Behind the Books at BBD

Mystery Girl and Mystery Guy take a look at all things suspense, mystery, and thriller at Ballantine Bantam Dell, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group. Check back for author guest posts, industry insight, behind-the-scenes looks at our office, and much more.
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If I didn’t know any better, I’d think our authors were referring directly to my Olympics-watching experience.

  1. “It’s different being afraid when there’s the hope it will amount to something.”
    ―Justin Cronin, The Passage
  3. “If you want to remain at liberty, I suggest you not antagonize your defenders.”
    ―Tess Gerritsen, The Bone Garden
  5. "She didn’t flinch. She didn’t falter. Instead, she put her forehead to his, looked him in the eye, and told him, “Breathe.” Will let out a breath he felt like he’d been holding his entire life."
    ―Karin Slaughter, Fallen
  7. “If you need me, I shall be weeping at the bottom of my wardrobe.”
    ―Alan Bradley, The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag
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Launch (Summer 2013)

BASICS: So launch is where editors tell sales reps, publicists, marketers, and other editors all about the books they have on the upcoming list. This is sometimes disconcerting because the list you’re talking about is practically a full year away from where you are right now. So today, we launched Summer ’13 titles. Yikes! (Side note: This is why I’m pretty much oblivious to what year it is all.the.time.)

Remember in middle school when you’d have to go up in front of the whole class to debate the pros and cons of the death penalty or read your moving essay about your favorite imaginary childhood pet’s meal of choice? And remember how clammy your hands got and how much you wished you were curled up in bed or braving a snowstorm or even running away from a murderer—anything to not have to stand up in front of the popular girls and the snobby nerds and the boy you were totally in love with, only to make a complete and utter fool of yourself? (Think Anne Hathaway about to throw up during her class debate in The Princess Diaries and that one terrible kid yelling, “She’s gonna barf! Cover the tuba.” Worst nightmare.)

Fast forward a few years and you have launch. Launch is when every bookish person who ever hated public speaking (which is almost every single one of them) and then happily found themselves in the most bookish profession imaginable (publishing) now has the rug pulled out from under them as they are made to sit in front of an entire room full of people and talk about the books they have coming out. Cue shaking, tears, and tuba-covering.

Except, something miraculous happens somewhere between stammering your way through a speech about Egyptian ink in the 7th grade and getting up in front of a room full of people to talk about the book you acquired six months ago that changed your life. You start to care about the things you’re talking about, you start to fall head over heels for them, really. And you find yourself in a room in which every single other person cares, too. Or if they don’t to begin with, you’ll convince them to by the time you’re done. And because of this miraculous transformation, launch ends up being one of my favorite parts of the year.

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Karin Slaughter Twitter Giveaway

In honor of Karin Slaughter’s CRIMINAL going on sale today, we’re giving away 3 free copies to lucky readers. To enter, just follow @BBD_Suspense on Twitter and use #CriminalWin before midnight. Winners will be DM’ed tomorrow. (US/CAN 18+.)

Good luck and happy reading!

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Karin Slaughter Giveaway


This week, we’re giving away 5 copies of Karin Slaughter’s FALLEN in honor of Will Trent winning our Father’s Day Throwdown.


  • Follow @BBD_Suspense on Twitter and use #WinSlaughter for your chance to win a copy of FALLEN.
  • You have until Friday at 5pm to enter.
  • 5 lucky winners will be DM’ed on Monday and sent a copy of FALLEN.
  • US/CAN 18+

Don’t forget, Slaughter’s next Will Trent novel, CRIMINAL, will be coming out this July 3.

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