So You Want to Be a Novelist

Jon Sealy has a short essay at The Millions about his journey as an author. Check it out!

I had five years of mostly failures: two books with two agents didn’t sell, and meanwhile a new crop of dazzling debut novelists took the literary stage. Now, my second novel is about to launch on a press I founded, and I’m dreading the inevitable question of what to do to get from young scribbler with an idea to a capital-w Writer on Book Tour.

Maybe, don’t do it.

I’m 36 years old now and have been writing seriously for half my life. In that time, the publishing world is a different game from the one I started playing in college. None of the old rules apply, and I suspect any advice I might offer a student will be irrelevant by the time they find their own way.

Book Launch: Jon Sealy's The Edge of America


The Edge of America is now in the world! This exciting literary thriller is set in Miami 1984, and it tells the story of Bobby West, a businessman with CIA ties who gets involved in an ill-advised money-laundering operation. Things go south when his teenage daughter makes off with $3 million out of a safe in his house.

Books are for sale through the press or wherever you prefer to buy books. We would encourage you to scope out your nearest independent bookstore.

If you’re in the southeast (or Oswego, NY), Jon is on tour this fall and would love to see you:

RVA Launch: Bingo Beer Co.
Fountain Bookstore (host)
Richmond, VA
Tuesday, Sept. 10 – 6:30pm
Details here

Foggy Pine Books
Boone, NC
Tuesday, Sept. 24 – 6pm

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC
Wednesday, Sept. 25 – 6pm

Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC
Thursday, Sept. 26 – 7pm

The Country Bookshop
Southern Pines, NC
Monday, Sept. 30 – 5pm

Union Avenue Books
Knoxville, TN
Tuesday, Oct. 1 – 6pm

Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN
Wednesday, Oct. 2 – 6:30pm

Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC
Thursday, Oct. 3 – 6pm

McIntyre’s Books
Pittsboro, NC
Saturday, Oct. 19 – 11am

River’s End Books
Oswego, NY
Friday, Oct. 25 – 6pm

Books & Books
Miami, FL
Tuesday, Nov. 5 – 6pm

Chop Suey Books
Richmond, VA
Friday, Nov. 8 – 6:30pm

Quail Ridge Books
Conversation with Heather Bell Adams
Raleigh, NC
Saturday, Nov. 16 – 2pm

Litchfield Books
Pawley’s Island, SC
Friday, Nov. 29
11am lunch event
2pm bookstore signing