First, the official announcement (which appeared in Publisher’s Marketplace and elsewhere today):
PRESSURE by Brian Keene
Brian Keene’s PRESSURE, pitched as JAWS meets ALIEN, the story of a world-class free diver who is called in to investigate a seismological event in the Indian Ocean, when events quickly take a deadly turn and she and her crew must fight the monsters in the depths and those ashore, to Nicole Sohl at Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan.
And now, your anticipated frequently asked questions:
Q: You’re going back to a Big 6 mass-market publisher? What gives?
A: I’m writing a new novel for a Big 6 mass-market publisher, yes.
Q: But, after everything that happened with Dorchester…WHY?
A: Here are my Top Five Reasons
1. Because they offered me a big payday and I need the money.
2. Because I’d estimate that 20% of my audience is still unaware of what happened with Dorchester, and are also unaware that there’s a place called Amazon.com where you can buy books from home — books that aren’t carried by bookstores — and every week, those readers wander the aisles of their local BAM or B&N, wondering where all my books went to. Now they will be able to find one there.
3. Because they offered me a big payday and I need the money.
4. Because it pleases me to confuse and confound industry watchers.
5. And mostly because they offered me a big payday and I need the money.
Q: What does this mean for you and other publishing partners like Deadite Press, Thunderstorm, etc.?
A: It means I’ll continue to write for Deadite Press, Thunderstorm, etc, because I am very happy with them. But this Big 6 publisher offered me a big payday to write a novel for them and I need the money.
Q: Since this will be available in bookstores, will you do one of those legendary book-signing tours like you used to do?
A: Count on it.
Q: When can I buy it?
A: Slow down. I haven’t even written the damn thing yet. But I’ll let you see it when it’s done.
Q: Can you tell us more about the book?
A: It’s called PRESSURE, and it’s JAWS meets ALIEN, and you’ll want one.
Q: Does Jeff Strand know you stole his title?
A: I didn’t come up with the title. The publisher did. And Strand owes me money for the last time he went on a bender at a convention, and turned a llama loose in my hotel room, so I reckon this makes us even.
UPDATE: Jeff Strand responds via Twitter