Woo-hoo!!! I received an email from my editor stating that the paperback of my book Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, will be released in February 2014. I was stoked because the my book will be more affordable, especially for high school and college students. And, coming out right before Women’s History Month is killer.
But then I sighed and was again, as I have been since March, saddened by the thought of being caught up in the drama between my parent company Simon & Schuster and Barnes & Noble. It totally monkey-wrenched my original dreams of making my book accessible to the millions of readers interested in memoirs, Latino-American identity and race, current events, New York City, hip-hop culture, first-and-second generation American stories, and the truth about New World history, that peruse the bookstores. I’ve discovered many books I didn’t know existed by browsing through interesting titles and covers, as many people still do today.
So I said a prayer that these two publishing giants would make up before February and put it out there in the universe (and asked my friends on Facebook to send me good vibes).
Not even a minute later, I received a mass email with the subject heading: A MESSAGE FROM CAROLYN REIDY, the President and CEO of Simon & Schuster. Weird, I thought. Then, I opened it.
I am very glad to announce that Barnes & Noble and Simon & Schuster have resolved their outstanding business issues, and look forward to working together on promoting your great books.
I keep pinching myself. For the first time since the release of my book, I feel hopeful that Bird of Paradise will have a smoother flight finding her audience.