I’ve been holding off on writing this blog post for two weeks, and now that I’m allowing myself to write it, I’m having trouble figuring out how to say what I want to say.
Here goes: today I signed a contract for the publication of “Shepherd in Residence”, my memoir about my time keeping sheep. It’ll come out sometime in the spring of 2012.
It’s not the first time I’ve signed a book contract, but it is the first time I’ve signed one for a book for adults. Up until now my only published book has been “Erik the Viking Sheep”, which was written for children. Because of that, I’ve been pigeonholed as a children’s writer, when in fact I write a lot more stuff for older readers – adults and young adults.
Laurence Steven of Scrivener Press in Sudbury made the offer to publish a couple of weeks ago. He and his wife, Jan, came to Thessalon this weekend so we could get to know each other a bit and discuss the contract and the details of publication. There are a lot of details! I’m still taking it all in and figuring out what I’ll have to do – I have “homework” for this week!
But the paperwork is done and the project is now under way. Laurence will be putting on his editor hat and working with me to put the final polish on the manuscript before the printing.
It was a great meeting – I like Laurence and Jan, and we had a great conversation over brunch at Tina’s on Main before getting down to business. I really feel that the experience of working with Laurence will be good. He had ideas for the cover – because we need at least a placeholder cover for October 1st – and for promotion. I had a few ideas about promotion, too. I brought photographs of my sheep, and we tossed around ideas, not only for the book, but also for promoting writers in the north generally, and for the possibility of a writers’ conference in Thessalon. It was stimulating, exciting and lots of fun.
I feel like the whole writing thing is really moving now. I’ve shown that I can produce a manuscript that is good enough to interest a publisher, and it’s boosted my confidence a lot for The Swan Harp.
I feel like a writer, like a real writer. Okay, yes, I know I’ve been a real writer for years, but today, today I really feel like it.
I couldn’t go to sleep until I’d told you.