Meta

Okay, I feel like I’ve been posting almost nothing but meta-stuff lately, which is totally annoying — and yet, there’s more.

One of the reasons I’ve posted very little in the last week or so is that I’ve been frantically working on a book proposal with The Rotund. I’ve also been out of town. In New York. Where I hung out with lots of friends – including SP commenters Col, Spillah, Sumac, and Suezette — and had a drink at the Algonquin with Fillyjonk’s mom. (The table, alas, was rectangular, but how awesome is that?)

Oh yeah, and I also met with the delightful woman who is now OUR AGENT!!!

So The Rotund and I now have representation for our blog-based book project. We are eeeing and squeeing and peeing ourselves, and lots of other things that rhyme with those actions. Our Australian readers will no doubt be able to hear a faint long E sound in the distance when we sign with a publisher.

Over the next little while, I’m probably going to be freaking out about book stuff and fielding the media requests that are continuing to arrive in the wake of the New York Times article on the fatosphere. (Check out her Rotundity in The Orlando Weekly*, and Richard Roeper mentioning SP in the Sun-Times today, which is flattering even though he got my name wrong. If you must add an “ee” sound to my name — which I suppose is appropriate this week — it’s with a Y, people.)

It should go without saying that I CANNOT BELIEVE I AM TYPING SENTENCES LIKE THAT, but holy shit, I am. Which means I’m kinda distracted. So please bear with me. Fillyjonk and Sweet Machine will continue to bring you important fat news and general awesomeness, and I’ll be around whenever I can.

Also, if you want to use this thread to tell potential publishers just how many hundreds of copies of a Kate Harding/Marianne Kirby collaboration you would buy on the day it comes out? I’m not gonna stop you.

As Marilyn Wann would say, wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

*I don’t know when this became the “fat power” movement, but the unbelievably cool pics of Marianne make up for that.

105 thoughts on “Meta

  1. Oh, this is very exciting! Congratulations! (And yes, I’ll be buying a copy… or more likely three or four, because this is one book that’s going to get loaned out big time.)

  2. ALL OF THEM

    I bet Mom will buy one too.

    Except she won’t, because I will have bought all of them.

    How’s this: I will buy one even if you send me one of your author’s copies. Which it goes without saying you totally should.

  3. Oh my goodness. Several. Preferably autographed. :D

    But seriously – by the time your book is actually written, I will be finished with my internship and (hopefully) working in the Canadian publishing industry. I can send out feelers for a publisher to pitch Canadian rights to. I actually have one in mind already. Let me know if you want advice re. north of the border. :)

  4. Oops, hit enter by mistake. I was going to say, I am SO EXCITED for you and TR, and I can’t wait to read the book!

  5. The fatties “it” gift for Consumer Holiday Season 2009!

    Yeah, you can use that quote on the jacket, if you want. That’s the money quote, right there.

    *g*

  6. Whee! Congratulations! Be sure to keep us all updated as to your progress (like you wouldn’t!) and when and where we can buy it, and where you need reviews posted and links posted and if you need members in discussion groups and if you need help with readers’ group questions….ok, does it show what kind of business I’m working in right now? :-)

  7. Kate – I totally will. I can use all the networking I can get – even with a masters degree in publishing, the job market is rough. Thanks for the offer!

  8. Countless. as many as i can.

    I’ll donate them to every library i can, hand them out to everyone i know, use bookcrossing.com.FLING THEM FROM THE TOPS OF BUILDINGS

    well ok, not the last one. but yeah.

    Any ideas on what you’d have on the book cover? *cough*

    (i know its cheeky of me but i cant help it… Im truly excited for you and i’d LOVE more than anything to be involved. as im sure many of the other shapelings would. )

  9. I will buy one with every paycheck and hand them out to fat people I meet on the street. (so, that will be 26 a year.)

    Sorry it can’t be more, but I have to leave room in the budget for baby donuts and pounds of whole grain pasta.

  10. When you do get to the publishing part, can you make it a really big, heavy hard back one so I can bitch slap people with it?

  11. When you do get to the publishing part, can you make it a really big, heavy hard back one so I can bitch slap people with it?

    Oh, put this one on the book jacket!

    (which are usually designed by in-house artists, btw, apricotmuffins. Sorry!)

  12. I will buy at least 5 copies; all the women in my family need to read it.

    On second thought, I need at least 10, so I can give them to people who come to my superbowl parties in the midst of “lifestyle changes” that allow them to eat buffalo chicken dip with 2 pounds of cheese but no tortilla chips.

  13. How’s this: I will buy one even if you send me one of your author’s copies. Which it goes without saying you totally should.

    Are you kidding me? Friends and family can damn well BUY the book.

    (Although, since I pay you sweet dick-all for increasing the awesomeness of this blog by a factor of a gazillion, and I haven’t even sent your plush fat cell yet, I suppose you can have one for free. ONE.)

