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A bit of good news

I got a book deal, guys. It’s for a essay-based memoir, titled Typical Me: The Unlikely Rise, Astonishing Fall, and Happy Landing of a Lifetime Misfit, and it sold to Algonquin Books after five (count `em!) publishing houses competed for it. I’m very excited to work with my new editor, Betsy Gleick*, who I’m pretty sure is going to kick my ass, and am very grateful to my agent Sarah Burnes, who worked quite hard on my behalf. I’ll be posting as usual while I’m writing, so you shouldn’t see any changes here, but I’ll be a busy, busy creature. Expect it in bookstores in the Fall of 2019.


*This is what I was wearing when I had my first meeting with her.

Posted on February 1st, 2017 130 Comments

130 Responses

  1. Jennifer L Marshall says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! I can’t wait to read it.

  2. Jacky says:

    Wonderful, congratulations.

  3. Bailie says:

    Congratulations I am looking forward to reading it!

  4. jhops says:

    That is truly fantastic! I’m always so happy to see your continued success in this unexpected chapter of your life. Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Julie says:


  6. LeighTX says:

    What wonderful news, congratulations!!

  7. CassandraMortmain says:

    How exciting, congratulations!

  8. Lara Martini says:

    Super congrats! This gives me hope – thank you for being a unique voice for “misfits” in this crazy time…and for sharing your experiences with grace and honesty! Can’t wait to read it.

  9. Cedar says:

    I love when my favorite bloggers write books. It gives me a way of reimbursing them for the hours of entertainment they provide; plus I get a book. Everyone wins!

  10. LisaR says:

    Congratulations! I love your blog and have especially enjoyed your essays. I’m looking forward to reading your book!

  11. Trish says:

    Congratulations, Kim!! Such exciting news! I’ll keep my eye out for pre-ordering it in the coming months.

  12. Sara says:

    Wonderful, Kim! Congrats!

  13. Beth Ellen says:

    Congratulations! Wonderful news, and I will look forward to reading it!

  14. Jill says:

    What wonderful news! Congratulations to you! An exciting accomplishment. Count me amongst those ready to pre-order.

  15. belle says:

    This is great news.

  16. belle says:

    Congratulations Kim!

  17. Francine says:

    How exciting, congratulations!
    Can’t wait to read and hopefully meet you on your book tour 🙂

  18. Llana says:

    Fantastic news! I can’t wait to read it.

  19. Linda says:

    how exciting – sincere congratulations!

  20. Adrien says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it.

  21. Tara says:

    Wonderful news–congratulations! We need all the good news we can get!

  22. Tara says:

    Wonderful! We need good news these days more than ever. Congratulations!

  23. Tina L. says:

    Awesome. Can’t wait to read more of your writing!

  24. eve says:

    great news. lots of luck

  25. Fishmonkey says:

    Oh congratulations! Thisis super exciting, and I will definitely be buying it 🙂

  26. eve says:

    love the title

  27. Victoria says:

    Wonderful news! Very excited to buy and read it. Please write as fast as you can! 🙂

  28. Linda says:

    Yay! This is so lovely–congratulations! Can’t wait to read it. Happy writing!

  29. Kathy says:

    This is beyond thrilling!! You inspire me, Kim. 😺💕

  30. emm says:

    Congratulations! Well done!

  31. christy says:

    Congrats! I’m looking forward to reading it.

  32. Kate says:

    Great news! Can’t wait to pre-order.

  33. Caroline says:

    Well done Kim!
    Big Congratulations!

  34. Cara says:

    Just adding my congratulations. Are you wearing black leather pants in the photo? There is never no age limit on those!

  35. Sheila says:

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading it.

  36. Tiffany says:


  37. suz says:

    Yaaaaaaay! Congrats. Sincerely. Looking forward to it.

  38. Cynthia says:

    Congratulations! You are one of my absolute favorite writers – can’t wait to read even more!

  39. Barbara Lippert says:

    Congrats, Kim! I’m always rooting for you!

  40. Laura Jean says:


  41. Margie says:

    That’s great news! Love your writing so I’ll be looking out for your book.

