The publishing world moves slowly, but it moves. The latest developments for the history myths book are as follows:
1. The third version of the cover art is the final one. I like it! You may not realize this if you haven’t had much experience with publishing, but authors have little or nothing to say about the covers of their books, so I was delighted that this publisher actually asked my opinion of their design. I’ll show you the difference. The first design was nice, but it was very Victorian in feel, which didn’t set right with me or with Colonial Williamsburg. Yes, some of the myths are Victorian, but still, it just didn’t seem right. And I loved the little skulls on the lace, but the impression I got was that of a curtain or window shade, not a petticoat. By the third design, the window shade had taken on more of a petticoat shape and the title font had become less Victorian. Not blatantly any particular era, just old-fashioned. And they got my name right, which is always a plus!
2. The subtitle has been changed a third time, shortened to AMERICAN HISTORY MYTHS DEBUNKED. The word Myth-conceptions was deemed by the marketing people to be too confusing, and frankly, I agree. I mean, you and I get it, but will it mean anything to the casual shopper? Probably not.
3. The launch date is set for June of 2012. They are laying out individual pages now.
4. 63 myths were ultimately selected for inclusion. All of them have been featured on the blog (or will be shortly), but they are shorter, snappier versions of what you can read here. I left out any historical documentation, like references to books or quotations, because this is “pop history,” after all. Light, fun, and informative.