June 29, 2012
I’m so excited! My “C is for Cape Cod” book has been accepted by a publisher! Two years of research, another of writing the text and creating 4-line poems for each letter, and then another year searching for a publisher are now behind me.
Here’s how it happened.
One day I sent for and read the catalog for Islandport Press in Yarmouth, ME, looking for Christmas books for my grandchildren. I happened to see a beautiful book, “A is for Acadia,” about Mount Desert Island off Boothbay Harbor. As a child I accompanied my parents on trips to Acadia National Park while we vacationed in Maine and I loved the whole island.
I thought, “If they’ve done an A-B-C book on Acadia, maybe they’ll be interested in one on Cape Cod.” I didn’t get my hopes up, because other publishers, although they liked the concept, had rejected it because it was too regional. My arguments were that people from all over the world come to Cape Cod and would love a book that appeals to two- to 12-year-olds. But no one seemed to agree with me. So I sent my query with six letters (including Q and X) and said a prayer as I hit “send.” The three-month waiting period seemed to go fast, but I was involved in the fourth rewrite of my middle grade ghost story.
Then came an email: “Please send us the whole book.” Off it went in the return mail. Exactly three months to the day, the reply came. I was impressed.
Following the acceptance, came the contract which we discussed over several emails. When I received my copy back with the president’s signature, I KNEW I had a published book! Now come the rewrites and revisions. But the hard work is over, and I am excited to have my first (fourth I’ve written) children’s story on the way to the book store shelves.
SO – when can we buy this fantastic book? You ask. Spring 2014!! That long to wait? Yup! Seems like forever, but I’m already collecting addresses for announcements and books stores to line up for signings. If you’re interested in a copy, email me your information and I’ll include you on the list!