My editor called last week to talk about the cover design for my book. They're looking for accoutrements of the newspaper biz from early in my career--maybe a telephone, a set of car keys, my old press pass, a pica pole, a cropping wheel, who knows. They've hired a designer to do some kind of photo montage.
I finished going over the copy edits in early January, and now the whole thing is in the hands of the Press again. I'm told I'll see galley pages in March, bound galleys in April, and the book will actually be available to buy in August. Somewhere, there will be a launch party. I think the actual pub date is September 1. For reasons that I cannot yet understand, books now often have a pub date, and an "on-sale" date, which is earlier than pub date. How is this possible? How can a book be on sale before it's published?
I will let you know when you can pre-order it from Amazon, though I also hope that Minnesotans will buy it from local neighborhood bookstores. What the hey--buy two copies! One from Amazon, one from Micawber's! Or Common Good Books!
I am lining up bloggers who would like to host me on a virtual book tour--since my publisher won't be sending me around the country to do interviews, I thought I could travel the world via blogs. If you are interested in getting a galley copy of my book and then doing a blog interview with me later on in the summer, please let me know. I think my publisher will send up to five galleys to bloggers. (I have one already lined up--the fabulous Mrs. G.)
And, finally, some fun news about my previous book, "They Took My Father." It's being translated, and is going to be published in Russia. Cool, eh?