New Publisher, Simon & Schuster

Greetings, Action Force.

As you may or may not have heard, I’ve recently signed a three book deal with Simon & Schuster.  This could be big news.  I am, as always, cautiously optimistic, but the move to a new publisher might be just what I need to reach a new audience.  Here are some more details.

This will be my first trilogy, and it will feature the endless adventures of Constance Verity.  Constance, through no fault of her own, has led a life of constant peril and thrills.  She’s Nancy Drew, John Carter, and a little bit Doc Savage all rolled into one.  She’s fought aliens, vampires, and dinosaurs (and alien vampire dinosaurs).  She’s been to the edge of the universe, the center of the Earth, and the beginning of time, and she’s lived to tell about it.

The first book is all about how exhausting it is being hurled into so much adventure since being a child.  Constance wants nothing more than to take a break and live an ordinary life.  She sets off on one last mission, but a simple mission to assassinate her fairy godmother soon leads (in typical Constance fashion) to a dark conspiracy involving apparently everyone in the universe BUT Connie.

It sounds funny.  I know.  And it is.  But it’s also a story about the roles we find ourselves in, the desire for change, and a chance to find out who we really are underneath it all.  Yes, it has a lot of absurd humor in it, but it’s not meant to be a silly tale.  It won’t prevent many people from seeing it that way, and I can’t control that.  I can only write the best book I can, and let the chips fall where they may.

Simon & Schuster has some great marketing plans in the works.  Some ambitious stuff, and I’m eager to work with them.  Will this be the big breakthrough?  I’m hopeful.  Time will tell.

As for the other two books in the trilogy, I don’t want to say too much about them yet, but part of Connie’s destiny is a “Glorious Death”.  (SPOILER ALERT)  But Constance and Destiny have always had a contentious relationship.

Stay tuned, Action Force.

Keelah Se’lai

Fighting the good fight, Writing the good write,


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  1. Posted June 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Perfect way to turn Monday blues into genuine excitement! I hope Simon & Schuster will be able to build you the HUGE audience your talent deserves. I cannot wait to delve into the adventures of Constance.

  2. Phil H
    Posted June 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    What great news for the start of the week – congratulations!

    The setting for the proposed trilogy sounds very promising, and that the story is planned as a trilogy from the beginning is an interesting move – your standard critiques of sequels seem less applicable to a serial release of a story. Do you have any misgivings in that regard?

    (Regarding those who equate absurd humor with dismissibility – you’d think that JK Rowling would’ve made the error there clear, even if they managed to miss it by mentally classifying other counterexamples (Candide, Catch-22, etc.) as “classics”)

  3. Posted June 16, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    YES! Congrats, man! I’m a big fan (as are some of the other folks in my office), good luck, and good job! Can’t wait to read it!

  4. David Sloan
    Posted June 16, 2014 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Great news Alex!! As always, I’m happy and excited to read this new book, and happier still to have it as a trilogy! Any idea of a publication date?

  5. Posted June 16, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations. First short stories and now a trilogy with a new publisher. I know you were frustrated last year and these seem exciting and professionally growing developments.

  6. Posted June 17, 2014 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Many heartfelt congratulations, Lee! I wish you all the luck in the world with your new story and publisher, and rest assured I will be first in line to buy them when they come out.

  7. Posted June 17, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    sounds great!

  8. Donna Lasko
    Posted June 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations. You and your beautiful wife deserve everything good in life.

  9. Posted June 18, 2014 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Exciting news! All the best!

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