So, it looks like we've finally settled on a workable deal with SM/M to do the third Frank Coffin mystery--either Fire Season or Hurricane Season. It's a modest advance, but for a single book rather than two (good news for me: I was reluctant to tie up the next four years of my writing life in one contract), and with a deadline I'm pretty sure I can handle. It's great, too, because I won't have to teach freshman English for a whole year--woo hoo!

Views: 30


You need to be a member of CrimeSpace to add comments!

Comment by Jon Loomis on July 23, 2010 at 6:03am
Yeah, I can't even read the goodreads stuff, it's basically Neuroses On Parade. At least in a professional review there's usually a good-faith attempt at something like objectivity.
Comment by Jim Thomsen on July 23, 2010 at 4:40am
I think the online/reader/amateur reviewers do too much judging of books on almost anything but their merits. Just looking at your Goodreads reviews shows people judging your books by a) their distaste for sex crimes; b) what they wanted your book to be, as opposed to what it was; and c) confusion caused by reading the books out of sequence, among other reasons. And then there were the people who had nothing bad to say but gave one book or the other just three stars out of five.

Anyone who wants to review art would do well to remember Roger Ebert's guiding maxim: "It is not what it is about, but how it is about it."
Comment by Jon Loomis on July 23, 2010 at 4:18am
Professional reviewers generally like me. Some of the online/reader/amateur reviews haven't really gotten what I was trying to do, I don't think. Or haven't cared.
Comment by Jim Thomsen on July 23, 2010 at 4:02am
That's awesome. Glad to see your publisher is understanding (sooner than most, apparently) that squeezing authors on e-book royalties will only send them running in other directions.

Just checked out your reviews .. wow. Universally positive. Nice tongue bath from Booklist, especially!
Comment by Jon Loomis on July 23, 2010 at 3:54am
Hey Jim,

The single book was my idea--they wanted two. I've got a couple of other projects in mind that I'd really like to work on, but with a full-time teaching job there just isn't time to do everything. So I was reluctant to tie up years of my writing life, given the size of the advance they were offering. This way we can take them one at a time and see where we are--actually, I'm glad it took as long as it did because in the intervening time Minotaur's ebook royalty on new contracts went from 12.5% to 25%. Who knows where it'll be in a year or two.

Comment by Jim Thomsen on July 23, 2010 at 3:46am
Not to look for the negative, but in reading between the lines, it sounds like you had a tough negotiating road despite two well-received novels. Was the single-book contract their idea or yours? Were you being put through The Midlister Squeeze™?
Comment by Karen Dionne on December 20, 2009 at 8:51am
Terrific news, Jon! Congratulations!!!
Comment by Jack Getze on December 20, 2009 at 6:42am
Great news, Jon. Congrats.
Comment by Jon Loomis on December 19, 2009 at 6:04am
Thomas--Of course. Happy to sign for you. I'll apologize in advance for the six-month wait!
Comment by Jon Loomis on December 19, 2009 at 5:05am
Ha. Thanks, Thomas.

CrimeSpace Google Search

© 2023   Created by Daniel Hatadi.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service