Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Creation of a Series by Michael Pye

This June will mark the first occasion when my name will appear on the front cover of one of our books. Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: UFOs & Aliens is a collection of original essays from some of the best-known and brightest writers covering the phenomenon category nowadays including the likes of Stanton T. Friedman, Erich von Daniken, Nick Pope, and our very own Nick Redfern and Marie D. Jones.

My name somehow ended up along side theirs. That is a strange thing for me as I’m used to getting acknowledged from time-to-time inside the books, but have never spent any real time on a front cover. I’ve become used to being that guy behind the scenes the man behind the curtain, so to speak, who works with an author on developing a new idea and pushing those ideas in a certain direction. The "yeoman's work" is then left to the authors and, eventually, our line and copy editors.

So realizing that much of the heavy lifting and corralling of the collections would be left to me was a bit daunting, to say the least. Add to that the fact that there is already another Michael Pye whose name regularly appears on the covers of books. He is a thriller writer best known for Taking Lives, which was turned into a ho-hum Angelina Jolie movie.

I’d been batting around the idea of an anthology series for a few months before presenting the idea to the review board at New Page, as I knew we were looking to add a new series to our line. At first my thought was to get someone well known to be the editor for each collection. The idea of my taking the helm was quickly brought up, which intially surprised me. From there on out, however, everyone just assumed I’d be doing them. I quickly tapped fellow editor Kirsten Dalley, "the development queen," of New Page to help work out the kinks in the final essays leaving me to locate candidates/potential contributors, and then convince and cajole the writers to get their essays in on time. This was no easy feat in some cases, but the outcome was well worth all the sweat, late nights, and cramping of the fingers from typing all those “is it ready?” e-mails.

Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: UFOs & Aliens came together wonderfully and showcases a diverse sampling of ideas regarding, and empirical and anecdotal evidence for, visitors to Earth. Whether you are an avid reader of UFO books or a reader new to this category the collection should definitely educate and entertain. Most of all it will cause you to question even your most entrenched beliefs regarding aliens, as well as what your government is—or is not—telling you.

In August the second collection Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: Ghosts, Spirits & Hauntings will be released.

The third collection Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: Lost Civilizations & Secrets of the Past will follow at the end of the year.

Michael Pye has been an acquisitions editor for New Page Books since 2003. He currently holds the titles of Senior Acquisitions Editor and Director of Product Development. He developed a healthy appetite for the unexplained by watching far too many episodes of In Search Of hosted by Leonard Nimoy after school instead of doing his homework, which turned him into a reader of books on the strange and unexplained. He earned a BA in English from Southern Connecticut State University.

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