Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Book Publication- Almost There!

The galley proofs are in and it's going to print here in the next two weeks.  So it should be out in the beginning weeks of summer, as planned.

It was going to be just a few short stories and it turned into a novel,  252 pages worth. I don't talk about work (anything I publish has to get the OK from the squirrel ethics folks)  but I talk about life and love and loss (and dog hair and bacon!)  I sent an advance copy to just three or four close friends. One of them, my good friend Borepatch, made my day with this post.

And one of the IND bloggers simply said : This is the awesome, with cake and bacon. I cannot wait to hold one in my hands. 

I'd hoped Big Bro would have been here to read this, but I'm glad Dad has hung on, just so he can agree with Partner with "needs more car chases and explosions".
OK Schmoo - Goldie's on lookout, on the count of three we rush the squirrel.

39 comments:

drjim said...

I'll be one of the first to buy it!

Rev. Paul said...

Can't wait!

Lantry said...

Just read Borepatch's excerpt. I expect I'll be buying a hard copy and one for the Kindle so I won't have to wait on the mail.

Borepatch said...

That was nothing like how much your book made my day. And still does.

Keads said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to get my copy!

garlicguy said...

There's going to be a Kindle version!?!

Eric said...

Put me down for a signed copy please.

Rob said...

good luck

Brigid said...

garlicguy - indeeed there will be.

Thanks everyone for your patience, the copy editing with my current schedule and organizing the fire repair at Dad's house took a lot longer than I'd hoped.

Windy Wilson said...

Recipes too?

Monkeywrangler said...

I can't wait for the dead-tree edition to come out. I will need at least two copies, Brigid. I hope the print run is going to be big enough!

Brigid said...

Windy - it's a novel, no recipes
:-) but there are always plenty of them here for free.

Skip said...

Doc, put me on the list of signed books.

naturegirl said...

WOW, it looks real now. (LOL) I mean it's really on it's way, which isn't right either cuz we've been trotting along side you and Barkley for years now. How about Yay it won't be long before it's out, hehe.

Am I the only one who thought you share a presidential, or first lady, name(s) when I saw the cover?

All silliness aside, I am so happy for this new achievement notch on your belt. Your writing deserves this, Barkley and your time together deserve to be preserved forever in book form. Many more millions who somehow have missed finding Home On The Range will learn. People usually can't resist a good dog story, and will come away with so much more than "just a dog story" once they read it.

Big Bro knows. He's still watching over you, and I know he's proud too. Never doubt that he's not, or doesn't any more. :)

Brighid said...

This is going to be sooo good, can't wait.

Mark/GreyLocke said...

As long as there is an E-book version, I will be buying one. It's getting harder and harder for me to read paper books any more. My eyes are not under warranty anymore :( But if you put out an E-book It WILL be purchased and added to the other 3 or 4 hundred e-books I already have :)

Sherry said...

I can't wait! Tell me how to get an autographed copy. Fire at your dad's house? How did I miss that one? You are going to have to give up your day job and go into writing books!

Cathy Monroe said...

Can't wait to buy it, but in hard copy not Kindle so I can save it.

immagikman said...

Looking forward to it B. :)

immagikman said...

While Barkly has moved on, will we be able to get a copu signed by you and Abby? :D

Old NFO said...

Looking forward to it!

WOZ said...

I need at least 2 signed copies please.

OldAFSarge said...

Read the notes on the back of the book...

It got really dusty in here...

I cannot wait, though I must. I am so looking forward to this book.

Keith Wilson said...

Congratulations!!
The cover looks great
Nice job...

john bord said...

three batks

Mathew Paust said...

Love the cover, L.B.J. (this oughta sell real well in Texas, ya think?).

I, too, am holding out for a hard copy. Signed, if possible.

Sugar Lips said...

ANY book, but none more so than the first, is akin to a birth:

much labor and planning, overcoming that big final push (or surgical removal for the stubborn,) and then out comes this little miracle that YOU made!!!

been there for multiple book "births" and it is always a hectic and special time. but, a warning for you, Brigid--

as with babies, one also forgets the pain and struggle along the way, and it isn't long before another is in the works... we look forward to a BIG family! : )

still, this one is extra special due to the force of nature that is Barkley, and your shared love. no doubt your book will ultimately find a home in that special place of inspiration and love on my bookshelf.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Brigid said...

Thank you everyone (and Sugar Lips, I so know what you mean, writing it was easy, finishing it up for that final print was a lot of work).

I will have a few signed copies for long time readers and friends, but I do not wish to publish my address so I'll have to figure out a good way to get them to you. Suggestions are welcome!

Thank you again for all of the love and support. Barkley is greatly missed and I hope this book will bring back a bit of him to us as we continue our lives.

Hat Trick said...

B. Please put me down for a signed copy.
I eagerly await the opportunity to read the whole book.

mikelaforge said...

SASE to avoid the address disclosure. Just need to have the weight-stimate. I'm in. Be well.

mikelaforge said...

I'm in.

Stephen said...

:-) :-) :-)

You know that aroma that wafts through the backyard when you have choice steaks on the grill with a fine, cold beer in hand on a summer evening? And how it makes you salivate with anticipation? That's this post for me. :-)

naturegirl said...

A 6 month p.o. box might be a safe way of handling the back and forth between you and those who want autographed copies. Bundle one up, take it to be weighed (at least you will know that much info, but where it's going will affect postal rates too.)

In general, mailing anything now a days is expensive - sometimes more than what the products themselves sell for. If it's overseas sometimes it can be tricky to send and take a long time too. (Just a fyi to everyone, from a former rock band merch girl :) )

Brigid said...

natureggirl - good idea, but I put in 10 hour days with a lunch break that is NOT long enough to go to a post office and Saturday, I'm not home before the post office is closed. Perhaps a UPS store address. And you're correct, it will cost as much to ship as to purchase so I'm in the negative in a big way for each one shipped. I'll probably just have to bite the bullet and take the loss, but that means I can't send one out to everyone that requests as signed copy unless they are willing to pay for the shipping. :-(

immagikman said...

Nonono don't take a loss, I'll gladly pay for "Shipping and Handling" I definitely do want a signed copy :) and maybe a paw print from Abby :)

billf said...

Brigid,
I can't speak for everybody,of course,but I would gladly pay extra shipping to get a signed copy.The very little extra time and expense (on our end) it will take for such a perk is well worth it.
Several of your readers,myself included have long thought that your work should be published,and maybe this will be a toe in the water for your next career.

naturegirl said...

Brigid, if they ship to you and you ship back it's way in the negative. I would suggest getting x amount (your decision) ahead of time and sign them and then make arrangements for those to be the only signed copies (at least by mail) sold directly from you to them.

But it still means at least one trip a week to ship them.

I wish I was closer, I'd totally offer to do this. Did it for a decade with them and kinda miss it sometimes. Your fans are probably less crazier too, LOL.

Jennifer said...

Looks great! Anxious to get a copy in my hands.

Robin said...

When its ready to sell, I have some places you can ask for plugs, Glenn Reynolds obviously, and Sarah Hoyt has two places she's plugging books.