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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

175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(646) 307-5151

(St. Martins Press, Tor/Forge, Picador, Palgrave Macmillan, Bloomsbury USA, Macmillan Audio, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Henry Holt, Rodale)

John Sargent, CEO

Peter G. Garabedian, COO

St. Martin's Press
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010


Steve Cohen, EVP, COO

Sally Richardson, President

i'd love to see owmm. thanks for remembering. i look forward to the read.

Look for it sometime next week. Thanks. Gerard Jones

Dear Sally: After reading a synopsis, you said you would "love" to see and that you were "looking forward to reading" the above-referenced novel. I sent it to you. Chris Holder returned it to me, unread, along with an enigmatic note about agents. Can't you read whatever you want to read? I'll tell you what. I'll send it to you again. It's gotten even better in the last month and a half. You have any editor, assistant editor, proof reader or unpaid intern read the thing and if he or she doesn't agree that it's better than any book St. Martin's has ever published, I won't trouble you with anything that's not represented by an agent. How about that? What have you got to lose? Not much. What have you got to gain? A lot. Thanks. Gerard Jones.

Oh, ps, by the way, I have a narrative non-fiction account of the woman who is documented to have been the first hippie in Haight-Ashbury, available through an agent. Thanks again. G.

Mr. Jones, Sally is on vacation, but she asked me to return your manuscript. She gets many queries and in this case, got you confused with someone else. She asked if we had ever seen anything of yours and I explained that you had sent manuscripts in but I always wrote explaining the company policy (all submissions must come through a legitimate literary agent). So good luck to you. Chris Holder, Sally's assistant

Chris, Just for the record, I never sent you a manuscript prior to this and therefore you never wrote to me explaining the company policy. Wouldn't it be cool to find the best, most widely read book St. Martin's ever published, by accident? How about asking Sally to take a look at it when she gets back from vacation? What the heck? Think outside the lines. She'll thank you. You'll be a hero. The thing's going to sell a million copies. You'll be famous. Ha! Thanks again. G.

Mr. Jones, You have submitted to us at least twice before and I've written you our policy on those occasions. And if you never received or kept those letters, you now know what the policy is...agent submissions only. If you have that much faith in your writing, you should be able to get an agent. And you will need an agent to submit to any major publisher. I'm sorry. I know it's frustrating but I do wish you luck. Chris

Dear Chris: I know for a total fact I never sent the nonfiction piece to anyone. I turned it over to the agent I mentioned. What she's done with it I do not know, although I'm sure she'd be happy to send it to you. This manuscript, however, I decided to have some fun with and sent out a few query letters on my own. Sally said she wanted to see it. I have no idea why. I took her at her word and sent it to her. Leslie Gelbman asked to see it too. I also have no idea why, but I sent it to her as well. Some agent named Jody Rein had this to say: "What an original romp, though. I hope you find an agnet who understands this book better than I do, and can help you find an enthusiastic publisher. You're a terrific and imaginative writer. Maybe you ought to go straight to Farrar Strauss or Knopf or Susan Kamil at The Dial Press and let the dense agents of more linear and transparent literature be damned." Serendipity's fun. How cool would it be if you guys just broke down and took a look at the thing and it turned out to be all that I say it is? I'm telling you, this book will sell more copies than any book St. Martin's ever published. Wouldn't that be sort of slick? I still simply do not see what you or Sally has to lose by having someone read the thing. Thanks. G.

Mr. Jones, You are a riot. If you have an agent, have her send to me. If you do not have an agent and you send your manuscript, it will be returned to you with yet another letter stating our company policy. Happy Fourth of July! Chris

Chris, Did I mention Pulitzer Prize? National Book Award? Is that Booker thing open to Americans yet? Okay, if it is, throw Booker Prize in there too. I'll have my agent send you GINNY GOOD. We can do a two book deal. You can be the first publishing house to have the same author win all those prizes for both fiction and nonfiction in the same year. Ha! Happy Fourth of July to you too. G.

Gerry (can I call you Gerry?), If you had an agent this whole time, why did you torture me?

Chris, Totally call me Gerry, sure. Or Ger. Or G. I don't have an agent for THIS book. I have an agent for the other book. I wanted to try selling this book on my own 'cause I like to try to do impossible things. Do you want me to have my agent send you the other book? Sorry about the torture, but I wasn't being duplicitous in any way. They're both extraordinarily good books. One has an agent. The other doesn't. Does that make sense? Thanks. G.

