Monday, May 12, 2008

Hey who's that blue sleeve in the corner?

There's a nice story in Galleycat about Orbit's expansion (yay) and a nice picture of Devi Pillai, Orbit's fabulous editor who spotted Jeff Somer's work in an online zine and made him the rich and famous pantsless author he is this very day.

<----If you look closely though, you'll see a wisp of a blue sleeve. That's Our Man Somers, now excised to the only thing that truly matters: his writing arm! Here's the picture before Jeff was cropped down to size:


Jaye Wells said...

Yay Devi! I was reading Electric Church when I found out Devi was going to be my editor. It's like the circle of life or something.

Janet Reid said...

Cue the roar of the Lion King!

Orbit is a great house, and Devi is a talented expert editor.

You'll be singing her praises even if she sends you a 12 page single spaced editorial letter. Well, ok, after the initial nervous breakdown of course.

M. G. Tarquini said...

The Digital Plague just arrived, charged with keeping me distracted from the other 700 members of humanity wedged into a space initially designed for 150 and a miniature chihuahua, on a long upcoming plane ride.

Mags said...

Pantsless again, you say--and still no corresponding information.

Were we supposed to glean the information? Gleaning is hard, you know.

Fine. I'll just read the damn book.


kitty said...

Tells us how Devi discovered Jeff.


Josephine Damian said...

Alert the media! It's official!

Stuart Neville, my Prince of Darkness, and the writer formerly known as "Conduit," has landed an agent - and not just any agent - but literary powerhouse and legend, Nat Sobel.

His agency, Sobel Weber Associates, New York, represents a few scribes you might have heard of: James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia, American Tabloid), Joseph Wambaugh (The Choirboys, The Onion Field, Hollywood Station), Pulitzer winner Richard Russo (Nobody's Fool, Empire Falls, Bridge of Sighs), F.X. Toole (Rope Burns - adapted for the screen as the multi Oscar winning Million Dollar Baby - and Pound for Pound), Robert Jordan (the Wheel of Time series), Tim Dorsey (the Serge Storms series), and many more.

Oh, Nat also loves him some cats. My kind of guy.

And how did Stuart get on the Uber agent’s radar? I’m going to steal a bit of Stuart’s thunder and reveal to my blog peeps that Mr. Sobel scouted him on the Internet. That’s right – a big name agent was scouring the online crime magazines and plucked our man from obscurity. (of course I’ve been singing Stuart’s praises loud and clear since last fall when I first read his work in Agent Nathan’s Bransford’s writing contest). To those of you that don’t believe agents are poking around the world wide web looking for The Next Big Thing – here’s your proof. Here. Is. Your. Proof.

So do stop by and give a big shout out to the literary world’s best and brightest rising star!

*shake my booty*

Having already read Stuarts’s manuscript (it already holds the distinction of being only one of four books I liked well enough to finish this year) GHOSTS OF BELFAST, I can tell you it’s nothing by clover ahead for this blessed son of Northern Ireland.

Jessica said...

You're so funny! I love your blog.