The Invention of Clay Mckenzie: A Novel

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Junior editor Stephanie Masters stumbles upon a literary gem in her employer's slush pile and envisions becoming the hottest young book publisher in New York. When she discovers she has hitched her hopes to an author who is unable to promote his own book she joins with friends to concoct a a fiction of her own - a marketable author who will appease her employer and charm the reading public. The ruse works well enough to take on a momentum and life of its own and she finds herself on a downhill ride in terms of ...
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Junior editor Stephanie Masters stumbles upon a literary gem in her employer's slush pile and envisions becoming the hottest young book publisher in New York. When she discovers she has hitched her hopes to an author who is unable to promote his own book she joins with friends to concoct a a fiction of her own - a marketable author who will appease her employer and charm the reading public. The ruse works well enough to take on a momentum and life of its own and she finds herself on a downhill ride in terms of her career and relationships.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781479378210
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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Ed Teja has worked as a magazine editor, poet, freelance writer, musician and boat bum. He grew up traveling the planet and never stopped.

Jim Beckett grew up in a military household, living in Hawaii, Japan, Turkey and less exotic locations across the United States. His award-winning short fiction tends to favor the science often found in science fiction.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    As a junior editor in a publishing company, Stephanie Masters is

    As a junior editor in a publishing company, Stephanie Masters is becoming increasingly unhappy about her obscurity—she has little hope for promotion, with the publishing industry as viciously competitive as it is. But one day, she chances on an astonishing little manuscript written by a virtually unknown Clay McKenzie. But dampened by the lack of access to the decision-maker in her publishing company, Stephanie takes the bull by the horns and calls up the manuscript’s author directly. But Clay McKenzie, hounded by his own personal demons, couldn’t see things in plain black and white and regards the enthusiasm of this young junior editor for his manuscript with suspicion and resentment: apparently, much to my own personal education, there is a difference between being a writer and being an author—the writer writes but the author sold books, and selling books is not what a “great writer” like Clay McKenzie had in his mind and heart when he wrote his manuscript. What ensues is a maddening, pulsating tug-of-war, a “race” for Stephanie to bring the manuscript to market with the help of friends who, often, brought their own dilemmas into the mix. 

    While immensely entertaining (here’s a book for which the phrase ‘rollercoaster ride’ is totally applicable), the book succeeds in educating the reader about the rigors of the publishing game—what it takes to get a book published, the author’s responsibilities, and what are currently the new options brought about by digital technology. 

    The authors intimately understand the joys and sorrows of publishing, and they have articulately expressed it in the book—after all, author Ed Teja has years of experience in the publishing game. It’s as if ‘The Invention of Clay McKenzie’ also serves as some sort of ‘modern publishing 101’, with all the cold hard facts ticked off through richly layered conversations between, say, Stephanie and her friends, with her lover Pablo, or through Harley Craft’s jaded, self-loathing internal that serves well in shedding light on the economics and internal dynamics in the publishing industry. 

    Overall, ‘The Invention of Clay McKenzie’ is a deeply engaging, intellectually provocative story you’d love to read through the end. And for aspiring authors like me, getting a glimpse into Stephanie’s world (and the hard-to-swallow facts it lives by) as a cog in the big machine of modern publishing can both be unsettling or inspirational, but nevertheless necessary to know.  I cannot recommend this book enough, and all I can give are five stars, nothing less. 

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