How long have I wanted to write the (inelegant) sentence my book is being published? Perhaps since I wrote the first words of what would eventually become my memoir, GUTS, 7 years ago. Perhaps since the age of nine, when I filled in “a writer” next to the question printed in a fill-in-the-blanks book I owned, what do you want to be when you grow up? However I do the math, the result is the same: I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve just signed a contract for publication of GUTS by Vine Leaves Press!
[Melborne, the virtual home of Vine Leaves Press.]
Vine Leaves and I found each other in an unexpected way, or at least it was a surprise to me. After many moons of querying agents and editors, I decided on a whim to participate in a Twitter pitching party.
I know. I’d never heard of one either.
On a designated day (6/9/16, in my case), agents and editors scan Twitter for worthy projects. Authors distill their book synopsis down to 140 characters, add the appropriate hashtag (#PitMad), and hope that someone spots their awesome tweet and requests a submission. Although I have a Twitter account, I’m really more of a Facebook girl, and had to get my friend Marin – an excellent writer and pro-Twitterer – to help me compose my tweets. Here is the tweet that caught the Vine Leaves editors’ attention: “BRAIN ON FIRE meets TRUTH AND BEAUTY in a story of friendship, a mysterious illness, colostomies, death, and a triathlon.
From the originally requested excerpt came a request for the full manuscript. And one evening in late August I got the email offering me publication. My face looked something like a paler, older version of this as I read the email, sitting home alone, my kids already asleep:
Yesterday I sent the signed contract, and now I’m on my way. I’ll start working with a Vine Leaves editor in the Spring of 2017, and things will clip along from there, I have no doubt. I’ve spoken to several Vine Leaves authors and read some of their books and I’m honored to be in their company. Look, here I am, listed at the bottom underneath the gorgeous covers of the already-published and soon-to-be-published books: http://www.vineleavespress.com/books.html
I think the press will be a wonderful home for GUTS. I’m grateful to acquisitions editor Peter Snell, publisher Jessica Bell, and the whole Vine Leaves team for their enthusiasm for GUTS.
Last night I was at the aforementioned Marin’s launch for her excellent young adult book, BLEED, BLISTER, PUKE, and PURGE: The Dirty Secrets Behind Early American Medicine. While waiting in the signing line, I was introduced to a woman. “Sarah has a book coming out in 2018.”
“Me too,” I said. Which felt weird. But also awesome.
13 thoughts on “Publication News!”
SO HAPPY FOR YOU, JANET! Bravo and looks like a great home for your book! Let me know if you ever read in The Bay Area. Congrats!
Hurray! Fantastic news, Janet! So glad your beautiful, powerful memoir found a home – seems like a good match for all.
Congratulations! Nine year-old you would be proud.
Janet! Fantastic and richly deserved good news. I’m very happy for you and look forward to hearing more about it as the process unfolds. Congratulations!
This is terrific news, Janet! Congratulations!
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Congratulations Janet! This news is beyond awesome and so well-deserved. Can’t wait to read it!
Congratulations!!!! What great news! I can’t wait to read it.
Congrats Janet! So excited for you!
Congratulations, Janet. This is super-exciting, but we never had any doubt! Mom and Dad.
So so happy for you! Congratulations, Janet.
Congratulations, Janet! Since I save everything, I probably still have the book where you stated your plan to be a writer at age 9. If I find it, it could be a historic document! Love, Mom
That’s an excellent Twitter pitch. No wonder you got a request! Congratulations, Janet!
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