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New James Patterson Novel Released for Facebook Messenger

It’s a pretty typical belief that technology stands in the way of our collective ability to read a book or maintain a five-minute attention span (insert edgy comic art of headphones strangling teens here). In fact, technology has lead to groundbreaking developments in publishing. Here’s another one—the world’s top bestselling author, James Patterson, has released a jaw-dropping thriller for Facebook Messenger months ahead of its print release.


James Patterson's 'The Chef'

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James Patterson’s latest, The Chef, is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride following a respected officer fighting serious criminal allegations. Set amidst the revelry and decadence of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras festival, this crime novel will give you cause to celebrate (only after you’re done biting your nails and/or staying up until four in the morning to finish). Patterson writesPolice detective by day, celebrity food truck chef by night, now Caleb Rooney has a new title: Most Wanted. Users can find The Chef by searching for it in the app—but that’s not the only exciting new development. Patterson’s interactive story goes far beyond words on a screen.


James Patterson's 'The Chef' for Facebook Messenger

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Using the Internet’s potential to its full extent, Patterson has included sound clips and videos that connect with the story. This multimedia content will help readers to envision the novel’s thrilling locations and feel closer to its protagonists. There are also Instagram accounts for the major characters—all to enhance the feeling that these characters (and the dangers they face) are real and immediate. Best of all, the online release comes three months before the print version! Physical copies of The Chef will be available in February. There will also be Live Q&A with Patterson during which he will answer all your questions—unless your question is how does it end!? For that, you’ll have to keep reading and scrolling!


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Patterson, the world’s wealthiest author and recipient of the only ever nine-figure book deal, has made previous forays into the new frontier of electronic publishing—in fact, he broke yet another all-time record by becoming the first author to publish one million ebooks. Journeying into experimental publishing territory may be one thing that Patterson is not the first or only author to do. Recently, HarperCollins released the first ever Snapchat adaptation of a novel using source material from Suzy Cox‘s The Dead Girls Detective Agency. Still, it’s likely that Patterson’s multimedia breakthrough will be unprecedented in its success (unless, of course, it’s precedented only by him). 



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5 Wild Author Rejection Stories

Sometimes publishers reject books for legitimate reasons, like if a book contains immature prose or an uninteresting concept, or if it bears too much similarity to a book the publisher has recently released. But other times, publishers reject books for simply ridiculous reasons, i.e. maybe The Great Gatsby would be better without Gatsby in it.


These five authors were met with outrageous rejections… sometimes with outrageous results.


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Editors famously pitched a pretty serious revision: “you’d have a decent book if you’d get rid of that Gatsby character.” We’re lucky that F. Scott Fitzgerald decided to stick to his original plans—The Great Dissolution of the American Dream and the Harsh Reality of Class Divisions isn’t quite as catchy. Fitzgerald’s success story wasn’t a matter of delightful revenge. Critics lambasted The Great Gatsby during Fitzgerald’s lifetime: “one finishes The Great Gatsby with a feeling of regret, not for the fate of the people in the book but for Mr. Fitzgerald.” The critics were right about one thing—Fitzgerald’s fate was as tragic as Gatsby’s. He died from side effects of his alcoholism, destitute, at the age of forty-four. If not for the novel’s resurgence during WWII, the novel might have faded into obscurity. Thankfully, it didn’t. Today, half a million copies of The Great Gatsby are sold every single year.


The Thomas Berryman Number by James Patterson


'The Thomas Berryman Number' by James Patterson


James Patterson got thirty-one rejections for his debut novel before his dreams came true. Well, “came true” is a bit of an understatement—Patterson is the world’s highest-paid author and the world’s foremost bestselling author since 2001. He recently took his success to the next level (note: there wasn’t previously a higher level) with a $150 million dollar book deal—the most expensive deal of all time. The Thomas Berryman Number is the first book in Patterson’s bestselling Alex Cross series, which now has well over eighty million copies in print. As for the publishers who rejected him, Patterson is blunt: “I keep a list of all the editors who turned down my first novel. Sometimes they send me books and ask for blurbs. Mostly, though, they’re dead.”


Moby Dick by Herman Melville


'Moby Dick' by Herman Melville


Herman Melville‘s initial rejection came with some unhelpful advice: “first, we must ask, does it have to be a whale?” If you don’t know—yes, the novel is about a whale (it’s also about an extended metaphor). The publisher followed that up with an equally unhelpful suggestion: “could not the Captain be struggling with a depravity towards young, perhaps voluptuous, maidens?” Probably not. The initial sales seemed to confirm skeptical publishers’ fears—the book sold only 500 copies. Today, critics view Moby Dick as one of the most accomplished novels of all time. The book’s enduring acclaim suggests that maidens just wouldn’t have cut it—even some particularly voluptuous ones.