  42. Heather says:

    Congratulations and well-deserved too! I’m only (selfishly) bummed that I have to wait till 2019 to read it 🙂

  43. TucsonDiva says:

    YAY YOU!!!! Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to read it — and remember, you can try out chapters here with your homies if you want feedback. YAY!!!

  44. PCM says:

    Go Kim Go!

  45. Jessica V says:

    That’s fantastic! I can’t wait to read it.

  46. Kara says:

    Marvelous!!! So excited to read it!

  47. kelly says:

    Yay! Can’t wait!

  48. DeDe says:


  49. DeDe says:

    (And deserves all caps, obviously.)

  50. Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations! I have loved the essays you’ve written for The Cut and I can’t wait to devour more of your excellent writing!

  51. Meg says:

    Wonderful news. Congratulations.

  52. y.k. says:

    o congratulations kimfrance! i am thrilled when misfits make it!
    & looking forward to the book tour!

  53. Suz says:

    Awesome! Congrats, I can’t wait to read it!

  54. Raina says:

    Mazel tov, Babe!! The NYTimes Bestseller List won’t know what hit ’em!

  55. Elisa says:

    Mazel tov! Well-deserved! Can’t wait to buy a copy–you’ll have to have a GOACA event for that…

  56. Ellen says:


  57. marjorie says:


    And OBVIOUSLY I think very highly of your agent. 🙂


  58. Diane says:

    Wonderful news! Congratulations!

  59. Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations! May I also say that I am rather delighted that you will be published by Algonquin Books, as I find some of your pieces rather Dorothy Parker-esque, is the best possible way.

  60. Tami says:

    Mazel Tov! Can’t wait to read it!

  61. Kelly Winson says:

    Yay! Let us know when we can pre-order it!

  62. Gables girl says:

    Can I pre-order now? Congrats!

  63. kay erikson says:

    WOW! Awesome news. Can’t wait to read it!

  64. Suzanne says:

    Yeah! Congratulations Kim!!

  65. Jan says:

    How wonderful!…for you and for us! Congratulations!

  66. Kathryn SK says:


  67. Judy says:

    Congrats, Kim! or well done, as James Truman might say!

  68. Mary Alice says:

    I am so happy for you. I know you have been through the mill in your professional life, so a triumph like this is especially sweet.

  69. Julia says:

    Fantastic! Make sure to let us know as soon as we can pre order!

  70. Patty says:

    How great! I’m already a devoted reader, so I’ll be in line to scoop up your book the minute it’s out. I have been having this feeling about you Kim, like I somehow read between the lines that good things are happening for you. You are certainly a moment of whimsy and peace almost daily for me during this bleak post-election time. Big Hug!

  71. Leah says:

    Way to go! I’ve really been enjoying the memoir genre lately and zo know I’ll love yours…keep us posted! Maybe book signing parties where we can all be fabulous together and appreciate you and your writing in person?

  72. Cher says:

    Congrats! How exciting! And well-deserved! You are such a badass. Love it!

  73. MariaO says:

    Wonderful news – I am very much looking forward to reading it!

  74. Judy says:

    Congratulations! This is great news. Looking forward to it.

  75. Joan says:

    Congratulations 🎈 🍾. Can’t wait for the book tour.

  76. Jana says:

    This is more than a “bit” of good news! Put me down for a pre-order….

    Congrats and xoxox

  77. Ellen Agnes says:

    Fantastic! Love your voice.

  78. Jen says:

    It’s about time!!! I can’t wait to read it!

  79. Alexandria says:

    Excellent news. congratulations!

  80. Rachel says:

    Huzzah! Congratulations.

  81. Teresa says:

    Awesome news! Like everyone else here, I can’t wait to read it. Congrats.

  82. ag says:

    Congratulations, Kim! I love your articles, so I’m excited about this book!

  83. Sylvia Sichel says:

    EXTREMELY awesome, Kim, big congratulations! I can’t wait to read your book!

  84. Monica says:

    Congratulations Kim! I really look forward to reading it!

  85. Jennifer says:

    Excellent! And great title. (The Smiths, right?) Can’t wait to read it!

  86. elise says:

    Congrats!! So excited for you …and for us, your loyal readers :)!

  87. mieke says:

    Wonderful news & I cannot wait!

