The Scent of Lemon and Rosemary: Turning in the Book

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” Those words, written by Douglas Adams, pop into my head whenever I’m given a date to turn in a manuscript. It is comforting to know that even great authors can struggle with deadlines.

With my second book, now titled The Scent of Lemon and Rosemary: Working Domestic Magick with Hestia, the struggle wasn’t as great as it had been with Sew Witchy, where I stayed up forty-eight hours straight taking photos to meet the deadline.

In May I turned the second manuscript in technically on time thanks to time zone differences between me and my editor. This week brought a new deadline: manuscript edits. And this time I was able to turn in my edits a day early. That’s progress as far as I am concerned. It helped that the edits were easy to make.

Sew Witchy was a weird idea that I had expected to maybe self-publish once it had been rejected by every Pagan publisher out there. That didn’t happen and I was launched into a nearly two year long journey through aspects of publishing I had no experience with: taking photos, drafting patterns, learning how to insert call outs in a manuscript.

This time around was easier in some ways, more difficult in others. I found formatting citations to be a pain in the butt, and of course I had to cite things like Twitter threads and NPRs tiny desk concert. (It makes sense in the book.)

The only great trouble was providing photos as guides for the illustrations. I was told my photos didn’t have to be perfect and pretty much given free rein over what should be illustrated. You would think that kind of freedom would make taking the photos easier. It did not. I ended up putting tremendous, unnecessary pressure on myself to get it right.

I’m trying not to dwell on that stress, though. Instead, I am focusing on the fact that I have finished my second book and the process was easier this time around. The next book should be a piece of cake.

Per my editor, The Scent of Lemon and Rosemary, will be published May 2021.

New Book Announcement

I think it is a testament to just how busy 2020 has been that I haven’t made an official announcement about my next book. That’s right, I’m working to unlock the Two Time Author achievement. I’ve signed a contract with Llewellyn for a book on Hestia, household magick, anti-capitalism, anti-fascism an creating a welcoming sanctuary in a world that feels increasingly unsafe. The working title is Hearth & Home.

I’ve been working on it since January. The manuscript is due in mid May. It’s not going to be a craft heavy as Sew Witchy but there will be things to make, along with rituals, spells and a lot of advice on how to work with Hestia. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see snapshots of the research I’m doing.

As I’ve been a devotee to Hestia for a log time, I’m excited to be working on this book. And with the recent pandemic the topic of the book feels even more timely than it did when I first thought of it. I look forward to sharing it with you all in due time.