Friends and future readers,
Several people has asked for an update on Lay Down Your Weary Tune (LDYWT). Although from the outside it seems very quiet at this point, there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes. Here are a few of the highlights:
In April, Other Press released their Fall/Winter catalog, which listed LDYWT with some important info including format(s), the summary, an excerpt, and the official pub date of January 26, 2016. It also marked the unveiling of a very cool cover design, which I’ve splashed all over this site and everywhere else I hang out. The release of the catalog also kicked off the digital listing of the novel in a bunch of places, from Amazon to Indiebound to Booktopia in Australia and beyond. Since Other is distributed by Penguin Random House, LDYWT also appeared in PRH’s catalog. As we get closer, I’m be running some pre-order incentives, but I’ve provided the links so you can see LDYWT out in the web-world if you’re so inclined. After all these years, it is definitely strange to start to see it take on a life of its own.
In other exciting news, a few weeks ago I met with Beehive Productions and M.R. Poulopoulos at Caffe Lena to work on a promotional video for the book. It was fun day of filming and music and drunken noodle from Sushi Thai Garden, and I cannot thank Jeff and Sue from Beehive, Mike P., or the Caffe enough for their generosity of time and talent. Be sure to keep an eye on this website and my social networks / situations for the finished product, which should hit around the end of July.
- Lastly, as you know by now, I’ve overhauled the website to focus on the book. Hope you like it! I think it’s much improved from the clunky site that I’d ignored for a few months. This will serve as a hub of sorts with the spokes stretching to FB and Twitter and Tumblr and so on. Important stuff will be posted here, but if you’re looking for my more regular postings or what-have-you, follow me on Twitter or Facebook.
When I first started this process, I didn’t know what to expect. That said, the editorial process felt like a natural extension of the work I’d been doing for a couple years (just more rigorous + with a brilliant editorial team), but now I’m headed into new territory. The promotion, publicity, marketing piece of the puzzle is way outside of my element, but I have a great team of players from Other Press to Christopher Rhodes to all of you fine folks who have expressed interest in LDYWT. So, here’s to the run-up to the release. More updates to come.
All my best,