The book launch with Deb Wayman at Faire Isle Bookstore for In the Unsettled Homeland of Dreams was spectacular. The novel is about a community of slaves escaping from the boot heel of Missouri near Mingo Swamp to West Harbor on Washington Island off the Door Peninsula in Wisconsin before the Civil War. Faire Isle is a small store, so it was so crowded that my daughter Mary and son in law Rick stood outside to listen to the reading I gave. The engagement of the audience, many of whom had families that had lived on the island for generations, was exciting. There were people who had already read the novel at the launch and they, like the reviewers so far, were highly complimentary, and even excited about the novel. The launch was a wonderful experience. I pretty sold out of all the books I had originally ordered and will have to order more today.
All Things That Matter Press (ATTMP) has just sent me the cover for In the Unsettled Homeland of Dreams, my new novel about the black fisherman community that settled on Washington Island off Door County before passage of the Fugitive Slave Act. ATTMP is shooting for an early August release. After better than sixteen drafts, I’m ready!
All Things That Matter Press (ATTMP) is in the process of publishing my new novel, In the Unsettled Homeland of Dreams. I first learned about ATTMP when I started reading Diane Denton’s new novels. Then I read some of Mary Clark’s books and became familiar with other ATTMP writers. When Deb Wayman of Faire Island Books Washington Island suggested that I might consider writing a book about the black fisher community that had settled on the island before the Fugitive Slave Act, and then I got busy and spent a year working on a novel, I decided to submit the manuscript to two publishers: ATTMP and the University of Wisconsin Press. To my great surprise ATTMP responded immediately to my query letter and followed that with a contract. Since they responded so quickly I was excited to sign with them.
ATTMP has some really great books in their catalog. I hope some of the readers and supporters of fourwindowspress might consider going to their website at http://www.allthingsthatmatterpress.com. I can recommend several of their authors and especially Diane Denton.