!!!!!!!! (and i mean ever one of those 11 exclamation marks)

Brad said...

Incredible! Congrats, my friend!

bridget said...

All those places sound much better than 2 weeks in Oklahoma.

Congrats on all the good things coming to you, and glad to see you are back in KC.

Dan said...

Fantastic!!

joe said...

Thanks, all! Really, that's some exuberant response. I'm all aw-shucksly.

Anonymous, my next book is about a mixed-race, inner-city, Pentacostal mega church. Gwen, signed copies in October.

jdoublep said...

nice work, joe. i'm stoked to read the book. and if it fails to live up to the hype...woe! woe, indeed!