Hi Gerry. Sally would prefer not to be listed in your book. She appreciates it, but we are listed in the Literary Market Partners and that is fine for her and St. Martin's. And if you want your agent to send us your manuscript, that is fine. But only if it comes through an agent, per our submission policy. Remember? Take care. Chris

Hey, Chris: I so remember your submission policy, yes; boy, do I ever. It's branded into my forehead backwards so I can read it in the mirror every morning. Thanks. G.

George Witte

Charles Spicer, Executive Editor

Dear Gerald, Charles Spicer asked me to email you with regards to seeing the fiction ms. listed below. You can send it to Charles Spicer, Executive Editor, 175 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10010. Thank you. Best, Joshua Rivkin, Assistant Editor

Dear Joshua: Okey dokey, look for it toward the end of the week. Thanks. G.

Dear Charles: In an email, Joshua Rivkin said you wanted to see the above-referenced novel. Here it is. The cool thing about you asking to see it is that Eric Simonoff at Janklow & Nesbit mentioned that Steven J. Cannell was one of his clients and I based this whole huge book in Rockford, Illinois and gave the main character a Firebird because my father and I used to watch The Rockford Files together. You will notice that some chapters have a different title. That's because I'm redoing the whole thing and didn't want to print the whole thing out again until I've finished the final edit. You should be able to get a pretty good idea from this whether you want to pursue it or not. I'm also sending it to Richard Morris at J&L, but have no idea whether he's going to want to represent it. He's liked what he's seen so far, however. Thanks again. Gerard Jones


Oh, and, Charles, p.s., by the way, six months ago, at your request, I sent you a copy of ASTRAL WEEKEND. Have you read it yet? Do you want to make an offer on it? Six months is quite awhile, but if you need more time to decide perhaps you could give me a sort of interim status report. Thanks. G.

I'm still waiting to hear from you regarding the book you asked me to send you a year ago. Any news yet? Doesn't it seem a trifle rude to ignore one polite request after another for over a year? It does to me. Thanks again. G.

Dear Mr. Jones: Charles Spicer asked me to write to you regarding ASTRAL WEEKEND. Many thanks for letting us see it! Unfortunately, while the story is interesting and very well written, this project just isn't right for our list at this time. I'm returning it herewith. Thanks again for letting us see this, and best of luck selling it elsewhere! Regards, Dan Rosenberg, Editorial Assistant

Dear Charles: One of your assistants finally returned ASTRAL WEEKEND after thirteen months. Thanks! I'm surprised and honored that the guy who edits Stephen Coonts thought my work was interesting and very well written! That's high praise indeed! I also very much appreciate that it took so long to decide that the project wasn't right for your list at this time, but take heart! During the thirteen months you had the manuscript I've made some changes which are sure to meet with you approval! In the newer version Amy Fisher, Susan Smith and Andrea Yates form a cyberspace sex cult and worship...guess who? Robert Blake! Ha! How about them apples? Wanna see it? Better hurry, though; I don't think it's gonna be available for another thirteen months. Great editors have a way of discerning great literature when they see it. In fifty years your great-grandchildren will remember you with pride as the guy who bought one of the books I wrote. Unfortunately, if you don't buy it, they won't remember you at all. Thanks again! All best! G.

Alyse Diamond

Jennifer Enderlin

Michael Flamini, Executive Editor, St. Martins Press

Rebecca Heller

Elizabeth Beier, Executive Editor, St. Martin's Press

Hope Dellon, Executive Editor

Philip Revzin, Senior Editor

Peter Wolverton

Jennifer Weis

Ben Sevier, Editor, St. Martin's/Minotaur

Diane Reverand

Andrew Martin, VP, Publisher, Minotaur

Kelley Ragland, Editor, St. Martin's/Minotaur

Rose Hilliard, Associate Editor, Romance

David Moldawer, Assistant Editor (see more)

Kim Cardascia

Monique Patterson

Michael Homler

Marc Resnick, Editor
(Military, sports, outdoor adventure and pop culture)

Michael Connor

Katie Gilligan

Katherine Tiernan

Rebecca Heller
(Edgy lit fic)

Joe Cleeman

Michelle Richter

Toni Plummer

Kia Dupree

Yaniv Soha

Diana Szu

Allison Caplin Strobel

175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Tom Doherty, Publisher

Bob Gleason, Executive Editor, Forge

Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Senior Editor, Manager of Science Fiction

Melissa Ann Singer, Senior Editor, Tor

David Hartwell, Senior Editor

Claire Eddy, Senior Editor

Susan Chang, Senior Editor, Starscape

Moshe Feder, Associate Editor

Anna Genoese, Associate Editor, Tor, SF/Fantasy (see more)

Paul Stevens, Associate Editor

Eric Raab, Associate Editor

Natasha Panza

Liz Gorinsky

Juliet Pederson

Steven Padnick

Jim Frenkel

Palgrave Macmillan
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

(Picador USA)

