Now, I’m not one to complain, but I’m here to tell you that getting published these days is so very demanding, frustrating and challenging. Since Amazon took over the book selling world, profits have become very tricky. Most of the big publishers have merged into 5 big units and the few small guys who still try to eke out a living… well, they still try to eke out a living. Unless your name is King or Rowling or Grisham, publishers just don’t want to talk to you. Believe me: I’ve tried. Time and Time and Time again, I’ve tried!
BUT!!! I’m thrilled to tell you I’ve not only found a publisher who wants to bring my newest book to market, they want to publish 3 of my books! I’m really pumped about this and look forward to a long term relationship with Castle Carrington Publishers of Victoria B.C.
Those books? Well…
“Until I Smile At You” features the celebrated story of Ruth Lowe who wrote the song that dynamited Frank Sinatra’s career into the stratosphere, “I’ll Never Smile Again”. “It was a perfect song, interpreted by the perfect singer, at the perfect time,” says Nancy Sinatra in the book’s Foreword. This astonishing story has bever been told until now, and Jennings was personally selected by the late songwriter’s family to write the book. Tom Sandler, Ruth’s son, told him, "I don't want mom's story forgotten. I now know I've met the man to ensure her life will continue to shine. You're a writer, a singer, you love the Great American Songbook and you love mom's song. Could there be anyone better to write her story?"
"Pushing The Boundaries! How To Get More Out Of Life” is an intriguing account of 31 people from around the world who reveal how each has overcome obstacles to achieve success in life. As Jack Canfield, renowned co-author of the "Chicken Soup For The Soul®" series says in the book's Foreword, "Having the conviction to reach beyond your fears and take chances means you’re ready to achieve lasting success." The profiles include daredevil tightrope adventurer Nick Wallenda; intersex Belgian super-model Hanne Gaby Odielle; doctor of change Patch Adams; design wizard Tommy Hilfiger; Mount Everest record holder Alan Mallory; corporate glass ceiling smasher Katie Taylor; disabilities champion Rick Hansen; platform-merging NBC Chair Bob Wright; and many other inspirational individuals.
“Being Happy Matters" showcases 37 people from around the world who talk with me about staying happy in unhappy times. Celebrated sociologist Dr. Christine Carter from the University of California has labelled me “A Happiness Expert” due to the depth of research I commit to in my writing.
One of the reasons I elected to go with Castle Carrington is that the principal person there, Margot Wilson, has committed to getting “Until I Smile At You” out by late November so we can hit the Christmas market, the largest book buying time of the year. Most publishers will take at least a year to bring a book to market but Margot agreed to pull out all the stops and make this happen!
So, there ya go. It seems to have taken a lifetime but now I can focus on writing and not trying to get my work published. A relief to be sure!