I just found out that the book I co-authored with Rick Walton, a guidebook to planning and enjoying a successful family road trip, will be coming out in print next year. The original plan was for an ebook only, so having a print version will be very fun.
Publication time is coming up, and I'm very excited. I'll get Seattle signings on the calendar after the holidays, and I've got a book tour planned for Utah in mid-February (King's English in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Feb 16--see you there!
After major laptop trouble this summer (one broke, one logged me out permanently and then had to be returned to my husband's work, and one won't hardly get online), and after trying to maximize time in the sun (fully sunscreened, KT!) with my kids, I'm back in business. On the candy experiments front, I've seen the cover material for my book, and should be receiving an advance copy in October. I'll actually be able to flip pages! The publication date of next January is sounding closer and closer!
My newest project is collaborating on a book about road trips, because if you know our family, you know we drive! And since I'd already been gathering ideas for a ParentMap article on spur-of-the-moment road trips, I figured an actual book wouldn't be too much harder. (Famous last words!)
Ah, the glamorous life of a writer! Not only did I get a personal guided tour of the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit, I got paid (a little) to do it! My article on Chihuly Garden and Glass just appeared on the ParentMap blog. We took quite a lot of photos even though the museum has a press kit with stock photographs available. The magazine ended up using our photos, including a very nice one with my son silhouetted against a Chihuly glass tower. Photography always helps!
This article took way longer to finish than it did to get accepted. I was kicking around the idea for months, keeping it at the bottom of my priority list, but when I finally turned it in the editor got back to me within days. That's one reason I like to write articles--the good news comes far more frequently than with book projects. See ways that organizing can save you money at the Dollar Stretcher online.