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October 26, 2014

Ginny Good is an okay book. It's easily as good or better than any narrative nonfiction book published anywhere in the world so far this century, but that's not saying much. The Multimedia Audio Book of GINNY GOOD is the most beautiful work of literary art ever made. That's saying a lot. Click a link or two and see for yourself. Here are five short chapters, pick one and listen to it.

Chapter 7 (North Beach), New Year's Eve, 1962:

Chapter 18 (Ocean Beach), Winter 1965:

Chapter 23 (Golden Gate Park), Fall, 1967:

Chapter 27 (Sutro Heights), Summer, 1969:

Chapter 35 (I-5), Spring, 2004:

If you're up to spending forty-five minutes to have the doors of your perception opened a crack, try Chapter 19 (La Honda), May, 1965, aka "the acid chapter:"

If you have another half an hour, listen to Chapter 31 (Sacramento), August, 1973, aka "the heroin chapter:"

Nobody's ever done anything like either one of them and there are plenty more chapters where they came from. You can read and/or listen to Ginny Good (ISBN: 0972635750) in its entirety on any device for free:

The link includes the index to The Multimedia Audio Book of GINNY GOOD, which is free, too—everything I do is free. Click the "Listen (Multimedia)" links to hear more chapters. If you want the whole fifteen-hour extravaganza on .mp3 CDs, give me a mailing address and I'll send you a copy. Thanks. G.

Gerard Jones

Hachette UK
338 Euston Road
London, NW1 3BH

(Orion Publishing Group, Little, Brown Book Group, Headline Publishing Group, Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray)

Orion Publishing Group
Orion House
5 Upper St. Martin's Lane
London WC2H 9EA

(Orion Books, Gollancz, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Cassell Military, Orion Audio Books)

Peter Roche, CEO

Malcolm Edwards (@)
Deputy CEO, Publisher, Orion Books

Alan Samson, Publisher, Weidenfeld & Nicholson

Lisa Milton, Managing Director, Orion Books

Jon Wood, Editorial Director, Fiction, Orion Books

Kate Mills, Deputy Publishing Director, Orion Books

Kirsty Dunseath, Publishing Director, Fiction, Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Amanda Harris, Nonfiction

Amanda Harris, Senior Commissioning Editor, Nonfiction

Ian Preece

Susan Lamb

Gillian Redfearn

Genevieve Pegg

Candace Blakely

Jade Chandler

Jane Sturrock

Natalie Braine

Orion Audio Books

Pandora White, Audio Manager

Little, Brown Book Group
Brettenham House
Lancaster Place
London WC2E 7EN

(Abacus, Little, Brown, Atom Books, Time Warner Books, Virago Press, Orbit)

Ursula Mackenzie, CEO, Publisher

Lennie Goodings, Publisher, Virago

Richard Beswick, Publishing Director, Little, Brown & Abacus

Antonia Hodgson, Publishing Director, Sphere

Sarah Shrubb

Bella Pagan, Orbit

Anna Gregson, Orbit

Anne Clarke, Orbit

David Shelley

Barbara Daniel

Samantha Smith

Nathalie Morse

Sara Howley

Hodder Headline, Plc
338 Euston Road
London NW1 3BH

(Headline, Hodder & Stoughton)

Headline Contacts

Martin Neild, Managing Director

Marion Donaldson, Publishing Director

Lorraine Jerram, Managing Editor

Harriet Evans, Publisher, Commercial Women's Fiction

Jane Morpeth, Director of Fiction

Val Hudson, Director of Nonfiction

Charlotte Mendelson, Associate Publisher, Review

Andrea Henry, Commissioning Editor

Martin Fletcher, Editor-at-Large, Fiction

Sherise Hobbs, Fiction Editor

Clare Foss, Editor

Claire Baldwin, Editorial Assistant

Mary-Anne Harrington, Fiction Editor

Flora Rees, Fiction Editor

Catherine Cobain

Jo Roberts-Miller

Leah Woodburn

Alice Shepherd

Kate Byrne

Harriet Bourton

Josh Ireland

Leah Woodburn

Bernie Dive

Joanna Whitford

Sarah Douglas

Hodder Contacts

Nick Sayers, Publisher, Hodder Stoughton

Lisa Highton, Deputy Managing Director

Suzie Doore, Senior Editor

Jamie Hodder-Williams

Sue Fletcher

Suzy van den Berg

Carole Welch

Sara Kinsella, Senior Editor, Hodder Fiction

Carolyn Mays

Isobel Akenhead

Francine Toon

Kate Howard

Tanya Cowell

Ruth Tross

Fenella Bates

Laura Macdougall

Sophie Missing

John Murray
338 Euston Road
London, NW1 3BH

Victoria Murray-Browne

Bernard Dive

Caroline Westmore

Kate Parkin

Macmillan Book Publishing Group
20 New Wharf Road
London N1 9RR

Macmillan Publishers Limited
Brunel Road, Houndmills
Hampshire RG21 6XS

(Pan Macmillan, Picador, Palgrave, Sidgwick & Jackson, Papermac)

