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Dave Garrett
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19. Jun 2005 at 01:36
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It has been a long time since this book was sent to publishers. Has there been any news of acceptance (or even rejection?)  Been hoping for some news, and a new Blaylock book in 2006. Dave
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Reply #1 - 24. Jun 2005 at 12:48
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Me too!  I'm gettin withdrawal symptoms!
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Reply #2 - 13. Aug 2005 at 18:05
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I spoke with Blaylock a few days ago, and the news is that there's not been much progress on this front.

The book was with a NYC publisher for the better part of a year, only to be ultimately declined by them.

So, it's now back to his agent to be shopped about further.

But, I'd say the good news may be that it looks like the wheels have become unstuck, so perhaps there'll be more focus on getting the book to a publisher who would be a good fit for it.

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Reply #3 - 15. Aug 2005 at 02:28
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Well, that is good news and bad news indeed! I wonder who was the publisher? You would think that with "young adult" being hot, and James Blaylock a known author that it would be a good bet. But of course we know nothing about the actual contents of the book--it may actually not be a fit for the publisher. Darn! This could be another year or 2 before it gets published. And double darn them for keeping it for a year before rejecting it. Dave
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Reply #4 - 26. Aug 2005 at 17:40
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Another thought - has he written anything new in the meantime?  It's possible that he might be sending out an additional MS soon, in which case we could end up with 2 books published around the same time, even though one was apparently finished over a year ago....
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Reply #5 - 26. Aug 2005 at 19:27
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Good point -- yes, I believe there are two books now with the Zeuglodon characters, so if the first gets pubbed, the second might reasonably follow shortly after. It's pretty rare for a publisher to put out all sequels simultaneously, though, even when the writing is all completed already for a book series.

My hope is that the recognition that since young adult books can sell really well (like the Harry Potter series), that potential publishers should take these works of Blaylock's very seriously.

Blaylock is working upon another adult novel currently, he told me, perhaps involving Medieval myth (I'll ask him to share more details on the subject).


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Reply #6 - 03. Sep 2005 at 03:11
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So we have 2 completed books (young adult) and an adult one possibly about medieval myth being feverishly written at this very moment (we can dream, right?). Very nice. I saw a blog entry by Jonathan Strahan (Australian editor and writer and critic/reviewer) lamenting the Zeuglodon book not getting published--he is starved for more Blaylock just like the rest of us. It is the entry for August 29th--- http://notesfromcoodestreet.blogspot.com/
   
   Here is hoping that someone buys James' book by the end of the year!
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Reply #7 - 26. Sep 2005 at 15:03
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In case anyone's wondering what a zeuglodon is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeuglodon
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Reply #8 - 30. Sep 2005 at 03:36
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Blaylock relates that Zeuglodon is still under review by publishers in New York.

If it gets selected by a publisher, he plans on some light rewriting of parts prior to going to print, but he says the changes wouldn't take very long.

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Reply #9 - 24. Mar 2006 at 22:09
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-bump-

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Reply #10 - 29. Mar 2006 at 19:44
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Update: Zeuglodon's still not been taken on by a publisher.  In Blaylock's words:

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Zeuglodon (after I made very nice revisions at the behest of the very good editor) was rejected: the plot was too complex, and [the editor] was doubtful that it would work as a YA book.  I think she's wrong, and once again it took 8 months in the process of not being bought.


Blaylock goes on to say that it's circulating to yet more potential publishers now.
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Reply #11 - 29. Aug 2006 at 01:47
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Reply #12 - 07. Oct 2006 at 06:32
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Oh, such waiting.  I don' t suppose there's any news of Zeuglodon??? Not to nag, but I miss the man's writing, as we all do, I suppose.
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Reply #13 - 07. Oct 2006 at 06:33
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Sorry, forgot to negate the smileys.  No unhappy faces.  No.
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Reply #14 - 07. Oct 2006 at 14:17
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Last I heard (in June) was that Zeuglodon was still making the rounds of publishers, who seem to have been rejecting it on the basis of the book being too quirky. Jim was working on another novel that he expected to finish by the end of the summer.
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