We have reason to celebrate tonight. I signed my first book contract. If some of you have not heard, two of my books, “Mad Man Knitting (or) The Waiter and the Fly,” and my children’s book, “The Teddy Bear That Saved Me,” are both being published by a wonderful little publishing house in France….translated into French. Now, how cool is that? How COOL is that? These are the kind of days that authors dream about. New eyes get to read my work, the barriers of language broken so that what little things I have to say may be seen by an entirely new and eager audience.
We’ve been working a few months on this deal. (yes, and people ask, who is this “we” you often discuss? Well, obviously YOU and me! We’ve been on this journey together for YEARS. You are solidly with me in everything I do.) The negotiations were easy, swift, wonderful and full of enthusiasm. The publisher and I developed a grand relationship that leans itself toward success. She said, “I picked you because I LOVE how you self promote yourself.”
So, we received our advance today. Now, as I’ve said on facebook, don’t think we’re gazillionairs now 🙂 Now the advance is the standard for a first time author for a house. It is very fair. But, once those books are released in France, they could have a tremendous impact on my career. Other countries may come forth. AMERICAN publishers may come calling. It’s all decidedly, a wonderful WONDERFUL arrangement and a great opportunity.
And so, in decidedly Gregory and Phillip fashion, we’re celebrating tonight with a home cooked meal. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and peas. Because I feel a sense of coming comfort, and I wanted a celebratory dinner that beautifully defined comfort. 🙂
Look at this journey we’ve taken. When you found me, I was a homeless man living in the woods, knitting one teddy bear just to feed myself. How far we’ve come….
…and I’m looking forward to seeing how far we’ll go. 🙂