Wednesday, 26 November 2008
The Twelve and Twenty Thousand
Back when CSNI got its 10,000th visit, I reported that Adrian McKinty's Fifty Grand had been bought by Serpent's Tail for UK release. Well, just under another 10,000 visits have rolled around since then and I've news in a similar vein. Stuart Neville's The Ghosts of Belfast has sold to Soho Press in New York in another two-book deal worked out by agent Nat Sobel. And in the states it'll still be titled The Ghosts of Belfast. However, the UK edition, to be published by Harvil Secker, have decided to go with a name change. It'll be called The Twelve. And look at the pretty cover they've designed for it. A cracker, eh?
So, what's wrong with using Belfast in a title for a UK release? Well, Ian Sansom might have touched on it in a recent workshop I attended. He was told by a publisher, when pitching his novel set in Northern Ireland, that two of the most boring words in the book world are Northern Ireland. Well, I don't know about that, but let's just assume it's true for argument's sake. If the Norn Iron talent is getting out there with work that is sold on the basis of killer story and deft writing, rather than the diminishing interest the rest of the world has for anything to do with The Troubles, then fine. Just goes to show how good the new breed of Northern Irish writer really is. The most boring setting in the world, brought back to life by the huge talent that resides there.
That'll show the begrudgers.