Thanks to Stephen King‘s lavish praise, both on his website and on the back page of the February 16 issue of Entertainment Weekly, it’s pretty damn difficult to find a copy of any of Meg Gardiner‘s books – which, of course, have to be imported from the UK or Canada. And so the buzz is building, and her agent, Jonny Pegg at Curtis Brown UK, told Publishers Lunch that “some ten publishers are in the frame — we should have news by end of next week or some time in the following week.” With Britt Carlson of Gelfman Schneider handling subrights, no doubt some serious money (of the seven-figure variety) could be thrown around.
But remember Ron McLarty? He was the last unpublished beneficiary of King’s lavish praise, and while THE MEMORY OF RUNNING got him the obligatory mega-deal and did all right, the followup, THE TRAVELER, came out “with the same fanfare as a pillow fart,” as one publishing insider commented to us. And since I’d like to see Gardiner really get her American due (as a fan of CHINA LAKE who promised herself ages ago to read the rest of the series, but hadn’t gotten around to it) here are a few points to consider for any publisher making the deal: