Monday, June 25, 2012

Summertime Fireballs.

So sorry for the long absence this month. Things have been so crazy around here.

Thank you so much for your encouraging words and your suggestions when my publisher sent me notice that they were closing their doors at the end of the year. I had the option of having them publish my book anyway, and they would be nice enough to give me back the rights on January of 2013, but I decided to take my rights now and see if I could find a new home.

I've got great news: I DID find a new home. Fortunately, I was able to land with a great publishing house, Hydra Publications. I met with the president and got to pitch to him in person a few months ago, and I reached out to him again. He's been looking for some good steampunk books, and Dragonfly Warrior hit the spot. The best thing about joining Hydra is all of the other authors on its roster. They've created a robust and active writer's community, and they've already welcomed me with open arms.

I know I'm in good hands. Although this is a delay, I'm relieved and happy that I signed a contract with Hydra. Depression has been replaced with jubilation. Things happen for a reason, I guess.

I have been traveling ALL over the place by car. Yuck. My lower back hurts so bad. I don't have satellite radio, so I am sick of the same songs being played by the radio. I hate Adele now. The cool thing, however, is I've gotten to drive through and stop at all of these great little towns...bits of Americana out here in the middle of the US of A. And with summertime in full swing, it was really cool to see kids playing baseball in a sandlot (literally). Or the ice cream truck surrounded by a swarm of eager kiddos holding dollar bills in their hands (in my day, you only needed 50 cents to get a bomb pop). Swap meets, picnics, festivals..

It made me think of my own childhood and summers spent outside the house, not coming back until the proverbial streetlight reached its full electric bloom. My most memorable summer memory is one that involves me and my buddy riding our bikes late at night and a huge fireball streaking across the sky. I think it was 1982.

We just about crashed our bikes when we saw this huge object hurtling right over us, a piece of it falling off and vaporizing in the air. It went from west to east, streaming and billowing across the horizon. I had a tough time falling asleep that night.

Next morning, my friend knocked at my door with a newspaper in his hand. A Russian satellite had fallen. It burned up before striking the ground. What's funny is that other that this blog post, I still talk about that night all the time. I accidentally ran into my childhood friend in college, and he said that it's one of his favorite stories to tell too.

So yeah, when I think of summer, I often think about Russian satellites crashing.

27 comments:

Jenna Howard said...

Wow! No dust collects on you, Jay.

Congrats on the new contract. That's so awesome!!

Melissa Bradley said...

Congratulations! That is amazing news. I am so very happy for you. Sorry I have not been around a lot of late. Things have been kind of crazed here as well. It seems like 2012 is just not settling down LOL.

I can't wait til your book drops and you know you have an open invite to come to The Imaginarium whenever you'd like.

My fave summer memories are playing softball and sitting out on the front porch talking with my dad till all hours.

Vero said...

HOLY COW! This is awesome news! Well done, Jay, thigs DO happen for a reason. ;)

I wish I would've seen that satellite too...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jay! Glad you secured another publisher. A delay is all right. Like you said, do it right.
Wild story about the satellite.
And you really need Sirius/XM. Or a way to plug in a cell phone or iPod.

Brinda said...

That's a very cool story about the Russian satellite. I'm every excited for you concerning your new publishing home. YAY!

Emily R. King said...

Yay for your great news! So glad you found a home for you MS. Perhaps it was meant to be all along. :)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Sounds like your book has found an even better home. Love the story about the Russian satellite.

Julie Dao said...

I knew you'd find a publisher in no time! Congratulations, Jay, that is excellent news!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

That's a cool pic of the falling space junk. I'm so happy that your manuscript found a home sir! Congratulations :)

J. A. Bennett said...

Congrats on finding another publisher and very cool story with the satellite. If that happened to me, you bet I'd be bragging too :)

Julia Hones said...

Congratulations, Jay! This is great news!

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations on finding new home for your book! :) That's excellent!

Jay Noel said...

Jenna: Thanks girl!

Melissa: Wow, I bet you still remember many of the conversations you had with your dad.

Vero: You can see non-crashing ones up in the sky pretty much every week.

Alex: Yes. I need satellite radio. I do have an iPod hookup, but it doesn't charge my iPhone

Brinda: Thanks!

Emily: I think you're right.

Jay Noel said...

Susan: I think it's a much better home.

Julie: Thanks!

Michael: I was really worried about the process, but it worked out in the end.

JA: I keep thinking something else has gotta fall from the sky.

Julia: Thanks!

Eagle: I appreciate it

DEZMOND said...

see, I told ya the previous thing was a sign that you will find someone better!
Couldn't be happier for you!

Ciara said...

Sorry to hear about your back, but congratulations on the contract. That's awesome!!

Stephen Tremp said...

Congrats! with the new publisher. Better to take the time and get it right the first time.

The Desert Rocks said...

You are definitely a fireball. Congratulations on the new publisher!

Elizabeth Twist said...

Wow, that was so fast! Congratulations on scoring another publisher. This book is like the Little Engine that Could.

Cool fireball story, too.

Jay Noel said...

Dez: You called it!

Ciara: I need a massage.

Stephen: So very true. It will all work out in the end.

Eve: It's 112 degrees out here. I am a fireball!

Elizabeth: It wants to see the light of day!

Pk Hrezo said...

Wow how awesome you got to see that!

And big congrats for your new pubber!! SOunds like you had a stroke of bad/good luck. :D

Mr. Shife said...

Congratulations on the new publisher. Extremely happy to hear that, and summer time always reminds me of great childhood memories too. Have a good one buddy.

Rusty Webb said...

Great news about your new publisher. I hope they fast track your novel to publication.

And dude - as a podcast junkie, I have to tell you that you've got a great opportunity to listen to a ton of stuff... or pick up an audible account. Your driving time will go much better.

Dafeenah said...

Congrats on the publisher (and weight loss)! I grew up way out in the boonies we were always seeing things fall out of the sky makes me wonder what some f them actually were now lol

the weirdgirl said...

Oh Jay, I'm so glad you found another publisher! Congratulations! I'm not surprised you were picked up so quickly. It's good!

Anonymous said...

Proud of you,babe. We have several fireballs in this family.

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