Hey there! I’m excited to share an announcement with you, and I’m a bit overdue, if I’m being honest. Earlier in the summer, I entered into negotiations with Christine Ngeo Katzman, the editor of Halftime Magazine, and someone I’ve known for over a decade. She was looking to expand her portfolio and searching for novels based on the marching arts. As you might imagine, I was interested.
While I’m not embarrassed of my first six novels — they will forever hold a place in my heart — I haven’t done as much with them as I could, and my writing has changed and grown since they were first published. So, I decided to put forward Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek as a project for consideration. I’ve always been proud of it, but thought it never really found its audience. After some back and forth, we agreed it was the right manuscript. A contract was drawn up, and in July I went to work on editing a new draft (with anticipated publication in November 2020). While I’ve been editing furiously over the past few weeks, I’m excited to see where this partnership will lead.
I still enjoy self-publishing, and have other projects I’m preparing for release without Christine, but I’m optimistic to see how far ‘Confessions’ will go with the support of a team. I know many authors who are under a similar ‘hybrid’ approach, and I think in today’s publishing world, there are no right answers. Authors have to do what’s right for them and their projects.
I’ve always loved the story, and Julia McCoy is such a fun protagonist to revisit. Confessions has also been (twice!) in consideration for adaptation to film/television, so maybe a third outing will be the trick.
Overall, like most of my publishing goals, my expectations are limited. I want new people to find the book. I hope that if they like Confessions, they might consider buying some of my other works. As always, I like giving a voice to the band geeks of the world. And perhaps most important of all, I’m now motivated to revisit Julia’s world, and get to work on a long overdue sequel.