Garrett Kiely, President

Airie Stuart, Editorial Director

Alessandra Bastagli, History Editor

Melissa Nosal

Emily Leithauser

Aashti Bhartia

Picador USA
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Frances Coady, Publisher

Jodi Crews, Editor, Picador

David Rogers

Bloomsbury USA
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

(Bloomsbury Press)

George Gibson, Publishing Director

Anton Mueller

I'd look at the masterpiece if it is a masterpiece, anton

Dear Anton: It's a total masterpiece. I'm sending it today to Fred Ramey, Charles Spicer and Richard Morris at Janklow & Nesbit. It's gonna be a tricky book to publish however. The main character has a fantasy during a seizure caused by a giant brain aneurysm which includes Oprah Winfrey. People are afraid of offending her. If you want to see a little of my literary roots, here's an old version of another book I wrote: Oops, forget it, got sold, but you can still check it out here:

GG Synopsis

Here's a synopsis of the new book. It's called ASTRAL WEEKEND. If you still want to see it after you've read the synopsis, let me know and I'll get another copy made today. Thanks. G.

AW Synopsis

Dear Anton: Wow. I just read your declaration in support of publishing The Wind Done Gone. You're a heavy-duty guy. I'd love to send you my book. I hope you still want to see it after you've read the synopsis, 'cause the synopsis don't do it justice. Thanks again. G.

Bloomsbury Press
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(646) 307-5589

Peter Ginna, Publisher

Brenda Johnson

Macmillan Audio
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Mary Beth Roche

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, North Point Press, Hill and Wang, Faber and Faber)

Andrew Mandel, EVP, Deputy Publisher

Jonathan Galassi

Paul Elie

Courtney Hodell, Editor

Thomas LeBien

Sara Jane Stoner

Jim Guida

Elizabeth Maples

Young Readers Only

Wesley Adams, Executive Editor, Books for Young Readers

Henry Holt & Co., Inc.
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(646) 307-5095

Steve Rubin, President and Publisher

John Sterling, Editor-at-Large

Aaron Schlechter, Senior Editor

Helen Astma, Senior Editor

Dedi Felman, Senior Editor

Grigory Tobvis, Editor

Sarah Bowlin, Editor

Laura Godwin, VP, Associate Publisher

Jack Macrae, Associate Publisher, John Macrae Books

David Patterson, Senior Editor

Gillian Blake, Executive Editor

Sara Bershtel

George Hodgman, Executive Editor, Henry Holt

Paul Golob, Editorial Director, Times Books

Denise Cronin
VP, Rights Director, Metropolitan, Owl, Henry Holt

Vanessa Mobley, Senior Editor, Henry Holt

Riva Hocherman, Editor, Metropolitan Books

Robin Dennis, Editor, Times Books

Sadie Stein

Sam Douglas

Noa Wheeler

Lindsay Ross

Grigory Tovbis

Supurna Banerjee

Megan Quirk

Rodale Publishing
33 East Minor Street
Emmaus, PA 18098

Ardath Rodale, Chairman

Steve Murphy, CEO

Karen Rinaldi, Publishing Director

David Zinczenko, Editor-in-Chief, Men's Health

Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

(Scribner, Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Kaplan, Atria Books, Simon & Schuster Trade Paperback, Pimsleur, Touchstone/Fireside, The Free Press)

Jonathan Karp, President and Publisher

Alice Mayhew, Vice President and Editorial Director

Trish Todd, Vice President and Executive Editor

Carolyn K. Reidy

Susan Moldow, EVP and Publisher, Scribner

Judith Curr, EVP and Publisher, Atria

Louise Burke, EVP and Publisher, Pocket Books

Chris Lynch, EVP, Publisher, Simon & Schuster Audio

Elinor Hirschhorn, EVP

Emily Bestler, Editorial Director, Pocket Books

Nan Graham, Editor-in-Chief, Scribner

Jofie Ferrari-Adler, Senior Editor

Jonathan Cox, Assistant Editor

Marysue Rucci

Emily Graff, Associate Editor

Brit Hvide, Assistant Editor

Millicent Bennett, Senior Editor

Sydney Tanigawa, Associate Editor

Richard Rhorer, Vice President and Associate Publisher

Suzanne Donahue, Vice President, Associate Publisher

Irene Kheradi, Executive Managing Editor

Johanna Castillo, Publisher, Atria

Greer Kessel Hendricks, VP, Senior Editor, Atria

Gary Urda, VP, Associate Publisher, Arria

Roz Lippel

Brigitte Smith

Colin Harrison, Executive Editor, Scribner

Karen Wojtyla, Executive Editor, McElderry Books

Lauren McKenna, Editor, Pocket Books, Downtown Press

Brant Rumble, Editor, Scribner

Micki Nuding, Senior Editor, Pocket Books

Mitchell Ivers

Peter K. Borland, Senior Editor, Atria

Robert Bender

Lisa Keim, Rights

Lauren Spiegel

Anne Tate, Publicity Manager

Cary Goldstein, Vice President, Director of Publicity, and Senior Editor

Elizabeth Breeden, Editorial Assistant

Sophia Jimenez, Editorial Assistant

HarperCollins Publishers
10 E. 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022

