According to recent updates on the official web site of Spokane-based author Patrick F. McManus, his popular Bo Tully mysteries are now a series without a home.
“I am once again at loose ends and without a publisher,” McManus said. “My most recent book, a mystery, The Huckleberry Murders, the fourth book in my Sheriff Bo Tully series, will apparently be the last of the series. The publisher decided to close out the company’s mystery division and replace it with more ‘fiction.’ Such is the writing life.”
The author’s wife Darlene “Bun” McManus added more details in her blog.
According to Mrs. McManus,
We want to update everyone interested in when the next Bo Tully mystery will be available. The book is written. The problem is Pat’s agent has not found a publisher for it. Actually there are two books looking for homes; a mystery and a collection of previously published stories that have not been included in other books. Simon & Schuster refused this last Bo Tully mystery saying they wanted to publish more fiction. Well, who wants a publisher who doesn’t know mysteries are fiction!
The publishing business is hurting like everyone else, and we are attempting to find a way to bring this book out. Soon summer vacations will be over and everyone will be fired up to get back to work. Keep checking www.patrickfmcmanus.com website. We’ll put any information up as soon as it becomes known.
Patrick F. McManus is a prolific author who has made the New York Times Bestseller list several times over the past 33 years. His first book, “A Fine and Pleasant Misery” was published in 1978. It became the first in a series of popular anthologies collecting his critically acclaimed outdoor humor stories. Since then, he has also written a children’s book called “Kid Camping from Aaaiii! To Zip!”, a cookbook he collaborated on with his sister Patricia Gass called “Whatchagot Stew” and a guide to writing humor called “The Deer on A Bicycle.”
Despite his impressive track record and books that have earned him many devoted fans over the last 33 years, McManus has had problems with publishers in the past. During an appearance at the North Spokane Library, he described his essay collection “The Bear in the Attic” as a “lost book” and said he was not pleased by either the cover design or the way its publisher Henry Holt and Company handled the marketing.
Apparently, McManus is no longer with Henry Holt and Company. This may explain why the author biography on their web site is woefully out of date. About 11 of his books are still available from the publisher, however, if one chooses to purchase them from their online store.
McManus added during his lecture that the first two Bo Tully books (“The Blight Way” and “Avalanche”) had already lost one publisher before the series was picked up by Simon & Schuster.
Three of his books are out of print now, according to an update by his daughter Kelly in the McManus Store. Bun McManus added that the third Bo Tully book “The Double-Jack Murders” will no longer be available in hard cover.
“We have 100 copies for those of you who want to complete your collections,” Bun McManus said. “After the sellout of hard covers in stock, there will be no more printed.”
Currently, Patrick McManus is focusing on writing a play based on his experiences dealing with book publishers. Some of the proceeds will go to the Eastern Washington University McManus Scholarship.