On Monday, Michelle chose to look back over 2011 and reflect on the year, as so many
people do in this season. I, however, would rather look ahead. No experience in rocket science is necessary to understand why–Michelle’s debut was in 2011. Mine will be in 2012.
She has the grand, scary, wonderful, much dreamed of, overwhelming, underwhelming, whoop-di-do moment behind her, with all its baggage. She expressed eloquently in her Monday post what that has all been like for her.
For me, 2011 is nothing I want to dwell on. It was a mercurial year in my personal life, but in my career and debut author experience, it was a bit of a sandwich year. Except the sandwich is wrong side out. My two all beef patties came in 2010, with the actual acquisition of my book, and in 2012, with its release. 2011 seems to have just been a bit of white-bread bun in the middle, with the special sauce of a great cover right at the end.
2012, though! In 2012 I’m looking forward to the lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions. with ARCs, reviews, release parties, signings, and maybe even a school visit or two. As to how vinegary the pickles turn out to be, or how spicy the onions, that remains to be seen.
Will it be, as Michelle said, the best of years?
Will it be the worst of years?
I don’t know, Michelle, although as long as we’re quoting Dickens, I hope we both get the chance to say “Please, sir, may I have another?” in the publishing world. I’m thinking we will. If I’ve learned one thing in this industry, there are no crystal balls and the future is never entirely clear, but as you so aptly reminded us all on Monday, there is plenty of hope and new opportunities for those who keep the faith.
And so on behalf of everyone at EMU’s Debuts, we wish Michelle Ray a fond, “see you later,” since we really aren’t willing to let her get very far away.
In the meantime, we will soon be welcoming some NEW people to the EMU nest. (Okay, for all you sticklers for accuracy out there, Emus don’t make nests, they lay their green eggs directly on the ground. My use here falls under the category of artistic license. ) Ahem. As I was saying, we will be joined in February by Tara Lazar, Peter Salomon, and Laurie Boyle Crompton, and maybe more.
Peter Salomon’s debut novel HENRY FRANKS will be published by Flux late in 2012.
Tara Lazar’s debut picture book MONSTORE will be published by Aladdin (S&S) in 2013. Tara is also known for her PiBoIdMo answer to NaNoWriMo.
So, dear readers (I’ve always wanted to say that), we bid Michelle a fond farewell, but extend a friendly “howdy-do” to some new members in 2012.
What’s more, we expect to see a whole slew of debuts this year. So, without further ado, and before my colloquial verbiage gets any farther out of control, here’s what lies ahead in 2012:
FLYING THE DRAGON by Natalie Lorenzi debuts July 1, 2012
KATERINA’S WISH by Jeannie Mobley (me!) debuts August 28, 2012
GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES by Mike Jung debuts in fall 2012
LEAGUE OF STRAYS by LB Schulman debuts in Fall of 2012
You know what? I think I’m liking 2012 already.