I’m very excited to announce that I sold my book to Tidal Press and it will be traditionally published in May/June of 2017!!!!
The book is a collection of comic essays, a few you might have read here plus many brand new ones never before seen!
Between the essays are updates on my life that take place over two summers: the first, when I’m stuck smack in the middle of my mother/daughter sandwich and wanting to please everyone yet satisfying no one, and the second, three years later when I’m trying to savor every last freaking minute before my eldest leaves for college and consequently rips my beating heart from my chest and stomps on it with her expensive Doc Marten boots (metaphorically speaking of course).
The title – well that’s still up for debate. All ideas are welcome! Probably the title should have something to do with summer. Something catchy and funny that makes people want to buy a copy instantly. That’s all I require.
If you’d like to leave your email address in the comments, I’ll be sure to send you a note when the book is released.
Thanks for everyone’s encouragement over the years. So many of you have been so kind and supportive. I truly appreciate it.
More details and updates to come!
Featured in the Huffington Post Media Section Dec 9, 2013
Back in October, essayist and cartoonist Tim Kreider wrote an entertaining opinion piece for the New York Times, Slaves of the Internet, Unite! that admonished young writers to do the rest of us a favor and not write for free.
Since I’ve spent years in the trenches writing comic and personal essays (sometimes paid, sometimes not), his words really hit home. In fact, I shared the essay with many of my colleagues and friends.
Of course writers should be paid for their work. Why, as he pointed out, do people think nothing of asking a writer to work for free yet would never dream of doing the same to their surgeon, their gardener, or even their dog walker?
Though Kreider’s plea stoked the fires of my inner Norma Rae, after a few weeks of enthusiasm, reality set in. Sure it would be great if we could pick a day where each town crier would climb to the top of a mountain and yell, “Henceforth, no more free words!” But in the real world where your number of blog followers is more important than the content or quality of your writing, it’s just not going to work.
Last year, when I first tried to sell my collection of essays, a respected literary agent told me Continue reading