book sale and photo news
Exciting news everyone! I sold my second book in the U.S. It's called "Wife in the Fast Lane" and I'm sure I've talked about it before. It is also sold in the U.K. For both books, I'll be with Simon & Schuster, which is very good. For Ivy, I was with Viking in the U.S. and Simon & Schuster for the U.K. It worked out pretty well, but I think it's easier to be with one publisher who does everything. I have no idea when the book will hit the stores, but I'll find out soon and let you know. There is a big editing job ahead and I'm planning to spend all of October doing that.
Today, a photographer is coming from Women's Day to shoot pictures of me at my desk writing. So, I spent about two hours yesterday cleaning up my desk. For the first time in months, I can see that the desk is actually made of wood. Who knew? They're sending a make-up man and hair dresser, which is very exciting. I've never had a shoot where I got make-up and hair. Stars get that all the time, but not writers. Getting my picture taken is actually excrutiating for me. I must have some kind of body image disorder and I'm sure I need psychological help for it, but oh well. Private school and summer camp tuition prevent that from happening. Really, I hate every picture that has ever been taken of me. If you look at the picture on this web site (under My Story), that was taken when I started my Smart City Kids business. I actually like that one because I was thinner and younger and my hair looked really awesome. I didn't even have it done; I was just having a good hair day. Viking rejected that picture as being too sophisticated/city oriented for "The Ivy Chronicles," so I had another photographer take photos, which I liked, but they also rejected. Then, I had another photographer take pictures, and I hated the picture he took, but Viking liked it. That's the picture that ended up on the inside flap of Ivy (luckily, it was the size of a dime). It was bigger in the U.K. edition, and that's the photo that the pundit on Richard & Judy held up and said "Can you believe Catherine Zeta Jones is going to play HER???" Vomit, vomit, gag, gag. Is it any wonder that I have a body image disorder? Anyway, I recently took that picture off my web site and put up the one I like because I couldn't bear to look at it anymore.
Here is my most unfavorite photo which of course made it into the book:
Here's are two more I liked well enough, also rejected by Viking. I had make up done and it made me look like I had cat eyes. Very exotic. Isn't the necklace cool? I borrowed it from Christian Tse:
Take a look at the bottom photo where my hair looks red and I'm giving my patented sexy, sultry stare. I like that one the best so I put it back up on the web site.
Sorry to obsess about the photo thing, but honestly, I believe I have a genuine picture taking phobia. Getting my photo taken, rejected, taken, rejected, made fun of on national TV was quite painful. I have a lump in my throat right now just thinking about it. Okay, I'm exaggerating, but still, you understand, don't you? And now, as I sit here in my workout clothes, sweaty hair, no makeup with 30 minutes to go before the photographer and his hair and make-up man comes, I realize I'd better take a shower or this new photo will be REALLY bad. Okay, bye. I'll let you know how it goes.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005