Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Who Doesn't Love a Good Memoir?

The editors at Sourcebooks (especially Stephanie Bowen) definitely do! 

I am more than excited about the deal my author Susan Blumberg-Kason has with them for her memoir, GOOD CHINESE WIFE.  It tells the story of her five-year marriage to Li, a man from central China, in the '90s, when China was still very much closed off from the rest of the world. Anxious to "adapt" to Chinese culture, Susan gets into the habit of deferring important decisions to Li and putting up with his abusive behavior in order to be a good Chinese wife. That is, until their son, Jake, is born. That is when she gathers the courage to plan a secret escape with Jake to the safety of her parents’ house in Chicago.

Susan - Wedding
Susan at her wedding.

I was captivated by the story from the start, and I've been working with Susan for about a year on revising the manuscript.  She is such an amazing person to work with because she has been undauntingly (is that a word?) cheerful about making changes to her work and about the whole submission process in general.

I'm also pretty psyched because this deal was my first pre-empt!  I saw a description of a pre-empt (on AbsoluteWrite.com) which is pretty accurate.  A pre-empt is kind of like the "Buy It Now" button on eBay auctions.  Yay for "Buy It Now"!!  See the deal on Publishers Marketplace and check out my +1 More Thing post on Google+ today.