A Novel by Richard Pearson

Path To Publication

Richard signs book deal

After years of writing, revising, pitching, and waiting, I am thrilled to announce that my novel, “The Role,”  will be published by Lethe Press.

I’ve been a long-time fan of Lethe for years, and actually met with Steve Berman, who owns/runs the press back in 2011. I had no idea that when we had lunch that day, he’d someday publish my novel. In fact, I asked Steve to lunch not to pitch my novel to him, but because I was a fan of his work. I was in his area because I was interviewing for a job at a firm, which is located near his hometown just outside of Philadelphia, and decided it would be a perfect opportunity to meet him. I found him on-line, and sent him an e-mail if he’d be interested in meeting. To my surprise, Steve was totally game and we met at a small diner in his home town. I remember asking him about his work, his process, etc. I also remember him asking me what my book was about. I believe my description was several verbal paragraphs long, and I am amazed Steve had so much patience to listen to me explain it. For the record, I now summarize my novel’s premise in 2 sentences, but I didn’t know any better back then. As we were saying our goodbyes on that visit, Steve offered to take a look at my brief draft. I am ashamed to report that I sent him unpolished draft. I had no idea what a gift it was to have an editor of a press “take a look” at your manuscript back then.

Over the years, while I finished/polished/and rewrote my manuscript, Steve and I kept in touch. Ever year or so I’d meet with him when I visited my friends in Philadelphia, and we’d talk about books and publishing. I always felt relieved and energized after talking to Steve, as both an editor and a writer himself, it was nice to have someone I could talk to who really understood all the insanity that goes on in a writer’s head. On my last visit, I told him that while I’d received a lot of excellent feedback from editors, most presses seemed to think that the manuscript just didn’t quite fit in with what they traditionally publish. Steve said he’d take a look again (and unlike last time, this time I was able to hand him a much better manuscript). A few months later, Steve got back to me and offered me a contract. He even had an editor with a theater background mark up my entire manuscript!

So that’s the story so far! The journey is far from over. I’ve got a lot of edits to make, some more rewriting to do, but I am so excited to be working with a talented editor and a fabulous press! Lethe distributes to gay and independent bookstores all over the country (as well as the large on-line retailers). This means that, assuming I get my edits in on time, “The Role” should be hitting shelves in February of 2016!!!



6 responses

  1. I love that you built such a good rapport with him before he signed you. Excellent tips here, too. Congratulations and may your book go on to be a bestseller! 🙂

    March 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm

  2. Congrats and WOW! That’s so cool that you got to have lunch with him. I live too far away. 😦 Best of luck with your book!

    March 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm

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  4. Love your story! I just signed with Eric too and am looking forward to our journey together.

    November 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm

  5. michelle4laughs

    Congrats! I’m so glad you finally go the good news!

    June 2, 2015 at 5:11 pm

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