Thursday, April 22, 2010
My First Galley Proof
Jazz hands! I received my first galley proof in the mail today! I checked the mail after class this afternoon and found the envelope from Algonquin. I held the galley proof (it looks just like the "real book" will as a trade paperback) for about ten minutes, completely awe-struck.
I'm so grateful and proud to be included in the 2010 New Stories from the South anthology, especially the volume edited by Amy Hempel. Her introduction to the collection is phenomenal - but would you expect anything less? Every line she produces is perfection.
I more than admire the writers in this year's anthology: Rick Bass, Brad Watson, George Singleton, Bret Anthony Johnston, Padgett Powell, Tim Gautreaux, and Wells Tower - to name a few. When I see my name in the table of contents alongside these guys - I pinch myself. Hard.
A big first. I may be sleeping with this galley underneath my pillow and hauling it around town in my bag for months to come.
(Photo - '09 NSFTS. Not sure if I'm allowed to unveil the '10 cover. Kind of like a next generation Apple Product, you know? No?)