(Access Press, Amistad Press, Avon, Eddo, Eos, Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, HarperTorch, Perennial, Quill, Regan Books, William Morrow, Smithsonian Books)

Brian Murray, President, Harper Group

Carrie Kania, Associate Publisher, HarperAudio, Ecco, Fourth Estate US

Daniel Halpern, Publisher, Ecco Press (@)

Jonathan Burnham, Publisher

Kathy Schneider, Associate Publisher, Harper

Jennifer Hart, Associate Publisher, Ecco

Jennifer Barth, Executive Editor

Lee Boudreaux, Editor, Ecco

David Hirshey, Executive Editor, HarperCollins

Claire Wachtel

Mark Tauber, Associate Publisher, HarperSanFrancisco

Marisa Benedetto, Executive Producer, HarperMedia

Carolyn Marino

Michael Morrison, Publisher, Morrow Avon

Carrie Feron, Executive Editor, Avon/Morrow

Mickey Maudlin, Editorial Director, HarperSanFrancisco

Dawn Davis, Editorial Director, Amistad Press

Mauro DiPreta, Executive Editor, William Morrow

Jennifer Brehl, Editor, William Morrow

Terry Karten, Executive Editor

Diana Gill, Senior Editor, Morrow/Avon

Lucia Macro, Executive Editor, Avon/Morrow

Tim Duggan, Executive Editor, HarperCollins

Henry Ferris

Gail Winston, Executive Editor

Roger Freet, Senior Editor, Harper San Francisco

Lyssa Keusch, Editor, Morrow/Avon
(Chick lit, pop science, pop history, pop memoir)

Laurie Chittenden, Editor, Morrow

Gideon Weil
Senior Editor, HarperSanFrancisco

Erika Tsang

Nicole Reardon

Amy Bake

Peter Hubbard

Esi Sogah

Cynthia DiTiberio

Jennifer Civiletto

Tessa Woodward

Abby Holstein

Christina Bailly

Erica Barmash

W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10110
(212) 354-5500

Edwin Barber

Starling Lawrence

Nancy Palmquist

Alane Mason

Jill Bialosky

Bob Weil (see more)
Executive Editor

Angela von der Lippe

Maria Guarnaschelli

Carol Houck Smith (Died)

Sorry. Probably not for me. But if you're going to send queries by e-mail, most editors want to know who you are and what you've published. CHS

Probably not for you? Want me to send you a couple chapters so you can be sure? Take a flyer, what the heck. Thanks. G.

First, who are you?

My name is Gerard Jones. You read an earlier book of mine which is now with an agent. You liked it. Here's the first chapter of the current book. Judge for yourself who I am. Thanks. G.

AW Synopsis

Nice and peppy, but not for me. If you have an agent, you should be submitting through him/her. I hope you realize there would be hefty permissions for the lyrics. Your word discrete should actually be discreet. Good luck [Smith, Carol]

Wow. You are sooo right about discreet. I'm amazed. Thank you. Bet you can't find any other thing wrong with the whole manuscript. Wanna bet? Thanks. Here's a little present for your trouble. G.

Amy Cherry

I am not going to make an offer to publish GINNY GOOD. There are times when your manuscript feels dead accurate to the times you describe, and some of it is truly quite funny. But the tone of the manuscript gets a bit wearing after awhile. There's a whine underneath the writing that keeps the reader from fully indulging in the work. Amy Cherry

Not for me, especially as I'm cutting way back on the amount of fiction I acquire. Amy Cherry

Okey dokey, anyone else around there I should send it to? Thanks. G.

Doesn't seem like a Norton book. Can't think of an editor here for it. Amy Cherry

Denise Shanks, Electronic Media Editor

Houghton Mifflin Company
222 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116

(Harcourt Books)

Gary Gentel, President

Ken Carpenter, Director, Trade Paperback

Rux Martin, Executive Editor

Lisa White

Amanda Cook

Susan Canavan

Jennifer Bassett

Lindsey Smith

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