What you may not know, however, is that Todd's day job is being a DJ and Program Director for alternative rock station KXRK out in Salt Lake City, Utah (yes, people rock out in Utah.) Todd says:
The Youth album was put out on a small, independent label. After several successful years with Atlantic/WEA (which was part of the Warner, Elektra, Atlantic label conglomerate) they left the big label for an indie. This gave the band a much bigger piece of the royalties from album sales. For them, it was a gamble. They were a well-known band and figured they could cut the major label out of the deal and sort of do things on their own. The band recorded the album on their own before they put it out on El Music Group. They hired a team of independent promoters to work the record to radio stations and ended up having some good success with it. My radio station, KXRK, ended up not really playing anything from that album because it was more of a Hot AC (young adult contemporary) sound. But they did have a couple of respectable hits in the pop and mainstream rock formats and sold plenty of copies.
See? When rock stars go independent, they're cool. When writers do the same? You know the answer.
Stay tuned Monday when I unearth some serious treasure!
This story keeps getting weirder. Who is Alloy and why on earth are respected folks at Little, Brown and William Morris and who knows where else depending on these people to develop books? Has literature dropped to the level of a SITCOM pilot?
Truth is stranger than fiction--and much stranger than plagiarized fiction.
There is no hope for OPAL whatsoever. Little, Brown needs to yank this thing from the shelves before it gets worse--and before the world of literature gets an even worse rap than it already has. Want more people to turn off the TV and start reading again? This isn't the shortcut to take.
Perhaps more disturbing is this: You read time and time again of how some group of frustrated writers submits TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD or THE GRAPES OF WRATH to agents and editors, only to have it rejected for various reasons. So how unnerving is it that a publisher paid a half million for previously released chick lit novels?
I try to cull through the garbage but I am getting so many submissions and requests that it is hard to keep up--and, alas, I haven't.
For the most part, I am many months out on submissions and I am trying to catch up but it has been challenging. If you have submitted your book--or even queried--in the last few months (say, since late February) the odds are I have not gotten to your email. I cannot respond to every query so if I am interested you will hear from me. Eventually.
And I don't even glance at my spam folder. So if your book happens to be about mortgage rates or penis size or winning the lottery, you might not want to put it in the subject line.
Also, I greatly appreciate all the folks who said they bought the Needle winners (their books, that is.)
I am an author and instructor, in that order (for now.) My debut novel (which debuted in the midlist) was released by Penguin Putnam in 2004 and my second novel was released early 2006.
As for this blog, it has been profiled in many online magazines, blogs and news stories, including the Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, the Boston Globe, the Dallas Morning News, the LA Times and Publishers Lunch.
To answer the deluge of questions I have been receiving from publicists: I'll review pretty much anything that is good--but it better be good, or I'll never look at another one of your books again. Then I'll hunt you down. Fiction preferred (no fantasy or young adult, go easy on the science fiction.) Non-fiction should be memoir, humor, self-help. Definite no-nos: cookbooks, textbooks, porn, books without verbs. And it must be POD (no small presses.) Otherwise, email with pitch first.