Two weeks ago I received a contract for the second book in the series about Katharine Bushnell. Kate, M.D. is a strong, resilient , courageous woman who encountered sex slavery in the nineteenth century and grappled with it as fiercely as a dog with a bone.
In my coming blogs I’ll talk more about Kate and the not-too-distant-in- the-future publishing date. But now I want to talk a little about the publishing process.Anyone who has offered a book to a publisher knows you wait — and wait– and wait. You keep contacting your editor to see that he’s done everything that he can do. He has.
But you can understand why I was anxious. I’m 88 year old — even if you turn 88 around it’s still 88. But like my brother who is 84, he could mistakenly type 48. This is a great time of life for me. I’m healthy, no metal parts, and still love to write. Besides that I don’t have to plan meals, cook them, clean the kitchen and flop on the couch too tired to do anything else. Like last night, I ate a light dinner (had a virtual feast in the Bistro at noon) and worked until ten-thirty.
But getting back to waiting. Boundless (we’ll call book number one that) had been with another publisher for over a year. In that process they asked would I please rewrite the book. I did, and still waited– and then they said “no.”
But in the meantime my editor had found another publisher who was interested. So we managed to keep the two in hand– and when the first said no, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas said “yes.”
So after ten years in the process (far too long to use the birth canal idiom) I actually had a contract and an editor who knew how to gently pull the best out of me. I’ll probably write about that sometime.
My title says “two books,” and yes book two, The Queen’s Daughters, was accepted two weeks ago. And the process begins all over again.
I don’t know many writers, so most people around me aren’t interested in hearing about the publishing process. Writing back cover copy, a synopsis of your book which took ten years in 35 words, how an endnote line has appeared at the top of the last 75 pages of the manuscript and you don’t know how to get rid of it– maybe you’re interested.
If so, hang in there, and when I get back to writing my blog — sooner than four months like my last one — I’ll tell you more of what it takes to publish a book.