David Macmillan, Director

Anthony Forbes Watson, Managing Director

Dominic Knight, Managing Director, Palgrave

David North, Managing Director, Pan

Maria Rejt, Deputy Publishing Director

Peter Lavery, Editorial Director

Jeremy Trevathan, Publisher

Paul Baggaley, Editorial

Penny Price

Bruno Vincent

Trish Jackson

Julie Crisp

Sam Jeskins

Lorraine Baxter

Sophie Orme

Jon Butler

Penguin Books Ltd.
80 Strand
London, WC2R 0RL

(Penguin, Penguin Paperbacks, Penguin Press, Hamish Hamilton, Michael Joseph, Viking)

John Makinson, Chairman

Helen Fraser, Managing Director

Stefan McGrath, Managing Director, Penguin Press

Juliet Annan, Publishing Director, Imprint to be Named Later

Sorry, but I don't think this is for me or the Viking UK list.

Dear Juliet: Thanks for taking a quick look and getting back to me. Sorry such a gorgeous, funny, smart, sexy, thoughtful novel; a novel that has something to say, a novel people will keep buying and buying and buying for decades to come, etc. isn't right for you. Oh, well. I suppose I could just write ephemeral fluff like everyone else, but what fun would that be? The tougher the nut the sweeter the meat. Let me know if you change your mind. Here's part of what the Viking UK list is missing out on. It's got some Beatles stuff. Thanks again. G.

Venetia Butterfield, Publishing Director, Viking

Simon Winder, Publishing Director, Penguin Press

Tom Weldon, Managing Director, Penguin General Division

Rowland White, Publisher, Michael Joseph

Simon Prosser, Publishing Director, Hamish Hamilton

Dear Gerard, Many thanks for sending me the synopsis and first chapter of your new novel. Sadly, it doesn't look quite right for the Hamish Hamilton list, but I'd definitely show it to other editors—and possibly agents. I hope that you find the right home for it. All best, Simon

Dear Simon: Thanks for taking a look and getting back to me. I've showed it to upwards of 500 agents and editors, all of whom have been scared off by the fact that the protagonist had a dream during an epileptic seizure which included Oprah Winfrey. This book will truly win every prize for literature there is and will also sell more copies over the next fifty years than Catcher in the Rye and Lord of the Flies combined, but it won't ever get published because no agent or editor is brave enough to read it and understand that for himself. This is not directed at you, per se, by the way, but at the ephemeral, superficial, incestuous, tried and true, cookie-cutter publishing industry in general. Thanks again. G.

Louise Moore, Managing Director, Michael Joseph

Tony Lacey
Editorial Director, Viking/Hamish Hamilton

Stuart Proffitt, Publishing Director Penguin Press

Georgina Laycock

Kate Barker

Eleo Gordon, Editorial Director, Viking

Adam Freudenheim, Publisher, Classics

Margaret Bluman, Contracts Director, Penguin Group

Deborah Wright, Operations Director

Michal Shavit

Phillip Birch

Mariateresa Boffo

Random House
20 Vauxhall Bridge Road
London SW1V 2SA

(Arrow, Jonathan Cape, Secker & Warburg, Cedar, Ebury, Chatto & Windus, Century, William Heinemann, Hutchinson, Vintage)

January 16, 2011

I just sent this e-mail to everyone on my little list of people at Random House and Transworld Publishers:

Read and/or listen to:

Ginny Good (ISBN: 0972635750) anywhere, any time, on any device for free.

"...of all the books I've read, Ginny Good is the only book that had me simultaneously crying my eyeballs out and laughing my head off. Several times throughout, in fact. In a word: WOW."

Oh, oh, p.s., as part of "UK Editors and Publishers," here's the new page you're listed on:

If anything needs fixing, let me know. Thanks. G.

Gerard Jones

None of them got through. They all came back with this message: "Sorry, your email address has been blacklisted." Is everyone at Random House and Transworld crazy? Wouldn't they want to know about a book worth reading and/or listening to after all the drivel they've published in the last twenty years? Of course they would. So, out of duty and kindness, I went to a lot of extra trouble to send them the same e-mail from a different e-mail address...and it worked! Yippee! I guess the problem with my beautiful book is that it's free. Oh, well. Nothing's perfect. G.

