Wheatyard! Success!I am thrilled to announce that my novella Wheatyard will be published by Kuboa Press, with a scheduled release date of April 30. My deepest gratitude goes out to publisher Pablo D'Stair for giving a good home to this waifish orphan of a book. For the record, I started writing Wheatyard in November 2005 and finally finished it roughly two years ago, and since then it's been making the rounds at numerous indie publishers. So, for seven-plus years the book has been either in process (being written), in limbo (languishing in manuscript for far too long deep inside my messenger bag) or in circulation. I'm very eager to soon take this next big step.
Three things in particular drew me to Kuboa. First, Mel Bosworth re-published his novella Grease Stains, Kismet and Maternal Wisdom with the press. Bosworth's novella (which I read and enjoyed) is a low-key, plainspoken story of everyday life - no clever literary twists, no gratuitous violence, etc. - that has some vague parallels to Wheatyard, so I figured that any publisher who was receptive to the style and tone of Grease Stains might like Wheatyard as well. Second, Kuboa has a unique publishing model: physical copies of its books are published only in mass market paperback format (not the conventional, more expensive trade format) at a retail price of only $3, and the e-book version is free via Smashwords, so the focus is making the books widely available at a very affordable price. (Exposure is exactly what I need as a debut author, and not any concern for making money.) Lastly, "kuboa" (or "kuboaa") is an invented word that briefly appears in Knut Hamsun's Hunger, my favorite novel ever. It wasn't until after I accepted Pablo's publication offer that I learned that the name of the press is a direct reference to Hunger; Pablo says that Hamsun influenced him artistically more than any other writer. So while I didn't know about the Hamsun connection when I first discovered Kuboa, the mere possibility of that connection kept me interested.
I'll have more details as the publication date gets closer, so stay tuned. I'm very excited about finally publishing my first book, though admittedly I'm also pretty nervous over having to promote myself to the general reading public instead of just to prospective publishers. Selling doesn't come naturally to me at all, though at least I'll have a product that I totally believe in.
Posted by: Paul Lamb at Jan 22, 2013 4:13:49 PM
Congrats! I look forward to the read, and that's a great price for a hard copy.
Posted by: Jason Jordan at Jan 22, 2013 9:49:26 PM
Pete, I know you will do great. Many congrats for this big milestone. Looking forward to buying one of the first copies!
Posted by: Sam at Jan 22, 2013 11:39:01 PM
Posted by: Jeff at Jan 26, 2013 5:05:57 AM
Congrats Pete - looking forward to reading it - I am sure it will be as great as Rancid :)
Posted by: Laura Farrelly at Jan 26, 2013 8:13:08 PM
Thanks everyone! And Laura, I certainly hope it's better than the Rancid - for one thing, I now have an extra 15+ years of writing experience, so I really should have improved in the meantime. Though now that you mention it, the narrative definitely could have been livened up with the addition of an Essington-esque character.
Posted by: Pete at Jan 29, 2013 10:16:32 AM