I’ve been absent on and off here, especially this summer, with both kids home and lots of publishing priorities as we gear up to launch Kate Gray’s Carry the Sky, an unblinking look at bullying told from the perspectives of two teachers reeling from their own losses.
It’s been blurbed by a veritable who’s who of impressive authors, including Hannah Tinti, Ron Carlson, Carter Sickels, Christopher Buckley, and Cari Luna, who I featured earlier this year on the Seven Questions Series.
Read all the blurbs, and learn more about the book, at our Carry the Sky catalog page. You’ll hear more as we get closer to our Sept. 1 pub date, but I have another announcement to share.
I fell in love with a book. Okay, another book. This one, in my slush pile, a Hurricane Katrina novel. And today I got to announce that Forest Avenue Press, my press, has acquired it. Today, after lots of reading, and a two-hour walk in the park (literally) with the author, making sure we were on the same so-called page, it’s official.
There are thousands of tiny pieces to putting out a professional trade paperback–miscellaneous decisions, emails to and from the author and reviewers and bookstores, events to plan, blurbs to share–but there are two really big moments in the journey.
One: announcing that a book has been accepted.
And two: the official pub date.
And right now, I’m doing both. We’re less than a month away from the launch of Carry the Sky, with books on their way to my doorstep right this moment, and we’re announcing our 2015 title, Landfall by Ellen Urbani. Ellen’s well-respected memoir, When I Was Elena, came out from The Permanent Press in 2006. I’m so excited to work with her on Landfall.
And psst, I’m going from acquisition straight into looking for potential blurbers, reviewers, and bloggers, so if you have any suggestions about Katrina novels or nonfiction I should read, or New Orleans authors I should reach out to, please let me know! As an Oregon press, with lots of connections here, I’d love any ideas, because I don’t want to miss someone, or some opportunity, that might end up being crucial to this beautiful, heart-wrenching (and yet still funny, in a mannered, polite, southern sort of way) novel.