The acquisitions editor at University Press of Kentucky informed me this afternoon that their board members “wholeheartedly approved” my completed manuscript, (tentatively titled) The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful: The Extraordinary Life Story of Silent Screen Vamp Barbara La Marr, at their quarterly meeting today and are thrilled to publish it. The book will be published in their Fall 2017 Screen Classics series, perhaps as soon as August.
Since submitting my completed manuscript to University Press of Kentucky as soon as I finished it around January, it has been evaluated by their panel of readers; I sincerely thank the readers for their time and wonderful feedback. I thank UPK for taking me on; I am honored to be working with them. Many thanks to Christina Rice, author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel (also published by UPK), for suggesting that I submit my manuscript to them in the first place. Thank you to all who have offered much-appreciated encouragement and expressed interest in this biography and Barbara. Finally, I thank Barbara’s son and only child, the late and greatly missed Donald Gallery, for asking me to write this biography. It was Donald’s dream that his mother’s full life story be published; it has been a dream come true for me to fulfill that dream.
I have truly been putting a tremendous amount of work and research, my heart, and my soul into this project these past so many years and am extremely excited to get Barbara’s incredible story out there!
I will post periodic updates here on the blog and in the “Barbara La Marr Book Updates” section of this site. For now, for some commentary on my manuscript, see my blog post entitled “Exciting News About My Barbara La Marr Biography.”