Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 • 3 Comments on Fairy Tale Lust News
Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women hits the shelves in less than a month. This book has been my other “baby” over the past year. I found out I was pregnant last March, around the same time I started working on the concept for Fairy Tale Lust. Pregnancy test and contract; ultrasound and call for submissions; endless doctor’s appointments and endless submissions to read—the two experiences kind of mirrored each other in how new, exciting and scary they were. And here I am, a little over a year later, with the awesome six month old baby and the terrific book ready to be released into the world. Funny that it takes longer to “birth” a book than a human being, hmm?
So far, the advance reviews for Fairy Tale Lust from Amazon Vine reviewers (also known as objective strangers whom I don’t know and haven’t bribed) have been pretty good and the book maintains a solid 3 and 1/2 star average. (As does Eat Pray Love. I’m just sayin’.) FTL also garnered a 4 and 1/2 star review from RT Book Reviews, the leading magazine of genre fiction. In other awesome news, the book club subsidiary rights have been purchased by Doubleday Book Club and FTL will appear as a featured alternate later this month and in the summer catalogs of Doubleday Book Club, Rhapsody Book Club, Science Fiction Book Club and Book of the Month Club 2 (online). What does that really mean? Well, it means the potential for an entirely new audience and… swoon… a hardcover edition of Fairy Tale Lust! Not bad for my first anthology, right? Not bad at all.
Now I’m talking about readings and signings and planning dates and trying not to freak out over the idea of actually having to read in front of people. (Did I mention my public speaking phobia? Did I? Huh? Oh god.) Nothing has been finalized yet, but I’m hoping to read on the east coast (DC, possibly Baltimore), west coast (Portland!) and the midwest (Chicago). I’m also trying to work out a book launch party in good old Norfolk, Virginia. (Did I also mention that my publicist says Virginia is not “sex-positive,” but Washington, DC apparently is? Weird.)
New books come out every single day. Hundreds of them. My little anthology is but one tiny drop in the publishing bucket. But it’s mine (well, ours—the seventeen fabulous authors and me) and I’m so very proud of how it turned out. The stories are as wonderful and varied as the authors who wrote them and the fairy tale theme is timely and fun and wide open to interpretation, as anyone who reads Fairy Tale Lust will discover. This book truly is my baby and I know it won’t make me a fortune (would that it could) or win any awards or make more than the tiniest splash in my end of the ocean, but I am so excited about it and looking forward to July 1.
When the summer is over and the excitement has faded and I’m no longer clicking “reload” on Amazon every 4.5 seconds to see if there are any new reviews or if the sales ranking has changed, all that will be left to do is to wait for the royalty checks to see if all of these little bits of good news made any difference in the number of books sold (and hopefully read). I’ll get to focus on my writing again and not worry over book promotion and public speaking and arbitrary reviews. I’ll get to just be the writer again for awhile (the writer who will be pitching new anthology ideas, of course) which is really the perfect life for me. I’ll be a little sad that the madness is over, though. And then I’ll remember… I get to do it all again next year with Dream Lover.