August 23, 2006

Announcement

Okay, so let's make this official. In a slightly vague sort of way.

Look for Schuyler's Monster with a target publication of Spring 2008 (with an eye towards Father's Day), most likely in hardcover, possibly with photographs.

And uh, that's it, actually. I've been getting schooled all day on the finer points of publishing contract speak, having to make decisions on things like First Serial Rights (for things like publishing excerpts in magazines, etc.), World Rights, and lord help us all, the audio edition. (Personally, I think James Earl Jones would sound very distinguished saying the word "assmonkey".)

I'll obviously be rattling on about this more as things become settled, but there it is. A lot of things I'd been planning, such as the podcast, might be on hold for a bit until I get this thing finished (with a likely deadline of the end of January), but I'll no doubt have lots to share here during the process, for those who are interested.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a "So, how do you like me NOW?" email to compose for ex-girlfriends, my high school guidance counselor, and at least one former employer.

That was a joke, by the way.

98 comments:

Liz in the City said...

Word up Rob! Can't wait to read it! Congrats to you and your family!

Anonymous said...

*jumping up and down* Congratulations!

Kate said...

YAY ROB!!

Boo having to wait til 2008!!!

(Are you sure that's not 2007? Please??)

But if we must wait, we must wait.

Let us know when you get your ISBN number so we can preorder.

Robert Hudson said...

Spring of 2007? That's like six months away.

robyncz said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful news. I know what my husband is getting for father's day 2008!

Ariel said...

Congrats! As I have learned in the last year, fuck it's hard writing a book. But it's extra awesome that it's probably hardcover!! Mine's only trade paperback. Now I have cover envy.

Sophia Seraphina said...

Congratulations, your a published writer!

Looking forward to reading your masterpiece.

And I must say - we are waiting.
No pressure or anything!

wen said...

congrats!

i think your sweet kiddo should do the audio version on her bbow. ;)

Major Bedhead said...

Wow, that is very cool! Congratulations!

I'd totally send that How Do You Like Me Now email, if it were me. But I'm kind of a bitch....

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Rob. I'm so happy for you.

BeeKay said...

And now, let my first ever comment on your blog after reading it for so long be CONGRATULATIONS!

Tracy said...

Right on.

True said...

Congratulations! This is fabulous.

Anonymous said...

Well done! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Dude. So freaking awesome. Yay you!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to use your story for my choice for the book club I attend each month!
Soooo happy for you -
Congratulations?

When can you tell us publishing info?

Robert Hudson said...

Once all the contract details have been ironed out and everything has been signed, I will share all.

Anonymous said...

Hooray!!!!!!!!

think said...

This is wonderful news - of course there was no doubt that Schuyler's Monster would be picked up!! It was just a matter of "when".

Congrats to you - it is one thing to have a story to tell. It is quite another to tell it. Can't wait to read!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear the good news!

gabbiana said...

Yeah, uh, why *not* send that email?

Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Awesome. Good for you!

eliza said...

Fuck yeah, dude! In hardback, even. Let it be known that you are one of the few, few authors (what? I said it) that I would shell out twenty five bucks for, sight unseen.

Meg said...

That's so cool!! I am really looking forward to reading it!

Anonymous said...

Rob, this is wonderful! I'm so excited for you. I can't wait to read it, definitely on my 'to buy' list. And hard cover too! Congratulations.

Unknown said...

Oh that's just great, Rob - you know I'll be in there buying up copies for everyone. :)

Congratulations.

:) said...

I can't wait to read it as well!!! Yahoo!!! Congrats, Rob! This definitely has book club written all over it.

Robert Hudson said...

But it's extra awesome that it's probably hardcover!! Mine's only trade paperback. Now I have cover envy.

Yeah, that's the part that blew me away. I never expected that.

alexandra said...

Congratu-fucking-lations!

You are the bees knees, RRH. You and lil' Schyler.

Well done and again, congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!!!

MikeH said...

Congrats BIG TIME!!!!!

Way to go, Rob

Matilda said...

Congratulations on a well-deserved victory! I'm sincerely hoping for photographs, but will greedily consume the book in whatever medium.

Melissa said...

Go on with your bad self. WOO!

Anonymous said...

i can't wait. i'm buying the first edition!!!!

yes, i do declare it worthy of 4 exclaimation points. nyah.

Anonymous said...

try to stay off oprah's furniture, by the way. lol

Ceedy said...

Congratulations, Rob. This rocks in so many ways.

Amy said...

Woot woot! Congratulations!! Take a deep breath...

Anonymous said...

De-lurking at long last to say:

Congratulations, Rob. This is well deserved.

I remember when I first found your site, I read every entry in chronological order. By the time I caught up, you had just posted this entry, and I thought when I read the last line and saw the last photo, "wow, that would be the perfect place to end a book".

