If you sent a query between November 15th of 2012, and 1-09-2012 and did not hear back from me, please resubmit as we accidentally purged our incoming query queue between those dates. I believe I got back to almost everyone in that time, but had kept a few for additional consideration, which may have been erased.
Congratulations to Carlos Harrison. I recently sold his manuscript "The Ghosts of Hero Street" to the Calibre imprint at Berkley Books.
Told in the rich story-telling style of Flags of Our Fathers, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Carlos Harrison, details the nearly forgotten heroics of a group of WWII and Korean War Mexican-American soldiers from Second Street — a rutted dirt road in Silvis, IL, merely a block-and-a-half long. Turns out that that insignificant stretch of road sent more of its boys into battle than any other place its size in the country. The distinction has been recognized by the Department of Defense, earning Second Street a more distinguished name: today it’s known as Hero Street.
Carlos Harrison is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, editor and writer of more than a dozen books in English and Spanish. A former national and international correspondent for the Fox News Channel, Harrison also has written two award-winning television documentaries and seven feature-length screenplays, as well as hundreds of newspaper articles and dozens of magazine pieces.
More about Carlos at: www.carlosharrison.com
Arte Público books take home International Latino Book Awards
The largest Latino book awards in the USA, the annual 14th International Latino Book Awards, were held on June 5, 2012 at the Instituto Cervantes in New York City. Titles published by Arte Público Press received exceptional recognition.
John Lantigua’s On Hallowed Ground: A Willie Cuesta Mystery, which deals with hard truths about ongoing conflicts and instability in Colombia, was named Best English-language Mystery Novel. Taking second place honors: Crossing Borders: Personal Essays by Sergio Troncoso and The Monster in the Mattress and Other Stories / El monstruo en el colchón y otros cuentos by Diane de Anda. Honorable mentions went to I Kick the Ball/Pateo el balón by Gwendolyn Zepeda, You Don't Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens edited by Sarah Cortez, Outside the Bones by Lyn Di Iorio and The Name Partner by Carlos Cisneros.
Latino Literacy Now created the Latino Book Awards in 1999 to recognize the many positive contributions being made to Latino literature by publishers and writers worldwide. The title of the awards was changed to the International Latino Books Awards in 2006 to reflect the nominations of literary works from Mexico, Central and South America, and Spain. These awards honor literary excellence in a variety of categories. Latino Literacy Now is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes literacy and literary excellence within the Latino community.
Lantigua's new WILLIE CUESTA MYSTERY is out, and the reviews are in!
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW “ON HALLOWED GROUND” BY JOHN LANTIGUA 16.95 trade paper (272p) ISBN 978-1-55885-695-0
In Lantigua's gripping fourth novel featuring Miami PI Willie Cuesta (after 2007's The Lady from Buenos Aires), Carmen Vickers de Estrada, who moved to Miami from Medellín, Colombia, to escape the threat of kidnapping, asks Cuesta, who's been serving as security chief for his brother's nightclub, to protect her son, José, and his girlfriend, Catalina Cordero. Two years earlier in Colombia, Carmen's husband was killed resisting abduction, and a year later, José was held captive for seven months even after the ransom was paid. After only a few days on the job, Cuesta witnesses a team of men snatch Catalina from a car blocked on a Key Biscayne road. Cuesta's quest to rescue Catalina, whose relationship with her captors is unclear, takes him to Colombia. The fast-paced action is well matched by concise prose, making this a treat for Elmore Leonard devotees. (Mar.)
BOOKLIST (starred review)
On Hallowed Ground Lantigua, John (Author) May 2011. 272 p. Arte Publico, paperback, $16.95. (9781558856950).
This thoroughly entertaining crime novel flirts with a number of the genre’s central themes— kidnapping for ransom, drug dealing, betrayal, revenge, the silky seductiveness of a whole lot of money—filtering them through the special sensibility of Miami PI Willie Cuesta. He’s an ex-cop making it on his own now, but that’s his only stock ingredient. He’s not bitter, disillusioned, wounded, any of that. And when he’s offered an outlandish fee to protect the son of a wealthy Key Biscayne family, he doesn’t hide his glee at what looks like easy money, or his curiosity about this posh family. When the case goes haywire and the car chases and the gun battles begin, Cuesta can’t help noticing the special color of the duct tape binding him and the great taste of top-line Columbian coffee the reprobates serve. With artfully concealed timing, the author reveals the kidnapers’ hidden agenda: as in Chinatown and some of the Spenser novels, there’s a sense that evil originates in the family. A real find for crime-fiction fans.
WRITING IS EDITING!
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
– Stephen King
I've been receiving a lot of queries pitching manuscripts that can only be described as massive — 300,000-400,000 words! — from first time novelists, at that. I think my first novel was somewhere around 140,000 words, too, so I know how tough it can be to trim the fat. When Faulkner was asked what the hardest thing about writing was, he answered, "Killing all my little darlings" (or something to that effect — I'm paraphrasing). I would have to agree with him. My best articles have all been written to space, where I had to
carve, shave and whittle the piece down to the bone. My advice is to cut, cut cut, as selling a novel over 125,000 words is going to be tough for any new author these days.
A Story about Two Kites… A Story of Two Sites… A Story of Two Sights …. a Tale of Woe… A Terribly Tall Tale of Two Critics… A Saga of Two Cities….
A Tale of Two Cities…
An incredible story of about France and England… about Paris and London…
It was the best
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