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And the Dreams that You Dare to Dream Really Do Come True

Dearest darling readers of this blog: it’s up! The revised and updated edition of The Forest for the Trees on Amazon. Shit, this is really, finally, happening. I even got a nice, encouraging note from my publisher, you know, the great and powerful Oz! My intern is clacking addresses into a label maker file. The guy helping me with marketing has made a fabulous e-card and is designing a brochure. My publicist is sending out the books and talking to folks. My editor gave me 11 pages of notes for the revision, so if you like the changes, blame her! I’m pushing myself on to people (just today got a MFA prof to invite me to his class), and have written letters to anyone who has ever so much as sneered at me. I’m working on a piece for Modern Love and it SUCkS. I’m working on something for Publishing Perspectives. Most important, I’m working really hard to get down to my fighting weight and fit into the Nanette Lepore dress I bought a size too small on a great sale this summer at Bloomingdales.

What are you doing for your book?

19 Responses

  1. Good lord, that’s not the dress, is it? Cause those pockets aren’t flattering on ANYONE. Congratulations on your newest incarnation of FFTT. An 11-page editorial letter? Sigh. That actually sounds dreamy to me.

  2. two things i am doing for my book:

    1.) i just pre-ordered your book! (who says social media doesn’t help sell books?)

    2.) attended an author appearance tonight at the Louisville Free Public library with Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor talking about their book Traveling with Pomegranates. (i even talked to her about writing if you consider asking a question from the audience and getting her answer from the stage “talking”)

    one thing i’m not doing:

    1.) writing!!!

    so excited to get the new version. thanks for putting it out there. now i’m going to open up my MSS after i wipe the brown off my nose.

  3. Congratulations on the release! I’ll be reading your book and continue praying to Philip Roth.

  4. Congratulations! I can’t wait to get a copy and force all my friends to buy their own.

  5. Yay! I’ll post a link to the Amazon page on my Facebook and Twitter. Then I’ll buy it.

  6. Order Summary:
    Shipping Details : (order will arrive in 1 shipment)

    Please note: Pre-order Price Guarantee covers one or more item(s) in this order. If the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price. See details.

    Order #: 002-blah-blah
    Shipping Method: Two-Day Shipping
    Shipping Preference: I want my items faster. Ship them as they become available.
    Subtotal of Items: $10.88
    Shipping & Handling: $0.00
    Total before tax: $10.88
    Estimated Tax: $1.04
    Total for this Order: $11.92

    Delivery estimate: October 5, 2010 1 “The Forest for the Trees (Revised and Updated): An Editor’s Advice to Writers”
    Betsy Lerner; Paperback; $10.88

    Sold by: Amazon.com, LLC

  7. Oh, and I forgot to check the mail yesterday.

    Congrats, good luck and all good stuff.

  8. Hi Betsy,

    The offer stands if you want to give a workshop (like for $ and to sell books) and speak at the AWC (and sell more books) and various radio programs. . .


  9. Uhm… trying to write it . . .

    Congratulations Betsy.

  10. ditto downith’s comment.

  11. hi, hi ho it’s off to Amazon I go!!!

    Oh, and Betsy, I have that same dress….in my closet. It’s been there since 1975….burp…here Petie dog, here petie…bring mommie another muffin…no, not the bran one….cheeze….the chocolate chip.

  12. congratulations, Betsy!!!! long-awaited and also some precious tool for writers, I’m looking forward to getting the updated version πŸ™‚ plus I understand the thrill completely, ’cause my book too hits bookstores today πŸ™‚

  13. Still in revisions here, nearer done but still not quite. Heartening to salute your success. Your love of the publishing process humanizes what to me now seems opaque and impossible.

    Your book is in my pre-order basket.

    Come to LA for the Aloud series.

  14. Congratulations! I was torn between Amazon and an independent and decided I’ll do both, one for me, one as a gift. Can’t wait to read it!

  15. Ditto to Mary’s comment: one for me, one as a gift.

    What am I doing for MY book? Can’t I just do something for yours?

  16. Congratulations. The crop is ripe and you’re bringing in the harvest. Appropriate season for it, too.

    “What are you doing for your book?”

    Which one? For one, I’m shifting from only looking for an agent to looking for an agent or a small press, while at the same time submitting excerpts to litmags. For another, a collection of short stories, I’m submitting the stories to litmags but not trying much to get the book published. For a third, I’m not sending it around much, as it is a harsh, dark and sexual work and anyway, there’s only so much time in a day. For a fourth, I’m avoiding the possibly major rewrite it may need, since it’s possibly major. For all the rest of them, why, some are mere twinkles in my eye.

  17. Congratulations, that is terrific!

  18. If only writing was as sexy as that picture. I want the forest And the trees! I want the forest because of the trees! I want! Just to drag this blog down to the basics, in a response, as if someone actually reads these things, these comments, you can stuff my nose in those pockets any time any where all day long. When did writing become unsexy and kind of nerdy and more than a little sterile? As if being an intellectual meant going along with the soft soapers who have somehow grabbed an audience with baby-crib psychology that is struggling hard for its life and repeating to everyone, over and over, until they play along, those they can get to read their soft soap, that psychology is a hard science and not welfare for the weak? Writing has always been sexy. And so, for my book, I am fucking everything I can get my hands on, over and over, again and again, and being very nice about it. Yes, I am a dick.

  19. Must order this. How exciting. Congrats.

    For my book? Revising.

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