John Vercher, author of Agora Book’s first title, THREE-FIFTHS (September 10), took the stage for the “Indie Insights: First Novels and Mysteries” panel at BookExpo on Thursday, May 30. He did a fantastic job, and more than held his own with four editors and one other author, enticing attendees to come get a signed copy of the advanced reader copies in the Agora/Polis booth. Every copy was snapped up, even his own!

And then we discovered that John’s book was included in Book Bub’s list of upcoming twisty thrillers, the only one of the 18 books to come from an independent publisher–quite an accomplishment! See the list here: