The contract is signed! The short story collection has a new title–Crosscurrents and Other Stories–and a publication date: November 1!
So the whirlwind begins. I’ll be working with Kevin Watson, the fabulous editor at Press 53. I’ll be acquiring blurbs, proofreading, helping to decide on cover art and layout design, and fighting off bouts of anxiety (will the book sell three copies, or maybe thirty? Will anybody actually read it?)
I decided a long time ago that I wanted to go the traditional publishing route, which leads to lots and lots of submissions, re-writes, long waits, rejections, more re-writes, and more submissions and rejections. But this round (I entered the collection in Press 53’s short fiction contest where it was a runner-up), something clicked. Kevin, God bless him, gets these stories. I’m so proud to be part of the Press 53 family of authors.
So let’s raise a glass, friends and fellow writers, in celebration of this one small thing. A book. Of stories. And I’m going to be able to hold it in my hands.
Did somebody say launch party? I certainly hope so. Complete with bubbly. Come on down to Jackson and join us in the fall. I’ll let you know when!