BIG news. EXCITING news! OMG, this is happening news!!
Red Penguin Books offered me a contract to traditionally publish my middle-grade historical novel, Daily Bread! They will manage the editing, layout, design, and artwork, and have it out in the world by (gulp) October, complete with generous promotional, distribution, and multimedia programs.
Take a breath. There is more.
Stephanie Larkin of Red Penguin Books believes the best way to sell a book is to write and put out the next one and offer a companion to pique readers’ interests. She wants a series, which is great since the sequels have been playing in my head for quite some time now. We discussed the companion and concluded a collection of recipes from my Italian-American grandparents with accompanying short background stories would be amazing.
The timeline is a bit aggressive, but I work best under a tight deadline. Here’s the rundown:
October 2020: Daily Bread launches
November 2020: The cookbook comes out (do you see the opportunity to offer a gift set for the holidays?)
May 2021: Book 2
November 2021: Book 3
As bonus features, I will have book club questions and curriculum connections available for all three novels and recipe previews for the cookbook. I have to suspend my other writing projects until I can breathe, but will continue to post the weekly coffee shares and be available for in-person and virtual author school visits in the schools (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and schedules).
I feel very good about Stephanie Larkin and Red Penguin Books. They have been accessible, transparent, and willing to share a bevy of publishing business expertise. Putting quality books in the hands of readers is the mission. It’s my desire, as well. We are on the same page.
Join me on this incredible ride. Stay tuned.