STATUS: Can you say snow in Denver? Oh my. Good thing the weather forecast is sunny and back in the 50s come this weekend.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? I’LL BE AROUND by Joan Osborne
As a follow up to yesterday’s entry, I want to remind editors that sometimes break-out books come unexpectedly from a midlist author.
Simone Elkeles is a terrific case in point.
Before PERFECT CHEMISTRY hit (close to 100,000 copies in print and over 1500 to 2500 books sold every week for months and months), Simone was certainly what somebody would have called a solidly midlist author.
She had published three previous novels before PERFECT CHEMISTRY. All of which had done respectably but certainly nothing like her current novel.
It’s the right book at the right time but when I was selling her two years ago, I had many an editor pass on her with the words “we don’t see this as a big enough book” or “I don’t think we can break this out in a big way.”
Hum…reminiscent of what I’m hearing now.
And yet, some midlist authors grow into big sellers. So just a gentle reminder even though I know all you editors already know this. I get that this isn’t always the strongest argument to sway the powers that be in the ed. board meetings.
But I feel like saying it all the same.