Saturday, April 7, 2012

Valentine's Day, Shakespeare, and Salvation's Release

Me: Hi, Beth.

She looks up from her own manuscript. There are about fifty pages (and a pen) in her hand and stacks of papers all over the table, but none on the floor. A definite achievement for Beth.

Beth: Hello.

Me: Umm. I have news.

She adjusts the grip on her pages.

Beth: Must not be good, or you’d be talking to Salva first.

Me: Why would you say that?

Beth: Because he’s cares about being first. And he’s stubborn. And can go for days without talking if he’s in a foul mood.

Me: A bit of an exaggeration. Don’t you think?

She’s gives me a doubtful look.

Me: OK, maybe you’re right. So I have news. And maybe you could help me share it with him?

Her pen falls to the table.

Me: The release date for Salvation has been changed. Again.

Her jaw drops.

Me: It’s been moved to January 2013.

The papers fly everywhere.

Me: (lifting my arms to avoid the spray) It’s not my fault! I swear. I submitted on time.

She sputters.

Beth: Anne, we worked our tails off so that you could have that first submission done. A year-and-a-half ago.

Me: Yes, Beth.

Beth: And then we worked straight through last spring for the second submission. Even though that’s our busiest time of year.

Me: I know.

Beth: I missed Senior Prom.

Me: You missed the prom for other reasons.

Beth: This is so unfair.

Me: It isn’t bad news. Your book is going to be the only original story released by Penguin in January.

Beth: Uh huh.

Me: Which means it will get more attention than if it was competing with something else.

Beth: We have Salva. Mr. All-State Quarterback. He can totally handle competition.

Me: Also, this means Salvation will come out when readers still have Christmas gift cards.

Beth: Are you kidding me? If I had a Christmas gift card, I’d spend it the day after Christmas.

Me: That’s because you’d lose the card otherwise.

Beth: (grudgingly) I might.

Me: And the best part . . . (I bend down and start picking up her pages)

Beth: Yes?

Me: Your story will be coming out the month before Valentine’s Day!

Beth: Right.

Me: Which means Salva will be in a good mood.

Beth: (glaring) As opposed to how he’s going to react to this news.

I hand her back her pages.

Me: An exceptionally good mood.

Beth: How exceptional? Are we talking chocolate?

Me: I think chocolate is a little mundane for Salva.

Beth: Flowers?

Me: Flowers in February are kind of expensive.

Beth: Shakespeare?

Me: Shakespeare will definitely be in order.

Beth: (giving a long dreamy sigh) I’ll tell him.


  1. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for this one. I love your books! Best of luck.

  2. EEEEEEEEK!!!! I know it's a long wait but golly goodness I can't wait for your next book, Anne! :D Super duper duper excited!

  3. Sorry for the delay, but I'm excited to read it! Do you have any kind of guess on when the final book in the Aurelia trilogy with be out?

  4. Excited for this!
    Is Academy 7 part of a series?