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This was published in 2012 by Angry Robot Books now defunct YA imprint, Strange Chemistry Books. The cover looked like this way back when:


I love the hell out of that cover. But time has passed and the rights to the book have reverted back to me, so I’ve given it a new cover that’s just as dramatic. (I think.)




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What to do with POLTERGEEKS


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It’s been two years since Strange Chemistry Books went under and a host of authors were thrown into that terrible dark place we go when a publishing house closes its doors. A bunch found new homes for their books and a few tried their hands at self-publishing. It’s hard to get a new book deal for previously published material. I lucked out with my book THE NORTH which has been selling like crazy with new cover art and a new home at Severed Press.

I never did get to continue and eventually finish my Poltergeeks series because of Strange Chemistry’s closure. I was ready to pitch the third book to them when the end came.

I have a soft spot for Poltergeeks because it was my first kick at the can for YA and it was the book that landed me my first literary agent. It got me two trips to London with my wife. It introduced me to great people like Andy Robb, Sara Grant, Keren David, Katie Dale, Laura Heath, Sam Cook, S.F. Said, book bloggers aplenty. God, the list is enormous. I met so many great people and I possess a treasure trove of great memories from my visits to London that I wouldn’t exchange for a six figure deal from a Big 5 publishing house.

I got my rights back for both books and I want to get them back out there as new editions. Hell, I want to continue writing the series because Julie and Marcus’ tale isn’t over yet. I’m so pleased that many of my friends who wrote for Strange Chemistry are finding huge success two years later. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for everybody who was published there because I think that in the brief time Strange Chemistry existed, some of the finest young adult books ever … were published.

jamais vuBut it is now two years later and I have a decision to make. Do I self-publish both books and continue with the series or should I wait? I’ve contacted two very good Canadian publishers and inquired as to whether they might be interested in reading the books and considering reprints. Obviously I’m not going to self-publish until I’ve heard back, but it seems to me that both titles could be making me some money and right now they aren’t…. so there’s that.

And there are also the fans of the series. While both books were never anywhere near bestsellers, I had a small and loyal fan base. And in the two years since Strange Chemistry keeled over, I’ve been contacted by a few of them asking when the next book was coming out.

So … what to do with Poltergeeks? I guess I’m in a holding pattern until I hear back from the two publishing houses. No hurries. No worries. I’m currently writing a YA horror project entitled BLACK SKY for my agent. I’m self-pubbing IMMORTAL REMAINS in August.

But I feel that Poltergeeks isn’t over yet. There’s more to do. More to write. More adventures to come.


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It’s Monday morning. I have to go to my day job. (Yeah, most authors have day jobs contrary to the myth that we’re all swimmingly rich because of jillion dollar book deals.) I spent my weekend doing revisions to POLTERGEEKS for my editor at Strange Chemistry Books, Amanda Rutter. (Actually the better part of the last week, truth be told.)

She sent me her notes on the manuscript more than a week ago. She’s got some pretty cool ideas for bringing out the best in the story. (I won’t go into the specific recommendations because that would give the book away.) Some of her ideas are blatantly “duh” on my part, because I should have considered the ideas when I wrote the first draft ages ago. So … what’s involved in doing revisions for your book editor?

First off, don’t get defensive. Your editor is on your side. He/she already believes in the book – you just have to be open to their suggestions. Now I’m mindful that some authors feel the need to fight for every sentence, every phrase, every single comma – but I’m not that guy. I tend to look at this process sort of like getting your car detailed. You already have a great car but wouldn’t it look better with the carpets shampooed and the paint job waxed and buffed to gemstone quality.

Amanda has pointed me in the direction of making certain elements of the story sound more genuine. (My agents Jenny and Ella will know PRECISELY what I’m talking about.) She also understands the need to balance these changes without affecting the pace of the story and folks, if I can tell you one thing about POLTERGEEKS, the pace flows at a blistering speed. (There’s a reason for this and you’ll get it if you decide to buy the book when it comes out this fall.)

She’s also helping me deal with the fact that I am genetically challenged in this novel. Namely, that my protagonist is a girl and I am a dude. (This is my third novel where the protagonist is a girl. Clearly I am a sucker for self immolation or something.) Actually, I think I’ve done a pretty good job of addressing many of the issues a teenage girl might experience but Amanda pointed me in the direction of one that I’ve been blind to: girl versus mom. Mea culpa: I did not know this was a normal thing about the relationship with mothers and daughters. So … I’ve really focused on that.

Another thing to remember when you’re working with your book editor is that you aren’t their only priority. I came to this conclusion after emailing Amanda far too many times this weekend with … “Hey Amanda … please read the following … does this work?” To her great credit, she got back to me very quickly and said it was okay to email her. She’s really good that way. 🙂

I guess it all boils down to the commonality between the editor and the author and that both sides need to understand early on that the book is already awesome: I mean, the publisher DID offer to publish. So it’s really a matter of figuring out how best to revise a shared vision for a project. That’s sort of where I’m at.

As I mentioned to Amanda last week: I write bubblegum and as you know, there’s really good bubble gum where the flavor lasts a long time and really lousy bubble gum that blows shitty bubbles. We need to make awesome bubble gum here …

Happy Monday, all!