If I’ve learned anything in publishing over the past year and a half, it’s that a.) the word is spelled “doughnut”—not donut, and b.) timelines and schedules are—very often—loose. As a first-time author, there was no real telling when the memoir would be completely “done.” My editor suggested some flexible dates, some goals, but still, once the writing was done on time, there was the editing. There were the 25 recipes I sprinkled throughout the text. There were the headnotes I wrote for those recipes, and the delicious rounds of testing that had to be done. There were the backs, the forths.
We—my editor and I—shot for a quick turn-around, a release in 2013, but in the end, we found ourselves looking more seriously at 2014. And that truly just felt right. It did. Because the interesting thing about the book-writing process is, once the work of writing and editing is done on my end (which just wrapped up recently), my publisher still needs nearly a year with the book before it hits shelves. The team at Clarkson-Potter will work their magic with what I’ve given them and for months and months, the book will be out of my hands.
Now, considering the fact that patience—pretty, pretty patience—is not a virtue I possess, I understand if your first thought is, but—but wahh. I hear you. I cannot, do not, will not wait for anything without a fuss. I still burn the roof of my mouth on scalding hot foods; I binge watch TV series because IMUSTKNOWWHATHAPPENS!; the word “soon” gives me the cold pricklies up and down my spine; and when I want something done, I, very likely, rue that it wasn’t done yesterday.
All this to say: we’ve got a bit of a wait in front of us. Just a hair over a year and we can all cozy up in my mother’s house for a book launch—in her bed beside her is where we’ll be—reading aloud about my misadventurous life, my first kiss, my relationship with Daniel, my WEIGHT!, depression, and all of the many times I embarrassed myself publicly and privately—one time includes Leonardo DiCaprio, so stash that aside in your anticipation folder. I really held nothing back.
The memoir…coming to you in spring/summer 2014.
I can’t leave this post without thanking you, now and always, for being here. For your support, your unending kindness, and your encouragement. I LOVE YOU and I do mean that. I’m grateful.