Sunday, August 19, 2007
So... it looks like I'm going to be an author. Wow. I found out on Friday and I'm still kind of flummoxed. It just really feels too good to be true. I keep waiting to wake up and find out I dreamt this whole thing. I just... can't quite believe in it yet.
It's really pretty amazing what a difference a year will make. A year ago, I had the worst job I've ever had (and that is really saying something). The work itself wasn't too bad, but the boss was an absolute horror. Now that I'm away from it, I can't believe I put up with that woman and didn't just tell her off, but I needed a job, and I didn't want to leave after a few months and look like a job hopper. But then I found the listing for this job, and even though I thought I'd never get it (because I didn't have editing experience), I knew I had to at least try. And I so I applied, I interviewed, I hoped and prayed and agonized, and I got the job. I couldn't believe my ears when they called to hire me. And it is an amazing job. Sure, I hate getting up early in the morning and I wish I had more time for my spinning, etc., and I'd love to break free from the 9-5 world, but I have to work, and I don't think I could find a better job. I've met some amazing artists, I work with some amazing women that are teaching me so much, not just about the publishing industry, but about life. And I get to have a hand in making other people's dreams come true. Many of the authors I work with are first time authors, artists who want to write about what they love to do. And being published is as much a dream to them as it is to me. It's awesome to have a hand in bringing their vision to life. The company I work for treats me well, and I enjoy my work. And now this! I get to write a book. I get to have a hand in teaching people to spin and further reviving the art/craft I love so passionately. I am just amazed. And hopefully this will help me move in the direction I want to go, toward a time where I can be a full-time artist/crafter. I'm pretty sure that time is still far, far in the future, but I would have said the same thing about the time when I could write a book. For now, I'm just going to try to enjoy what I have and keep an eye out for opportunities as they come along.
Now that pub board has said "yes" to the proposal, I'll be entering into contract negotiations. I'll be interested to see what that is like from the author's side of the table. The book is slotted for the Spring '09 season right now, and the tentative pub date is in June, 2009, but that is only tentative. There isn't a title yet, and there probably wont' be for a few months. And I won't have much say in the matter, either, which I think may be a challenge for me. As I said, it will be interesting to be on the author's side of the table for all of these things. I'll keep you updated on details as they are firmed up. I'll be glad when all of the contract "stuff" is worked out so that I have a solid timeline for the writing and for the projects. There may not be many projects to see here over the next few months as I work on super-secret book stuff. If that is the case, I apologize in advance because I'll probably be too busy to apologize later :-) But I do promise, my blog will not turn into all book, all the time. I know no one wants to read a 22-month-long advertisement for a book!
Speaking of non-book stuff: I finished Fleurette last night! Yippee. She's still a skinny little blob right now since blocking has not occurred, but I'll have blocking pics for you soon. I'm glad she's done (after only four months of knitting-yeesh!) and I'm looking forward to a new knitting project. I haven't picked anything yet, but I'm having lots of fun daydreaming. I'm still spinning away at English Gardens and I'm really enjoying it. I got in some good quality time with my wheel this weekend and I enjoyed it immensely. And more time with her, soon; only five more days of work, then ten days off. Vacation, here I come! Woohoo!
Have a great week, all!