I'm so excited for my friend Clay Cane, who has been patiently waiting for his book, Ball-Shaped World, to be picked up by an agent and then a publisher. Ball-Shaped World is a novel based on/in the black and latino LGBT ball world in NYC.
He got the agent a couple years back. Then waited for the yes's and no's as she submitted to publishers. A couple weeks ago, we talked and he had good news -- he's getting published and was just about to sign his contract with the publisher. Such good news.
Now, the waiting game continues as the book goes through copy editing, story editing, cover and marketing meetings, and publication date in late 2010, etc... It's all worth it for Clay, as he achieved his goal of being picked up by a publisher.
If you're not familiar with Clay's work, check him out. He gets great celebrity interviews, writes awesome commentary on pop culture, black culture, LGBT culture, and is an all around awesome guy. I love his What The Flick columns for BET.
I can't wait to read the book when it's in final form on the book shelf in just over a year. If you're a writer or a reader, you must have patience. The whole publishing world is one big waiting game.