Ah. Good news.
Being a writer can be something of a jittery affair. I mean, unless you’re one of the select few – the Dan Browns and Stephen Kings of this world – there’s always a bit of self doubt. Hell, they probably have their doubts too, but when people read your books in their millions, I think the doubts are minimal when it comes to concerns about whether or not your writing is liked. But when people tell you they went to Waterstones only to be told they don’t stock your book (!) the doubts creep in.
And then you get some good news.
If you read this blog, you’ll know that Dry Season has been acknowledged a few times – shorlisted for the Brit Writers’ Awards, shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel – and has garnered a few good reviews. Those things are fantastic, of course, and I’m very proud that Dry Season has been mentioned in the same breath as some of the other books alongside it on those shortlists. (In fact, the Authors’ Club award is announced on Thursday 14th at a reception in Waterstone’s Piccadilly, so fingers crossed for that one – oh, and hopefully they’ll be stocking the Dry Season paperback.) But acknowledgment and readers and books in stores are only possible when someone publishes your books. And that’s where I get to the good news. You see, my super-editor, Gen, has been working very hard over at Orion and . . . well, I’ll let them tell it. Here’s something from http://www.boktrade.info
Press Release: Deals Done
Orion bags THE CHILD THIEF
Posted at 4:24PM Friday 08 Apr 2011
The Orion Publishing Group is delighted to announce the acquisition of THE CHILD THIEF, the first of two new novels from Dan Smith. A chilling story of murder and vengeance set in the frozen wastes of 1930s Ukraine, THE CHILD THIEF is both a breathless crime thriller and a dark tale of what happens when the family bond is torn apart.
Dan Smith’s debut novel, DRY SEASON, has received several prize nominations, and is on the shortlist for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award to be announced next week. His second novel, DARK HORIZONS, follows in May.
Genevieve Pegg, Senior Commissioning Editor, bought world rights from Carolyn Whitaker at London Independent Books. Orion will publish THE CHILD THIEF in spring 2012, with a further novel to follow in 2013.
For more information please contact Gaby Young at Orion on 020 7520 4317.