I’ve been working hard getting revisions of Sing for Me to my editor, Beth Adams. And to my relief, and her relief, and to the relief of my husband and our children, and our dog, and our tortoise . . . I think they’re finally done.
Here’s what I’ve been looking at intermittently as I’ve worked:
(My son just peered over my shoulder and said, “I don’t want you to change anything but I feel bad the tortoise is always last. I always say, ‘Good night everyone. Good night, Honor. Good night, Sheldon.'”
Oh, how I love my son.
Sheldon is the tortoise. Let’s revise: And to my relief, and her relief, and to the relief of Sheldon, and my husband and our children, and our dog . . . I think they’re finally done. UP WITH REPTILES!)
Anyway the pub date for Sing for Me is officially . . . APRIL, 2014!
(As I write this, I just received an email from my assistant editor, Amanda Demastus, asking for an author photo. Thank goodness Greg (my relieved husband) just set up the lights for another portrait he’s taking today. Portraits are hard for me until Greg helps me go to the unselfconscious place inside myself where they’re not so much. I guess I’ll have to go to that place sooner than later.)
Another email from Amanda just came through! She’s working on Sing for Me even as I write! “I just passed the manuscript to begin the production process today. One of the first things I do after a pass for press is take the chance to ask you about bound galley orders. Galleys are made from the designed pages of your manuscript and are used to garner publicity and endorsement quotes. We have some time but it is better to think ahead.”
Oh, Amanda, you rock.
Really this has been an odd post filled with parentheses and asides, hasn’t it?
Initially what I intended to do was really focus on a few examples of the photographs I’ve been looking at lately as Beth and Amanda and I have been discussing the cover. This is the most I’ve ever been asked to contribute to a cover discussion EVER and I’ve loved being a part of it.
Picking up where I left off many parentheses ago, I’ve been looking at photos like this:
And finally for today, this:
Aren’t these photos gorgeous? In all kinds of ways? And more than that? They were taken by the photographer Roy DeCarava.
Do you know of other great photographers who worked in the 1930s or photographed jazz musicians? Please let me know if you do.