The night before her book release,
The skies were cold and dreary.
And in her house
The author groused,
“The wait has made me weary!”
That opening is an homage to my newest book, SNORING BEAUTY, which will be celebrating its book birthday tomorrow. It’s strange for me to call it my “newest” book in that it was one of the first picture books I ever wrote way back near the beginning of my career, in 2005.
Let me remind you guys about 2005:
- Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah’s couch over his love for Katie Holmes (they are now divorced).
- George W. Bush declared, “I’m the decider.”
- Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith was the top grossing movie, despite it grossing out Star Wars fans everywhere.
That’s how long I’ve had to wait to see this book come to life. And this is how I’ve felt about it:
“This journey has been very slow!
For nine long years I’ve waited!
My kids have grown,
I’ve had six phones!
My patience has abated.”
As an author, I suffer under the delusion that the book is mine – that I am in control of its destiny. (Even after over a decade in the industry, that delusion persists.) But the truth is that there comes a point when the fate of most books is more outside the author’s hands than not. I’ve been very lucky – in the intervening years, I’ve written and published many other books. I didn’t have to wait day after day for the SNORING BEAUTY box – there were other boxes to fill the time until this book’s time had come. But that doesn’t mean the wait was easy. Think about when you miss someone terribly. The presence of other people you love may distract you from missing him, but it never truly takes it away completely. You still find yourself staring longingly out the window, hoping to catch a glimpse of him coming to your door. That’s what it was like to wait for this book to go through the production process.
But this is how I felt at the end of that loooooooooong process:
But then she takes a single book
And rifles through the pages.
“It does look grand!
Why this has taken ages!”
I know I’m biased, but SNORING BEAUTY is a beautiful book. Jane Manning’s art is perfect and it looks almost exactly as I’d imagined it. I’m very proud of it and it seems to be getting a warm reception. While it is never fun to be patient, in this case the old adage is true – good things come to those who wait. Now there’s only one more thing to wait for: tomorrow’s official release date.
I can’t wait.
Some fun SNORING BEAUTY facts:
- This is not my first animal-kissing-human book. I’m not sure what that says about me.
- Most of the time, my kids fight over who the book is dedicated to. This time, my girls (either of whom could be B.) are fighting to establish that the book is dedicated to the OTHER. The funny thing is that neither of the girls is really B! (The real B., by the way, does snore – I have it recorded! – and is beautiful.)
- The whole wedding day concept was not part of the original story. All that came out of the revision process as a way to but the focus on Mouse and increase the urgency of waking Beauty that night.
- I have a checkered history when it comes to mice. Check out my secret things to learn more.