Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Harper Perennial

It's been in the making for a while and is official as of today: I've signed a two book deal with Harper Perennial, for a novel and a book of nonfiction. Crazy and exciting for me in many ways, most of all in having a book as crazy as the novel that has been bought is to be considered in the big houses. It seems a sign of good times, I think.

Massive thanks to Cal Morgan, my editor at HP, and to Carrie Kania, the boss, for not only stepping up to a wild book, but for really working to make HP something else. I could not be more excited to work with such minds.

As well thanks to Bill Clegg, who has recently signed on as my agent, for negotiating the deal, and being amazing.

Also thanks to Dennis Cooper, Tony O'Neill, Justin Taylor, Shane Jones, and Ken Baumann for keeping me clued in and glued up and halfway sane in the proceeding. Seriously. Feels insane.

More on this perhaps later, but right now I'm going to go walk around the block.

58 comments:

brandon said...

first

Keith said...

CRAZINESS!!!!!

AWESOMENESS!!!

WOWNESS!!!

Congrats. In all seriousness...!

BLAKE BUTLER said...

doink

forgot to thank Shane Jones in original post, shane Mega Thanks

Molly Gaudry said...

Blake! Poker facer! Oh my goodness. What great news! Congratulations. So happy for you. *Hug*

Justin Rands said...

congrats, Blake.

Matthew said...

Whoa, Blake. I think my pineal gland just squirt a little DMT reading this. Congratulations, dude. No one else is as deserving. Crossing my fingers for some kind of Lynch integration for that non-fiction book. Oh, and I just got done reading Scorch Atlas. Full on blind annihilation, man. Some serious pleasuretecture.

Lily Hoang said...

i've said it before. i'll say it again, but it can't be said enough: huzzah!!

Lily Hoang said...

& we will celebrate in buffalo!

Jonny Ross said...

huge. congradulations.

Darby said...

awesome! congrats.

Jason Jordan said...

Congrats, Blake.

JWB said...

nice, blake! this is so awesome. sorry to miss you in west mass last week. i'm glad, though, to hear this news is finally out!!!

Andrew Borgstrom said...

Congrats on HP! Love your craft.

hobart said...

fuck, man. so geeked for you. now you especially need to make it here to champaign so we can celebrate.

j. a. tyler said...

congrats my friend. big motherfucking congrats.

BlogSloth said...

word

ben spivey said...

This is great news. Awesome.

Ravi Mangla said...

huge congrats, blake.

Catherine Lacey said...

Ya hearrd?!

Brandon Hobson said...

Congrats, man. How did you land Bill Clegg?

Roxane Gay said...

Congrats!!! Very much deserved. Looking forward to reading both.

BLAKE BUTLER said...

thanks everybody! really nice to hear things from people, feels good

Josh Maday said...

Congratulations, Blake! All of your success is well-deserved. I will buy you drinks in celebration. Can't wait to see these massive books in my hands.

andrew worthington said...

congrats, dude. it is crazy though. in every sense of the word "crazy".

Paul Curran said...

Major congratulations, Blake. Totally deserved.

christopher said...

bad ass! congratulations, blake!

John Madera said...

Congratulations Blake! Once again, the indies pave the way for the so-called majors!

Ben Brooks said...

!good!congratulations!sooper!

davidpeak said...

so happy for you. seriously hope that book of non-fiction is your lynch essays. but i'll take what i can get. congrats, b. i told you it was your world.

Ethel Rohan said...

Wow. Congratulations, Blake. Celebrate hard :-)

Richard Thomas said...

One of the good guys gets noticed. This gives us all hope Blake. Fantastic.

Peace,
Richard

Ryan Downey said...

congrats!

straight ballin

Josh Kleinberg said...

Good! Great!

I'm really excited for the possibility of you and Shane becoming household names, and not just so I can be all, "pshhht...you probably don't even KNOW about that one-sentence organ donor story" to everyone, indie rock-style.

Seriously, congrats!

Tao Lin said...

congratulations

non-fiction, interesting

Mike Meginnis said...

Awesome. This seriously makes me feel better about the world.

Laura Ellen Scott said...

thrilling news, congratulations! we were just talking about Scorch Atlas in class last night--

Lara Glenum said...

Outsized congrats, Blake! Someone at Harper is very, very smart.

Jackie Corley said...

woooohooooooo! congrats!

Anonymous said...

Well-deserved. Makes me happy. Congratulations, Blake!

kyle

Reynard said...

'bout time

brandon said...

congrats

what is the non-fiction going to be about??

BLAKE BUTLER said...

thanks again everybody, really nice

brandon, it will be about insomnia and obsession

Kathryn said...

congratulations blake, i want to hear more about the nonfiction. will you blog about it someday

Matt Bell said...

Congratulations again, Blake!

KevinS said...

Awesome news, Blake. Between you, me, Justin, Tony, and the rest of their newer roster, we'll make sure to finally get some cool books into bland places like BN, Borders, etc. Ha ha!

Thomas Moronic said...

Hey Blake

I hope you don't mind me posting seeing as how we don't know each other; but I wanted to pass on some warm congratulations to you. I was in Paris recently and Dennis mentioned that he was hoping Harper would be signing you up. It's really awesome news, for you obviously, but also just really encouraging as a fan of good books. Your last book was absolutely fantastic, and I'm very much looking forward to the new stuff.

All the best man, and WELL DONE!

Thomas

kier said...

hi and big congrats!

Ross Brighton said...

Word up. I'd buy you a beer if I wasn't on the other side of the world

christopher higgs said...

Bleeding awesome! Super congratulations!!!

christian said...

Woah -- congratulations, Blake

BLAKE BUTLER said...

thanks again everybody. all the kind words are exciting, and happy making.

audri said...

this is brilliant! and long overdue. massive well-deserved congrats, blake.

Amish Trivedi said...

HOLY SHIT DUDE!!!

Congratulations!

Marcus Whale said...

holy fuck yes!!

Angela Genusa said...

Many, many congratulations, Blake! You deserve it!

Michael said...

Harper. Fucking. Perennial.


Felicitations!

BLAKE BUTLER said...

:) :) :) :)

Hayden Derk said...

Good on you!