So last week, I finally submitted my completely reworked, revamped, and revised novel, The Amnesia of Junebugs, to the editorial board at Kaya Press. In case we just met, I sent Kaya a radically different iteration of this novel two years ago that had a different name (Blank) and also a different narrative framing device, among other wholesale changes. The board liked many things and disliked some other things, so I've spent the last two years working with Sunyoung Lee, Kaya's publisher, to address many of the big problems the board raised and also to rewrite this novel until it was a tiny bit awesome. I've been working on and off on this novel since 2007 when I finished it, which is oh, just 8 goddamn years!
But now this novel is something I love very deeply and am immensely proud of. I'm giving Kaya first dibs because Sunyoung has helped me so much making suggestions and also because I'm unbelievably grateful they're reading it again after 2 years. If you know me, you know I'm intensely loyal. Beyond that, Kaya is a great fucking press that publishes great writing about the APIA Diaspora with beautifully designed covers. But if for some--completely insane--reason they don't publish it, I feel confident that another press will. It is a very good novel. It is in fact, a great novel. It belongs with Kaya and the choice is now theirs.