A Real Live Book Deal!

Posted by ches@writes4attention.com In: Writing 3 Comments

About a month ago, I signed a book deal with Literary Wanderlust! I’m only now announcing it here because I’ve been afraid to jinx it, but now that I’m almost through the first round of edits, I guess this is really happening. I remain in a mild state of shock. The original title was Dead Muse Wake, but that will change and I don’t have a release date yet (sometime in 2018?), but I’m feeling better and better about the book with each passing day. Literary Wanderlust has been great: upfront, no BS, clearly in the author’s corner. Their Editor in Chief, Susan Brooks, even has a fantastic blog full of writing tips. Check it out at The Writer’s Bag of Tricks.

I don’t make a habit of quoting evangelists, but Dwight L. Moody  said, “Character is who you are in the dark.” I believe writing at its best is written in the dark while every nasty little secret, every skeleton, and every backward thought are exposed to critical self-examination. Being published is like dropping all that detritus into the light for all to see. This book, whatever it ends up being called, is a kind of satirization of my own foibles as a person who, misstep after misstep, continues to seek a meaningful method of creative self-expression. Sometimes I think of this book as featuring my worst self-carried to its natural conclusion. That may seem unappealing, but admit it, it’s kind of fun watching a train wreck of a person go completely off the rails (as long as you’re watching from a safe distance).

It’s a dark book, to be sure, but I think it’s also pretty funny. What better way to cauterize the wounds left by pride and an over-inflated sense of self-importance than to laugh at them? I’ll keep you posted on its progress and I hope that upon its release, you’ll give it a chance (even if it’s out of pity).



Comments: 3

  • Mark Dostert
    2 years ago


    So great to hear this! So glad to hear about your editor and how comfortable you feel with her and having your manuscript in her hands. Very, very true on the act of writing and then one’s writing being subjected to an editor’s light. It’s quite a disrobing process . . . but always leads to a better piece of literature. Thanks for the tip on her blog. Keep us updated indeed!
    Mark Dostert

  • Mark Dostert
    2 years ago


    A huge congrats! So great to hear about the book deal and the stellar editorial hands that you are in! Perfect analogy about any art work and how it ‘takes a village.’ I’m sure it does indeed feel like a disrobing, but in the end, you will have a better book! Will check out your editor’s writing craft blog. Thanks for that tip!

    Keep us updated! Can’t wait to hear the novel’s title!

    Mark Dostert

  • Valerie
    2 years ago

    Congratulations, it sounds so intriguing! Can’t wait to read to many facets of your imagination! Best of luck,

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