Beautiful Things that Happen to Ugly People

death at night

You may have been keeping up on the progress of Beautiful Things that Happen to Ugly People over at my blog, but if you haven’t I’ll give you the low down here and now.

I’m still in the production stage, but the forecast for the book is about 120 pages — that’s 120 full colour pages filled with some of the poems and vignettes you’ve seen here on Year Zerø Writers, and some I’ve kept hidden for years.  There’s even some retro stuff — an art piece from when I was about fifteen, and a poem-style verse from when I was sixteen, and some mysterious ‘family’ photos found in a bin (some of them dating back to the 50s).

And then, of course, spread out throughout all these pages of art and prose are your lovely Paulie letters which are, every one of them in every way, unbelievably great.  If you sent one in — or faxed one — it’s going in the book.  This means that you need to tell me how you’d like your name to appear in credits, but I’ll probably email you all about that.

The book itself is coming out in mid to late June, officially, to coincide with my trip to the UK.   As our tentative in-England plans stand, I’ll be in the London area (with my book) in early July to read and promote and kiss the babies.  A website will be popping up in May sometime hosting some extra images, some extras, and a pre-order option for those of you who want it signed and doodled in.

I can’t thank you all enough for the support you’ve shown me through comments and retweets and the Paulie letters themselves.  Your excitement about this project keeps me going.  I would have never been able to do something like this without such a great collective and little fanbase behind me.  This book is for all of you.

If you want to see more Beautiful Things check out the Beautiful Things label on my blog.

silver oaks

~ by yearzerowriters on April 8, 2010.

15 Responses to “Beautiful Things that Happen to Ugly People”

  1. OMG, Sarah -not only is that drawing part anime, part Mucha and all fab – but you spelled neighbours the UK way!!!

    Those trees look mighty familiar from your YouTube 🙂

    • What? We did not just say ‘anime’ — I do not permit that word to be spoken in my presence. But Mucha, yes, that’s fine.

      Well of course I spelt it that way. That’s how you spell neighbour.

      That poloroid was taken by my father in the 70s. I do have lots of tree photos (way too many, really), but that one’s never touched my youtube.


  2. Nobody told me you were coming!!!!!

    • Dan said he was going to spread the word, but it looks like he slacked off.

      But YESSS! I’m going to England! For three weeks! I’m going to expire from awesomeness.


  3. Woo hoo! *sits back to await the delivery of The Paulie Letters…

    • Your fax to Paulie is so great! He really needs to learn how to keep his pants on. It’s a disturbingly prevalent trend (which I am completely okay with!)


  4. Oh man, and I thought I was being original…

    • Oh, it is original, though! The only fax, at least. And I am exaggerating; I do that a lot. It’s about half and half — Paulie and women vs. Paulie and . . . some of them I’m not really sure what they’re about. It’s awesome. Everyone gave me a great variety.


  5. Paulie had to keep his pants on else the various messages would not have had that worn look from pocket sitting?


    • Uh . . . yeah, you could look at it that way. Or you could look at it from the Sarah’s Unsuccessful Euphemisms point of view as him being a bit of a man-whore. But, like I said, I’m exaggerating. It’s not true. Not at all, really.


  6. Dan, you bad boy! He didn’t tell me either. Let’s know when the time is near so we can plan to bask in your awesomeness. 🙂

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