Hi all! I thought I'd let you all know that I have great news! My book on asexuality has sold to a publisher!
I signed with my agent, Andrea Somberg, in May of this year. She helped me make a few changes to my proposal, and then we were ready to go on submission to publishers in June. We initially queried six publishers, and received five statements of interest. Two of them rejected pretty quickly, but three of them kept us on the hook for a while. Eventually, after months of publishers having meetings, discussions with directors, and other delays, I had received three offers.
My agent and I discussed the pros and cons and found the best match for what we were looking for in Skyhorse Publishing. The imprint that it will be released under is Carrel Books, a library-focused imprint. They are not launching their new line until fall of 2014 so it won't be published sooner than that. Early talks have suggested it will be out in time for 2014's Asexual Awareness Week.
It will be releasing in hardcover and e-book at that point, and while it will be available for individuals and organizations to buy via all the websites that sell books, my publisher will be focusing on marketing to libraries, not bookstores. There is a chance I will get marketed to bookstores at some point, with a paperback edition, but the book will have to do well with library orders and circulation and have enough of a demand outside that market to justify that. As it gets closer I'm sure I'll be able to give you guys information if you want to get your library to order it.
I accepted the offer and signed the contract on November 20, 2013. We're going to have a book, y'all!
For the record, I had more than 80 people volunteer for the initial full-book test reader list and more than 120 responded to requests to read short excerpts discussing backgrounds or experiences I didn't feel completely comfortable writing about without advice. The book is very inclusive and has been given the thumbs up by many people who represent these groups I don't belong to, and it also features quotes from 20 talented asexual bloggers. I really hope it does a good job covering a wide range of asexual experiences.
Feel free to comment or private message me if you'd like to ask a question about what's in the book or make sure I cover a topic. I do not have to turn it in immediately and it's possible you will be alerting me to an issue I may not have considered. I'm very, very willing to listen. It would suck to finally have a chance to get a mainstream book about asexuality out there and then find I misrepresented or left out someone's experience.