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The Book Corner / Re: Literary Trivia Challenge - Come Join In
« on: January 15, 2010, 02:33:37 pm »
I was thinking of guessing Clancy's Red Storm Rising (with Larry Bond), but that was published in '86.  ???

Nope. The novel I'm thinking of was re-released with the bestselling co-author's name on it in 1998.

The Book Corner / Re: Literary Trivia Challenge - Come Join In
« on: January 15, 2010, 02:16:29 pm »
This thriller novel co-authored by a number one NY Times bestselling author was originally released in 1980 without his name on the cover.

The Book Corner / Re: Literary Trivia Challenge - Come Join In
« on: January 15, 2010, 02:03:30 pm »
Guess I have to think of one now. Let me noodle on it.

The Book Corner / Re: Literary Trivia Challenge - Come Join In
« on: January 15, 2010, 12:21:34 pm »
Okay... between November of last year and March of this year, you can catch a) a cable TV, b) a big screen and c) a musical version of this classic.

Alice in Wonderland?

John's book, The Grove, has been an indie bestseller on the Kindle for almost a year now. According to his Facebook update, his second book, The Cold Kiss, which comes out July 20, has been optioned for a movie by the producer of Ella Enchanted and The Indian in the Cupboard.

Way to go, John!

The Book Corner / Re: Required Reading
« on: January 12, 2010, 11:48:47 am »
Here were my favorites in high school:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Lord of the Flies
To Kill a Mockingbird
All Quiet on the Western Front
A Separate Peace (which is doubly cool because I recently discovered that my father went to Exeter at the same time as John Knowles; don't know if they knew each other)

That's a great idea for a blog, Chris. I'll do a post with my recommendations soon and put a link to it here.

BTW, I just received copies of my Advanced Reader's Edition of THE ARK that goes out to reviewers and booksellers, and it looks AMAZING!

I wanted to share my first appearance in a US magazine article! In the January issue of American Airlines' in-flight magazine American Way, I get a nice mention in a story about self-publishing titled, "The End" is just the Beginning. Kindleboards also got a deserving mention for being instrumental in supporting my work.

If you're not flying on American this month, you can find the article at the following link:

I'm also excited about appearing in the same issue as Jim Parsons, who stars as Sheldon in one of my favorite series, The Big Bang Theory. Geeks rule!

I'm so happy for your success, but perhaps this thread should be renamed?  I thought maybe the books were once more available for Kindle!

Good idea. I've changed the thread title, but it appears that it only changes the title on the first post. Still, that should be enough to minimize confusion because that's what appears in the Book Bazaar.

Los Angeles!  I can get there!  Do I wait to get my signed copy then?

If you can make it, I'd love to see you there. I'll be in LA the week of May 17.

In an article about Simon and Shuster holding back ebooks, it said: "Ms. Reidy, who described herself as a strong supporter of digital sales, said only one author had asked not to be included on the list of titles (being delayed), which are being published in the first four months of 2010."

Would that be you, Boyd?

I think she's talking about someone with the clout of Vince Flynn, not this debut author. As far as I know, the Kindle edition will come out the same day as the hardcover.

Ann, we are sticking to the West for the debut because we think that's where we'll get the most bang for the buck. However, I will be going to NYC in July for Thrillerfest. I'd love to go to DC, but that's not in the plans right now. I'd love to see you out here, but if you can't make it and you'd like an autographed copy, I'm working with, where you can order personalized copies. I will certainly let Harvey know.

So many great things happening, Boyd.  It's so exciting.  I don't know how you manage to get through the day without pinching yourself. 

Believe me, I know I'm living the dream!

In fact, I just found out that I was mentioned in an op-ed piece in the book section of the Huffington Post. In an article by the president of Sony's digital reading business titled "The Death of Print Doesn't Have to Mean the Death of Publishing", he writes about me in the same sentence as Dan Brown! How cool is that!

Thanks, guys!

