Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Big News. Huge!

My dearest BOOBHs,

After months of keeping a big secret I can finally share some exciting news with you.

Many of you know Cary McNeal of List of the Day fame. Cary and I have struck up a close friendship over the past couple of years, as I have with so many of you. He was one of the first people in my adult life who truly encouraged me to write and told me I had talent, which I desperately needed to hear but didn't even know it. I came to think of him as a mentor in many ways since he is doing what I would love to do: writing online, working from home, and writing books that make people laugh.

Last year he asked me to co-write a proposal for a new humor book that he had been approached to write on his own. Since he's a busy guy with a lot of irons in the fire and the project had a lot to do with differences in genders, he thought it might be best if he shared the work with a woman. We wrote that proposal well over a year ago but it didn't get picked up by a publisher, so we both just moved on and kept doing our thangs.

A few months later another book idea came along from his publishing contact, and again he asked me to work on the proposal with him. We wrote the 20 page-ish document together, and this time it was different... this time, there was a lot of interest right off the bat! This time publishers looked at it and said, "We can sell this."

So we got a book deal!

Last April we got word that our book had been picked up by Running Press. It has taken many months of negotiations, but now that we have our signed, official contracts in hand we have finally been given the green light to announce to the world that our book will be published in the Fall of 2011!

It's a non-fiction work called Crap I Bought On eBay: Our Shopping Spree In The Wal-Mart of Weird, and it's already pretty hilarious, if I do say so myself. And I do. :)

So, there you have it! I'm so excited to be a part of this project, and I hope that this news gives all of you who aspire to be published a shot in the arm. Remember, it doesn't matter how many people read your blog - it's not about collecting followers or doing give-aways or anything else that we get hung up on in the Blogosphere; it's just about writing consistently in your own voice. You never know who is going to read it and decide to give you a chance!

Oh, and anyone who says that internet-based friendships aren't real -- neener neener!  You're wrong.  

As always, I blog for fun and as a creative outlet, not for monetary gain. But hey, if anyone wants to pay me to do it, I'd be open to that too. Ha ha, I'm kidding! (no, I'm not)

I'm glad we talked. I feel so much better now that we're all in the know, don't you?

Please wish me luck as I dip a toe into completely uncharted (for me) waters.
XOXO
La Bev

29 comments:

Audra said...

AWESOME

CajunMan said...

Woo-hoo! Congrats to you both -- two of the most creative and consistently entertaining writers I know. Great title, and it sounds like a sure-fire hit. Wonderful news indeed.

calicobebop said...

YAY BEV!!! So happy for you!! Congrats!

Salt said...

HOLY. SHIT.
Congratulations, Bev!!!!! I am so excited for you!!!!!!!!
Can I send a copy of it to you to have signed when it comes out? ;)

James van Spronsen said...

Yes! A book validating my purchases of small animal skulls, a replacement Andre the Giant big-ass mug since mine broke, oscilloscopes, Harrison Ford lifesize bust, and old watch gears. Take THAT, wife!

CONGRATULATIONS! Looking forward to checking it out.

Brooklyn ML said...

What awesome news! Go you!

Bev said...

Thank you so much, everyone! Salt - I'll sign anything you want, girlfriend. An-y thing. Heee

James - Hmmm, those are all awesome items!! Better watch it or you and I will end up in a bidding war over some of those!

Cary said...

I'm delighted to have you on the project, Bev. They say the way to succeed is to surround yourself with brilliant people. If you can't find any, then funny people are the next best thing.

Kidding! You are both brilliant and funny, and I'm glad to be able to exploit your talent for my own personal gain. Welcome aboard!

Elliott said...

Yay! Damn cool. I love to hear stuff like this!

Mala said...

What?! HOW THE HELL DID YOU KEEP THIS FROM ME?! Oh wait, is this that "Ookbay Eelday" you've been talking about?

I keed.

Congrats to you both!

TS Hendrik said...

Congratulations! That is exciting news.

Stuart said...

Two words:

1) Fuckin'

2) A. (it's a word)

Congratulations!

MJenks said...

I'm running off to a meeting (for which I have furiously been making powerpoint slides for the past forty minutes) so I don't have the whole story right now. BUT, congrats.

Though I'm a little disappointed it has nothing to do with your left breast.

Doc said...

That is really awesome!!

Frank Irwin said...

Well, Hell. I guess that OneBadMammaJamma and I can quit working on our book, Crap I Sold at Wal-Mart: Shit People Wouldn't Even Buy on EBay.

Congrats, Bev, and have fun with it!

PorkStar said...

Nice Bevers!!! Very nice!!!! I'm very happy for you, congratulations to you both

Samsmama said...

*picks jaw up off of floor*

WOW! Way to go, you two! I want my copy signed by both of you, and preferably hand delivered.

Melissa said...

Congratulations Bev and Cary! So thrilled for you both. This is going to be awesome!

MtnMama said...

What CajunMan said!

And I can't WAIT to add this to my collection. I'm excited for you both, but maybe a teensy bit more for you, Bev darling, because Cary's book is already gracing my bookshelf.
This is fabulous news and you SO deserve it! Love!

Harmony said...

What Samsmama said! In honor of this fantastic news, I shall dip into my secret glitter stash and star dust the very next person I see...it will be mag-wait for it-nificent! Congrats to both of you!!! Signed copy...got it?

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

This is an amazing and inspiring story. CONGRATULATIONS!!
xoRobyn

Daisy said...

Congrats to you both! It's sure to be an awesome book! :-)

Heidi Renée said...

I said it on the 'book, but I'll say it here too: woohoo!

Senorita said...

I am so happy for you !! I hope that when you get your big advance, that you don't ditch us for better BOOBHS.

Seriously though, they picked the perfect woman for the job !

ISRAEL CARRASCO said...

Bev I'm so happy for you. Your talent is evident as I have told you many times how truly funny you are. Keep us posted! Congrats!

Kate said...

Yay! Go you! When you get to meet Ryan Reynolds can you stomp out Scarlett and send him to Texas. Mmmkay thanks.

But seriously, that is awesome. I cannot wait to get my hands on that book!

tracey said...

SO COOL! I'm as proud of you as if we're related. : ) You couldn't have a better writing partner in crime than Cary. Can't wait to read it.

Jackie said...

I am so happy for you!!!!! You rock! And now more people will know that fact too!

Mike said...

Woohoo that's great news.