Tuesday, March 26

Transplanting Tulips

Last fall, I planted more than 200 tulip and daffodil bulbs. I've been eagerly waiting for them to come up ever since. Imagine my delight when they began showing about two weeks ago. I couldn't wait to see the pinks, reds, oranges...!

We've had a lot of very cold days lately. Cold enough to freeze the tops of my flowers. I don't think they're going to bloom at all.

If I leave them alone, they MAY bloom next year. Or not. I can transplant those bulbs to a warmer location and pray they come up next year, or I can leave them and hope like hell they go ahead and bloom this year.

About six months ago, I contracted my book to a publisher. I waited and waited for it to come out. It was released on March 5th. Something was wrong, though. It seemed frozen. It and a companion novella never really got off the ground.

A few days ago, I got word my publisher was closing, merging with a bigger house. I was invited to the new place. But it felt like transplanting one of those tulip bulbs. Just not right. The book had been platnted there for a reason, it should have flourished.

Make no mistake, I'm not saying one bad word about either publisher.

So, here's the thing. Try and transplant again?Leave the book alone for now and hope I can eventually find it a place? Stuff it under the bed and forget it (them)? 

13 comments:

  1. I say transplant again. If one pub liked it, I'll bet another will too!

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  2. Don't you dare stuff it under a bed and forget them! Two pubs wanted this book-it's that good! Replant that baby somewhere new and make a go at it. I have total and complete faith in you and your books because I've read them and they are awesome!!

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  3. No sticking that book (series) under a bed! I say go for replanting - whether you do it through another publishing house or try it on your own is up to you.

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  4. No stuffing it under the bed! Find a home for that baby! And I'm sorry about your tulips. My husband planted dozens of bulbs and all the stupid moles ate them. We were so sad the next spring :-(

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  5. Choices are not easy. I have a friend whose book has similar circumstances to yours. She's found it another home at last and carrying on like none of the other stuff happened. In fact, she wrote a sequel to it and she's working on the third book now. Chin up, D'Ann.

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  6. Anything except under the bed--you KNOW it's dusty under there! I agree with Kristi. You have the expertise and experience to go any way you prefer and make a success of it.

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  7. I agree. Sub it again. As for your bulbs, the next time you know you're getting a cold snap, cover the tender leaves and buds to keep them warm.

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  8. It can't flourish in the dark and there's no sunshine under the bed.

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  9. Like your tulips, your book WILL see the light and will flourish. Never give up hope.

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  10. Transplant the book; leave the tulips alone. BUT...really take a look at that book. Could you make it longer? Shorter? Turn it into a series? Edit a bit more? Self-publish? Take advantage of the opportunity to take another look. <>

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  12. You know what I think, D'Ann. As for the tulips... If they weren't out of the ground more than a few inches, they'll be fine. A few years ago, we had temps in the 70s in January and part of February here in PA and all the bulbs shot out of the ground. Some people even had some that bloomed, then winter decided to make an appearence and it got COLD. My tulips and dafodils bloomed right on schedule in April and May.

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