Tuesday, April 18, 2006

One for Sorrow

I've been hinting about this in several recent entries to this journal and was just waiting a bit to make sure everything was pretty much finalized. So the big news I've been wanting to share for about the past two and a half months is that my first novel, One for Sorrow, has been bought by Juliet Ulman at Bantam Books. I'm not sure of a publication date yet, but as soon as I know, I'll post it here.

So that's it, the exciting news I've been withholding (unless you were one of the several hundred people I emailed about it in private of course. Ahem.)

And for fun, here's a mock design of the book my friend Amber van Dyk did of One for Sorrow when I read from it for the first time at Wiscon a while back.


Blogger David Moles said...


2:45 AM  
Blogger John Klima said...

Man, is Juliet awesome or what? She's buying all sorts of great projects these days!

Congrats congrats congrats!

John Klima

7:41 AM  
Blogger chance said...


8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yayayayayayayayayay.

And did I say, YAY!

I think I did.


- Hannah

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, I knew it was something like this. I spoke with Uncle Rick and even Sharyn November about you, trying to discern where your work had landed.

I'm very excited (though you had supremely fooled me with the cover - I thought this had all happened ages ago and any month now we would find ONE FOR SORROROW on the shelves).

I look forward to buying a copy.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Dave said...


That's great news!

I like that cover, too. Kind of wish it was the real one.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gods, i am so happy for you.


amber :)

11:23 AM  
Blogger Fish Monkey said...

Awesome!!! Huge congrats, Chris. Very happy for you.

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the sale, Chris! This is great news! (BH strikes again!)

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is awesome in every possible way! Congrats!

1:36 PM  
Blogger Nalo said...

Woot! Big happy dance!

2:07 PM  
Blogger Christopher Barzak said...

Thanks everyone! I'm really excited. Dave, I like this cover too, though I think the boy could be a bit older. Other than that, I think it captures the look I'd pick if writers had any input into the design of their own books. Fortunately I really like the covers Bantam's been doing for other books lately, so I think I'm in good hands. But if anyone in the design dept. *happens* to be reading this, I would also choose uneven paper, and since it'll be a trade paperback I'd also make the covers have flaps, so you could put an author photo on the rear flap and you know, I'm kind of cute, I'm sure that'd sell several hundred copies alone.

Unfortunately I am being entirely serious here. ;-)

Thanks again!

2:40 PM  
Blogger Christopher Barzak said...

Hehe, Haddayr is cute.

And John, I just heard about your anthology Juliet bought too. What a cool idea, the winning spelling bee words being inspiration for stories. So congratulations back atcha!

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I think author photos should be mandatory.

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, said it before, will say it again: PARTAY!!!! PARTAY PARTAY PARTAY.

also, congrats.


5:55 PM  
Blogger elad said...

congrats, bro! i know the book has changed a lot over the last years, but i knew when i read it i was a winner. its tone and slowly unfolding drama is truly fascinating. i'm sure it'll be huge and everyone will call it the next Lovely Bones.


6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Juliet's mama don't raise no dummies. ;)


6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Chris! I'm really looking forward to reading One for Sorrow. *grin grin*


7:00 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

True, the boy could be a little older.

I'm very excited to see this in print!

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Chris! I couldn't be happier for you.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope I can see you soon and we can go celebrate. You are wonderful, your writing is wonderful, and I am so ecstatic for you, you have no idea. :D

<3 Chris!!!


9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Congratulations, although we are two of the hundred people who already knew your great news.We are so hugely PROUD of you, words cannot express our feelings. What can I say, a chip off the old block. Love you, Mom & Dad :)
P.S. Could I get you to autograph a copy for me?

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm kind of cute..." and ever so modest.


11:06 PM  
Blogger Celia said...

Yay! Now I'm only waiting for one more novel from that Wiscon reading. Which is good, cause I'm totally running out of patience.

1:22 AM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...


9:23 AM  
Blogger Oliver Dale said...

You can count me in for a copy. Congrats, man!

11:05 AM  
Blogger Christopher Barzak said...

Sultry and slightly shocking come-hither could work. Unfortunately I'm not as sultry and come hither at 30 as Mr. Capote was at 23.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Jody (White) and Juan Leon said...

OHHHHH, My Beloved Friend,

I am sooooooooo friggin' happy for you! Congratulations darlin'! You derserve it.
PS... I think you need a sultry photo while holding a moscow mule... j/k... it should be a whisky on the rocks!
Love ya!

2:11 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Congratulations, Chris. I'm really looking forward to it.

12:10 AM  

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