I’m always the last to find out about things, such as the time when I turned to my girlfriend a year ago and said, “So the thing about the Pussycat Dolls is that they’re transgender, right?” You see, I had confused them for a burlesque act, and let’s just say I haven’t quite lived that one down, especially now that they are looking for a new pussycat doll, and while yes, they might be confused for a burlesque act they’re not that kind of burlesque act. Other amazing revelations-to-Nathan include learning what “Free Bird” means, uh, today, and that time I thought Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s adopted child was named Zathura.
Luckily for me and my clients I’m way more on top of book matters. I read THE DA VINCI CODE before it came out, I was totally on top of the whole vampire thing and I love making fun of people at parties for not knowing who Ian McEwan and Jonathan Lethem are. (This last part is false, which is why I still get invited to parties).
So right now my ear is to the ground of the publishing world, and I’m wondering what the next big thing is going to be. As you may have noticed, the publishing industry loves its hits, and when it comes to fiction we’re actually sort of due for another big breakout novel from a relatively unknown author. A few years back it was THE LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold, and in the last couple of years we were in the throes of DA VINCI CODE mania. To be sure this year there have been breakouts like SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY PHYSICS, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS and THE THIRTEENTH TALE (among others), but for the last six months the bestseller lists have almost read like a who’s who of veteran bestselling authors (King, Crichton, Patterson, Robb, Patterson, Steel, Albom, Connelly, Patterson, Evanovich, Patterson and Patterson).
So. Break out your crystal balls and tarot cards and make a prediction. What do you think is going to be the next big thing? Is it going to be a spy novel? A breakout graphic novel like PERSEPOLIS? A knockout vampire book? A space opera about a boy and his dog?
Also, you’re not allowed to vote for yourself.