Well, I’m not likely to give Publishers Lunch any meaningful competition, but I am pleased to be able to announce an up-and-coming author’s new book deal. From Likely Stories (“Likely Stories Lunch,” by Keir Graff):
In a bold deal brokered by the Endeavor Agency, Random House has acquired Daniel Kraus’s coming-of-age novel, The Monster Variations, with plans to publish it in August 2009. The author, who describes the sales price as “just right,” looks forward to working with editor Beverly Horowitz, noting that people he trusts describe her as “just about the best in the business.”
The plot, which concerns a town terrorized by a hit-and-run truck driver–and three boys who can’t resist breaking curfew despite the killings–makes me imagine a tasty blend of youthful angst and creepy suspense–maybe if River’s Edge had been written by Stephen King? I can’t wait to read it. It’s going to take a lot of willpower on my part to not badger Dan, who works down the hall in American Libraries, for a sneak peek.