Hello all! I know we’d normally have a You Tell Me on Wednesday, but then the subject line would have been something along the lines of You Tell Me How You Like to Unwind After a Crazy Week of Lunches and Meetings, and, well, I didn’t know if that would be the most useful thread.
SO. Instead I thought I would generalize a bunch of separate conversations I’ve had and provide a vague “state of NYC editors” message. Tremendously helpful, I know.
Basically what I’m hearing from editors here is that everyone is sort of looking around wondering what the Next Big Thing is going to be. It’s been a while since THE DA VINCI CODE and THE LOVELY BONES and Harry Potter is done. The people who you’d expect to sell a bazillion copies are selling a bazillion copies, but there hasn’t been a megahit breakout in a while and I think people are playing the guessing game on who/what that is going to be.
There’s a lot of anticipation for the Justin Cronin books and everyone I know who’s read THE BRIEF, WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO is raving (I unfortunately left it on my nightstand in SF). But what is going to really break out in a major way? Not sure!
And that’s the vague, generalized message that I’ve gotten. I have to say this week has been so interesting and it’s been wonderful to see old friends and colleagues and meet new editors and pitch projects and have lunches and meetings and just wander around thinking, “Wow, I used to live here.”
But if you have any tips on how to unwind from an incredibly busy week….. I’m going to need them.