From crisis to between covers in 19 months: Congratulations, Flavia!

confessionsoffaithIt’s true:  our friend Flavia from Ferule and Fescue has a real, live, codex book in her delicate hands as of yesterday!  Some of you may remember that she was in crisis mode just 19 months ago, when after two years and two rounds of reviews solicited not together but seriatum, her would-be publisher dropped her project like a hot rock.  Oh noes!!!  Penn Press must have snapped her project up in a Philadelphia minute, and here it is:  Confessions of Faith in Early Modern England.  Order it for yourself or or university’s library now!

Now we can see that all’s well that ends well, and life’s a comedy (so far), not tragedy (yet, anyway.)  Congratulations, Flavia!  And your sabbatical is only half over. . . what will you manage to accomplish in the next six months?  A resolution to the crisis in Ukraine?  Peace among U.S.-based scholars on BDS?  Who know what else she can do, friends?

9 thoughts on “From crisis to between covers in 19 months: Congratulations, Flavia!

  1. Aw, shucks. You’re the sweetest.

    Funnily enough, this is exactly what Cosimo said to me last night — he reminded me that it had just been a year and a half since we were running around Rome looking for oversized envelopes and a printer so I could send the proposal and sample chapters out to new presses.

    But yeah. None of us can see around corners and it’s useful to remember how quickly things can change (at least in retrospect! it never seems quick at the time).


  2. Well, you clearly hustled and worked it, friend. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “I’m a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more I have of it.”

    Of course, Jefferson had a lot of other people working for his good fortune, but you’ve done pretty well for yourself on your own!


  3. Congratulations to Flavia! I’ve done the press-switch thing before. It happens and everything is fine. Nobody ever went to an arena to see Mark Whatsisname *own* an NBA basketball team, nor should care as much as we sometimes do over whose “fulfillment center” sends out the review copies. It’s what’s inside that matters. And those nineteen months will seem like gold as they continue to delay people’s inevitable next question: “so, when’s your *next* one coming out…?”


  4. Oh, and I should note that ALL YOU PEOPLE are thanked in the acknowledgements (not individually by name, obvs — but along with my awesome departmental and in-field colleagues, my internet peeps truly make my life as an academic richer, smarter, better).


  5. So exciting to see the book. And I agree, the important part of the story is the way Flavia picked herself up after being strung out and then dumped by the first press!

    Now, off to order for the library….


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