Dubliners by James Joyce


'Dubliners' by James Joyce


James Joyce‘s Dubliners received a startling eighteen rejections, some of which are wild enough to spark their own novels. Joyce had an ongoing rivalry with publisher George Roberts, and their disagreements (read: their outrageous pettiness) lead to publication difficulties. When George Roberts asked that Joyce remove any references to the king in his short story, “Ivy,” Joyce wrote a letter directly to King George V and asked if the passages were offensive. (For some reason, the king was unable to comment.) When Roberts learned of Joyce’s financial desperation, he actively ghosted Joyce, ignoring all of his correspondence to increase Joyce’s panic. Though Dubliners finally earned publication, Joyce’s contract stipulated that he could earn no royalties until the book sold 500 copies. The book sold 499—and in typical outrageous Joyce fashion, the author himself bought 120 of those copies. Fortunately for Joyce, Dubliners is now an international classic and a staple of high school and university curriculums.


The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein


'The Making of Americans' by Gertrude Stein


In perhaps the most passive-aggressive (or possibly just actually aggressive) rejection of all time, one publisher rejected Gertrude Stein‘s The Making of Americans by directly mocking Stein’s writing style. In reading his review, readers can imagine which stylistic choices he found unpleasant:


Dear Madam,

I am only one, only one, only one. Only one being, one at the same time. Not two, not three, only one. Only one life to live, only sixty minutes in one hour. Only one pair of eyes. Only one brain. Only one being. Being only one, having only one pair of eyes, having only one time, having only one life, I cannot read your M.S. three or four times. Not even one time. Only one look, only one look is enough. Hardly one copy would sell here. Hardly one. Hardly one.

Many thanks. I am returning the M.S. by registered post. Only one M.S. by one post.


While it’s true that Stein became famous for ignoring punctuation, capitalization, and many other writing conventions, the publisher was wrong about one thing—namely, that Stein became famous. 



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Top 5 Most Crazy Expensive Book Deals

‘Riches’ and ‘creative writing’ are not words that many people would associate. Writers are far more notorious for their eccentricities than for their stackloads of cash. But just because something is unlikely doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. Writers can score wild book deals… and some of them do. In the wake of the Obamas’ $65 million book deal, it’s important to remember that the biggest book deals almost always go to celebrities for nonfiction works, whether those are exposés or memoirs. (For example, Hillary Clinton‘s Hard Choices sold for $14m, and Bruce Springsteen‘s Born to Run sold for $10m.) But for all the fiction writers out there… this one’s for you.


1. James Patterson ($100-150 million)


James Patterson

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Genre giant James Patterson is easily the most bestselling novelist in the entire world, with 114 published bestsellers and 150 total novels. Patterson, author of The President is Missing (which he co-authored with former POTUS Bill Clinton) has earned his publishers up to $250m per year—over time, that becomes an unthinkably large figure. Just how much money is that? Well, the median home price in the United States is $200,000. $1m would then be the equivalent of 5 houses… so let’s just say Patterson could buy up the whole neighborhood. Patterson’s most stunning book deal topped out at $150m, when he agreed to write seventeen thrillers in a relatively short time period. Of course, many of his works are mostly not his own work—to keep up the relentless pace of his thrillers, Patterson is “more of a brand than a writer” with an army of co-writers.


2. Ken Follett ($50 million)


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With four bestselling historical fiction works already out there, Ken Follett was a sure thing for publishers looking to make an investment. His Century trilogy (Fall of Giants, Winter of the World, & Edge of Eternity) raked in a stunning $50m, the combined total of $16.5m per book. With Edge of Eternity clocking in at 1,000+ pages, it’s incredible that Follett’s work has reached such a wide audience. Follett describes himself as writing books for book lovers—and love is exactly what he gets.


3. J.K. Rowling ($8 million)


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For those of you who are shocked not to see J.K. Rowling topping this list, keep in mind that most of her ‘Harry Potter’ contractual obligations came together well before the series became a pop culture phenomenon. Rowling earned her place on the list (and her whopping $8m) with her first book post-Hogwarts, The Casual Vacancy. The crime thriller marked a departure from her established place in children’s fantasy, but it earned excellent sales… if also mixed reviews. While Rowling doesn’t have as large a net worth as Patterson’s astronomical $700m, she frequently out-earns him on a year-to-year basis. She once had the highest net worth of any author, becoming the first novelist to earn $1 billion from book sales. Thanks to her many charitable donations, she is now a regular millionaire.


4. Tom Wolfe ($7 million)


Tom Wolfe

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Sometimes publishing scores you a hit… but sometimes, it’s a hit-and-miss. Tom Wolfe, now deceased, was one of history’s greatest journalists—genius Cat’s Cradle author Kurt Vonnegut said, “he knows everything.” Wolfe was most renowned for his Bonfire of the Vanities, a portrait of Wall Street greed in 1980s New York. His novel Back to Blood, a portrayal of ambition and corruption in Cuban Miami, caught the attention of the press—but not the attention of his readers. Wolfe gained notoriety when he left his publisher of 42 years for a $7m book deal… an understandable decision, honestly. Despite the advance, Wolfe’s novel only sold 62,000 copies—with some rough math, experts confirm that this means each copy cost the publisher $112. According to the numbers, that makes this a sadder story than Wolfe’s own.


