Saturday, April 1, 2006

I am Thrilled to Announce...

My book manuscript, This Many Miles from Desire, has been accepted for publication by WordTech Editions, an imprint of WordTech Communications. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wordtech has published books by Allison Joseph, Nick Carbo, Ravi Shankar, Barry Spacks, Maxine Scates, Liza Wieland, and many other fine poets. I received the e-mail from editor Kevin Walzer last week and signed the contract and dropped it in the mail yesterday.

This is my first full-length book (I had a chapbook in 1999) so you can imagine how excited I am! They have scheduled it for publication in June 2007. If you or anybody you know would like to get on a list to receive an e-mail or postcard when the book is out, let me know. In the meantime, I'll be thinking about cover art, writers to ask for blurbs, and a few new poems to include in the manuscript.

Thank you again so much, Kevin! I'm going to celebrate and bask in a little joy.

34 comments:

Jilly said...

congrats!

Neil Aitken said...

Congratulations! Let me know when it's out and we'll try to hook you up with a review at Boxcar Poetry Review right away :)

Ji In said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations! That's fantabulous news! Stick me on your mailing list, for sure. I'll be lining up to buy a copy next summer. Bask, bask like you've never basked before! You deserve it.

Michael Parker said...

Congratulations, Lee! The title is wonderful. Please put me on your mailing list.

sarahkim said...

That's wonderful news!! Congratulations! And by all means, please put me on your mailing list, too.

Lee Herrick said...

Hey, thank you everyone! I'm in serious bask mode! I really appreciate your nice comments.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Lee, wonderful news, add me to the list too, please. Good luck.

Ivy said...

Congratulations! Yay!

Puka said...

That's great Lee! Congratulations!

barbara jane said...

lee, this is such awesome news! happy to see you *finally* announcing it! congratulations again.

Jack Yan said...

Wonderful news! Congratulations!

Roger Pao said...

Congratulations, Lee!

Lee Herrick said...

oh...thanks, everybody! i'm still on cloud nine---or at least the top of cloud eight.

jamie ford said...

Congrats! Very cool news.

(And on April Fool's Day even...)

Michelle e o said...

Congrats Lee! I am anon above, I don't how that happened.

daddy in a strange land said...

Add my congrats (and mailing list request) to the long, well-deserved list. :)

la sansei said...

Hi Lee,
BIGTIME Congratulations! This will be the first of many -- ENJOY!
Amy

Lee Herrick said...

michelle, i'll definitely send you an announcement. thanks for your support! and neil, thank you for offering to review at boxcar. the first issue looks great.

Bridgeowner said...

Congratulations, Lee. The poetry world will be richer with this.

soon-young said...

Let me know how I can get my hands on it.

Lee Herrick said...

Soon-young, I totally will.

Folks, I really want to thank you all for taking a minute to send your congrats. I'm so excited---I have a lot of questions, nerves, moments of surprise and joy...but I'll be talking it slow and asking a lot of questions of a few of my writer-friends who've been here and done this. I am glad I didn't change the title---it had been This Many Miles from Desire since I began work on it over five years ago, but last year I started to second guess it, and I began to think about alternate titles (Uproot was one I'd considered). But it's all worked out so far.

One of these days I'll write a little about the title's origins. Until then, go UCLA!

Shin Yu said...

Congrats, Lee! Add me to the mailing list for an announcment!

Lyle Daggett said...

Getting here a little late, but want to add my congratulations.

jamie ford said...

Oops, put me on your list as well, please.

Congrats again.

mor x. chang said...

Lee,

Congratulations! How awesome!

Oliver de la Paz said...

Congratulations!!!

pam said...

hey, congratulations Lee, and add me to your announcements list!

Sheryl said...

Cool! I can't wait to read it!

Lee Herrick said...

hey everybody, ya'll are cool. many thanks!

Anonymous said...

hey Lee, I just happened to check in on your blog and what do i find, but you are about to publish a BOOK. huge huge cheers of joy to you~! keep IAT up to date on this special milestone. we love you. cynthia

Dana Y. T. Lin said...

Congrats! Definitely include me in your mailing list! Woo-hoo!

Amy said...

Fabulous news, good for you! You must be so excited.

Lee Herrick said...

dana, amy, thank you for your notes here. cynthia, i'll definitely keep you posted. lots of love back to you.

Lee Herrick said...

something just occurred to me ...i think i may have made some friends in the blogosphere. i imagine it's unnecessary (and rather cheesy of me) to say, but i want to say that it was really nice seeing how many people left a comment here. i get grateful like that. kamsahamnida.