Publisher Patrick Crean on Acquiring Canadian Fiction

We asked Patrick Crean, esteemed editor and Publisher of Patrick Crean Editions, what drew him to acquire the new novel The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton for his list. Aspiring writers might find some inspiration in Patrick’s comments and of course we highly recommend The Wind Is Not a River.

“I have rarely seen a book get so much pre-press attention as Brian Payton’s The Wind Is Not a River.  In some ways, I am not surprised:  for one thing,  this was the fastest acquisition I have ever made – from starting in on the first page of the manuscript to closing on it with the agent took a mere 36 hours.  I mention this because it is an indication of how compelling and powerful a story this is.  I could not put it down.  Brian has written a deeply affecting story that lingers with the reader for week and months.  It delivers a formidable emotional punch that left this ‘seen-it-all-before’ editor tearing up at the unexpected ending even after reading it at least 4-5 times during the editing process.  That is very rare for any seasoned editor.

“Also, it worth pointing out that as historical fiction, the author has been able to recreate the cultural and social ambience of war-time 1943 in a completely convincing way.  We enter into that time period and are utterly held by it from start to finish.

“This is a Canadian novel with a true international reach.  Brian Payton is an American who has lived in Canada from a young age.  His novel has a Canadian protagonist moving in an American war zone and the resulting sensibility has a real continental feel to it.  This is an astonishing tale that ought to be read generations from now.”

Patrick Crean, Publisher and Editor – Patrick Crean Editions/ HCC

Visit Brian Payton’s website here.

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