Here's something I've wanted to post for a long time. I have a new novel coming out!
I've just signed a contract with Snowbooks, a small, award-winning independent publisher in the UK to publish my fantasy novel, Alias Hook.
The story reimagines the life and times of Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer-turned-pirate cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends, trapped forever in "a nightmare of childhood fancy with that infernal, eternal boy."
The acquisitions editor tells me she is "in love" with my book, and, seriously, isn't that all any writer really wants to hear? I know I do, and I couldn't be more thrilled about it!
But here's the weird thing (and, given checkered history of my writing career, there's always a weird thing). Initial publication in trade paper format will be in the UK only. Now, this is an improvement over the experience of my first novel, which was first published in German before it ever came out in an English-laguage edition in the States. It was a tad bittersweet to finally get a novel in print that I could not actually read.
With the new book, "foreign" rights (including US) are available from Snowbooks as we speak. It will also be possible to order my book online from the publisher, and on Amazon, via its bookselling partners who carry foreign editions.
Eight years in the making, Alias Hook is a story of love and war, male and female, and the delicate art of growing up. Tentative publication date is March, 2013, so watch this space for further details! Especially as I try to dream up strategies for promoting a book not available in my country of origin. (Oh well, at least this time it'll be in a language I can read.)
(Sketch of Hook at his glass © Lisa Jensen 2012)