Gail Rebuck

Susan Sandon, Publisher, Arrow

Nigel Wilcockson, Publishing Director
Imprint to be Named Later

Fiona MacIntyre, Publisher, Ebury

Simon Master, Advisor

Richard Cable, Leader

Peter Bowron, Group Managing Director

Zoe Howes, Commissioning Editor, Audio Books

Rachel Cugnoni, Publishing Director

Dan Franklin, Publishing Director, Jonathan Cape

Jake Lingwood, Deputy Publisher, Ebury

Jason Arthur, Editorial Director, Vintage

Kate Elton, Publishing Director, Arrow

Jenny Uglow, Editor, Chatto

Caroline Knight, Managing Editorial Director, William Heinemann

Geoff Mulligan, Editorial Director, Secker & Warburg

Liz Foley, Editor, Vintage

Katie Duce, Editor, Century

Poppy Hampson

Alison Hennessey

Beth Coates

Penny Hoare

Sophie Lazar

Briony Everroad

Juliet Brooke

Rosa Bruno

Briony Nelder

Parisa Ebrahimi

Laurie Ip Fung Chun

Drummond Moir

Silvia Crompton

Frances Jessop

Stuart Williams

Ellie Steel

Anna Jean Hughes

Transworld Publishers
61-63 Uxbridge Road
London W5 5SA

(Corgi, Black Swan)

Sally Gaminara, Bantam Press

Bill Scott-Kerr, Corgi/Black Swan

Simon Thorogood, Commissioning Editor, Bantam Press

Selina Walker, Editorial Director, Bantam Press

Jane Lawson, Senior Editor, Doubleday

Marianne Velmans, Doubleday

Ann-Katrin Ziser

Helen Edwards, Rights

Sophie Holmes

Joanne Williamson

Suzanne Bridson

Maddy Price

Simon & Schuster UK, Ltd.
Africa House
64 - 78 Kingsway
London WC2B 6AH

(International Pocket Books, Scribner, Simon & Schuster, Free Press)

Ian Chapman
Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director

Suzanne Baboneau, Publishing Director

Nigel Stoneman
Deputy Publishing Director

Andrew Gordon
Editorial Director, Free Press

Angela Herlihy
Senior Commissioning Editor, Nonfiction

Kerri Sharp, Commissioning Editor

Kate Lyall-Grant

Rory Scarfe

Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc.
38 Soho Square
London W1D 3HB

Writers' Resources

Nigel Newton, CEO

I'll fix things. Now if you could have someone around there buy the British rights to Ginny Good they would be most appreciative. Here's what the editor of The Bookseller said about it in The Guardian. Thanks. G.

Richard Charkin, Executive Director @

Richard Charkin, when he was with Macmillan, had a blog upon which he had this to say about me:

I don't think anyone hates Gerard and certainly no-one that I know of minds his publishing names etc. Actually nonbody gives a damn about him. The question is why does he bother?

To which I said: Why he bothers is that books have become "product," merely another means to make nothing but money...not art, not truth, not beauty, nothing worth anything but money. Books themselves don't matter a whit, how much money they generate is all. With the right packaging, enough endorsements, a fair amount of expensive hype and a modicum of proof-reading, any piece of unreadable drivel can make some short-term money. That's the publishing industry's stock in trade. It's the same as the salami industry. There are truly great salamis out there that nobody's ever going to get to eat 'cause you don't see 'em advertised on the telly. The Audio Book of Ginny Good is a greater literary experience than everything Macmillan has published in the last twenty years combined but nobody's ever gonna listen to it 'cause nobody can make any money off it 'cause it's free. That's anathema. G.

Well, I think Gerard is wrong. The publishing industry is full of people who care about books. He wants to believe the opposite simply because his proposals haven't been accepted as widely as he'd have liked. There are always two explanations of failure. One is that you need to try harder or get better. The other is that the world is conspiring against you. The latter is better for the ego. The former is probably the more likely.

I can't seem to get your comment thing to work, but here's what I tried to say: "Well, I suppose you could read the book or listen to the audio and decide for yourself which explanation, if either, is true...neither of which you will do 'cause you like things to be as you perceive them to be, not as they are. Prove me wrong. I dare you. Heh. G."

Update, October, 2006

...I wonder when it will dawn on Gerard that it may not be a media conspiracy which is blocking his success but that readers aren't that interested in buying his book.

