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The Hazzardous Universe

The phone call from my editor: “Hey Jules, how are you doing?”

“Good . . . I am good, aren’t I?”

“Well that depends on if you’re okay with an early 2011 release of The Hazzardous Universe . . . we were thinking February.”

This is where I rupture my editor’s eardrums with my girl screams and do a happy dance that makes me look maniacal on the front porch of my country store.

This moment has been a long time in the making. In 2007, I went to LTUE (Life, The Universe, and everything). I spoke on several panels, sold a bunch of books, and made some new friends. One of those friends was an artist. His name was Kevin Wasden. He drew me a little dragon, and a little ogre, and bought one of my books.

Several days later, he wrote me an email, asking me to lunch. Turns out he had been sketching a particular character for years and he wanted to see this character in a book. But he was an artist, not a writer. He needed a writer. And since he’d bought my book, went home, and read it, he decided I was the writer he needed.

We met for lunch and he showed me all his ideas for this character. The sketches were amazing and I had to say yes to the project because only an idiot would turn down a character with a wicked awesome name like Hap Hazzard.

The book has been through several revisions and morphing as the story grew beyond just a single book. We’d have to do a series. I finished book one and outlined the series–deciding we’d write the next book when the first book sold.

We’ve had a LOT of interest over the last couple of years, but it seemed an author/artist combo was an impossible sale to publishing houses who already had their stable of artists. No one was willing to take us as a team.

Until now.

My editor (Kirk Shaw–the brilliant)  asked me to send it to him–even though my publishing house didn’t do science fiction. He sent it off to readers, got amazing reviews back and prepared a kick butt presentation to a marketing board who felt wary of embarking into a genre they’d never done before.

And bless them all, they were interested. Interested enough to want to meet with Kevin and I and hear more. The meeting was awesome, Kevin shone like  a rock star, and they told us they’d discuss it again in their committee meeting.

The next 24 hours were nerve-wracking, and ended with the above phone call conversation. Kevin and I have been officially accepted as a team and will be able to do the book as we envisioned in the beginning. The first book of the Hazzardous Universe will release in February of 2011 and it is going to be awesome!

I am humbled and thrilled that my publishing house believes in me and is taking this chance to sail into new waters with me. They are awesome!

Seven months until blast off! I’d better get writing book 2!

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16 Responses
  1. AWESOME! I’m very excited and happy for both of you. I look forward to reading it.

  2. Rob Wells says:

    That is so awesome, and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving author. Congrats!

  3. That is SO, SO awesome Jules! Congratulations, to you and Kevin! 🙂

  4. Michelle says:

    Ah Julie that is so awesome!!!!!! I’m so excited for you and Kevin. And good for Kirk Shaw too, to change Covenants mind about SF. So cool!!!!!

  5. Don Carey says:

    This is absolutely awesome news. I love the description, and can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

  6. Kristina P. says:

    This is awesome! Congrats!

  7. Kimberly says:

    Julie that is brilliant! So over the moon thrilled for you!

  8. Congratulations, Julie! Good luck with book two!

  9. Helen Belen says:

    Julie Poolie, you rock!

  10. Nancy Allen says:

    Julie, this is so incredibly wonderful! Congratulations- it couldn’t happen to a nicer person. YAY!

  11. Pat Jones says:

    Hello Julie

    I am so thrilled for both you and Kevin (who happens to be my wonderful son). This is truly an exciting new adventure for the two of you. I have no doubt in my mind that the series will be very successful! Move over harry potter!

  12. Marny says:

    Congratulations! Do you think it will be out early in February or late? LTUE will be February 10-12, 2011, and we’d love to be able to have you do a book signing!

  13. Melanie J says:

    Yay for you!

  14. That is so cool! Yay! How exciting to be embarking on a new project.

  15. Krista says:

    Congratulations! That is very exciting. Isn’t it amazing how life works? Timing, place, and NERVE have a lot to do with finding your dreams.

  16. Christy says:

    Congratulations! I just heard the news on Dave Farland’s Daily Kick. I’m excited to read your new book!

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