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As I mentioned in my other submission, I enjoy the creative part of the publishing process. It's fun working with editors and cover designers, and I like having more input into the decisions. I'd by lying if I didn't also add that I believe this story has some real commercial potential, and I'd like to maintain the rights for this story. The other practical reason is that knowing I can produce just as fine a book as a "traditional" publisher, I can also produce the book much faster than the trad route.
This project was a real challenge. I started writing it twelve years ago and it has seen about seven different drafts. The most recent drafts were shaped by a series of beta-readers I trust and the editor I first worked with while penning The Fridgularity, Cal Chayce at Wording.ca. We went through an editorial pass and then a line edit. Pauline Nolet, my proofreader, helped with the digital file pre-layout and then did another pass after it was ready for the printer.
Hi again Lynne! I know I've already submitted The Fridgularity to you, but I think you're the best reviewer for this one too, given your tastes. I've just released the book this week.
A little story about why this took twelve years: The idea for this book came to me, in a dream, after I’d read The Obesity Myth. That was about 12 years ago. I wrote four chapters then, and they were terrible. There was nothing funny about the book. It wasn’t biting satire, it was just bitter.
I made several other attempts during those 12 years. Six years ago I even got as far as completing an outline and part of a draft. But it wasn’t really what I wanted the book to be. Then four years ago I got serious about my health. I worked with two wonderful personal trainers and got my weight down below the dreaded 30 BMI for the first time in years, and for some reason, that gave me the ability to write the book. I think I needed to know more about the process of losing weight so that I could communicate it properly. Within the course of a year I managed to produce a draft of the book I felt was good.
The following year I worked with my editor and produced two more drafts. Then my life got really complicated. My long-term relationship ended, my dog died, and I started a new and extremely challenging work position. (Sounds like a bad country and western song, doesn’t it?) So it took a few more years until I was ready to start the publishing process. Yeah, sometimes it takes that long. This is the longest gestation period for a book I’ve written. By comparison, my first novel, The Amadeus Net, was a breeze. It only took 10 years from start to finish.
Review selection has been put on hold site-wide. Expect an explanation from Amy before the end of August.
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Keelan Cavanaugh is fat. That’s why the government put him in prison.
They placed him in a Calorie Reduction Centre (CRC), where trained staff work to help him and many others slim down. Well, that was the intention, anyway. The powers that be had decided chubby citizens must either go there or lose their health care coverage.
When he meets Jacinda Williams, an activist lawyer researching this new system, Keelan is more determined than ever to slim down. But Keelan discovers losing weight is more difficult than it seems, especially when he also has to fight against a ridiculous bureaucracy and policy wonks with hidden agendas. Can he succeed? Will the CRC-crossed lovers ever dine at love’s banquet together?
From award-winning author Mark A. Rayner, The Fatness is a contemporary satire of socialism, capitalism, and the so-called “obesity epidemic”. This is Catch-22 for a new generation, with a distinctly tender undertone, even as it mercilessly spoofs the establishment.
A satire about concentration camps for fat people and bureaucracy gone mad. (Don’t worry, it’s a love story.)