Trey Garrison Announces Book Deal

Back in May, former D Magazine staffer Trey Garrison posted on his blog that he’d signed a book deal. Peter Simek put up an item about the deal on FrontRow. Then Trey’s post vanished. If you follow the link to it from Peter’s post, you’ll find a 404. Then, yesterday, Trey again put up a post announcing his book deal. One presumes this post will remain posted longer. Trey’s deal is with Harper Voyager, the sci-fi imprint for HarperCollins. From the release:

Trey Garrison’s debut novel, THE SPEAR OF DESTINY, the first in the alternate history steam-punk “Far Ranger” series, is set in a very different 1920s where the North American continent is comprised of rival nations, and science and the supernatural co-exist. Great War veterans and freelance pilots Sean Rucker and Jesus D’Anconia Lago are reluctantly pulled into a quest to save the world. Will Hinton at Harper Voyager is the editor for publication. It will be published in three parts starting December 2012. Trey is represented by David Hale Smith at Inkwell Management in a two-book deal.

Well, congratulations to Trey. To celebrate, and perhaps to give curious readers some book-buying guidance, here are some of my favorite Trey Garrison tweets from recent weeks:

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Comments

  • Wow! Why am I not surprised Trey’s story would involve revisionist fantasies?

    I bet the hero is like Trey, tall, dark, and handsome. LOL

  • Thanks for the love!

  • Borborygmus

    My take on all this is that any woman who would love this man, would first have to hate herself.

  • @Trey: I sincerely mean what I conveyed in the tags on this post. Your behavior on Twitter is the reason your byline will never again appear in D Magazine.

  • “It doesn’t matter what the newspapers say, or the politicians, or the whole world. They don’t define who you are. You do. Not by your words, but by your actions.”

    Dumb and/or politically incorrect jokes I make don’t define me. How I treat people does.

  • Albert

    Now those are some funny tweets.

  • Bill Marvel

    But Trey,
    But what you say about people IS how you treat them. I’m surprised you as a writer don’t get that. It betrays an insensitivity to words and language,the very tools of your trade.

  • Daniel

    In Trey’s defense, his misogynist tweets sound a lot like what any guy has said, at 3 in the morning, drunk, to a buddy, in private, at age 22, after being rejected by a woman, in a fit of macho bravado that poorly masks his self-loathing. The racist tweets? Well, that’s another matter.

    Still , I congratulate him on his new cap feather.

  • Kk

    What a nasty little creature he is, thanks for no longer working with him Tim.

  • Daniel

    @Alebert,

    Yes, aren’t they? LOL!!!!! I can’t stop laughing at the one that likens the First Lady to livestock.

  • fred

    Luckily, he’s in Collin County! I wonder what Auntie Em would say…

  • amanda

    Yeah for Trey!

  • RAB

    Come on, Trey. So it’s okay to berate and demean your kids, because it’s just words, right? It’s not like you hit them or anything.

    I would have respected you more if you had said, “Eff you all, what you see is what you get — and there’s plenty more where that came from.” Own up to your “steam-punk” ethos and let your racist/misogynist flag fly.

  • Avid Reader

    @Bill Marvel, Just so we are all on the same page, your comment that “what you say about people IS how you treat them” really only applies to conservatives, correct?

  • Albert

    @Daniel

    Chimpy W. McBushitler would have loved it.

  • Steve

    Here’s hoping that these juvenile fantasies will someday be embraced as serious political philosophy. Fingers crossed!

  • Dora K

    Bethany Anderson was right. Trey should be an Editorial writer for the DMN.

  • Jeff

    Let me see if I am understanding this post correctly.

    Tim Rogers, editor of the prestigious Dallas city magazine D, first creates a post to highlight the upcoming commercial work of writer Trey Garrison.

    Rogers then proceeds to willfully associate that work with tweets by Garrison he happens to find personally objectionable in an attempt to influence the success of that commercial work, or, as he puts it himself, “to give curious readers some book-buying guidance”. If this message to potential purchasers of Garrison’s book not to buy the book isn’t clear enough, he reinforces his negative intention clearly with the comment “@Trey: I sincerely mean what I conveyed in the tags on this post. Your behavior on Twitter is the reason your byline will never again appear in D Magazine. Tim Rogers.”

    This isn’t a review of the literary merits of the Garrison book, it is an attempt to actively discourage the purchase of it once it is published and in so doing actively damage Garrison’s potential income from it based solely on Rogers’ personal opinion of Garrison using whatever influence Rogers possesses as editor of D Magazine.

