"Biting Back takes a compelling look at self-care, setting boundaries, and protecting ourselves from friends, loved ones, enemies, and sometimes even ourselves. Written in a page-turning and warm style, Claudia’s refreshing addition to the self-help shelves offers empowering solutions to effectively remind us to stop inviting troubleinto our homes and souls." -- MELODY BEATTIE, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF CODEPENDENT NO MORE


Honey, I'm Home

Bunã ziua,Vampire Lovers,                                          

I do apologize to anyone who might have wondered what's been going on in the practical vampire slaying business and/or who's been looking for any news on the book: stuff's been happening. 

Carrie Obry

 First off, I just have to say that my experience in the world of publishing has been really interesting.  That might be because of my incredible publisher, Llewellyn Worldwide: what an astonishingly talented, professional, kind, and brilliant group of people they have over there...they've taught me so much and worked so hard for me!   My editor, there on the right - is just plain heaven sent.

One of the steps in the publishing process was to rename the book (the working title was "The Practical Vampire Slayer" - which was good, but not nearly as good as the one they came up with - and while I'm at it, I'll show you the cover, too:

Coolness defined, baby.  And I get to say that because it had nothing to do with me.

Shortly after this cover was designed they took it on the road - by which I mean that, to my utter shock and amazement, Llewellyn featured it at their booth at Book Expo America, which looked like this:

and this:

And as if that weren't enough, my old high school pal David Meyer wrote to say that he'd spied it at the American Library Association Convention he attended: claims he was eating chocolate at the time and smeared the pages of the copy they left out there, too. Aw.

Anyway, the point is that we've got a book coming out there on September 1st - and oh my gosh  I can't believe I forgot to tell you this:  3 of our country's most excellent women (and writers and thinkers) wrote blurbs for my book.  They are: 
Melody Beattie

Joan Walsh    

Jaye Wells

So I'm just plain lucky, I guess.  I've been more fortunate in this journey than I'd ever imagined or hoped to be, and now the day is almost here.  There are about a million disclaimers I'm dying to make but won't, won't, won't.  I will however, be trying to  blog more regularly, and I'm hoping the book will generate more questions from brave readers, looking for specifics.  I like those. 

That's all for now. 

How are you?




Jaye Wells said...

I seriously could not be more excited for you!

jjdebenedictis said...

Squee! When's release day? I will blog about you!

Sherri said...

This is so awesome! I love the new layout (new to me, anyway). Thanks for the update...can't wait to be able to buy it! Do you have a Facebook page for the book? I'll go check. Woo!

claud said...

Jaye, Jen, and Sherri: holy cow I was just sitting here realizing I go back a ways with all of you and I met each of you here. Thank you for your encouragement and help - you really know how to hang in there. xoxox

claud said...

...and Sherri: I will make a page for the book - Jen and Jaye: it comes out Sept 1 and I'll be in touch!

Carrie said...

I just shined around now, Claudia. You're so sweet. I'm thrilled to have worked with you on this. It's important stuff.

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Donna Marie said...

I'm glad to have found you & your book. I'll be recommending it to my clients.

I'd like to write more than just this little comment, but can't find a place on the blog to write out a Q or a longer comment. Do I do that by email & then you post it?

PVS said...

Anonymous: I wish I understood what you are talking about, but I'm glad if I could be of help.

And Donna Marie: Thank you, and you can write me at practicalslayer(at)yahoo.com and I'd be glad to post your question or comment.

Anonymous said...

I would like to exchange links with your site practicalslayer.blogspot.com
Is this possible?

PVS said...

Dear Anonymous Exchange-Seeker: So hard to exchange links when you're anonymous, my dear.

M. said...

Hey, you're back! It's nice to see that not everyone has disappeared (granted, I haven't been around much lately either, but still). I still like to listen to that Vonnegut recording you sent me a few years back -- it's good stuff.

And I don't remember if I've said this before, but it bears repeating: congratulations on getting published!

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