Contracts are due to land on my desk today for the publication of my latest book, Martini Moon.
This is sweet for me for a variety of reasons.
First, I love this book, and am more than delighted that I will be able to share it with my small, deeply-disturbed fan base.
Secondly, this indicates to me that the economy is on the upswing. Not only did the Dow close above 10,000 yesterday, and a headline today reads “Recession Ends in 79 Metro Areas,” but I got a book contract. That means my publisher is investing in me and my readers, libraries, and the book buying public in general. We will not let them down. Publishing provides jobs, from artists to copyeditors to box manufacturers to bookstore baristas.
And, of course, the sale of this book provides both public and private confirmation that I’m writing what people want to read. One person told me one time that I write “grim stories about unattractive people.” This is true. I do not write Danielle Steele books. But the people I write about are the people I know about. They’re real people. Real people have grim stories and many of them are unattractive. But they all have the spark of the beautiful inside them. This story, a mystery, is also about the little guy fighting city hall for what’s right.
I don’t have a publication date yet for Martini Moon. Most likely this time next year. Stay tuned, either here or on my website at www.elizabethengstrom.com.
I’ll let you know when the launch party is.