Longstanding readers of Confessions may have noted my tongue-in-cheek reporting of every deal between Scott Miller of Trident Media and editor Ben Sevier, then with St. Martin’s Minotaur. After all, if you’re an agent who knows an editor’s tastes and has clients who fit those tastes, why not keep selling to that person? But the BFF-ness of Scott & Ben’s relationship was derailed slightly when Sevier exited SMP for Touchstone/Fireside, a stint that lasted but a few weeks before Sevier settled into his current digs at Dutton.
And that’s where our story continues, for rejoice! The boys have gotten together again, and this time it’s for a more mainstream novel for seriously major money:
Former private school headmaster Selden Edwards’s debut FIN DE SIECLE,
about a 1970s rock star dislocated in time back to turn-of-the-century
Vienna, where he encounters some of notable people of the time and
meets his ancestors (including the young father he never knew), to Ben
Sevier at Dutton, in a major deal, in a pre-empt, for publication in
spring 2008, by Scott Miller at Trident Media Group (world).
Edwards, who spent 25 years as a headmaster and a total of 40 years working in independent schools, is also the secretary for Princeton’s Class of ’63 – a year most notable for the Great Train Robbery, which Edwards wrote about for the school’s alumni newsletter. And he’s about to be launched into some serious spotlight early next year….