Dare to Read

May 3, 2012

My Road to Publication : Bécquer eternal

 

 

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

 

 

As I mentioned back in February (https://carmenferreiroesteban.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/Bécquer-eternal-and-astraea-press/), Astraea Press agreed to publish my paranormal novel, BÉCQUER ETERNAL, both in English and Spanish (BÉCQUER ETERNO).

Unfortunately my relationship with Astraea Press came to an end in March when, after two rounds of editing, my line editor discovered that one of my characters, Federico, was homosexual and, I was informed, Astraea Press does not publish books with homosexual characters.

They asked me, politely, to change this.

But how could I? Federico was a real person (Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936)), a Spanish poet who, as I mention in my story, was killed during the first days of the Spanish Civil War, because, among other reasons, he was homosexual. To change or not to mention his sexual orientation felt like a betrayal to him and would also destroy the plot of my story.

So, with regret, I told them I couldn’t do it.

Although, soon, I found another publisher interested in the English version of BÉCQUER ETERNAL, they do not publish titles in Spanish.

Too late now, to query Spanish Houses, I decided to publish BÉCQUER ETERNO myself.

Right now, a Spanish POD publisher is printing the galleys.

If things go as planned, a printed copy of BÉCQUER ETERNO, my humble homage to Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, the most romantic of the Spanish poets, and Federico Garcia Lorca, IMHO, the greatest Spanish poet of the XX century will be at the Exhibit Bécquer tan cerca… A través del arte in Sevilla from May 25 to June 24.

How I wish I could be there!

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4 Comments »

  1. Carmen – congratulations on publishing the Spanish language version yourself, and best of luck! I am terribly sorry your original publisher took that view. That’s not right. At all. But I am glad you found another publisher for the English version. That’s fantastic!

    Comment by Joseph Finley (@joseph_finley) — May 3, 2012 @ 11:32 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Joseph. Truth be told the publisher at Astraea Press was very sorry about it, but she couldn’t go against company policy. She encouraged me to write another piece for them and we parted friendly.

      Comment by carmenferreiroesteban — May 4, 2012 @ 10:01 am | Reply

  2. Hola Carmen! I learned about you though my friend Margarita Montalvo, good luck with your book, I am sure it will be a success!

    Comment by dovalpage — May 13, 2012 @ 7:22 pm | Reply


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