by Libby Malin Sternberg
Well, ladies, the time has come . . . to bid you all adieu.
As many of you know, I am dropping off the Casablanca Authors blog. I don't have another book coming out with Sourcebooks in the near future, so I'm going to exit stage right, leaving the spotlight to the many other wonderful authors who have lots to share with Casablanca book readers. I've had a blast being in your company and wish you all well!
I've summarized in a previous post what my future holds. But here's a quick recap for those who've missed it:
I have a historical women's fiction novel being released in the fall. Titled Sloane Hall (and written as Libby Sternberg, my married name), this book tells the tale of a chauffeur who falls in love with his Hollywood starlet employer just as she's about to make her first talking picture. Just when he thinks she's returning his affection, his heart is broken by secrets she hides from the camera and the world. Inspired by Jane Eyre, Sloane Hall tells a fresh tale of obsession and forgiveness.
I have high hopes for this novel because it's a real "book of my heart," one of those stories an author can't seem to shake off, no matter how many times people (agents, editors) tell her that it's not marketable. I blogged about how it came to sell over at my own blog -- it's worth a look for all you who struggle with rejection. Rejection made this manuscript stronger, and the advice of a rejecting editor eventually pointed me in the direction of a sale.
I also blog about its parallels to and differences from Jane Eyre, the classic Charlotte Bronte romance. If you're a Jane Eyre fan, you might enjoy this post here. And there's a lively discussion going on about favorite scenes from Bronte's novel and whether Jane was a feminist at this blog post.
In addition to Sloane Hall, I'm still learning how to market my Kindle exclusive mystery novella, Death Is the Cool Night. I've blogged about this experience as well -- why I came to put a book on Kindle myself, what I learned about the process, what other authors can accomplish in that new market.
As I work on these various promotional efforts, I continue to edit manuscripts for two publishing houses and write the occasional freelance article.
Oh, and I'm also excited to be helping my daughter, Hannah Sternberg, as she gets ready for the publication of her first novel, a YA, titled Queens of All the Earth.
So, although I'll be gone from this particular spot, you can probably find me around the internet somewhere. Stay in touch! Friend me on Facebook at Libby Malin Sternberg. I give away free books there occasionally!