Friday, February 17, 2006

I can hear that lonesome whistle blowing

For those of you who were looking forward to Notes for My Body Double, your wait has now been indefinitely extended. In fact, Notes is, well, no more. It's back to being an abstraction, a file on my hard drive, a stack of paper.

Yesterday I withdrew the book from the publisher. There were production issues that they were upfront about and in light of those I felt it was best for me and my book to go a different direction.

On one hand, I hated doing it; I very much was looking forward to it appearing in the near future. On the other hand, though, there's a kind of thrill in starting over, something like the rush of free-fall, perhaps.

It will be a huge headache, even though I'm kind of excited. I haven't sent anything, manuscript-wise, for a year now.

I'd like to stay away from the contest route, if I can, though. That way lies madness.

If anyone has suggestions, I'd appreciate them.

13 comments:

A. D. said...

argh. and i was looking forward to this.

Paul said...

Yeah, me too, man. But these things happen.

C. Dale said...

Send me an email. We will talk.

Steven D. Schroeder said...

Booooo. :-(

Dee C. said...

Booooo-hooooo!

A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz said...

Dammit! Well, at least I've got the first one to hold me over.

Oh, and I'd suggest some Steely Dan. Any Steely Dan. They're always good, even when everything else kinda isn't.

Peter said...

Paul: sorry to hear this. At least they were up front about it.

I'd suggest Crab Orchard and Ausable.

Suzanne said...

That bites, Paul. I doubt that it will take long for another publisher to snatch up your book. You rock star, you! xo

shanna said...

hmm. that's really disappointing. what kind of production issues? or would you rather not say?

Scoplaw said...

I see your arrgh, and raise you a booo.

Are you going to entirely rework the MS? If so, you have many ears/eyes you can draw on during that process, including my own.

Paul said...

No, probably gonna leave it mostly as-is. I'll continue to tinker -- can't help it, but it's more or less there.

rebecca said...

I'm sorry it didn't work out with Black Lawrence.

Amanda Auchter said...

I'm really sorry to hear about your book. I love your work and was really looking forward to it. I have hope.