I'm so happy for you.

eliza said...

(This is another Eliza.) Rob, I am thrilled for you & your family. I particularly like that it might have photographs, as your photos of Schuyler are really outstanding. Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Julie as well! Without her . . .

Congratulations to you and your family, filled with love and wonderment, as together you live each day as a page waiting to be written upon.

Anonymous said...

whoooo! This is the bestest news! Congrats to all three of you.

Anonymous said...

Excellent news. Well done.

Anonymous said...

I am so, so happy for you! You and your fabulous family deserve the best. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

I am sooooooooo happy for you! If I could pre-order on Amazon right now, I would!!!

I hope its a best seller and makes you tons of money and gets you on Leno and Letterman and.....

Seriously, this is wonderful Rob.

watchwhathappens said...

what they said.

i will get it as soon as it's out - can't wait!

Erin said...

Woo hoo & congrats!! I look forward to seeing the finished product.

sweet annie said...

Woo-hoo!

That's some pretty damn fabulous news.

Mazel tov!

Bev Sykes said...

I never had any doubts. But it's nice to know it's official! Congratulations.

carolinagirl79 said...

Oh yes, pictures please!! They add so much to a book, and you've got great pictures.

Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Rob! This is amazing news!

April said...

I'm verklempt. Yay, Rob!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I work in NYC in book publishing and am extra curious to know what house snapped it! I'd say let the house have first serial rights...

KelliAmanda said...

Awesome. Can't wait to read it.

Robert Hudson said...

Oh, I work in NYC in book publishing and am extra curious to know what house snapped it! I'd say let the house have first serial rights...

I did. I think when I can finally say who it is, you are going to be pleasantly surprised. I know I was. And am still.

Christine G. said...

I vote for samuel l. jackson. if he can take a crap line about motherfucking snakes and make it gold, think of what he could do with the treasure that is your book-to-be.

and to think, we knew rob back in the day when he was robservating things.

L. said...

Fabulous news! You have an interesting story to tell and I've always liked your writing style. I'm excited that there might be photos too- that's like icing on the cake!

Charming said...

Not enough congrats in the world, Rob. Good job.

Anonymous said...

Hurrah for you! How exciting!

Anonymous said...

Donnathedead said....
That is sooo bad ass, and as she grows up, you can do sequels, and I agree, some of the audio version should have her bbow for some of it.
I'm so proud to (internet)know you guys!
I too will pimp it to everyone I know, but I wish I knew Oprah.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Rob, this is fantastic!

Amy said...

Wow!! Congratulations!! (and I mean it 'cause I don't type the whole word out for just anyone ;) ) I can't wait to read it.

How do you know I'm not Liddy Wales? said...

That is officially super-duper neato.

JOOC, why does it take so long? Is the book not yet completely written, or is the publishing process really that drawn-out?

Anonymous said...

I should think James Earl Jones would be honoured to be asked.....also, he could do voice for the animated version, once you sign for Dreamworks?
You have to run with this!

jenbuster said...

Rob, congratulations! This is a much deserved state of affairs and I cannot wait to buy the book! Mazel tov!

Becki said...

Kick ass! Congratulations, Rob!

Robert Hudson said...

JOOC, why does it take so long? Is the book not yet completely written, or is the publishing process really that drawn-out?

I am expected to turn in a finished manuscript by the end of January. After that, it takes about a year of editing and production. "Spring 2008" could mean any time from the beginning of the year to Father's Day. There's some talk about doing a F Day tie-in, but it's obviously early in the process.

Anonymous said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYY!!

-Laura from Nanaimo

Kate Schmidt said...

Congratulations! I couldn't be more thrilled for you!

Anonymous said...

So, when I read the first few sentences I did get a bit weepy. Not jealous weepy, happy-for-you weepy.

How about Tom Bodette for the audio book? My sister went to high school with him.

Congratulations to you and your family, Rob!

Anonymous said...

You go, Rob!!! That is absolutely amazingly incredibly awesomely fantastically wonderful!!!!! (Feel free to use me as an editor, since I have an incredibly awesomely fantastical command of the English language!)

Congrats to you and to Schuyler, who this really is all about!

And yes, the Toby Keith song entered my brain almost IMMEDIATELY!!!!

Anonymous said...

oh for... feel free to delete the comment I just left on your last entry, re: the big white screen of nothing, as the very moment I was clever enough to dig up a cached link to the comments page & use it, your blog came back up.

Just in time for me to see that I'm late to the distributed rejoicing party :) Congratulations, congratulations, this is wonderful news.

mileena said...

i'm so freaking proud of you! (please don't be freaked out.. i've been reading your journal/blog/whatever for so long, it just feels like you're an old friend).

can't wait to read it. i usually hate buying hardcover, but this will definitely be an exception. :)

Amy Linder said...

