This year to celebrate turning fifty I decided to turn a bunch of my Vermont stories into a book … the book I always meant to write before I turned fifty. Big fun, lots of hours spent remembering and chronicling, and the result is Mud Season … A Waking Dream in Vermont which I am thrilled to report will be published by Norton and their imprint Countryman next fall.
Looking through books I loved for agents authors thanked and recognized, I found the estimable Rosalie Siegel. Brilliant and opinionated, she famously sold William Wharton’s Birdie and Marlena de Blasi’s 1000 Days in Venice and has made Jonathan Ames an HBO star. I wrote to her. She was starting to think about retiring. But I didn’t want a young hotshot at William Morrow. I wanted smart. I wanted seasoned. The more I read and heard, the more I knew I wanted her. And somehow, over emails and phone calls, she said yes. I had an agent! Now thanks to her, I have a publisher too.
Along the way my old and dear friend Todd Porter read and edited and hung my sentences on scaffolding that started to resemble a book. He’d ask for more of this, maybe less of that, and now as we launch this little Vermonty franchise he is touching up the second book. If you need a book doctor I recommend this gentle thorough guy who will listen to your voice and make it loud and clear.
I would like to thank all of you for reading here and sharing this journey with me. I am ever grateful to have had your presence and your friendship.
And now I have a favor to ask too. If you have a blog or a FB or Twitter will you please share the news with your community? Mud and I are gonna need all the publciity we can get!
Mud Season by Ellen Stimson Fall 2013!
I am just silly happy over here