Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fantasy Novel: Amy Tan Meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

[info]coffeeandink asked people to recommend books by people of color. She got a response from Cindy Pon:
i've got a YA asian fantasy coming out in
may : Silver Phoenix

when i met with a [sci fi/ fantasy] publisher
at a writing conference last year, he had read the first
12 pages and said to me : "why is this fantasy?
this is amy tan meets crouching tiger."
like it was a BAD thing.

also : "asian fantasy does not sell."

i was crushed.
Fortunately, another publisher bought the book, and Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia is coming out from HarperTeen in April. Seriously, "amy tan meets CTHD" sounds like an elevator pitch, not a rejection reason.

It's called Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia, and I just preordered it (thanks to trade-ins to Amazon's game trade). I'd suggest you check it out, too.

1 comment:

cindy said...

thanks so much for the shout out, shawn! truly appreciate it. been turning some ideas for a short essay about why i write asian fantasy. . .

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