Main Entry: writerhead Pronunciation: \ˈrī-tər-hed\ Function: noun First Known Use: circa 1995
1 : a (usually) temporary state of dreamy concentration and fluctuating consciousness during which a writer feels most creative, productive, and artistic < upon waking in the morning, rolling out of bed, gently shushing one’s husband, and settling in at one’s desk: “Sssshhhh, I’m in writerhead” – Kristin Bair O’Keeffe >
Whoop! Whoop! In yesterday’s Publisher’s Marketplace deals!:
“Kristin Bair O’Keeffe’s THE ART OF FLOATING, where a young widow discovers a mysterious man washed up on her small town beach unable to speak and with the support of her motley crew of locals, vows to help him, but finds her own answers instead, to Leis Pederson at Berkley, by Barbara Poelle at Irene Goodman Agency (World English). Foreign: Heather Shapiro at Baror International”
I’ve got one novel published & out in the world (Thirsty, Swallow Press, 2009); I’ve got one novel in the publishing pipeline (The Art of Floating, Berkley Books/Penguin, 2014); I’m now writing the third. Here’s what’s happening in my writerhead world.
I don’t understand very much at all about the novel I’m writing. I’m just putting my head down, telling the stories that come to me, and trusting that some day on some page in some draft down the road, the women—who all go to Shanghai for one reason or another—will feel so familiar to me that I will believe we had coffee at Starbucks earlier in the week or that I remember meeting each one at Jamaica Blue on Wulumuqi Road in 2010. Or maybe it was 2009. It’s a funny thing to trust in the invisible, to have such faith in the imagined, to believe that this is creativity, not pure insanity.
My next novel THE ART OF FLOATING is due out from Berkley Books/Penguin in exactly one year, and right now, YES AS I TYPE, brilliant Penguin-y artists are putting together the cover art ideas. I love, love, love this process. Sure, it’s a little scary to put the visual aspect of my novel into the hands of someone I never met (because as we well know, many of us are first drawn to books by their covers so it’s super-ultra-uber importante), but it’s also pretty cool.
My editor at Berkley was awesome enough to ask for my ideas. I sent her some thoughts, but also started putting together this Pinterest page of book covers that strike me for one reason or another. Check it out!
(cover art of Fitzgerald’s book from Wikimedia Commons)