I now have a firm release date for THE ARK. It will come out in Kindle, hardcover, and audio on May 11, just in time for the Father's Day and summer book seasons.

Some of you have asked about a book tour, and I'm happy to report that Simon and Schuster is sending me on one in May! I know that's unusual in this economic and book-publishing climate, so it shows a strong level of publisher commitment to the book, which I greatly appreciate. The tour cities are Seattle (where I live; we're going to have a big launch event here, which should be a blast), Los Angeles, Denver, Phoenix, Houston, and Portland, Oregon. I hope some of you will come and join the fun!

If you're flying on American Airlines in January, check out the seatback American Way magazine. I'll be appearing in a story on independent publishing. You'll also be able to read it online at

Copyright laws differ by country.  I believe this is most of the problem.


E-book distribution is going to be a sticky problem for publishers going forward just because it's easy to download electronic books anywhere in the world. You can order DTBs from overseas, but you also have to ship them, which significantly increases the cost.

The copyright laws are not necessarily the issue. Who bought the publishing rights in each country is the issue. For example, I have two different publishing deals for the English-language rights for THE ARK, one with Simon and Schuster in the US/Canada and one with Little, Brown UK for the rest of the world. Each publisher has the exclusive right to sell my book in their respective markets. While the titles are different (in the US it's THE ARK, and in the UK it's THE NOAH'S ARK QUEST), the text of both versions is identical. Whichever copy you buy, I will get a royalty as the author, so it's not really an issue for me personally (although my royalty rate might be different for each market and how well my book sells in that market will determine whether the publisher wants to sign me to another deal for the next book). It's the publishers who will be unhappy if you purchase an e-copy from outside of the market you live in.

I'm truly honored that my books appear on so many lists. My own:

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. The Doomsday Key by James Rollins
3. Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child
4. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
5. Three Plums in One by Janet Evanovich
6. Running from the Devil by Jamie Freveletti
7. The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
8. A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield
9. The Grove by John Rector
10. Free by Chris Anderson

After I finished writing The Palmyra Impact, I began noticing asteroid impact stories all the time. I think impacts happen much more than we realize.

In news about The Ark, Simon and Schuster is moving the US release to June 2010. I think that's great news because it gives booksellers and reviewers more time to read the advance reader copies to build up some anticipation. We also got a publishing deal in Turkey, appropriate since part of the book takes place there.

I just received my British cover, and it looks really cool, so I thought I'd share it.

I just got the news that The Ark will be published in Poland and Brazil! That brings the total to 14 languages in 15 world markets serving 100 countries and territories. If you had told me at the beginning of the year that this is where I'd be in October, I'd have asked to share whatever you were smoking. ;)

Congratulations, Boyd!  This is all so exciting to watch.

But how many people will be confused by the following statements on the Amazon page for The Ark:
"This title has not yet been released." 
"4.6 out of 5 stars (44 customer reviews) "

Not knowing the history behind this, people may question the authenticity of the reviews.  Amazon may need to change the way this information is presented in this new world of moving from an e-book to a traditional publisher. 

Lynninva, I'm sure there will be some people who wonder why I have so many reviews already on Amazon, but I think we will be adding the publishing story to the Amazon web page, so hopefully readers will understand what happened. If anything, maybe it will make buyers intrigued.

Are you going to be doing a junket?. . . .be sure to let us know. . . .I'm sure a lot of us will make a real effort to come see you . .. .maybe even buy a paper book for you to sign!

Given that I'm a debut author, I don't know if a book tour is in the offing. We'll probably know more closer to the pub date. However, if I can't get to a particular city, I've already have an arrangement with where you can order personalized signed copies from their web site.

More excitement! I just got the e-copy of the cover for THE ARK, and I wanted to share it with you. I think it's awesome!

You *are* working on the sequel to The Ark amongst all this planning and travelling, yes?  ;)

I am indeed! I'm very excited that I get to have more adventures with Tyler and Grant.

Thanks to everyone for your warm wishes.

