Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In the third post of our Publishing U series, agent Kathleen Ortiz tells authors the slush pile isn’t the worst place to splash down. Her client, Virginia Boecker, warns authors not to sign with the first agent who says yes—at least, not without doing due diligence.
On Sunday, Paolo Bacigalupi, author of the Printz-winning Ship Breaker (2010), stopped by the Booklist booth at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting to talk about his new book, The Water Knife. Our conversation has been edited for length.
The trailer for David Arnold’s debut novel Mosquitoland (Viking) is intriguing and bare. It becomes more intriguing still when you throw in the Booklist starred review. As narrator Mim takes a runaway-odyssey to reach her unwell mother, joining “memorable, inventive characters” along the way, “Arnold never lets up on the accelerator of life’s hard lessons,” wrote reviewer Gail Bush.
Boyle, T. C. (author). T. C. Boyle’s love and mastery of language are matched by a vehement imagination and a profound fascination with the glory and ruthlessness of nature and the paradoxes of humankind. How can a species be at once so brainy and so destructive? Boyle’s virtuoso short stories fill 10 volumes, and he now has 15 novels to his name, some linked to controversial historical figures, such as Alfred Kinsey in The Inner Circle (2004) and Frank Lloyd Wright in The Women (2009). Boyle is equally inspired by the struggles of less-well-known individuals, such as the hardy few who attempted to settle California’s Northern Channel Islands, the inspiration for When the Killing’s Done (2011) and San Miguel (2012).