Therese here. Today’s guest is soon-to-be-author Amy Sue Nathan, whose debut novel, The Glass Wives, will be published in 2013 by St. Martin’s Press. Amy runs a blog I enjoy called Women’s Fiction Writers, where she interviews authors of women’s fiction and turns the platform over to them occasionally for guest posts. She recently joined with some other debut authors to create a new blog as well, a blog called Book Pregnant, “to share what we’ve learned and give you a look at what to expect when you’re expecting… a novel.” That sounded brilliant to me, and so I invited Amy to visit with us today to tell us a little more about it. Enjoy!
I didn’t understand it. The sleepless nights. The pacing. The cravings. The mood swings. The pressure to plan for the future.
Then, it all made sense.
I was Book Pregnant!
The Phrase: Book Pregnant
Book Pregnant — the phrase, the group, and the blog — is the collective brain child (excuse the pun) of authors Lydia Netzer (Shine, Shine, Shine, St. Martin’s Press, July 2012) and Sophie Perinot (The Sister Queens, NAL, March 2012), author friends who experienced these same first-time pangs.
Book pregnancy, Netzer and Perinot decided (for purposes of the group), begins with the sale of a book to a traditional publisher and technically ends when the book pushes its way out into the real world. The gestational period is usually one to two years. Or longer. Luckily, Book Pregnant, (the phrase and the group), has grown to encompass the newborn stage as well as the conception period for book #2 and beyond.
Once Book Pregnant, always Book Pregnant (or so we hope)!
The Group: Shh! It’s a secret! Sort of. [Read more…]