  88. c.w. says:

    What wonderful news! Congratulations! This renews my faith in the world. Thank you for letting us readers into your life via this blog––even though we have never met I feel like my wiser, cooler way more stylish friend just got an amazing book deal that she so deserved. Boy Howdy!

  89. Meg says:

    Congratulations, Kim! I second everything that c.w. just said. Plus, in the time I’ve been reading GCA, I’ve become more bold in my own fashion choices. Now I wear what I want when I want to wear it, and it feels great.

  90. GT says:

    Congrats, Kim. I’m sure there will be a lot of learning lessons in it for us (no pressure!)

  91. Frances says:

    Congrats, Kim! Good news, indeed. Wishing you smooth writing.

  92. Celeste says:

    Brava! Congratulations and happy writing.

  93. Turner says:

    How exciting! Congratulations!!

  94. lindanyc says:

    Congratulations! This is Quite a bit of good news in the midst of all the rest. I am sending good thoughts your way, dear-cyber friend. Enjoy the moment & all the next steps too! xo

  95. Emily says:

    Well done, Kim! I love Algonquin Books — they’ve made another fantastic choice!

  96. Sonja says:

    Great news. Please come to Canada on a book tour!

  97. Tamara WINAWER says:

    Congratulations Kim!! Well earned!!

  98. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    Yay, Kim!!! I’m so excited for you. I’ve forwarded several of your essays to my family and friends, so now I can tell them, “Buy the book!”

  99. Debra says:

    Sorry for being late to the party! Woo-Hoo! This is FANTASTIC! I’m happy for you and all of us!

  100. Tammy says:

    What TREMENDOUS news! Congrats, Kim. Is there a publication date yet? Can’t wait to read.

  101. Jessica says:

    I’m so excited – I’ve been hoping for this for so long. Congratulations! Algonquin is great!

  102. Stephanie says:

    Wonderful news! Congratulations – can’t wait to read it!

  103. Jen says:

    I will preorder your book the second I get an opportunity! CONGRATULATIONS!!! We need this!

  104. Ann says:

    I am so happy for you. I have been following your writing since the magazine days! Come to Detroit on your tour!

  105. Erica says:

    Congratulations! I so enjoy your blog and your articles that you link, cannot wait to read your upcoming book!

  106. Huge huge huge congrats!! I love me a good memoir

  107. Ashima says:


  108. Kristie Dahlia says:

    I have adored your growing set of personal essays and had hoped they were heading toward something larger! Best of writing to you, and looking forward to reading the work.

  109. Kate B. says:

    That is awesome!! I can’t wait to read it!

  110. Lisa Morter says:

    finally some good news!

  111. rita says:

    cannot wait to read this! congratulations, Kim!

  112. Viajera says:

    Hurrah, hurrah!!!! Woot woot woot. Funny I don’t think of you as a misfit at all, but I sure know that feeling. Enjoy!!!

  113. joannawnyc says:

    Well THAT is FAB. Can’t wait!

  114. Alexa says:

    Late to the party, but still need to say it: congratulations!!! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

  115. AC says:

    Yeah! So looking forward to your book. Kudos to you.
    As an aging fashionista, GCA is the light in my day everyday. ❤😀

  116. AK says:


  117. Danielle says:

    Late here too, but ditto above and I know it’s going to be awesome. You’re such a great writer, Kim. Bravo; this is great news for all of us misfits.

  118. beth says:

    Congrats! Love your title.

  119. Nancy says:

    i’m looking forward to this!

  120. susan says:

    Mazol Fucking Tov!

    My only whine is FALL 2019?!?! KIM! ARGH!! TOOOOO LOOOONG!

    Okay, girl. Get to work. Thrilling news. And it’s about damn time.

  121. Becky says:

    Late in congratulating you, but really happy about this. You make me feel like it’s okay just to be who I am – and that it’s good enough. Thank you, thank you for that.

  122. AmyM says:

    This is SO exciting and richly deserved. I’m thrilled for you, Kim. Cannot wait to read it!

    • Stephanie says:

      Yes, yes, yes–belated congrats! Am SO EXCITED for you, and look forward to reading. GOACA (along with my dog) is part of my daily dose of happy. Thank you for creating a place for honest conversation, inclusiveness.