  14. Friends and family can damn well BUY the book.

    Hey, I’ll buy one also! But sometimes they give you a gazillion free ones.

  15. OMG! A book! Please tell me you’re going to have a book signing event when it comes out!!!! Chicago is only six hours away from where I live, and I would totally go the distance just to meet you guys in person.

  16. Oh actually, what I really want is a galley! But usually they don’t give you a gazillion of those.

    Anyway, you know I’m buying at least three anyway — one for me, one for Mom, and one for Cacie, who will probably buy one for herself and then have to act glad when I give it to her.

  17. Oh actually, what I really want is a galley! But usually they don’t give you a gazillion of those.

    But you’re a journalist, darling. You’re on the bigmouth list.

  18. Charlotte had the same thought I did – not to put the cart before the horse, but, I would certainly travel to meet you at a book signing event. (I live right outside of DC so it shouldn’t be too hard.) I daresay I owe you a hug. :)

  19. I would buy about six. Or eight. At least. And I would totally make the health-food store I work at carry them. Squeee! A book!

  20. Congratulations!

    May this lead to a massive book auction and mega bucks to buy champagne-flavored baby donuts, with diamond and gold sprinkles.

    Seriously, as a struggling writer, I couldn’t be happier for you. And, as a fattie, I couldn’t love you more.

  21. I’m anxiously awaiting my ability to buy this book. And if you do a book tour, please include Cambridge/Boston on your list of places to visit — I want my copy autographed.

  22. But you’re a journalist, darling. You’re on the bigmouth list.

    You must completely pretend to your publicist that I’m the kind of journalist who does book reviews. Or anything involving books.

    Actually, if they send me a galley I will absolutely pitch a review to the local weekly; I have a contact there.

    If memory serves, being a publicist involves so many hours of putting galleys into envelopes that they’ll hardly notice one more.

  23. wow wow wow THIS IS SO COOL. I feel like I’m going to be part of the original subset of “cool” when the fat acceptance movement gets mainstream and everyone else jumps on the bandwagon of truth.

  24. You must completely pretend to your publicist that I’m the kind of journalist who does book reviews. Or anything involving books.

    Well, I WOULD have, if you hadn’t just given it away! :)

    I feel like I’m going to be part of the original subset of “cool” when the fat acceptance movement gets mainstream and everyone else jumps on the bandwagon of truth.

    Ha! You’ll be the one going, “Yeah, I used to read Shapely Prose and The Rotund back when nobody had ever heard of them, but now they’ve totally sold out.”

    (Dear Maude in Heaven, please give me the opportunity to sell out.)

  25. Squeeeeeeeeeee!
    That is beyond awesome. I will buy eleventybillion copies. (And by eleventybillion, I mean one for me, one for the WW-obsessed bestfriend, a good handful for gifts, and maybe even one for the office break room, just to be difficult. :) )

  26. and maybe even one for the office break room, just to be difficult.

    Oh man, I’m totally going to leave one lying around the gym! Granted, most of the people in this building are old men, but hey, even they can probably benefit.

  27. Oh, and Kate:

    Well, I WOULD have, if you hadn’t just given it away!

    This is why I don’t blog under my real name. :)

  28. Dude!! *is also in possession of a book-review blog*

    *hint, hint*

    Totally need autographed copies. Yes, plural: I have people who need to be hit over the head with it.

  29. I can has fat book? DO WANT.

    (Sorry, suffering a little lolcat mania here.)

    One whole crate, please: I’m gonna hand them out on the street corner like those Bible people. And donate them to high school libraries. And leave them around the place and all that.

  30. so exciting!!! I will buy many copies, and give them to my mother and my sister and leave copies in strategic places and keep one for whipping out and quoting during EVERY CONVERSATION ABOUT FOOD.

    as long as nobody calls it a blook. That is a terrible terrible non-word.

  31. 4 — me, my mom and my two best friends. Also, next time you come to New York SAY SOMETHING. I would kill to buy you a drink.

  32. oh, and this is ielerol. I started a new blog, which may turn out to be really boring and short-lived, but we’ll see.

  33. I like your new name, ielerol!

    But you should put your URL in the comments form so I can click on said name to get to your blog.

  34. Congratulations on the book.

    As for when this became the fat power movement, that was approximately 1970, when a book called “Fat Power” was published by one of the original members of NAAFA. Unfortunately, it has been out of print for years.

    And when Marilyn was publishing the “Fat!So?” zine in the early 90’s, she had some bookmark designs in some issues, which you could cut out, copy, & distribute…hot pink, of course. One of them featured an upraised fat arm ending in a fist, proclaiming “fat power!” I always thought it would make a great shirt.

  35. Such fantastic news! Wishing you both the swiftest (and highest earning) publishing contract offer ever known. Even (gasp) an auction!

