Well! I’m now finished with editing my anthology, Love You to Pieces. The book will go into production soon, but it won’t be officially published until June of 2008. Working with Beacon has been, so far, a very positive experience. They took my suggestion for cover art (a photo by Angela Buckland, who is herself the mother of a child with special needs) seriously. Happily, a photo from Buckland’s “Where’s Nikki?” installation will grace the front of my book. Also, Beacon was cool about the word count. Although I tried to comply with my contract, the manuscript wound up being several thousand words over the stipulated word count. I expected them to ask me to cut, but they didn’t.
The downside of the process was that reprint rights turned out to be far more expensive than I’d imagined. What seemed like a generous advance when I signed the contract has now dwindled to nearly nothing. But this is a labor of love; I never expected to get rich from an anthology.
In other book news, my agent is going to start marketing foreign rights to my novel. A scout for a French publisher is taking a look. Very exciting!!!