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Friday, January 25, 2008

Novel Scheduled for Fall 2008 Release

It's official. Kregel Publications (Grand Rapids, MI) has confirmed that they plan to release my Christian suspense novel this fall (sometime between August and October) to take advantage of pre-Christmas sales. My editor said they are shooting for a September release. He also alerted me to the fact that edits on the novel will begin soon and that novel titles often change during production. (In fact, I've been requested to supply five novel titles!) My heart has been set on Now You See Him for so long that it's difficult imagining the project having a different title. I'm not saying that I'm possessive of the title; if someone has a better one, I'm more than open to it. The title just came to me so naturally during the writing process that I've never considered anything else. I'm hoping the title won't change, but there are no guarantees. The folks at Kregel produce up to 90 books a year and are pros at this; I trust their judgment.

Kregel just sent me a packet in the mail containing the Author FAQ, an Author Questionnaire, and a Fiction Art Form. The Author FAQ tells me important information like when bookstores will start stocking my novel, when I will get my author copies, how I can promote my novel, how I will know how well my novel is selling, where people can buy my novel, how Kregel will use my photo, etc.

Besides typical contact information, some of the things I need to provide for the Author Questionnaire include the following: my biography, a photo of myself, a list of seven possible endorsers (people who might say nice things about my book and whose opinions bear some weight with other people—do you have any recommendations?), a request if I would like to do TV or radio interviews, three summaries of the novel (50 words, 100 words, and 200 words), confirmation of how I would like my name to be appear on the book's cover, five possible novel titles, and a list of 30 to 40 influencers. A free copy of the novel goes to "influencers," those who are interested in helping to promote the novel; I just provide the names. If you're interested, please let me know. I've also been invited to write discussion questions about the novel for book clubs and to write and answer my own interview questions about the project.

The Fiction Art Form is intended to help the artist who will soon be designing the novel's cover. (This, I've been told, is one of the first steps in production.) I've been asked to provide the following: background/setting, character descriptions, story conflicts, symbols (flowers, fabrics, objects, Bible verses, or natural phenomena that illustrate or clarify the book's objectives and would be appropriate in cover art), and a Bible verse that sums up the story's theme. I'm also invited to send a picture, drawing, or other description that may help the artist create a cover that captures the setting, characters, mood, and feel of the book.

Many have asked what the novel is about. I've been holding off on saying too much, not wanting to steal the thunder of Kregel's editors and marketing team. Because of growing interest, however, I will share something here. My novel's tentative title is Now You See Him, but as I've shared, titles frequently change during production. As for the story itself, here's a (hopefully tasty) morsel to whet your appetite.
Gillian Thayer’s calligraphy business in Chicago keeps her mind off personal tragedy. But when her husband, Marc, a pastor and biblical counselor, becomes entangled in a church discipline situation that turns violent, she and her family flee the bad press and take a sabbatical at Whistler's Point, a creepy historic lighthouse on Upper Michigan’s Lake Superior. Also new to the area is Haydon Owens, a serial killer who strangled three women in Cincinnati with a magician’s trick rope. Haydon dreams of being the next Houdini, but pursuing his dream means turning his back on his past, which is easier said than done. When he claims his next victim, the police arrest Marc Thayer, the last person to see the victim alive. Chuck Riley, original investigator on the Magician Murders case, comes out of retirement to help Gillian clear Marc’s name by taking another look at the forensic evidence. Can they stop Haydon before he kills again? The clock is ticking, and Haydon spots his next victim . . .
I hope you enjoy reading the novel as much as I've enjoyed writing it. I've got some work to do, but these are exciting times! Check back soon to read about the next step in the process. May God receive all the glory!


  1. Adam, I am really excited for you. It has always been by dream to write, but it's not very high on my priority list right now. I have really enjoyed reading your blog and staying updated on the entire process you have gone through. I am excited and anticipating reading your book when they finally produce it and start selling.

  2. Happy for you. This sounds like a heart-pounder! I'll look forward to reading it when the publishing process is complete. I like your title. I hope they keep it.

  3. I knew you could do it. I'm looking forward to reading NYSH in its final form (and recommending it to all my friends!)

  4. Your desire to whet the appetite worked! I'm already eager to know the ending!!! What an exciting process - the months will undoubtedly drag and fly by, all at the same time! With the "teaser" you fed us, I, too, hope they keep your title! Yipppeee for you and for a dream fulfilled!

  5. Adam, I'm very proud of you. How exiting IS this!! I claim the privilege of having read this work in its entirety a few years ago, and IT IS A SUSPENSFUL NOVEL..I could hardly stop myself from reading. You are very talented, and look forward to reading it again in published form....ALL the best.

  6. I do not know if you remember me but my name is Marc Zimmerman. At Northland around 99 to 2000 I had talked with you about writing. You had been an encouragement to me and I really enjoyed being involved in the writing club. Upon seeing this I was jumping with joy. What a wonderful blessing and encouragement this must be for you. I know it has personally motivated me to continue in my writing. Thank you for your dedication and for your honest excitement for writing. I pray that God will continue to bless your endeavor. Looking forward to reading the book.


  7. Adam, this is great news. I will be looking for your book and suggest that our library buys it. Our church librarian looks for good books to buy and she may buy yours.
    Melissa Joy Hatfield
    GCS Grad "82"

  8. Adam, We knew you could do it, too!
    Your attitude of giving God the glory thrills us to the core! Mom and Dad

  9. Adam, how exciting! I've already been talking up your book in circles. You realize, of course, that I will require your autograph on my copy. :)

    I think Now You See Him is a fitting and natural title. I'm anxious to see the finished product!