Friday, November 22, 2013

At Last...

Ever since I was a 10 year old little girl, when I was sneaking off into the forest to write my first novel, or skipping playtime at recess in order to devour books-- I have dreamed of having my own real, live book published. And today, at long last, that dream has come to fruition.

My first full-length poetry book, entitled "Edison's Ghost Machine", has just been accepted for publication in 2014 by Kelsay Books. They are a wonderful independent press that publishes so many fine poets and I am falling over myself thrilled that they have opened their hearts up to me and have so much confidence in my work. It is a very startling sensation to have my life-long dream come true, and I'm so thankful to all the people in my life who have, over the years, put up with my mental breakdowns over my book/helped my revise my work/given me feedback/taught me valuable lessons/encouraged me/believed in me. It has been a very long road.

Now comes the next, and incredibly exciting part of it all: brainstorming ideas for a beautiful cover and revising my work. The press has generously given me a couple months within which to revise/edit my manuscript as necessary, and of course the relentless perfectionist in me will be using every last second of that. Of course I have revised the book on countless occasions, but this time it's different-- I won't be editing a stack of papers that afterwards will be sitting under a thick pile of dust, sadly in the corner. Instead, I will be editing a stack of papers that afterwards will be shot off like a canon into the ether, into buildings and bookstores, into all of your hands and (hopefully) hearts.