The proof arrived yesterday afternoon. No matter how much I have on my plate when UPS pulls up with a proof, I have to put whatever it is down and start reading. Fortunately, the truck didn’t come until Jim and I had run errands and I had dinner started. By the way, I am dyeing with black bean soaking liquid, so I had a two pound bag of beans needing cooking. I made the most phenomenal chili out of part of it and the rest, Black Bean Salsa with corn and peppers. I put too much whole cumin seed in it and I should have toasted them first, but its still pretty good.
Anyway, I usually avoid the camera at all costs but even with my stringy bangs, I had to show you the real book, in the flesh. So far I’m half-way finished reading and I’m satisfied with it. There is one editing snafu I wish I had picked up on earlier but it is minor and I am going to let it go. People who nitpick will find it and complain, but others will think, ‘Oh, an imperfect human being wrote this and went through the trauma of having it published.’ I hope there is nothing major that sticks out. If there is, I’ll have it fixed at great expense and time.
As soon as I approve it, the publisher will send it to Kirkus for review. I hope it gets a good one!
This Saturday I am doing a book signing at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts from ten until noon. Here’s the blurb I posted on Facebook. I’m not mentioned in the copy because I wasn’t asked until last weekend and only because my neighbor, designer Kirk Johnson, told the organizer about me and the books.
Other Winter Greenmarket activities include:
* From 10 a.m. until they’re gone … fresh greenery, swags, wreaths. Greens come “dressed up” or plain for your own creative touch. Remember – greens often sell out at the Market so don’t delay!
* The Holland Chorale’s “Dickens Quartet” stroll the Winter Greenmarket from 11 a.m. until Noon. Dressed in traditional Dickens-era attire, the singers share memories of Christmas’s past.