A ‘Good News’ Story
Publishers Weekly has a story about the acceptance by William Morrow of Gordon Campbell’s novel, Missing Witness.
“This story is like a fairy tale,” said Betsy Burton, owner of the King’s English (bookshop) in Salt Lake City, Utah, who remembers the day Campbell, a good customer, came into her store with a massive manuscript. “This happens with alarming frequency—that customers will come in with a 20-pound novel they want me to read. I usually tell them I’ll read 50 pages, because my general rule is if you don’t like it in 50 pages, you’re not going to like it.” Burton not only liked the first 50 pages, she loved the entire manuscript, which Campbell, a trial lawyer by day, titled Missing Witness.
After consulting with longtime friend and Harper Collins sales rep John Zeck, she mailed the manuscript to Carolyn Marino, executive editor at William Morrow. “I thought I’d never hear from her, but three days later she called me.”
Campbell flew to New York, with his daughter, but without an agent, and within a week the novel was sold. William Morrow will publish the book in September, the week during which it’s author becomes sixty-five.