Networking on the coral reef.
The interconnectedness. One fish dislodges detritus and another fish scarfs it up.
I like to think writers are like this. Impacting one another to create totally new works.
It would be nice don't you think?
7:30 pm and 79 degrees.
This is a review of the time line:
July 20 Dorian Karchmar of William Morris Agency offers representation
November 28 Lottery went out on submission.
December 6 Lottery sold at auction to Putnam.
December 7 Informed that Lottery was to be released August 2007
December 26 First edits arrive hard copy
January 2 First edits sent back hard copy. Dutch, Israel, Italy and UK rights sold
January 3 Deal posted on Publishers Weekly
January 8 Deal posted on Publishers Marketplace
January 18 Second edits arrive via email
January 18 Sweden, Finland, Taiwan rights sold
January 22 Second edits emailed back
February 9 Cover art completed
Februay 12 Rights sold to Korea
February 13 Uncorrected bound galley arrives
February 16 Rights sold to Russia
February 20 Copy edits arrive
February 23 Copy edits FedExed back
February 26 Dutch contract signed
March 2 Italian and Swedish contracts signed
March 6 Putnam contract signed
March 15 Request by publisher for trip to New York in April
March 23 First pass pages received hard copy
March 26 emailed first pass page corrections
March 27 Putnam check deposited (wired)
April 5 UK contracts signed
April 7 Fly to New York
April 9 Meeting at William Morris Agency with agent
April 10 Meeting at Putam with publicists, editor, agent and the rest of the Putnam crew
April 11 Meeting with Publicist. See Wicked on Broadway
April 12 Fly back to Honolulu
April 13 Actually arrive in Honolulu
April 17 ARC (advanced reader copy) arrive. These look like trade paper backs and have the cover art and back flap copy. They go to authors, reviewers and others that have requested a read before the pub date.
April 19 First book signing officially scheduled for Honolulu August 2.
What I have left out is the networking. The ongoing discussion about my other novels. Decisions about engaging additional publicists. Decisions about traveling back to New York and when.
Without the camaraderie and support of other writers this would be a long lonely trip.
Thank you for coming along for the ride.
Mahalo nui loa.