Thursday, December 8, 2011

So Exciting--I feel like I ate too much candy

Got some grrrrreat news yesterday (yes, that's my Tony the Tiger impersonation. I have to include it because not only did I get grrrrreat news, I also ate three bowls of Frosted Flakes.) The book I've been slaving over for 2 years, *Big in Japan,* has been selected by a publisher, Jolly Fish Press, for their fall 2012 list!


I started shopping it around in September, and found Jolly Fish shortly thereafter. The minute I read about them, I had a gut feeling this was going to be a great fit. They were my first choice.

Doing a jolly jig over here.

So, about the book. All these months I've been writing it, I've been asking myself this question: is the world really ready for a novel with a love story plot for a sumo wrestler?

I guess we'll see!

Big in Japan is the story of an overweight nobody guy from Texas who goes to Japan and accidentally becomes the first blond sumo wrestler. He has to defeat his biggest enemy and win the Emperor's Cup to get the girl.

I had a ton of fun researching and writing it. I loved finding out all about sumo--a sport we Americans have a tough time imagining as being as amazing as it is. I watched a LOT of youtube videos of sumo matches. The power, people! They are just enormous and strong! It was fun to get to troll through my fun memories of living in Japan and to get to use some of my Japanese language again (although I excised most of it as drafts progressed.) I spent a lot of time outlining it and using the tips I learned as I studied writing guides like Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell, and How to Write a Damn Good Novel, by James Frey. I holed up in my writing lair and did major rewrites while my kids watched waaay too much TV and decimated the blue carpet. Now, I'm so excited! So thrilled! It's so sweet, it almost feels like I just ate too much candy.

(If there is such a thing. I'm not sure.)


  1. Too funny, and CONGRATS!! That is definitely a 3 bowl accomplishment. If I EVER get my "How do" book on mental, NOT how to GET it, but deal with it, I will eat a boxful for just that. If I get published, just assume I'm on the floor with relief, amazement and,of course, the dreaded.."do I have another one in me" syndrome that I hear most writers of books get. Kudos for the Cotton Candy lady. Enjoy and let me know when it hits the shelves. Pam

  2. Thanks, Pam. Go, go, go on your book! I'm looking forward to hearing about your being on the floor. With relief, that is. :)
    And thanks for calling me The Cotton Candy Lady. I like it!

  3. So exciting! Congratulations, I can't wait to read it!

  4. Congratulations Jennifer! I've been looking forward to reading this book for a loooong time!

  5. Thanks, Melinda and Sherral! I'm excited to see how it turns out.

  6. Jennifer, that's SO exciting. Really, it gives me chills that you jumped on the information about this publisher and they want to publish you. That is so awesome.

  7. Thanks, Donna! I would never have known about JFP if it hadn't been for your post. Seriously! I owe you! Let me know if you need a MS critique or *anything.*


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