I was flipping through Instagram on Saturday and my heart skipped a beat when I scrolled past my very own book cover. WiDo Publishing/E.L. Marker had posted a teaser for the Musing Mediterranean book cover. While I had just finalized the book cover with the designer, seeing it on social media stopped me in my tracks. Wow! This dream just got real.
If you’ve followed my writing for a while, you may recognize the art from my old column, Matters of Life & Beth, in Merrimack Valley Magazine. Artist, Ken Bonin, reprised his role as my talented caricaturist and Stephen Pennimpede artfully brought the drawing to life in color.
Thank you both so much!
I couldn’t have asked for a better representation of what Musing Mediterranean is all about. I am so excited to share this story with you very soon.
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I hope you enjoy the cover as much as I do and please consider signing up for your reserve copy today. Scroll to the bottom of my press release to enter your email.
It’s hard to believe the book I started in 2012 is soon to be published. In conjunction with E.L. Marker, I anticipate Musing Mediterranean to be released in early summer.
It has been such a passion project to this point, I can’t imagine what it will feel like to hold the first copy in my hands. Truthfully, none of it seemed real until I began working with an artist to craft the book cover. If you’ve been following my writing for a while you may recognize the artwork when it is fully revealed. For now, I’ve given you a just a glimpse of what the cover will include. I hope you like this sneak peek and hopefully I’m not giving too much away.
If you’re new to my blog or haven’t heard me mention Musing Mediterranean, here is a little bit of what you can expect. It’s a feel-good book chronicling my 2012 family trip to Greece, Italy and Turkey. It’s a light-hearted, summer read that I like to say is a little bit of Eat Pray Love meets My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Check out the press release put out by E.L. Marker here. Scroll to bottom to reserve your copy!
I like to think readers who’ve never been to the Mediterranean will enjoy seeing the countries I visited through my eyes. Readers, who have already traveled these lands, may enjoy a trip down memory lane. And readers who suffer a touch of travel anxiety, like I do, may enjoy the ridiculous, hopefully relatable, lengths I’ll go through to avoid being a shameless homebody. Here’s an excerpt I posted on the blog a while back.
I’m both excited and nervous about the book’s release. While I’m proud to have completed this book, the hard part, for me anyway, is yet to come. The selling and self-promotion of Musing Mediterranean will undoubtedly be my biggest challenge.
I hope you’ll help me with this last part because, God knows, I’m going to stress over every attempt I make at giving this little book of mine its fair shake at success.
I expect the next time I blog about Musing Mediterranean will be to announce it’s release. Woohoo!
Any advice or suggestions are more than welcome!
For the Record
I want to send Andy Cohen from BravoTV a copy of my book and have it appear on Watch What Happens Live! If anyone knows him, please hook a girl up. #bookgoals.
If you haven’t already seen it on Facebook, I wanted to share the press release put out by my publisher, E.L. Marker, announcing my travel memoir Musing Mediterranean.
To those who have so kindly commented on Facebook – thank you so much for your encouragement and support. To my blog readers, I hope you will enjoy this perspective on my book and please consider reserving your copy of Musing Mediterranean when it is available for pre-order in 2018 (scroll to the bottom of the read more link below.)
As seen at WiDoPublsing.com:
Beth Daigle’s Travel Memoir to be Released by E.L. Marker
When your whole family says, “Let’s take a vacation to the Mediterranean!” and it nearly gives you a nervous breakdown, how do you respond? You grit your teeth and agree to it. At least, that’s what Beth Daigle did in 2012… and somehow she lived to tell the tale.
Before her Mediterranean adventures, Daigle had been writing for many years. After numerous blogs and articles, she was ready to write a book. She states, “I had toyed around with several book ideas, but none seemed quite right.” Once the impending trip approached, the author grew more focused on keeping herself together than writing a story.
I am excited to report that I have signed a publishing contract for my travel memoir, Musing Mediterranean.
It’s funny that I started this blog as a means to promote my book and find a publisher who would help bring my fun, little story to life. Little did I know, the blog would take on a life of its own, but I am so happy that 3 Olives & Twist will have the opportunity serve its original purpose.
I have partnered with E.L. Marker™, an imprint of WiDō Publishing™, a small press out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Soon enough, I will be in the throes of final edits, cover selection and the development of a promotional campaign. I will officially be able to call myself an author. I can’t wait.
Meanwhile, E.L. Marker™ is working on a press release to announce that I will be publishing with them. I look forward to sharing that with you when its available.
The book is targeted for release by fall 2018 – it hardly seems real. After so much time working on this one thing, it will finally be complete.
Thank you for supporting me on this writing journey. I look forward to keeping you up to date on the final phases of book production and launch.
Over the weekend I had two stories published with Take Magazine (TheTakeMagazine.com). I’ve been following this publication for some time and was thrilled to contribute. I hope to continue writing for them going forward. I love that the site pairs great content with beautiful imagery all in subject areas I love…art, music, design, literature, dance, food, fashion, and theater.
As stated on the website, “Take features the in-depth stories of people in New England who are making culture happen in the fields of visual art, music, design, literature, dance, food, fashion, and theater. We also provide the timely information readers need to plan their cultural consumption throughout New England.”
I love that! I also like that the site is nicely organized by state. It is easy to navigate depending on your location of interest and visually appealing.
My Stories Writing for Take Magazine
My first story, Specializing in Spoons, features the talented spoon maker Suzanne Isabelle. Isabelle is the creator of Arborvore: handcrafted woodenware for home and table. Read her story here.