cover of Make It Mighty Ugly, by Kim WerkerOk, yes. The book has had a cover for a while. But the cover is now public, so I can show you!

The amazing Kate Bingaman-Burt drew the cover of Make It Mighty Ugly, and she illustrated the book, too. Also, I interviewed her, so it’s entirely possible the book will make you become as smitten with her as I have been for many years.

Let’s see, what else can I tell you?

The book is made up of essays, exercises, anecdotes, quotes, links and a bibliography. Because when I tell you I want us all to fight (and sometimes hug) our creative demons, I’m not messing around.

The book is orange. I mean, not just the cover. The inside is black and white and orange. Because the beautiful human beings who designed the book get me, like, in my soul.

I will be going on a wee book tour in the fall. Though I wish I had the time and money to visit all of you, it’s likely I’ll get to only a few big cities in the northeast and northwest. It won’t be any ordinary tour, though, and I won’t be traveling alone, and I’ll tell you more when there’s more to tell.

The best way to hear about events and the like is to get my newsletter, which I send out every week in the form of a letter to you about that week. It’s chill, and you can always just skip to the bottom for updates (and for links to some other nifty stuff).

Kids, I’m just so proud of this book, and I can’t wait for you to see it for real. I’m going to see a galley of it (otherwise known as an uncorrected proof, complete with typos!) when I visit my publisher next week to discuss the marketing plan, and I’m prepared to cry, even not in private. Eventually I’ll figure out a way to explain how I feel. Perhaps it will suffice to say I love this book, and I hope you’ll love it, too.

And now, it’s real!