I begin this blog with a post about my big and exciting news. I am very proud and happy to announce that my book will be published by the University of Arkansas Press in the spring of 2013. (See note below.)
Many of you have known my book by the title, Broken Dolls. From the beginning, my writing mentors warned me not to get too attached to my title, saying that publishers often change them. Of course, I thought to myself, “But what other title could there possibly be for my manuscript other than Broken Dolls?”
So, when Mr. Lawrence Malley, director of the University of Arkansas Press, suggested changing the title to The Red Kimono, I thought, “Huh?” But I nodded politely and said, “That sounds interesting.”
(Don’t you love that word “interesting?”)
When he told me he liked the symbolism of the red kimono in the story, I thought, “He got it. He really got it.”
Then, the pièce de résistance: He began to describe possible book jackets, and as if by magic, I was persuaded.
The day I signed the contract, Stephen surprised me with this cake. If positive thinking is as powerful as they say it is, it’s going to be quite a year!
Note: Okay, as I re-read this post, my inner scream had to burst out, so I’m editing it in here:
AAAGGGHHH! I’m going to be published!!!