Announcement: Book Deal!
Miracles happen. They do!
In July this year, a publisher from Red Panda, a children’s imprint of Westland Publishing (an Amazon company) in India reached out through my blog. She asked if I was interested in writing children’s fiction. I hemmed and hawed and eventually jumped at the opportunity. For someone who primarily writes creative nonfiction, this has been a leap of faith, a jump off the cliff moment.
Between July and now, I worked on a proposal and a manuscript. I shaped the story as I walked on my elliptical each day. I wrote at night aiming for a few thousand words each night against a deadline. I worried if the story made sense if my voice was okay if my writing was good. I still worry about all these things. I had a hard time letting go and accepting it will have to be enough. My labor of love is now out of my hands and into the hands of those who will set it free.
The book (working title) “Why Is My Hair Curly?” is aimed at children aged eight to twelve. It features a family with a daughter and a son and one adorable paati. At its heart, it is about acceptance.
I am told the book will launch mid-2020. I am excited and can’t wait to share the book with you all. If you have questions, ask away and I will try my best to answer them.
A humungous thank you to all of you who have validated this journey I am on with your comments, emails, and friendship in real life.
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delurking here… Heartiest congratulations 🙂 look forward to reading the book
Thank you for delurking and for the wishes.
Congratulations. Richly deserved…
Thank you for being my cheerleader.
Oooh this super duper news made me show up here. Heartiest congratulations. This is so so well-deserved. I have a bunch of questions about the book, obviously. But I’ll hold off for now. When do you think will the book be out?
Thank you! Ask away. Book tentatively is planned for May 2020
Congratulations, Lakshmi! Best wishes.
Congratulations!! Woohoo!! So happy for you! Here is to more such book deals!!
Thank you 🙏🏽🙏🏽
LOVE, love this! Congratulations! Richly deserved.
Thank you very much!
huge congrats to you!
Thank you Beth!
Congratulations Lakshmi! Can’t wait to read it. I am sure it will be as good if not better that your real life stories here on your blog!! As a curly haired girl growing up in a family of straight smooth hair people I want to know what happens to this heroine!!!!
Thank you! I hope it resonates with you.
Congratulations on the much deserved success! So excited for you and can’t wait to get your book!
Thank you so much! 💕
Wow!!! congratulations!! this is amazing
Thank you 🙏🏽
Congratulations Lakshmi ! The world of printed books will be blessed with your magic. This is only the beginning. My best wishes to you!
Thank you Priya!
Congrats Laksh! Well deserved and hard work, perseverance and dedication always pay.
Thank you so much!
Such a marvelous piece of news Laksh! So excited for you – waiting to read the book. I can’t wait to meet your paati character 🙂 Best wishes for many more such joys to come your way.
Thank you S! I’d love to talk to you about writing kidlit sometime.
Any time – I was thinking the same thing. Let me message you my number, and I would love to meet the write I have admired for so long
Congratulations Laksh !! Well deserved !! The children will love your story! Like all your posts, I am sure there will be warmth, reflection and lots of love. Good luck!! Your perseverance is paying off !
Congratulations Laksh and what a glittering feather on your cap. So very proud of you..!
Thank you my friend!
Well, congratulations. You’ll have to keep us updated on its availability in the states. Your girls must be thrilled. Congratulations.
Thank you! I will keep you updated and yes, the girls are thrilled.
Wow…what a breakthrough!!!