I've made myself up a new art form...The Occasional Exquisite E-mail Press Release. I'm gonna publish them on my website from time to time and send 'em to sundry people on the list of 20,000 agents, editors and publishers, movie agents, studios and producers, media guys, publicists, bloggers, book award guys and "creative" writing teachers I've come up with over the last four years who constitute the modern-day equivalent of the Reich Ministry of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment. Ha! That whole idea makes me happy. You've reprinted an early version of the first one, and for that I thank you, but here's the salient point to which you might want to pay closer attention. G.

"When you write a great work of timeless literature and get it published the way you want it published, whether it makes money or not is superfluous. What's even more superfluous is the sickeningly synthetic, book-doctored schlock and pretentious claptrap that wins awards and gets itself on "bestseller" lists. Keeping people stupid slaves can't be a very rewarding way to make a living. Can it? Nah. The geniuses who run the media and entertainment industries will understand that one of these days. Or not. G."

Gerard, I thought the purpose of writing was for people to read what is written. 24 copies is nothing really to be proud of. And while best seller lists are definitely not the only or the most important criterion of success being on them is not a sign of failure either.

The purpose of writing is to write something WORTH reading. The silly fluff that people BUY because of the hype it gets isn't worth reading or writing. All it does is make money. Big whoop. With enough hype, a recipe for Yorkshire pudding will sell a billion copies; without any hype great works of literature will go unread. If selling silly fluff is what you want to devote your energy to, knock yourself out. I prefer to devote mine to writing great literature whether it sells or my stuff and see what I mean. I dare you. The proof is in the pudding. Heh. G.

Liz Calder, Publisher

Alexandra Pringle, Editor-in-Chief

Kathy Rooney, Director

Helen Garnons-Williams, Editorial Director

Bill Swainson, Editor

Madeleine Stevens

Tram-Anh Doan

Nick Humphrey

Sarah Odedina, Children's Books

Safaa Mraish

Granta Books
2/3 Hanover Yard
Noel Road
London N1 8BE

Sigrid Rausing, Owner

Sara Holloway

Bella Shand

HarperCollins Publisher
77-85 Fulham Palace Road
London W6 8JB

(HarperCollins, Fourth Estate)

Victoria Barnsley, CEO

Belinda Budge, Publisher

Georgia Mason, Harper Perennial

Nicholas Pearson, Editor, Fourth Estate

Clare Reihill, Senior Editor, Fiction, Fourth Estate

Caroline Ridding, Publisher, Avon

Emma Coode, Commissioning Editor, HarperFiction

Sarah Hodgson, HarperFiction

Lynne Drew

Susan Watt

Clare Smith, Fiction Editor, HarperPress

Essie Cousins

Arabella Pike, Nonfiction Editor, HarperPress

Susanna Skinner

Annabel Wright

Keshini Naidoo

Mark Richards

Sophie Goulden

Andrew Campbell

Sammia Rafique

Emad Akhtar

Faber and Faber Ltd.
3 Queen's Square
London WC1N 3AU

Stephen Page, CEO, Publisher

Rachel Alexander, Director

Will Atkinson, Director

Belinda Matthews, Editorial Director

Lee Brackstone, Editorial Director, Fiction

Angus Cargill, Fiction Editor

Alex Holroyd

Sian Evans

Hannah Griffiths

Sarah Savitt

Helen Francis

Belinda Matthews

Archana Rao

Dinah Wood

Katherine Armstrong

Ruth Atkins

Atlantic Books
Ormond House
26-27 Boswell St
London WC1N 3JZ

(Atlantic Books, Guardian Books, Observer Books)

Toby Mundy, Managing Director and Publisher
Atlantic Books, an imprint of Grove Atlantic Limited

Angus MacKinnon, Executive Editor

Sarah Norman

Ilona Chavasse, Rights Executive

Valerie Duff

Frances Owen

Vanessa Kerr

Icon Books
The Old Dairy
Brook Road, Thriplow
Cambridge SG8 7RG

Omnibus Business Centre
39-41 North Rd
London N7 9DP

Peter Pugh, Managing Director

Duncan Heath, Editorial Director (!)

Tansy Hiner, Assistant to the Managing Director

Simon Flynn, Publishing Director

Henry Lord, Editorial Assistant

Sarah Higgins, Editor

Andrew Furlow, Marketing Director (!)

Najma Finlay, Publicity

Eleanor Crabtree, Publicity Assistant

Quercus Publishing
21 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NS

Mark Smith, CEO

Jane Wood, Publisher

David Murphy

Emma Ward

Lucy Ramsey

Ron Beard

Charlotte Clerk

Nicci Praca

Iain Millar

Piatkus Books
5 Windmill Street
London W1T 2JA

Gill Bailey

Judy Piatkus

Allie Collins

Claire Bennett



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