gapingvoid lands second book deal…


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The rumors are true. I’ve landed a second book deal. You can go see the details here. Same publisher and editorial team as my first book, IGNORE EVERYBODY. The title of the second book will be called, you guessed it, “EVIL PLANS”.

EVIL PLANS had an interesting genesis. I was just tooling around with some ideas on the blog, which all ended up being collectively piled onto the EVIL PLANS page, just like what happened with the original web version of IGNORE EVERYBODY. Somebody at my publisher’s saw the blog page, got really excited by it, printed it out, and went to show everybody else on the Editorial team. Next thing you know, my agent gets a phone call from them.

Up until that point, I hadn’t submitted any book ideas to anyone- not even my agent- mainly because I didn’t really think I had any to submit. This was only a month or so after IGNORE EVERYBODY had come out in June 2009, and I was planning on giving myself at least another six to twelve months before giving another book idea much thought. Events proved otherwise.

I remember when IGNORE EVERYBODY was just taking shape as a book idea, and me thinking, “Wow, I think I can do this.” It was an exciting feeling. I’m glad it still feels that way.

Thanks to Adrian, Jillian, Will and Maureen over at Penguin/Portfolio for giving me a crack at it. Thanks to my agent, Lisa, for negotiating the deal on my behalf. Rock on.


  1. Bill Childs says:

    fantastic news. Happy writing!

  2. Whoo a second book, but can it be better than your first one?! It was an awesome read :)

    Looking forward to it!

    Are you willing to ship a single signed copy overseas this time?

  3. Great stuff. Can’t wait to read and review :)

  4. anne-mette jensen says:

    Congratulations. Do evil.

  5. John Rutter says:

    Good news. Hope I get to enjoy that book too when it comes out

  6. Another book Hugh? I’m not done promoting your first book to all my friends. LOL! Congratulations on your next best seller!

  7. Hugh:
    I thought this second book, Evil Plans, was already a done deal, since you’ve been blogging about for a while. of us must have Alheimer’s, but I can’t remember who…

    • Mike, when I started writing EVIL PLANS on the blog, there was no deal to be had. That was me just messing around with it. I hadn’t spoken to the publisher’s about UNTIL they offered me the second book deal, right out of the blue.

  8. Congrats Hugh – awesome news. I look forward to reading it. Your signed copy was passed on to a grateful friend btw (I kept the unsigned one) …

    Good luck with it.

  9. Looking forward to your evil plans — your SHOWING them, not necessarily DOING them ~ ! Congrats, very cool news (especially in this pubbing climate!)

  10. Hugh… You’re unstoppable!

    Ready for another home run!

    Good on You.


    Jonathan Dune

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  11. Jeremy Newton says:

    Congrats Hugh. I wish you all the success in the world with your second book.

  12. Contrats Hugh!

  13. Congratulations fantastic news thanks for sharing it :)

  14. Congratulations, Hugh. Looking forward to adding another tome of yours to my library.

  15. congrats! and for inspiring many to live their dreams.

  16. Aw, this was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this also – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get anything done


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