I have some very exciting news to report: starting in November, 2013, Skyhorse Publishing will be producing one of my books! Formerly titled Waisted Curves: My Transformation Into A Victorian Lady, this book will come out from Skyhorse with the new title, Victorian Secrets: My life in a corset, this coming Autumn.
Heretofore produced by me (helped only by myself and I) as hand-bound books, this story has proven so extremely popular that I was starting to have trouble keeping up with demand. (If you've been following these posts about hand-binding books you'll understand how time consuming it is!) To keep up with reader demand and spread this popular story amongst even more people, I was delighted to accept Skyhorse's offer to print it on a large scale. This will not only free up more of my time to write new books, but it will also mean that Victorian Secrets will be available from bookstores as well as online sources. (By the way, if you like Victorian history as much as I do, you'll enjoy Skyhorse's reprints of the 1895 Montgomery Ward catalog and the 1894 and 1897 Sears & Roebuck catalogs, available from the Skyhorse website:
http://www.skyhorsepublishing.com. And no, this recommendation has absolutely nothing to do with their printing of my own book, I just really like the fact that they're making these primary sources available again.)
After March of this year, hand-bound copies of Waisted Curves will no longer be available. If you already have one, congratulations on your good luck: it's going to become a collector's item! (Did you know that Virginia Woolf, Beatrix Potter and L. Frank Baum all got their starts publishing their own works? As an example of what certain rare books can be worth after their authors have become famous, here's a fun article. Of course, results may vary, as with anything.)
Victorian Secrets will, in some ways, be to Waisted Curves what a director's cut version of a movie is to the studio release. Victorian Secrets contains the same great story which was so popular in Waisted Curves, along with a few details and more illustrations which didn't make it into the hand-bound version of the book.
This is an incredibly exciting development, and I look forward with great anticipation to the November release of Victorian Secrets by Skyhorse. The ongoing support of my wonderful readers is not only appreciated by me, but also (I assure you) crucial to the success of the book. Please spread the word to your friends and associates, and encourage your local bookstores and libraries to carry Victorian Secrets after its release in November. Thank you very, very much, and happy reading! -S.C.
(In the next post, we will return to our regularly scheduled* program.**
*Well, not really scheduled.
** i.e., The bookbinding lesson will be continued.)