After taking a good look at this photo, I know what most of you are probably thinking:
His real name is Edward? Hahahaha!
But don’t forget, there is an entire generation of Twilight babies out there named Edward.
Or Jacob. And man, do those Jacob babies have some freakishly developed abs.
However, the real point of this post is to share with you that, this morning, I officially signed a contract with Port Hole Publishing for my second book, Pearls of Writing Wisdom from 16 Shucking Years as a Columnist. This is an important step beyond what had previously been me unofficially talking about my soon-to-be-published book with strangers, sipping directly from a vodka bottle while hunched over an empty bowl of peanuts at the bar. It also means that in order to meet my September publication date, I need to get the finished manuscript to my publisher by mid June.
Just kidding. It’s not that bad.
I actually have a good start because, as a lot of you know, portions of it come from the weekly Ned’s Nickel’s Worth on Writing, which I posted here each Friday
until I got caught for a couple of years. However, unlike Humor at the Speed of Life, it’s a book written specifically for writers. Think of it as a “writer’s survival guide” of sorts, offering insights and inspiration as well as tips and advice. I’m having a lot of fun putting it together, and I hope it’ll be just as much fun to read. I’m also including a strip of freshly cooked bacon as a bookmark. So there’s that, too.
(Note: Out of respect for readers in Canada, their bookmark will actually be a thin circle of ham)
To meet my June deadline, I will have to buckle down a little so that the manuscript is as polished as possible when I turn it over to my book editor, the lovely Carol Gunderson, who will then thoughtfully go through it — along with an entire box of red markers.
So between now and June 15, my posts here may be a bit sporadic, and possibly limited to my weekly newspaper column…
*waits for collective sigh of disappointment*
*clears throat to cover awkward silence*
I just wanted to keep you in the loop; but I especially wanted to take a moment to say “Thank You” for all of your continued support and encouragement. Particularly over this past year, which has been full of blessings, challenges and growing pains. And not just because of all the bacon donuts. Trying to keep a healthy balance while taking on more projects and opportunities has been challenging, and I truly appreciate your patience, understanding and support as I’ve fumbled along. Thanks for sticking with me, especially after seeing me in a red thong.
I promise that won’t make the cover of this book…