When I logged onto email Saturday morning, I found really good news: Ravenna Press would like to publish my book!
It was a euphoric weekend. It's still so exciting…
And the book will be coming out sometime in 2011.
I'm especially excited because I wrote these poems for a friend who, when I started, was undergoing breast cancer treatment and the long healing after. I've shared the manuscript with her (several versions over the past three years), but I've really wanted to be able to give her a book.
I went the query route and then the contest route. I was not always cheerful about this. A lot of rejection.
I returned to the query route, following some advice by Karen Finneyfrock , and I attended the Hugo House conference Finding Your Publisher in the 21st Century, which is where I first connected with Ravenna Press.
Now, I'm thinking about blurbs and cover art and an author photo.
But I want to take a moment to thank all my friends who have read through the manuscript and helped with the poems and cheered me up. I want to thank my friend who inspired these poems, for her persistent energy (she's also a fantastic wit). And I want to thank my daughter, who has believed in this project, and prodded me on it, from the beginning.
That's my news, my good news.