Last week I reached a couple of significant milestones and I hope you’ll join me in celebrating. I signed a retainer contract with a new agent: Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management. Michelle has outstanding discernment – she did fall in love with my book, after all. Seriously, I think Michelle is a great agent I’ll enjoy working with, and I’m very excited to be represented by her and Folio.
The second milestone is that Michelle is negotiating the publication of my nonfiction book about the neurology of resistance with Tarcher, the folks who brought us The Artist’s Way. How cool is that?
The editor at Tarcher has suggested I change the title, Around the Writer’s Block, to something that brings the brain science connection into the main title. I think What the Hell Is Going In Your Brain When You Want to Write But Can’t or Don’t and What You Can Do About That conveys the confusion and frustration we writers feel about resistance, but I suspect it might be too long and too irreverent.
So I’m inviting suggestions. If you’ve been following this blog, you probably have a pretty good feel for what the book is about and I’d love to hear from you (as always).
Almost Late is Right On Time
My Loft summer classes start this week, so this really is the last week to register. My classes are perfect for writers who are procrastinating and struggling to establish a writing routine, so it’s not surprising that so many of you sign up at the last minute. But if you wanted to get into the Writing Habit on Tuesday evenings at the Open Book, you waited too long; the class is full. Fortunately, you can get into the Writing Habit on Thursday afternoons (1 to 3 pm) at the Oakdale library.
There are also spaces in the Writing Resistance class on Wednesday afternoons (1 to 3 pm) at the Wescott Library in Eagan. You could be part of history: I’m drawing a great deal from my class notes and my students experiences for the book and I won’t be teaching this class again until 2011.
I hope my good news inspires you – publication, and more importantly making a difference with our words and ideas, is always within our grasp. As long as we keep showing up!