I have some great news on the book front. My next two books will be published by Philomel, an imprint of Penguin Random House. I am soo excited and happy about this. Here’s the announcement from yesterday’s Publisher’s Marketplace:
National Book Award finalist Carrie Arcos’s NERUDA IN LOVE, about an unlucky-in-love sixteen-year-old boy with a penchant for poetry but an inability to write his own, who falls harder than he ever thought possible for an elusive girl, and wonders if his luck may finally be changing, to Liza Kaplan at Philomel, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in Summer 2016, by Kerry Sparks at Levine Greenberg Rostan (World English). Translation:
The initial spark for this book comes from a former student of mine when I taught over in Moreno Valley back in the day. He was this incredibly passionate, sensitive, and romantic guy trying to figure things out. He introduced me to the poet, Pablo Neruda. It’s such a shame that I went all through school to have never heard of him. That seems crazy to me. So I got this idea about a boy named Neruda, after the poet, who is the unluckiest in love. And I wrote this story that I’m loosely calling the third in my Southern California stories. My first book took place in San Diego, the second in Eagle Rock and surrounding LA, and this one is another Northeast LA book.
I feel LA has such a rich sense of place and most people think of LA in three ways (I know because my East coast relatives say this): either we are infested with gangs and street thugs, or we are rich film and TV people in Beverly Hills, or we are all beach surfer types. Angelinos are way more diverse than that. It’s funny with my second book I had someone comment that it didn’t feel LA enough because it felt like a suburb. There are suburbs in LA too.
Anyway, regardless, I’m so excited that Neruda’s story will be published. It’s a little bit away: 2016! But that’s the publishing time table and is normal. The great thing is we have plenty of time to make it amazing. It’s already written, and I’m editing.
The second book has yet to be determined, but I’m hoping it’ll be the story I started at my time in Hedgebrook. Sorry I can’t say more. I’m holding it close to my chest.
The selling of these two books came at such a crazy time. We were having to move, the owners are selling our house and we couldn’t swing the price, I was looking for work, because you know money was/is tight, and it was the busiest work season for my husband. The week before I was in tears wondering how I’d handle everything.
A week later, I got a job at CSULA for the fall. I’ll be teaching two composition classes. We put a deposit on a new place. And I got word about not only a book deal on the table, but that I’d have to choose between people.
Philomel is a wonderful imprint that suits who I am as a writer. Liza Kaplan is a dream editor, and her enthusiasm for Neruda is palpable. I think it’s going to be a perfect home for me.
I’m so very grateful.Read More