Three quick things.
1. The finish line (or perhaps I should say, a finish line) is in view! I’m wrapping up everything that’s due (soon!) to my publisher to move the Birthright collection into production.
One thing that I think is settled: the author photo for the back cover! (Gratitude to photographer Jody Christopherson and makeup artist Jody Formica. FYI: I connected with this dynamic duo through my friend Julia Knobloch, who worked with them a few months earlier; Do Not Return, Julia’s debut poetry collection, will be out from Broadstone Books on July 1, and I can’t wait for my pre-ordered copy to arrive.
2. Lots of nice developments are happening with my various book-promo clients. The Question Is “Why?” Stanford M. Adelstein: A Jewish Life in South Dakota, is now available for pre-order. (Be sure to check out a couple of free excerpts when you go over to the website, too.) John Sibley Williams’s As One Fire Consumes Another has just been featured in a terrific Oregonian piece on new books by poets “with Northwest ties.” And check back soon for a new podcast interview all about Jacob Dinezon (1851-1919) and the work that Jewish Storyteller Press‘s Scott Hilton Davis has devoted to bringing Dinezon’s name and works to a new generation of readers.
3. We’re now past the midway point in June, and I’ll be away for a few days next week, so of course I’ve already begun working on the July issue of The Practicing Writer. If you haven’t yet made use of the June edition, never fear—it remains online, and although a few of the deadlines listed there have now passed, most of the opportunities remain open for you to pursue for the rest of June and beyond.