About seven years ago I decided it was time I learned more about the publishing industry in South Africa and what it would take to get published. I did what every self-respecting, over-enthusiastic beginner would do: I bought a book called How to get published in 30 (relatively) easy steps by Basil Van Rooyen. I mean, who doesn’t want to get published in 30 easy steps, right? In Mr. Van Rooyen’s defense, it was a no-holds-barred kind of book that made me realize nothing was going to be easy about this expedition. It also made me think that I would probably have to brave the international market because no one in South African was going to publish my decidedly ‘non-African’ stories. Seven years after reading the book, and ten years after deciding that I actually had some books in me, I am finally seeing the fruit of all that intensive reading and late-night laboring…
How bloody fantastic is that?!?
Seeing as ordinary words pale in comparison to what it feels like to have your dreams come true the words that came to mind were:
Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
He chortled in his joy.
That’s right – frabjous. There is simply no better word than that!
I am particularly fond of this book (and its slew of rejection letters that I carry in a gilded envelope in my left breast pocket ready to take out and wave in people’s faces when they don’t appreciate the hard work this was… kidding… though it’s not the worst idea…) and cannot wait to share it with readers. Being the word nerd that I am, I am also gleefully excited to start the back and forth editing process… I’ve waited long enough to get this little inside glimpse and now it’s here! Squeeee!
The book is set to be released in March of 2015. And don’t worry, I promise to remind you. Ad nauseam.
I’m not much of a romantic (much to my husband’s delight) but I have looked on at this moment with starry eyes, wondering if it will be as cataclysmic as I imagine… it was. It is. It’s been honestly rubbish not being able to tell anyone about it (for TWO MONTHS!) so here I am, screaming it from the veritable online rooftops to say: I’m officially getting my name on the spine of a book! O frabjous day!
I know, I know… a tad dramatic – chalk it up to beginner enthusiasm.