I knew it! Congratulations! Yay! :) I can't wait to read it.

Amy :)

Anonymous said...

*de-lurking to post my first ever comment here*

Congratulations, Rob!

This is wonderful news, and I can't wait to pre-order my copy.

Happy Mama to Three said...

Now the rest of the world will get to hear the amazing and miraculous story of one special little girl who you have the blessing to parent. Now you get to tell everyone else about her. YEA ROB and Thank you Schuyler for giving your Daddy a wonderful story to tell.

Cindi

Anonymous said...

Congrats Rob! I'll buy a copy, just let me know when it comes out in Canada...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. Like, 20,000,000 times over.

Apropos of nothing, I was looking for an old entry, but it appears the Book of Rob has expired. Are you going to renew hosting for it?

Lene Andersen said...

Congratulations! I've been reading your blog for a while - I have a disability myself and you've given me some insight into what my parents have been feeling over the years. Thanks for that. Looking forward to reading the book!

Robert Hudson said...

Apropos of nothing, I was looking for an old entry, but it appears the Book of Rob has expired. Are you going to renew hosting for it?

Well crap, I didn't notice that. That was hosted on a friend's site, and I think he left the company and it just ran out. Guess I'll have to host it all somewhere else. Thanks for letting me know!

Anonymous said...

I don't think I've posted a comment since you moved over here, but I wanted to send my congratulations! Can't wait to buy the book.

Anonymous said...

We will have to all preorder it so that it will have a nice high Amazon ranking before it's even released.

Congratulations!
Cathy

Anonymous said...

YAAAAY !!
It's awesome to see that your little girl's story is about to hit the big time! Have you thought about who'll play you in the movie roll? :) I want to see a children's book version too!!

Iselyahna said...

Rob! That is fantastic!

Yeah seriously, do we have to wait that long? Do your friends in the computer get advanced copies?

Congratulations!

lilymoonchild said...

Donnathedead said....
I too will pimp it to everyone I know, but I wish I knew Oprah.

You know, if we all wrote letters to Oprah (we should probably wait a year or so) I bet she'd look into it. Hey Rob, remind us in a year, and we'll start a letter writing campaign!
So, I know you've heard the word congratulations about 3 million times already, so in my attempt to be original: best wishes! compliments! felicitations! good wishes! good work! greetings! hail! hear hear!
Seriously, I can't wait to read it.

Debbie Ridpath Ohi said...

WOOHOO!!!!

(popping of champagne cork)

How very cool!!!!!!!!!!!
Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!

Melanie said...

WooHOO! I KNEW it, I KNEW it! Mucho congratulations, Rob, and may it become a bestseller for the ages!

CameraDawktor said...

you are so stinkin' butt hillarious.

keep me posted on the final publication date. i've got to save my money so i can buy a few cases of it to give away to family/friends.

congrats~

Nightfall said...

Wow, Rob. I'm so stoked for you, and I can't wait to read it. And I will so totally buy the hardback, and pimp it to all and sundry, just for you.

LOL @ James Earl Jones saying "assmonkey"... though I think the idea of Schuyler's BBOW doing the audio version would be interesting.

Rawr.

Anonymous said...

Who rules?

That's right, YOU do! Good boy!

Congratulations! I can't wait to read it.

Anonymous said...

Oh Rob! I'm so happy for you, Julie, and Schuyler! What a wonderful tribute to your family, I'm sure Schuyler will be so proud. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Rob - can't wait to read it!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic news Rob. :-)
Well done!

Heidi xxx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to see you on the talk show circut. Make sure you accept the invitation to The Tony Danza Show. He's got all the hot young stars!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Rob. What an accomplishment! (Now don't go gettin' writer's block between now and January...)

Anonymous said...

whoa, I totally heard "assmonkey" in my head in James Earl Jones' voice! 2008?!! Nuh UH!!! That's so far away hmmph. Congrats to Schuyler for being her, you for being her scribe and Julie for knowing how to best handle both of her beloved punks.

Robert Hudson said...

If you consider that the manuscript will be submitted in January of 2007, followed by whatever changes and rewrites my editor will require, and then the roughly one year turn-around for publishing a hardback, I'd say that Spring of 2008 feels like it's breathing down my neck.

carolyn rhea drapes aka chacal said...

excellent! i just happened to stop by and read your news. while 08 sounds far off, it will be here in no time at all. congratulations to you all.

Rikki Pretender said...

It's 2012 and I plan to use my long-awaited money to buy a copy of your amazing book. I've only been reading your blog for about a day, but I'm already obsessed with Schuyler and desperately want to read your book!