Hi everyone,

I'm excited to announce that The Palmyra Impact and The Adamas Blueprint will be published by Simon and Schuster! Both books will be published in the US as mass market paperback originals by the Pocket Books imprint sometime in late 2010/early 2011. FYI, the titles of the books may change.  Were still negotiating foreign rights. Ill let you know when I have more information. So now I essentially have a four-book deal with Simon and Schuster! Thanks to everyone who has read the books and were so supportive.

I will be at the Bouchercon writers conference in Indianapolis this Thursday through Sunday, so if anyone is there, please come find me. I'll be on an author panel on Thursday afternoon at 1:30PM titled "The Long and Winding Road to Publication."

The Ark is now listed on Amazon! It only lists the hardcover and audio versions, but my editor assures me that there will be a Kindle version as well.


Kevin Bacon should play some part. . .then we'll all be able to personally win the Six Degrees game:  We know Boyd and Kevin Bacon is in Boyd's movie . . . ;D

Actually, you are all already linked to Kevin Bacon! My Bacon number is 3. I was in the play Noises Off with Rod Pilloud, who was in the movie The Prodigal with Jim Smith, who was in Mystic River with Kevin Bacon.

Ellen, I don't know what my book signing plan is, but I'm in NYC this week to meet with Simon and Schuster, so maybe I'll know more soon. I'll let you know when I have more info.

Stargazer, I saw the horrible news about the tsunami in American Samoa. Unfortunately, tsunamis will continue to be a threat, and the PTWC director said my story, while unlikely to happen soon, is not out of the realm of possibility. You'll notice in the story about the Samoan tsunami that they were actually hit by four waves, the number of waves to hit Honolulu in my novel.

ok I loved the Ark - and  I started The Palmyra Impact this afternoon and just finished it about 6 minutes ago  - can I just say  OMG - I swear my Blood Pressure rose just reading it - It was beyond fantastic.  Who do you have pictured for the characters when it is made into a movie - because it will be made into a movie for sure.  When it comes out in print I will be telling all my friends they HAVE to read it.

Thanks, Rho! Kai would be a hard character to cast, so I don't know who would fit the role. I think Nathan Fillion would be great as Brad (he'd also make an awesome Tyler Locke). Eva Mendes could play Teresa, and I could see several different actresses as Rachel. My film rights agent thinks The Palmyra Impact would make a good mini-series, so that might be an option if I get a publishing deal for it.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading?
« on: September 23, 2009, 10:10:52 pm »
The Adamas Blueprint by KB Member Boyd Morrison, no longer available on Kindle, pending his book being published by...Simon & Schuster, I guess! is his website.

News about Boyd:  I noticed he says this on this site about another of his books: 

The Noah's Ark Quest
is also on the US Amazon site, paperback, you can sign up to be notified when it becomes available.

Hopefully, Kindle versions will not be far behind.


Thanks for mentioning this, Betsy! The Adamas Blueprint is currently under negotiation for a publishing deal along with The Palmyra Impact, and I hope to know something soon.

The Noah's Ark Quest will be available in the UK and is already on the Amazon site there. Jason, The Ark will be available in the US in Spring 2010, but I'm not sure when it will appear on the US Amazon site. The two books are identical other than the different titles.

I'm hoping that the Kindle version will be published simultaneously with the hardcover and audio versions. I'll confirm that as soon as I can.

Well, Boyd - when the books are out I will pay for an autographed copy.
And I want you to inscribe it :

"To Ed
Those who wait are lost

Ed Patterson

I'd be delighted to, Ed!

I found a fantastic local web site here in Seattle called The Signed Page, and you'll be able to order personalized signed copies of The Ark from their web site. It works great because it's near my house, and whenever they get orders, I can just head on down and sign, and they take care of the shipping. I'll let you know when the listing is up on their site.

By the way, the title in the UK market is The Noah's Ark Quest, and it's already listed on the site! Though the titles are different for the US and UK markets, the manuscripts are identical.

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