I'm Stona Fitch's agent, Dave, so probably not the best person to ask.
Having said that, you did ask, and I think he's outstanding. I was a huge
fan of SENSELESS long before he joined the agency. One of the most
disturbing and prophetic books I've ever read.
Re dedicating the proceeds of your books to charity... you can see it that
way if you like. But with the Concord Free Press, the authors retain their
rights, and they create a lot of buzz for their books. I see it more as the
equivalent of having gorgeous advanced reading copies for books that don't
have a deal yet. The Gregory Maguire book is now being published by
HarperCollins, incidentally. Maguire is now richer as a result of the
Concord Free Press edition (there was no deal in place for Wicked prior to
that). This is also true of Fitch's novel Give + Take, which was picked up
by Thomas Dunne/St Martin's Press, Two Ravens Press in the UK (and a Greek
publisher, and a Taiwanese publisher, and no doubt many more) and will be
out in hardcover in April next year.
----- Original Message -----
From: "davezeltserman" <Dave.Zeltserman@gmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 4:58 PM
Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: possibly the biggest publishing story of the year
> Interesting, Al, kind of like celebrities who donate their time for some
> big TV charitable event. Here's a promise, Al--when I've made a 10th of
> the money that Gregory Maguire has made (author of Wicked and one of
> Concord Free Press authors) I'll also dedicate the proceeds of one of my
> books to charity (if it's still possible to make money with books at that
> Btw. What's your take on Stona Fitch, the author running this? Are his
> books worth checking out?
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