    If your agent’s looking to sell to the Aussie market, please keep me in mind. I don’t have a huge amount of influence, but I have the occasional attention of people who do.

  36. As for when this became the fat power movement, that was approximately 1970, when a book called “Fat Power” was published by one of the original members of NAAFA

    Yeah, Patsy, but since Marianne never calls it that, it’s sort of interesting that that came up in a profile of her.

  37. ShannonCC – what is the Fat Girl Fleamarket? I live about 4 hours upstate, and I need some more good excuses to justify a weekend trip to the city. :)

  38. The EEeeeeee! hear round the world! Heck, I’m sure it’s going t be loud enough to hear outside the Solar System…

    …also, I know bookstore people who would be more than happy to host an event, should you find yourself northerly of say, Hartford…

  39. So, like, if you all came and did a signing at Stacey’s in SF, I would buy two copies and get you guys to sign one that I would keep pristine in a smoke-free environment for posterity, and I would read the other one to tatters and eventually replace it with the paperback.

    That could work.

  40. I would buy at least six copies of your book: One for me, one for every girl I live with, one for my parents , and one for the grandparents. SO EXCITED.

  41. I just have to say I totally predicted this. After reading blogs for a while you figure out which bloggers are SO AWESOME that they will get book deals, and I had you pegged from the get-go, little lady(ies)! Congratulations!

  42. I have some publishing connections in Chicago–you can email me about it if you like.

    Goes without saying I’ll buy a copy. This is my first comment but I’ve been reading for a while.

  43. It was only a matter of time. This is so well-deserved–congratulations.

    And I know I’ll need at least three; one for hitting people, one (two? more?) for keeping conveniently left out around the house/office to inspire conversation… and then I guess I should have one for actually reading, too.

  44. So exciting! Congratulations again!

    And I’ll need to buy at least two copies — one for reading and one to mark up when I write my dissertation on it.

  45. Woo hoo!!!!

    So happy for you guys. Not to be too personal, but I know your mom would be proud of her baby girl!!

    And I say again, DS can bite your butt.

  46. I would buy my own copy, one for the women’s center at school, one for my best friend, one for….

    Hell, one for everyone.

    So excited for you!!

  47. I would buy one for me and one for my mum who is tragically unaware of fat acceptance. go u and ur book deal :D

  48. *sings loudly, disturbs those nearby*

    OOOOOO FRABJOUS DAY

    Also, Kate Hardings Untie! (just jokin’) is a Top Post at WordPress (not jokin’).

    Keep those Top Posts comin’ for the vicious NYC book-bidding-war market. Mmmm hmmm.

    Speaking of which, we can haz moar publikk stopz (and talkz!) in NYC insted of pryvat stelthy stopz? *Partikular if drinkin at Algonkwin plz kthx*

  49. Speaking of which, we can haz moar publikk stopz (and talkz!) in NYC insted of pryvat stelthy stopz?

    I am still totally planning (in the back of my mind, anyway) to have a Shapeling meet-up in NYC in the spring. This one had to be stealthy, though, because I was only there for 4 days and seriously had TWELVE friends I hadn’t seen in ages to get together with (most of whom were just in town for a conference), not to mention 3 agents and Fillyjonk’s mom. And 85 phone calls to Marianne in my down time. I was not only insanely busy, but so constantly overstimulated, I was shitty company anyway. :)

  50. Yes, who is in for New York in the spring? I was planning on going there in May because that’s when the best weather is, but I suppose I could be talked into a different month if that would mean more Shapeling congregation.

  51. and will i get the book in India?
    I’d buy 5 copies for sure. Can’t say I have a big market waiting here as the OBESITY EPIDEMIC is in it’s infancy stages….

  52. I can think of about 20 people I know personally who will NEED to read this book.
    I’m imagining dropping books with little parachutes attached across wide swaths of Southern California.
    Congrats!

  53. Kate, getting an agent is half the battle. If she’s good and has good connections, you are in. My boss was a first-time author too and he got an agent who sold his book to a publisher based in NC. The book did quite well and he’s now working on a second.

    So congratulations to you both! You’ve accomplished the hard part. :)

  54. That is awesome :) Congratulations!

    I would totally buy your book and happily recommend it to everyone I see on the street, and living in New York City, that is will be a lot of people :)

  55. Yay! This is so awesome. I’ll buy TWO copies of the book – one to read, and one to carry with me and shove under people’s noses and say “I KNOW THEM! Read this!”

    :D :D :D

  56. “Fat Power”, huh? That’s interesting. So, when we “stand up and fight fire with fire” (yay for Beth Ditto!) does that make us… Fat Panthers??

  57. Yay, congrats! I am so very excited for you guys. I just KNEW you guys would be behind a book eventually. There’s just too much awesome here to be contained.

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