My galley copies of The Big Rewind arrived yesterday and…wow. They’re incredible. To actually hold my own book in my hands, to see my name on a cover is such a thrill that I lack the words to describe it. For the whole night I kept picking it up and turning it over in my hands, thinking this is really happening. That’s my name! On the cover of a book! Those are my words, my sentences, my scenes all laid out in actual, book-like form! Eee! It doesn’t seem real.
And yes, I cried when I opened the box.
And the best part is that my husband, Ian, who hasn’t read the book in any form, is devouring it. Not just because I wrote it (he’s very honest which stories of mine he loves and which ones aren’t his thing) but because he’s actually enjoying the book. I had to banish him to the other room last night because I wanted to go to sleep and he couldn’t put it down. That might be the best endorsement I’ve gotten so far!
Here it is, the cover for my debut novel, The Big Rewind!
I am beyond thrilled about this. I had gone back and forth about it, choosing colors and such, with Chelsey (my editor) & Jim (my agent), who are the two most awesome people in the publishing world, but until now, the cover was still top-secret to my friends and followers.
“Every Day I Write the Book” Elvis Costello
“Sister I’m a Poet” Morrissey
“Here’s Where The Story Ends” The Sundays
Last night, I got a rejection letter from an agent I had queried about No Awkward Goodbyes well over a year ago, saying that while I had the chops, the novel was “too backstory and voice-heavy for me.”
That’s funny, of course, because three weeks ago, my agent, the brilliant and charming Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich, sold No Awkward Goodbyes to Chelsey Emmelhainz at William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, for release in early 2016.