    Is that about right?

  • Vseslav Botkin

    Love me some objectivist fan fiction. THESE CHARACTER NAMES ARE MEANINGFUL, PEOPLE!

  • towski

    “the first in the alternate history steam-punk “Far Ranger” series”

    Good job not pigeon-holing yourself. Vivid descriptions like this will help move 10’s of copies.

  • Dora K

    Jeff,

    Here’s another scenario. Garrison’s books become wildly popular, and then his tweets and blog posts generate a lot of well-deserved criticism. I would want to disassociate my magazine from Garrison, too.

  • towski

    Trey Garrison is Gilbert Gottfried without the charisma.

  • Steve

    Courageous truth-teller Grey Tarrison’s steady, masculine, fist gripped his rightfully-born firearm steadily as Roger Timms, sniveling editor of B Magazine, cowered behind his Prius.

    “Sandra Fluke can’t save you now, Timms”… etc. etc.

  • VM

    Dumb and/or politically incorrect jokes I make don’t define me. How I treat people does.

    Since we’ve never met your writing is the only way I can define you. And you seem like a prick.

  • Borborygmus

    @Jeff – and this is different from Fox News, how?

  • @Jeff: Trey is about to become a published author. That is an accomplishment, and it deserves note. But as a published author, Trey’s other literary efforts, even if they be fewer than 140 characters, take on a greater significance. They, too, deserve note. And note I have.

  • Jeff

    @Tim Rogers,

    But you have done more than to merely note that Garrison may be about to become a published author and to note that he has a Twitter feed and to post its contents.

    You are using your position as editor of D Magazine to actively dissuade the public from ever buying the book and, potentially, to dissuade the publisher from even publishing it based solely on your person feelings about Garrison’s tweets. In so doing, you are materially working to damage Garrison’s commercial success as an author.

  • Borborygmus

    @Jeff – scratching my head here. Because while Trey has the right to say whatever he wants under his freedom of speech rights, I’m pretty sure there’s also a free press stipulation in that silly thing called a constitution.

    Who, pray tell, besides a member of the press has the right to shout out “Hey, this guy is pretty interesting on the Tweeterdom, which may or may not influence if you want to buy his book.”

    I’m assuming his publisher did their due diligence in who they were printing, and have no problem with his stance on women, minorities and joking about people he feels is smaller than himself.

    And Trey, I don’t think you’re BAD. Just have a bad attitude. And should stay out of the Tweeterdom after consuming any amounts of alcohol.

  • Jeff

    @Borborygmus,

    Who suggested Rogers wasn’t free to take the action he did? However being free to maliciously attempt to damage the livelihood of another through speech does not automatically shield one from the civil consequences of doing so, if such a finding is brought in a court of law.

    Again, Rogers didn’t just raise both issues, that Garrison had a book deal and that he made tweets Rogers objected to. Instead, Rogers used the occasion of his post to actively dissuade the public from buying the book, not on the merits of the book, but because he found Garrison the man personally offensive. And, contrary to what Dora claims above, far from attempting to disassociate D Magazine from Garrison, Rogers used Garrison’s own blog post as an occasion to re-promote a previous D Magazine post about Garrison, all while attempting to damage Garrison’s livelihood.

    Are Rogers’ actions actionable? Of course they are. The only gamble, which Rogers makes, is whether Garrison is a small enough fish to risk taking such actions without repercussions. I believe this is how we define a bully: taking a smack at someone smaller enough than oneself not to risk his hitting back. And, barring Garrison having an ally with some idle cash, a screenshot of the post, and an interest in litigating the matter on Garrison’s behalf, chances are fairly good that Rogers gambled successfully, at least this time.

    • @Jeff: If you wish to posture like this, you need to familiarize yourself with the term “tortious interference.” Also, by your “argument,” every book reviewer who brought up any context beyond the book itself would be vulnerable to legal action. You are welcome, Trey’s sock puppet.

  • Bill Marvel

    Avid Reader,
    It applies to human beings, a category that includes what are often mislabeled as “conservatives” and “liberals.” Why do you ask?

  • Princess Machiav

    Oh, it’s a gas. Besides, why would Trey want a byline in DMag…Wouldn’t that be like Crane giving into to the Times(“Like Stephen Crane, who couldn’t even get a copyboy’s job on today’s New York Times. The only difference between working for the Times and Time magazine is the difference between being a third-string All-American fullback at Yale instead of Ohio State.”).

