What a Pass Letter from NYC Looks (and Feels) Like
by Writing Workshops Staff
A week ago
I was so drawn to this pitch, that I dove right in. I love a good scruffy Midwestern caper, and this checked so many boxes for me: a lighthearted tone mixed with genuine darkness; sharp, funny dialogue; and an off-the-beaten path setting. Blake Kimzey is a seriously talented writer. I mean, he made me think of the Coens and Elmore Leonard, which is a win in my book. Unfortunately, I think our timing is just off. I have two other crime novels on my list right now that check many of the same boxes as this. Taking his novel on would not only be a disservice to those books, but to Blake as well. He needs an editor and a house unburdened by like-minded comp titles who can focus like a laser on getting his promising career off the ground. It’s a shame, but I have to trust my gut here.Thanks for sending it my way. I'm going to watch what will undoubtedly be a successful publication with interest and a bit of sadness that I’m not a part of it. Good luck with it and thanks again.
Blake Kimzey is founder & executive director of Writing Workshops and is a co-founder of The Big Texas Read. His fiction has been broadcast on NPR, performed on stage in Los Angeles, and published by Tin House, McSweeney’s, VICE, Longform, Short Fiction, The Los Angeles Review, D Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, and selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015. Blake’s collection of short tales, Families Among Us, an Indie Bestseller, was published by Black Lawrence Press.