My baby finally has an official due date.But hopefully, there'll be no hospital involved, because this particular bundle of love is my new novel, THE OTHER LIFE.

It's been a long and very often frustrating labor. My agent sold the book to an editor at Putnam in the summer of 2008

I handed in the finished final manuscript in the spring of 2009, and the book was supposed to come out a year later in the spring of 2010.

That got delayed to the summer of 2010, then the fall. Then I was told my "official" release date was January 20, 2011.

Hurrah! I shouted it from the rooftops. Sent out announcements. Even booked a launch event at prestigious bookstore.

Then they changed the date to February 17.

Supposedly, it is now carved in stone, and I can hardly believe this book is actually happening at last! I just received the bound galleys (also called ARCs or advance review copies), so I guess it's real. Here's a picture:

Sorry for going on, but I'm trying to convince myself it's actually happening!This book is a HUGE departure for me, and my editor believes it really has a chance of being a hit. (In fact, they keep telling me all these delays are designed to fit the book into the best possible slot for maximum exposure.) I'm nervous and excited!

Here's the flap copy, in case you're interested:

What if you could return to the road not taken? 

Quinn Braverman is keeping two secrets from her loving husband, Lewis. One is that the real reason she chose him over Eugene, her neurotic, semi-famous ex-boyfriend, was to prove her mother wrong: she could have a happy, stable relationship with the guy next door. 

The other is that Quinn knows another life exists in which she made the other choice and stayed with Eugene. The two lives run in parallel lines, like highways on opposite sides of a mountain. There, on the other side, the Quinn who stayed with Eugene is speeding through her high-drama, childless life in Manhattan. Here, the Quinn who married Lewis lives in the suburbs, drives a Volvo, and has an adorable young son with another baby on the way. 

But the important part of the secret—the part that terrifies and thrills her—is that she knows it's possible to cross from one life to the other. So far she’s played it safe, never venturing over to see what’s on the other side. Then a shocking turn of events rattles Quinn to her very core, and she makes the reckless choice to finally see what she’ s been missing. 

There, she not only rediscovers her exciting single life, but meets the one person she thought she’ d lost forever. Her mother. 

But she can’t have both lives. Soon, she must decide which she really wants—the one she has…or the other life?

Thanks for reading all this!

xoEllen


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FinaO...
Nov. 11, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!    I hope I get to follow in your footsteps soon! :)

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mrsjk...
Nov. 12, 2010 at 8:05 AM

That sounds good. I can't wait until it comes out. I might have to pick that up.

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Jojo907
Nov. 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Now I have another book to add to my must read list. Thanks!  :)

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Jerem...
Nov. 22, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Oh, WOW! I can't wait for this book to come out. Do you have any other books? If so, where can I buy them at?

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