  • El Rey

    Tim,
    Don’t be so hard on Jeff. He just started his second year studying law on The Hilltop.

  • Sock Puppet

    @timmytyper thank you for calling (ahem) a spade a spade. I’m tired of people in the media thinking or saying, “Oh, that’s just Trey.” Saying he’s offensive is a cop-out. He acts like an alcohol-fueled child. (Jane – wake up)

    Let’s talk about about sock puppetry. What is your internal policy about anonymous posts from your staff or part-time bloggers?

  • While I appreciate those speaking in my defense I don’t appreciate veiled threats against Tim Rogers or any criticism of D Magazine, which is the best city magazine in the country. Thank you.

    • @Trey Garrison: That’s kind of you to say. Thank you.

  • Daniel

    Jeff,

    On what TV show do you play a lawyer?

    Also, I’ll concur with Borbo that Trey Garrison is not some kind of monster. He merely seems to perceive arrogance as a virtue — it’s true that many great men have this failing, but then so, too, do most serial killers — and he feels the need to call attention to those he hopes the reader will see are weaker than him. Since he’s a white male, guess who’s an easy target? Whether the guy genuinely lacks empathy or that’s just his shtick, I can’t say, as I don’t know him.

    I sincerely wish him the best in his literary career. Hope it’s a long one.

  • Avid Reader

    @Bill Marvel, From your Frontburner comments I know you are intelligent and know exactly the reason I asked.

  • VM

    Jeff’s debate team is going to state this year!

  • RAB

    Trey:

    Just to clarify, are you okay with overt threats against Tim?

  • Mark

    Aside from the fact that Twitter et al. did not yet exist, I think it unlikely the person that was Major General Editor Tim Rogers would have done this.

    Perhaps something for plain old Editor Tim Rogers to consider?

  • towski

    Aw. Trey’s gone and privatized his twitters.

  • Bill Marvel

    Avid,
    You seem to assume I’m some kind of what you understand as “liberal.” That would very much surprise my friends.
    But beyond that, I’m really puzzled why you feel compelled to break every issue down into liberal-vs.-conservative terms. That strikes me as really simple-minded.

  • Avid Reader

    @Bill Marvel, I do not think you are a liberal. I also do not break every issue down into liberal-vs.-conservative terms. The blog post that we are currently posting on has Trey’s tweets included that some would find funny and also find to have a conservative/right-wing bent as they get in digs at Sandra Fluke, Michelle Obama, etc. Your comment brings up a larger national conversation that is ongoing relating to the double standard used when calling out those in the spotlight for their comments/tweets/words/blogs/articles/etc depending on whether they are a conservative or liberal. I know you are not simple-minded and didn’t need me to actually fully explain, but there you go.

  • RAB

    Avid = liberal = simple-minded

  • Avid Reader

    RAB-BBLE-ROUSER. Love it.

  • Avid Reader

    *-B

  • Bill Marvel

    Avid,
    You were the first to politicize this conversation (“…really only applies to conservatives, correct?”) . So let me be the last to de-politicize it:
    Trey’s tweets have nothing to do with conservatism or liberalism and everything to do with contempt and bad manners, qualities spread over the entire political spectrum. A single standard, here.

  • Avid Reader

    Bill,
    Trey was the first to politicize this conversation (“Dumb and/or politically incorrect jokes I make don’t define me. How I treat people does.”). Trey’s tweets have a little to do with contempt, bad manners, and the current political world. Have no doubt that you have an internal single standard and always enjoy your viewpoint. My point while directed at your specifc comment was in regards to the overall situation where more hay is made when comments like Trey’s above come from the right than similar statements from the left.

  • Daniel

    Avid Reader,

    Look, son, I know how hard it is to be a member of the most oppressed group in human history (white Christian males), but you can’t let that become a crutch. You’re just going to have to be twice as good as a poor black person in order to succeed. A little self-pity, such as you’re evincing now, is understandable here and there — hey, I hate poor black people, too, sometimes, for all they’ve done to me and to my forebears. But you can’t let it eat you up, son.

    Personally, I’ve always felt very sorry for myself for having to be a white, educated, male Christian in a world that shows me nothing but contempt. But I realize now — alas, too late, for me — that this has been my mistake. You still have a chance, though, kid. Now get out there and prove’em all wrong!

  • Avid Reader

    Thanks for the encouragement Daniel. I appreciate you taking the time to follow my postings, really made my day.