5. Abraham Verghese ($5 million)


Abraham Verghese

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Abraham Verghese is seriously impressive. A physician and author, Verghese has received honors from Barack Obama; served as faculty at Stanford University; and maintained a spot as a New York Times bestselling novel for two consecutive years with the same book, Cutting for Stone. In 2013, he earned $5m when he auctioned the rights to The Maramon Convention, named for one of the largest annual Christian conventions in Asia. Was it worth it? We don’t know. Though Veghese sold the novel five years ago, there have been relatively few updates concerning its publication.


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Of course, this is a list of the craziest seven-figure book deals—it’s not a list of the world’s wealthiest authors. John Green rakes in $9m per year from his royalties, but the income didn’t come from one particular deal. It’s also significant that not all deals are publicly available. Many news outlets describe deals in terms of ‘six-figure’ or ‘seven-figure’ without specifying the precise amount. For instance, international fantasy bestseller Cassandra Clare recently got a ‘seven-figure’ deal for her upcoming adult fantasy series, but we don’t know the exact amount. Let’s not forget just how much money $1m actually is—with the median house cost of $200,000, just ONE million could buy 5 houses. Looks like this is how J.K. bought her castle…



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Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s Awaited ‘The President Is Missing’ Is Here!

As you may already know, James Patterson has just released a new novel with a co-writer who’s none other than former President of the United States, Bill Clinton.


The novel is entitled The President Is Missing and details the story of President Jonathan Lincoln Duncan, a man who’s life bears an eery resemblance to that of Clinton’s: Both men lost their fathers at a young age and had to fight tooth-and-nails to claw their way to Governor, both men have intelligent and driven wives who studied at law school (Duncan’s wife, however, has sadly passed away), both men have a daughter, and both men have stood before the House of Representatives, facing impending impeachment.



The President Is Missing

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Duncan, however, is a war-tortured veteran who has never been involved in a sexual scandal of any kind. In fact, he was so committed to his wife he has chosen to remain celibate since her passing. Duncan’s scandal is non-sexual in every way and, instead, involves revealed secret interactions with a terrorist bent on destroying the United States plus his refusal to name any of the details or intentions behind it. But, according to Duncan:



“I did it all in the name of saving America!”



A President putting all of our safety at-risk and claiming it was in the name of saving us; who would ever think of such a thing? The entirety of the novel takes place over the course of a few days as Duncan goes undercover to stop a terrorist who’s just released a computer virus infecting every server and technological device in the United States. 


The virus is in the process of permanently erasing every criminal, medical, and legal record. Every social media platform, every form of entertainment, every video, app, photograph, website and everything else the Internet holds will be gone. The United States is days away from losing the world wide web forever.


And, although exciting, this novel reads more like a commentary on our current state of affairs than anything else; it shows our reliance on the Internet and social media, the biasses we are fed by our news and media outlets. It ties back to our general lack of education and understanding about the political process. In turn it causes Duncan to deliver monologues about the importance of stability in Israel, the responsibilities of NATO (The North Atlantic Treaty Organization), and even throw some shade at our current administration:



“Surrounding yourself with sycophants and bootlickers is the shortest route to failure.”



The President Is Missing is also less action-packed than you’d expect from a Patterson novel. And, as it all turns out, when the world goes down and everything begins to crumble, we won’t be saved by militaristic weapons or Men in Black at all. Instead we will all be saved by coding (Patterson and I share this belief). Still, despite the lack of violence, excitement, and gore, this novel is still groundbreaking in all of it’s history-making glory. This is really because, as publishers have already pointed out, this is the first time a novel has been written with factual, insider details that could only truly come from a former President.


Maybe next time, Clinton will team up with J.K. Rowling, making all of our fantastical, mystical, political wizarding dreams come true…




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President Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton Teams Up With James Patterson for Upcoming Thriller

James Patterson loves a collaboration, this much we know. He’s co-authored at least fifty novels, on top of the dozens of solo-authored books. But are any of his co-authors as well known as President Bill Clinton? I think not.



“Working with President Clinton has been the highlight of my career, and having access to his first-hand experience has uniquely informed the writing of this novel,” Patterson said in a statement to Penguin Random House. “I’m a story-teller, and President Clinton’s insight has allowed us to tell a really interesting one. It’s a rare combination — readers will be drawn to the suspense, of course, but they’ll also be given an inside look into what it’s really like to be President.”


President Clinton said he drew on his own experiences in the Oval Office for the book, entitled The President Is Missing. “Working on a book about a sitting President — drawing on what I know about the job, life in the White House, and the way Washington works — has been a lot of fun. And working with Jim has been terrific. I’ve been a fan of his for a very long time.”