At last, I can announce what's been going on behind the scenes here for about a year and a half: the acceptance and publication of my memoir uncovering the fate and character of my submarine-commander father, lost in WWII before I was born. I couldn't let myself talk about it till now, for fear of over-exposure. Even now, I've had to hold myself back from republishing the whole book in the excerpts at the sidebar! To breathe a word about it opens the floodgates.
The official publication date is April 29, but you can order it now from Amazon at a substantial pre-publication discount. Meanwhile, I'm scheduling book talks, compiling mailing lists, and doing all the other marketing tasks that writers are now expected to do to promote their books. This requires a full 180-degree Janus-like turn from a writer's to marketer's stance. EEEEK! or IIIIIIck! The Maine Writers and Publisher's Alliance has written in their newsletter over and over again words I've always ignored until this past year: "Your real work doesn't begin till after you've written and placed your book with a publisher." That's when you start marketing. And I'm here to say, now that I've gone through it, starting a year before your book will be published is not soon enough. It's one of those inchoate jobs that expands to fill any time you have.
But I'm not complaining. I know that this is just temporary, the arrangements to what I really have been wanting to do ever since I started this project way back in 1999: to shout it from the rooftops! In a few weeks, I'll be able to do just that. And as of today, blog about it here.