Looks like the Brits have taken notice of Offbeat Bride. The book was mentioned in an article called And the bride wore hotpants.
As part of the editing process, the copyeditor who's working on my book put together a list of uncommon words that I used that she wanted to make sure she styled consistently. It cracks me up. What a window into the weirdness of my book! Want to see?
Cover of my first book, originally uploaded by .Ariel. This is it! Evidently, my editor had a huge amount of back 'n' forth with the design department, but I didn't see any of the rejected covers. I'm pretty pleased with this final result — she's not me, but she's got the pink hair.
Today is the day that Offbeat Bride is contractually due to my publisher, Seal Press. I FTPed the completed draft (all 60,000 words of it) last night. It was sort of anti-climactic. I had a few last minute tweaks to do before mailing it in, but they ended up taking all of about half an…
Pity the copyeditor of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides. I don't think he knew what he was getting into when he agreed to copyedit a book about weddings: ****WHOA. UH. HMMM. I'M ALL FOR ASS-FUCKING REFERENCES, BUT THIS SORTA COMES OUT OF NOWHERE … *** This made me laugh until I almost…
My friend Patrick (who was my copy chief during my time at Movies.com, and who therefore is intimately acqainted with all my writerly flaws) is doing an editing pass at my book, and his feedback is the best. Here's an example from the chapter about rings: As for Andreas and I me, we ultimately decided…
I guess my pre-publication press push has officially begun: I'll be on KUOW today around 1:30 (Seattle-time) talking about offbeat brides navigating their ways through the Wedding Industrial Complex. You can listen online via their website if you want.
The amazing Michelle Goodman wrote an article for this month's Bust that includes an interview with me and a mention of Offbeat Bride. It's on newstands next week. (And thanks to Jill for sending me a scan of the article so I could read it — it's great!)
… now all I have to do is finish writing the book! I'm a little over one third of the way through.
After 18 months of incubation and hard work on various permutations of proposals, I just sold my first book! Seal Press will release my trade paperback debut, a memoir/handbook chimera with a working title of And the Bride Wore A Hula Hoop, in January 2007. Hurrah!