I don’t know how to do this, other than to just rip off the Band-Aid and do it, so here goes: Last week I received an email from my agent telling me that my release date has been pushed back six months…which means *sob* March of 2010.
I have to admit, the first 100 (or so) times that I read the email, all I could see was: "DELAYED! DELAYED! DELAYED!" It was not a pretty scene at my house, all the crying and the tissues and the puffy eyes. My husband was the one who had to point out that there were other words in the email too. (And can I just say, thank god for supportive husbands…they don’t say anything when you’re drinking wine with your ice cream, and they make sure that the 8-year-old goes to school in clothes that aren’t out of the dirty clothes hamper.)
So, as sad as I am over the news, and believe me, besides the crying, I’ve also spent a few days in total denial (and with my face buried in box after box of Girl Scout cookies!), there is a silver lining to the announcement. The request came directly from the Sales Department at HarperCollins because they want to make a bigger marketing push for The Body Finder. This is great, it means that the book will get more attention (and hopefully more marketing $$$).
And even though I’m being pushed back, their reasons seem to be for the best. To be honest, I’m already seeing an increase in attention from the publisher, which makes it really hard to complain.
I kind of felt like I was slipping between the publicity cracks (my deal was only 12 months from handshake to scheduled release, which is SHORT in the publishing world), so it really is better this way.
But, still, I'm a total baby, and the waiting will, in all reality, probably kill me!
Okay, I may be a tad dramatic too!!!