It's down to the homestretch for when The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception makes its way into stockrooms, bookstores, and warehouses. I know that the book has been on a remarkably fast production schedule. From acceptance to publication took less time than it takes to gestate a human baby. However, I'm a woman who felt like each of her pregnancies lasted several years, so it comes as no surprise that January has been the slowest month in the history of time-keeping. Will it ever be February 3? Will the book ever arrive at my doorstep? From the vantage point of this interminable month, it sure doesn't feel like it.
But, but, but . . . Amazon.com has my book on pre-order, and it shows a February 8, 2011, release date: only 13 days away. And in actuality the book will be out earlier than that (no fears, folks--it will be ready for purchase and signing at AWP!).
Those who stop by and see me/purchase a copy of my book at the Saturnalia booth or come and hear me read at Bardeo with my other Saturnalia buddies will be able to choose from a variety of book-related swag items, including alien spaceship and little green metallic men key rings, space alien playing cards, and the famous space alien in a bottle. Ooh-la-la!
To those of you who will be in DC, I hope to meet as many of you in person as possible. For those unable to make it to the conference this year, make sure to check out my live and up-to-the-minute AWP blog postings at The Best American Poetry Blog from Jan 30-Feb 6.
Till then, in extra-terrestrials we trust.