Bold and Brash, marketing, sci-fi, Science Fiction, Spongebob, Squidward, Stories, that strumpet Fame
I experienced a weird constellation of three events last week. First, my editor, my agent, and I hashed out the jacket copy for my upcoming novel, Exit Black. It was weird to realize that I was basically helping write ad copy for a book that I labored over for two years. Second, I sent out a query to a literary agent for the book I drafted after Exit Black, called Pacifica. (My current excellent and extant agent, Scott, works on film and TV projects, and Pacifica definitely isn’t movie material, so I am looking for a bookish agent as well).
And third, I was driving down Broadway in Portland when I saw this bumper sticker ahead of me:
Millennials and Zoomers–and their parents who might have watched Spongebob Squarepants with them twenty years ago–will recognize this as Squidward Tentacles’ self portrait, “Bold and Brash.” I was happily shocked to see it on a bumper sticker. And I realized when I saw it that this publication process I am experiencing with my books is drawing up all of my deeply Squidwardian impulses: my vanity, my hunger for approval, my inner conflict about how art intersects with commerce. Squidward, c’est moi.
If you need a blast from the past, or you somehow never saw the original, here is a clip of
me Squidward from the episode “Artist Unknown:”
Athena (OneReadingNurse) said:
I also just read a book that takes place in Portland (Deadlock – James Byrne) and they mentioned Broadway! It’s a confluence of something 🤷♀️
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Joe Pitkin said:
Portland isn’t that big a town…. everything in Portland ends up on the Broadway Bridge sooner or later! Deadlock looks interesting (I’m not super savvy on thrillers, even though my book coming out this year is a thriller)…. I’ll have to read your Deadlock review if you have one!