Friday, April 30, 2010

Number One Novels Debut Authors of January 2009 Update

At the start of the year, finding new debut authors for NON was difficult. Partially it was because of the downturn in the debut releases around Christmas and the beginning of the year: the publishers try to get the debut authors out to the shelves in time for holiday buying, but by late December and early January, mostly only big-name authors are releasing novels. It makes business sense, even if it made it hard for me.
I also had some problems finding authors because I needed to expand my search on the Internet. I troll the publisher's websites, but I've found many other sources since January. Which means I'm now booked two months out and have nice, large breathers between author hunts.

My idea for possible fillers if I couldn't find debut authors to interview was to tell everyone where last year's debut authors were now. It's still a great idea, and even though I don't have the need to use it on NON, I still wanted to showcase the ongoing talents of these authors. Last year's NON authors have gone on to do some great things. So with that in mind, here is the first NON author update:

Jeri Westerson was the very first NON author ever. Her debut novel, Veil of Lies, was a finalist for the 2009 Macavity Award for the Sue Feder Best Historical Mystery and the 2009 Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel.

She continued to win awards with her second novel, Serpent in the Thorns: it is a 2010 Finalist for the Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery Award. It is the second novel in the series and is available in bookstores everywhere.

The third novel in the series, The Demon's Parchment, will release in October of this year. (Her website also got a very nice upgrade.)

Peter V. Brett took the fantasy world by storm with his debut, The Warded Man. Not only was his novel translated into over 14 different languages, it was optioned for film by the director and producer of the Resident Evil films!

A limited-edition companion book his popular series, The Great Bazaar, and Other Stories, was released this year. It includes a new novelette as well as deleted scenes from The Warded Man, a glossary, and a grimoire of wards, and it sold out!

The Desert Spear, book two in the series, released this month, and debuted at #35 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Jonathan Friesen's enjoyed success with his first novel, Jerk, and his next novel, Rush, will release in June of this year.

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