News and new developments

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I’m waking this blog up (temporarily) to share some exciting news:

David Beadle and I will be doing a new Peterson moth guide, for southeastern North America! Many of the details are still being worked out, but it will be very similar to the northeast guide in format. It will contain about 1600 of the most common or flashy species from the region, and will cover the range shown in the map above – from North Carolina to Florida, west to Oklahoma and central Texas. Release date is TBD, but I suspect will likely be about summer 2016.

We’ll be working on the materials over the course of the next year and a half, including some travel and soliciting high-quality photos to obtain images of species we don’t currently have them for. I’m really looking forward to getting out to visit some of these areas this summer and perhaps next.

And in other developments:

I haven’t talked about it much, but in my spare time I’ve been writing novels. Over the last couple of years I’ve been working at getting better at the craft and writing a really strong story, and last week I finally signed with a literary agent! Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Literary read and loved my latest novel and offered to represent me and my work. To place your book with large publishing houses you need to go through an agent, and finding a literary agent is more like winning a place with one of the coaches on The Voice (they have to really fall in love with your work for them to offer representation) than it is hiring a realtor – so this was really exciting! Next up, she’ll be working to try to sell it to a publisher for me. I’ve been posting more about my writing journey at my writing blog.

Also, Dan and I are moving again! As last time, our landlord has decided to sell the house. We haven’t yet found a new place in the area that will work for us, but hopefully soon; in the meantime, we’ve been busy preparing to move, packing things, and that’s kept us pretty occupied the last little while, too.

A final note about the blog:

I’ve been quite busy working on various projects over the last year, and the novels have taken up a lot of my extra time. I ended up having to let something go, and that something was the blog – at 2-3 hours per post, even just a couple posts a week eats up a lot of time. Plus I’d already blogged about a lot of the common and easy stuff where we lived. I may yet come back to it – especially if I were to get a smartphone that I could take photos with and post easily – but I don’t have immediate plans.

I do, however, intend to post periodic updates on the status of the new guide. If you’re interested in hearing the latest you could check in from time to time, subscribe to the blog through an RSS feed reader, or by email (click the “Follow” button at the top, if you’re logged in to WordPress).

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8 responses to “News and new developments

  1. what wonderful news about your novel and the southern tour. i will be waiting to hear the schedule and hope that a memphis location or strawberry plains audubon center makes it on your list!

  2. What a busy time you are having, Seabrooke. I’m thrilled to hear about the moth guide, your acquisition of an agent and the novels …

  3. Michael Osmann

    I’m looking forward to seeing the new guide and I’m eager to put your last guide to use again this year.

  4. If you can get a chance to go on Facebook, please look for Eric Reuter, who photographs moths in the most amazing way you can imagine. He puts up huge lights and sheets and photographs them live. Awesome, intensely amazing photos. He might be able to help you with photos for your book. He gives them away. He doesn’t even care to make money from them. Looking forward to your new guide…and good luck with the novel writing!

  5. This is wonderful news, Seabrooke! Congratulations!

  6. Boy am I glad I found your blog. I’ve been looking for nature sort of blogs in Ontario. Even if you’re going to be busy with other things, your lists of other blogs are great. Congratulations on the book too. I’ll be picking it up as soon as I see it. Good luck with your new books; hope you return to blogging in the future.

    The Furry Gnome

  7. still hoping to go out on a moth tour one evening – next year! : )

  8. I’ve been missing your postings, but so glad for all your good news. I’m writing to let you know I posted your photo of the Yellow-Shafted Flicker on my blog this morning, because I have one visiting my windowsill feeder today, and don’t have a good camera to photograph him. I credited you there. Thank you! Anne

    http://annesbirdpoems.blogspot.com

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