The road to Stringtown Rising.
I had to go out to the old farm this past Friday morning and I ended up behind the Ornery Angel on the road. That seemed quite fitting at the time, and as the days passed also, as the Ornery Angel is all about teaching me patience. She appears, like a SIGN, when I need to practice my patience.
I have been waiting since Friday to tell you my news. I was about to lose my mind from the desire to SPILL IT. This afternoon, I got the green light to tell you. Of course, this happened exactly when I was insanely busy because I had six people here working for me today on the studio and the fencing. Luckily, it was just starting to rain, so I started paying people and running them off!
And then! Sean and Sean, who had been out here fencing for me today, called a couple miles away from my farm to tell me they had run out of gas on the way to the gas station! So I ran to the barn, grabbed one of the several gas cans left behind by the previous owners (all empty) and drove out to get them, took them to the gas station, then back to their truck. I said, “Do you have a gas can?” Sean said, “No.” I know they are tight with their money. I told them I had three, so keep it. These two boys are Ross’s best friends from high school, and I just love them. I never let them leave without a sandwich on homemade bread. I was happy to give them a gas can.
And then! I drove back home, ready to post. And it was storming like crazy, which of course meant I had no internet.
But finally! I am home, no one needs gas, and the internet is working again. For the moment! So here it is!
Last week was an amazing week here. Very exciting. There were multiple editors calling me to tell me their vision for my book and what their house would do with it. I found myself having conversations with editors at major publishing houses who have worked with CELEBRITIES in which I was discussing MY COW’S FLOWER. (And thinking to myself, JUST SHUT UP, SUZANNE!)
I’ve sold a lot of books before, but have never had an experience like this one. This past Friday in New York, with multiple houses interested in publishing it, the memoir of my adventures at Stringtown Rising was put up for auction to the highest bidder.
I was freaking out!!!!
And I wanted to tell you right away! But I had to wait to spill the news, even after I knew which publishing house had come out on top, while some finer points in the contract were hammered down by my agent and editor. Which took longer than I expected. And I nearly lost my mind! But I can finally tell!
My book will be published as a lead title in HarperOne, a non-fiction imprint of HarperCollins. Along with the wild ride of my life at Stringtown Rising (including my crazy adventures with the animals), it will also include recipes, crafts, and photographs. I think (hope) that it will be everything you’ve been asking for when I’ve talked about doing a book. It will be published sometime in 2013, but I don’t have a set date yet. (A publication date usually comes later in the course of events.) As this process moves along, I will post more details as I know them.
I want to say thank you to my awesome agent, Jenny Bent, who believed in this book before I started writing it (and patted my hand a lot in the past week), and to the most wonderful Jeanette Perez at HarperCollins who gave this writer a dream come true, and also for her enthusiasm for my book. I was in love with her vision for the book and when the auction happened, I so wanted it to be her. I am thrilled that my book found its home with HarperCollins and most especially with Jeanette.
And most of all, thank YOU. This book is written with love and gratitude to each and every one of you, and I hope that you will love it. You carried me through this journey on your wings of unflagging support and encouragement. I couldn’t have done it without you.
I am so excited. Me and my little farm, we are going to be okay now.