Here’s my declaration: I, Shosha Pearl, am writing a novella. So, now you know.
There is diverse opinion on when it is best to announce to the world that you are writing a book. Logically, it would seem best to wait until you have finished something before you start talking about it (so as to avoid bringing on the ayin harah, the evil eye, and all that…or, more likely, just a great deal of embarrassment when it comes to nothing).
But all the commercially-minded author experts and bloggers out there recommend that you start releasing information about your work in the six months leading up to its publication.
So, with two solid months of dedicated writing (in between work, family, life, nonsense), with more than 25,000 words saved and with a publication target of before Rosh Hashanah, I feel OK about saying something to the universe.
Here are the details:
- I am currently working on the first of what I expect will be a four-part series of novellas.
- The books will focus on the sexual and erotic explorations of a thirty-something frum divorcee, Tamar Cohen. Her journey will survey the sexual landscape available to unmarried observant Jewish women who are prepared to bend some of the rules – or to go with the most meikil (halachically lenient) views – but who are not willing to step outside the bounds of halacha.
- Tamar’s sensual explorations will also be coupled with a search for love, meaning and happiness. Of course.
- All four books will be novellas, which means that each will be somewhere in the region of 30 to 50,000 words (roughly one third to one half the length of a standard novel).
- The books will have sex, nudity and adult themes. So be warned!
I am hoping to have the first book out before Rosh Hashanah and then the second six months after that. I think the books will be fun. And hot. And perhaps even interesting. At least, I hope so…
Stay tuned and feel free to drop me a line.
Thanks, Shosha xx