My wife and I have four children, and we sent out birth announcements for each one after they entered the world. But we did not send out pregnancy announcements before the blessed event. It seemed like bad luck – tempting the Evil Eye.
The analogy between the world of children and of books is pretty close. There’s the labor, the waiting, the flurry of activity with the birth, but when it comes to announcements it fails. So I am ready to announce that Midnight Ink is publishing my new book, Smasher. Its due date is October 9, 2009. Kaynahora. Spit. Spit. Spit.
It’s been exciting to hear the enthusiasm for the pending arrival from Bill Krause, publisher of MI, Steven Pomije, the PR manager, Courtney Kish, my PR rep, and Connie Hill, my editor-to-be.
Now comes the planning. I don’t have to paint the nursery walls pink, but I will have to give my website a new coat. And then there are visits to plan so friends and relatives can inspect the newcomer (e.g., at bookstores and conferences). I’ll keep you in the loop.