Saturday, April 28, 2012
Woman of secrets
But this is confession time, so I’ll reveal as much of my secrets to you as I legally can:
Secret #1: In lieu of reasonable payment for copyediting for a well-known Italian academic whom I dare not name, I have persuaded him that it is in his best interest to help me publish my own book.
Or I might just take the money instead. I dare say my indecision lends me even more mystique.
Secret #2: How can this Italian academic can help this to happen, without having any direct connections to either a literary agent or publisher of narrative in Italian, let alone in English?
Easy. What he must do is to plonk down a copy of my manuscript over a cup of coffee with his own editor, one of the largest and oldest academic publishing houses in the English-speaking world, who will remain anonymous. Then that editor, who has no interest in publishing memoirs, can hand it to his wife to read in bed at night. Having unwittingly become a ‘reader’ of the kind usually hired by agents and publishers to sift through the slush pile, she will in turn recommend my manuscript to her husband as a fantastic read that she couldn’t put down. The academic editor, as a seeker of good literature, will then feel obliged to pass it on to one or more of his friends who work in a non-academic publishing house. Where it will undoubtedly be picked up.
Secret #3: But to cover my bases, I also could milk a connection I might have with a major Italian publishing house. The connection is through a friend of mine in the Naples area who has already published academic texts with this publisher, which of course can’t be named mainly for anti-jinx purposes.
Secret #4: I’m having my entire 470-page memoir – set in Naples – translated into Italian. The translator is too young and innocent to be exposed at this time. To protect her privacy and provide her with a work-conducive environment, she’s being held in a safe house in the U.K.. So please don’t try to investigate further. Carolina’s rather busy at the moment, and she’s mine.
Secret #5: I might take a pen name to protect my own identity once I become a world-famous author. I’m thinking H.R. Salami or Carmela Della Mela.
There are my secrets. You heard them first, at least in part. Sorry, I would tell you more, but if I did I’d have to kill you.