STATUS: It’s still crazy but I actually felt like I accomplished several tasks that needed to be handled. So, thumbs up.
What song is playing on the iPod right now? BARRACUDA by Heart
Right now I’m reading Thomas Freidman’s THE WORLD IS FLAT for my book club that’s meeting on Sunday.
And today I was given a living example of how truly flat the world is.
It used to be that you had to live in New York to do my job—agenting. Or you had to live in New York to be a successful publisher.
It’s really not true any longer and mainly because of the precepts outlined in Freidman’s book.
For example, I had lunch with Fred Ramey of Unbridled Books today. (A month ago he broke my heart when he passed on a literary novel of mine that I thought was perfect for his house. And I was right, sort of, because it came really, really close for him. I forgave him over lunch).
But Fred has been in this biz for many years (I’ll be nice and not say how long) and not in New York.
He and his business partner Greg Michalsen have been successfully running Unbridled Books (a publishing house dedicated to publishing novels of rich literary quality—remember those?) for several years now and they don’t even live in the same town.
Fred lives here in Denver; Greg lives in Columbia, Missouri.
And this was true even when they were the Blue Hen Imprint at Putnam several years ago.
They just hired a new web marketing manager. She’s on the East Coast.
The world is flat in the sense that the whole company doesn’t need to geographically be located in one place to succeed.
Publishing Old School—great books that might actual enter the literary canon—but done in a new school, world is flat, let’s take advantage of all technology has to offer, kind of way.
Isn’t that how revolutions happen?
So if you haven’t picked up a literary work of fiction in a while, why not mosey on over to the website and check out this great title SMALL ACTS OF SEX AND ELECTRICITY. Sample pages are on the website but alas, not the first couple of pages, which are a little shocking.
I guarantee you won’t be able to stop reading,
Some folks might call it women’s fiction. Fine. We don’t call Chuck Palahniuk men’s fiction but whatever.
It’s high octane fiction and here’s your chance to support a house that still has an Old School vision that literary fiction is worth publishing.