Scribner recently informed me that they accepted a deal for The Hundred-Foot Journey to be a Book Of The Month Club “Alternate Selection” in January, 2011. From what I understand, the famous club is an umbrella group for several different types of fee-paying/discounting book clubs. Specifically, The Hundred-Foot Journey will be available to the “Quality Paperback Book Club” members, the Literary Guild members and the BOMC2.
This is all rather mystifying to me, but the interest by the BOMC has created real excitement over at Simon & Schuster (Scribner’s parent). Whitney Frick, my editor at Scribner, says that “A book club deal for a debut novel is unheard of these days and we’re pumped.”
Apparently, one of the many intangible benefits of the deal will be the BOMC’s marketing push in January, 2011, coming at a traditionally quiet point in between the release of the book’s hardback and paperback editions. The BOMC deal will in effect ensure that The Hundred-Foot Journey maintains a head of steam from Scribner’s hardback release in the summer of 2010, to its paperback release in the summer of 2011.
All sounds vaguely promising – but not enough to calm my pre-publication jitters. But that comes with the territory. Wouldn’t trade this journey that’s unfolding for anything else in the world. It’s a small miracle.